Beccy Marston

Beccy left Lancaster University in 2007 after studying for 4 years, achieving a degree in Environmental Biology and a Masters in Environmental Science.

From here she moved back to the Midlands to join Birmingham City Council, leading the sustainable school travel strategy. During her role with the road safety team Beccy pioneered the West Midlands regional wide walk to school campaign among others, attracting public health funding to upscale the engagement.

In 2009 Beccy joined Cycling UK as Cycling Development officer to devliver the Cycle Champions programme on behalf the Big Lottery Fund’s Active Travel Consortium and was seconded into Wolverhampton City Council. In this role Beccy established volunteer cycle hubs and groups and set up the regions first Inclusive cycling hub to enable adults and children with health issues and disabilities to be able to cycle. Groups were set up targeting under represented communities and culminated in an annual festival of cycling as a celebration of all the participants and volunteers’ achievements.

After wrapping up this project Beccy moved onto strategic program and operational management roles for the combined authority following onto setting up the West Midlands office for cycle training and consultancy firm BikeRight! This involved setting up an office, training rooms and workshop facilities, managing a fleet of bikes and vans and setting up multiple delivery locations and teams. Within BikeRight! Beccy sat on the senior management team for the company helping deliver the company’s strategic objectives. Beccy’s team of 50 strong staff delivered the Smart Network Smarter Choices Programme of cycle behavior change interventions across the West Midlands. Other notable programmes managed by Beccy include Bostin Bikes, Safe Urban Driving courses nationally for lorry drivers and bus drivers, Cycle Instructor training and development, bikeabillty contracts for Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Sandwell and consultancy work developing local authority active travel strategies and cycle infrastructure advice. In 2017 Beccy was a finalist in the smarter travel awards for sustainable transport professional of the year. During this time Beccy supported the creation of a community interest company to provide cycling activities for disadvantaged communities in Wolverhampton. This support included acting as a board member and writing funding bids to create much needed project funds.

Drawing on her partnership and project management skills Beccy joined Aecom to manage large scale construction programmes for National Government, Local Government and the Environment Agency capital building schemes. However the draw of helping people at a grassroot level was too great and Beccy left the corporate world to join TAWS in 2018 to Programme manage and lead the operational deliver of the Active Communities Local Delivery pilot scheme.

In her personal life Beccy has two young sons and enjoys creating and building things for them and prioritising quality family time. She loves to ride one of her many bikes and getting into the garden to grow a range of fruit and vegetables.