Cycling Scotland appoints new Chief Executive

Posted by Katie Wright / 30/05/2014

Cycling ScotlandCycling Scotland is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive, Keith Irving, who will be taking over the role from Ian Aitken.  Keith joins Cycling Scotland from Living Streets Scotland, where he worked to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets where people want to walk.

With a wealth of experience promoting and delivering successful sustainable transport projects and strategies combined with a keen interest in cycling, Keith is ideally placed to take the lead in delivering Cycling Scotland’s vision – to establish cycling as a mainstream, attractive and practical lifestyle option.

Cycling Scotland is fully committed to playing a central role in assisting the Scottish Government and its partners and stakeholders to achieve the vision set out in the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland – that by 2020, 10% of all journeys taken in Scotland will be by bike.

Bill Wright, Chair, Cycling Scotland said:

“On behalf of the Board, I’d like to welcome Keith Irving to his new post as Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland.  Keith comes with a great deal of expertise and experience of working closely with Scottish Government, Regional Transport Partnerships and Local Authorities, often in partnership with many of our stakeholders. He joins Cycling Scotland at an exciting time with the next two years’ funding agreed and challenging programs for the team to take to a new level.

“It has been a privilege to work with Ian Aitken. He should be very proud of the contribution he has made to Cycling Scotland, first as a senior officer and then as Chief Executive over the past ten years. The Cycling Scotland Board and staff wish Ian the best for his new venture and send our sincere thanks for his sterling efforts on behalf of Cycling Scotland and sustainable transport in general. ”

Keith Irving said:

“I’m delighted to be joining Cycling Scotland this summer.  Scotland has embarked on a journey to make cycling an easy, safe and natural choice for many more people and I look forward to helping achieve the transformation in everyday journeys that the Scottish Government, Cycling Scotland and key stakeholders aim to deliver. Ian Aitken has been an excellent Chief Executive for the organisation and I look forward to working with the team he has led to deliver successful projects and initiatives, from Bikeability Scotland to freshnlo Pedal for Scotland.

I have enjoyed working with the dynamic and professional Living Streets team on the walking agenda and believe that both walking and cycling are essential transport modes for different everyday journeys. Whether it be a short jaunt to the shops, a commute to work, or a longer ride to take in Scotland’s fantastic scenery, I have always enjoyed cycling, and I want more people to enjoy it too. Cycling Scotland is uniquely placed to provide solutions to the challenges facing cycling today, helping ensure that cycling becomes a possible, practical and pleasant choice for people of all ages and abilities. ”

Ian Aitken said:

“I have had a fantastic time at Cycling Scotland over the last ten years and greatly enjoyed working with an excellent staff team, Board and great colleagues across the sector.   Working with the team to establish programmes such as Bikeability Scotland, along with supporting campaigns such as Give Me Cycle Space, has been a highlight – particularly seeing the number of children and young people receiving cycle training significantly increase.   I have really enjoyed contributing to the establishment of the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland and working with partners across the sector to implement actions contained within it.  It has also been exciting to have been involved in growing freshnlo Pedal for Scotland to one of the largest participation events in the country and into such a great advert for cycling.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone I have worked with while at Cycling Scotland for such an amazing experience and I wish Keith and the Cycling Scotland team continued success in promoting cycling.”


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