Meet the team

Sam Chappell
Delivery Manager
Starting as a volunteer in 2013 and as a ‘director’ a year later, Sam has been stuck into running & developing the activities at the Spoke for a while now. Creating space for others to join the cycling world is his passion (along with shorts-all-year, cold porridge, and out-there jazz).
Inês Rahtz
Community 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’
Caitlin Bartlett
Tamsin Fraser
Interim General Manager
Tamsin Fraser joined us in January 2021 as the interim General Manager. She’s spent 20+ years working in the charity sector looking after teams in marketing, fundraising, and programme at organisations such as Alzheimer’s Society, Oxfam and Save the Children. She’s super excited to be helping us develop a new business plan for Broken Spoke over the next few months and is looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Doirrean Lalor
Interim Volunteer Manager
Doireann has just joined the Broken Spoke team to help develop the volunteering programmes. 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.
Mark Chappell
Bookkeeper
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
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
Mechanic
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
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
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
Mechanic
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!
James Choularton
Mechanic
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!”
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.
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