Meet the team

Doirrean Lalor
People & Culture Lead
Doireann joined the Broken Spoke team to help develop the volunteering programmes and now holds governance and HR at the Spoke. Her background is in working with volunteers in coops and grassroots organisations that tackle climate change and build community resilience. She’s excited to put her “people” experience to work, for the first time, in a community bike project.
Mike Buchanan
Programmes & Fundraising Lead
Mike is a passionate cyclist who has been in the charity sector for 10 years and is a strong advocate for social justice and the environment. Mike has previously worked for a number of great causes in fundraising, marketing and programmes including British Red Cross and War Child UK. He's very excited to work at Broken Spoke to run our deliverable activities and head up fundraising.
Inês Rahtz
Community & Workshop Coordinator
Inês grew up integrated in the cycling community of Oxford, helping run cycling clubs, racing with the Condors, engaging in advocacy for cycling and sustainable environments and spending lots of time in the Broken Spoke workshop learning about and experimenting with bikes. She’s passionate about seeing more women fixing bikes and loves inviting people into cycling spaces who might not think of themselves as ‘cyclists’
James Choularton
Mechanic Team Coordinator
James is excited to join the Broken Spoke team marking the start of his next big ride. “The only things that comes close to riding bikes is sharing that passion with like minded people and possibly wrenching on peoples bikes to make them run perfectly!”
Mark Chappell
With a 30 year career in IT Management behind him and subsequent Community and Charity positions his passions now include living and cycling in the Welsh hills whilst keeping all the numbers in order for Broken Spoke.
Jonathan Darby
DIY Session Leader, Bike Recycling Session Leader and Repairs Mechanic
Most of Jonathan's working life has been as an educator/researcher in schools and universities while bikes and cycling has been my passion. He first got involved with Broken Spoke as a volunteer 7 years ago and loved the work so much he got Cytech 2 trained and joined the staff team, leading open workshops, teaching courses and more recently repairing bikes in the workshop. Jonathan also volunteer running the bike recycling programme. “I love what Broken Spoke does and can't wait for us to be filling the workshop once again with people fixing their own bikes.”
Tim Hunt
DIY Session Leader
Tim has been involved with Broken Spoke from just after the get go, as both a volunteer and staff member. For Tim, The Spoke has always provided a fantastic space populated by fantastic individuals with opportunities to learn a huge amount about bikes and people. “There have been times when I have needed help, support and sometimes space and the amazing Broken Spoke family have always given anything and everything they can for which I am hugely grateful.”
Ian Marris
Repairs Mechanic
Ian is a fixer of many things. When not fixing bicycles at Broken Spoke, he can be found repairing boats or restoring classic cars and motorcycles. He is looking forward to becoming part of Oxfords cycling community and helping others to maintain their bicycles.
Dave Maybrick
Repairs Mechanic
Dave initially trained as an actor & a film-maker, and has now moved into the world of cycle mechanics. The absolute freedom of riding a bike is something that unifies everyone who does it. Broken Spokes position as a community project means working with people in a way that hopefully fosters & supports a lifelong desire to move about on two wheels, and he’s keen to get stuck in.
Simon Barnes
Repairs Mechanic and DIY Session Leader
Simon is quite new to the team at Broken Spoke. He caught the cycling bug early in life. Ex-cycle courier, ex-bike racer, and when not riding, am armchair enthusiast. Simon loves any opportunity to convince others to go on a cycling adventure, fixing up bikes and infecting others with the cycling bug!
Paul Taylor
Cycle Instructor
Paul is half our Cycling Instructor Team. Having cycled all his life, Paul still gets a thrill every time he rides a bicycle. “A bicycle is one of man's greatest inventions and Broken Spokes work really embraces that view.”
Cedric Niard
Cycle Instuctor
Cedric is one of our Cycling Instructors and loves being able to make a difference helping people become confident cyclists. Being part of the Broken Spoke Team to him, is more about the people and how we support our communities.