Bike Station announces new Chief Executive Officer

Press release:

New CEO Sasha Taylor to lead the Bike Station in seeking new challenges and opportunities to break down barriers to cycling across Scotland.

The Bike Station is delighted to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Sasha Taylor who took up post on 16 October 2018.

Most recently with Starcatchers, Scotland’s National Arts and Early Years Charity, Sasha has a track record of innovation, creativity and successful business development. Prior to this role Sasha had worked with a range of third sector organisations focused on challenging inequality and improving lives and so brings to the role of Bike Station CEO a broad and deep experience of working with diverse communities. We are excited and delighted to welcome her on board and look forward to to working with her to to deliver our mission in removing the barriers that stand between people and cycling in Scotland.

Sasha Taylor said, “I am thrilled to take up role at Chief Executive for The Bike Station. Scotland has an opportunity to lead the way in sustainable and affordable active travel; benefiting individuals, communities and protecting our environment. The Bike Station has a respected place within our communities, as the place to go for affordable bikes, built and serviced by our passionate, experienced and talented mechanics. With continued support and donations from the public and with the enthusiasm and expertise of our team The Bike Station is well placed to ensure the benefits and joys of riding a bike for both adventure and travel are available to all.”

Chair of the Bike Station Alan Brown said, “This is both a challenging and exciting time for the Bike Station and we are incredibly lucky to have secured Sasha’s expertise. She’s bringing us not just drive, energy and in-depth knowledge of the third sector but also a great deal of bike and cycling knowledge. I know that the whole board is looking forward to working with Sasha to secure our future and spread cycling far and wide into Scottish society.”

About The Bike Station

The Bike Station is a social enterprise dedicated to helping people to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland, with sites in Edinburgh and Perth (Dundee opening soon). We recycle donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to help people across Scotland get cycling for better mental and physical health, and for the health of the environment. We help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and to repair them themselves. As a charitable company we also support our activities through grant funding Beginning as an informal primary school bike swap nearly 20 years ago, we have since grown to become a Scotland-wide professional bicycle recycling business. We work for a future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy cycling and its benefits, and can access the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road.

Volunteer post: Board Member (Treasurer)

We are currently looking for new Volunteer board members and in particular, someone to take on the Treasurer role.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

Treasurer Job description:
The overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of Bike Station’s affairs, ensure its financial viability, and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. They will assist other trustees to perform their financial duties by

  • interpreting and explaining accounting requirements
  • ensuring that the board receives reports containing the information needed in an ‘easy to understand’ format
  • helping trustees guide any other professional advisers they have appointed

The tasks of the Treasurer will include:

  • preparing and presenting financial reports to the board at regular meetings, including projected cash-flow
  • keeping the board aware of its financial responsibilities
  • ensuring that the Bike Station’s accounts are prepared in a suitable format
  • ensuring that the accounts and financial systems are audited as required by law
  • liaising with the auditors/independent examiners

The responsibilities of the Treasurer will include:

  • preparing and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements in collaboration with staff
    • assuring that the financial resources of Bike Station meet its present and future needs
  • ensuring that the Bike Station has an appropriate reserves policy
  • the preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board, ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • advising on the financial implications of the Bike Station’s strategic plan
  • ensuring that the accounts are prepared in the form prescribed by regulations, included in the annual report and submitted to the relevant statutory bodies
  • ensuring that the accounts are audited in the manner prescribed by regulations, and any recommendations of the auditors implemented
  • keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • contributing to the fundraising strategy of the Bike Station
  • making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

Person specification for a Treasurer:

In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should have:

  • financial experience and business planning skills (Required)
  • some experience of organisational finance and fundraising (Required)
  • the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • a willingness to be available to give financial advice and answer enquiries from any staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis

For more information contact Alan Brown (chair@thebikestation.org.uk)

Deadline for applications Friday 26th October.

Job: Chief Executive Officer, The Bike Station (Recycle to Cycle Ltd)

Post title: Chief Executive Officer

Please note this post has been filled.

Starting Salary: £40,000 pro rata

Status: Part-time: 3 days / 22 hours per week. Following a successful six month probationary period the post will become permanent.
Relationships & accountability: The CEO is accountable to the Chair and Board and will line manage The Bike Station senior management team, with responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the organisation.

Location: The post will divide time between The Bike Station Edinburgh on Causewayside and The Bike Station Perth. The exact split will be determined by operational needs, but a regular presence in both locations is expected. Travel to other locations in Scotland will sometimes be required.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

The post:
We are seeking someone confident, enthusiastic and able to achieve great things with limited resources to build upon past successes and identify and engage with new opportunities for growth. Our CEO will be a great communicator, well versed in financial planning and reporting and committed to our aims. Responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organisation, including its financial viability and sustainability, they will seek out, initiate and develop new opportunities and relationships for The Bike Station across Scotland.

Application is by CV and letter of interest, stating why you would like the role and outlining how you fit the person specification, to: chair@thebikestation.org.uk We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Monday 9th July 2018

Interviews: will be held week beginning July 16th 2018

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Alan Brown at chair@thebikestation.org.uk

Personal Specification

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring robust management of the senior team through outstanding leadership.
  • Working with the Board to implement the organisational strategy, policy and efficient procedures to ensure the organisation delivers its obligations to its volunteers and community.
  • Development and delivery of business plans and fundraising activity to ensure income is continually secured to deliver the organisation objectives.
  • Provision of a sound governance, risk management and financial management framework

The successful applicant will:

  • Identify ambitious growth plans for The Bike Station and clearly communicate how they will be achieved
  • Prepare and present budgets and forecasts and work with the Board to ensure a sustainable future for the organisation
  • Provide the Board with timely and accurate management information to enable it to make informed strategic decisions
  • Think strategically and plan workflow accordingly with limited resources
  • Find and secure new opportunities for funding and partnerships
  • Act as spokesperson for The Bike Station for the press and media and at events as necessary, alongside the project managers
  • Direct the effective marketing and sale of refurbished bicycles and accessories
  • Deliver robust and supportive management to build an effective and committed team of staff and volunteers
  • Set a positive, honest and enthusiastic tone and working environment
  • Uphold a commitment to high quality across all our products and services

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of managing an organisation or department with similar turnover and of similar scale
  • Experience writing and developing business plans and budgets
  • Experience of managing funding applications to trusts and tendering for statutory funding
  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Creative problem-solving with the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources
  • A dynamic and positive attitude capable of motivating and persuading others
  • Creative problem-solving and the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources

The ability to demonstrate any of the following would be desirable but not essential:

  • Retail industry experience
  • Experience of successful high value fundraising
  • Knowledge of HR policies and procedures
  • Experience of driving organisational change
  • Experience of the bike trade

Additional information:

The post holder may from time-to-time be required to work outside the normal working hours – either as flexible hours or Time off in Lieu (TOIL).
The particular duties and responsibilities attached to this post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility, with any changes being undertaken in agreement with the post holder.

The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1UU. Registered as Recycle-to-Cycle Ltd, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Edinburgh under company numbers SC237798 and SC237799. Scottish charity number SC033703.

Brake The Cycle

We were really happy to offer over refurbished kids bikes to the Brake the Cycle project today. The bikes had been donated to us by the public and then refurbished through our prisons projects before being handed over to the team at Brake the Cycle.

Brake the Cycle is an Edinburgh City Council lead recycling project which takes old and unwanted bikes and renovates them. The bikes are then given away for free to community groups, and youth groups, or to individual people and the project offers those a bike who, under their normal circumstance, may not be able to afford one.

If you would like to find out more, or even apply for a bike yourself or for someone you know, please follow the link below:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20135/cycling_projects/671/apply_for_a_bike_from_brake_the_cycle

From Monday 26th of February we will be opening earlier and closing later throughout the working week. This is so that you can fit all your cycling needs around your busy work lives.
Feel free to take advantage of our new opening hours by booking in repairs, coming in for advice, or taking your time over your new bike purchase.
New opening hours as of Monday the 19th of February:
 
MONDAY              Closed*
TUESDAY             8am – 7pm
WEDNESDAY      8am – 8pm
THURSDAY          8am – 7pm
FRIDAY                 8am – 7pm
SATURDAY          10am – 5pm
SUNDAY               Closed
 
*Repair drop off and donations only on a Monday.