About us

The Bike Project is a community of refugees, cyclists, mechanics and volunteers. Our mission is simple: to take second-hand bikes, fix them up in our workshop and give them to refugees.

We also run group cycle training for refugee women in London and Birmingham. The lessons empower and inspire women to feel the freedom of their very own bike – perhaps for the first time in their lives.

As well as our charitable activities, we sell a proportion of our wonderful refurbished bikes to the general public through our online bike shop. Every single penny we make from bike sales is ploughed straight back into the charity. This much-needed cash injection helps secure our long-term sustainability – and that means even more refugees cycling!

We're a young project and have a warm welcome ready for anyone keen to volunteer, learn practical skills and meet funky people. If that's you, drop us a line!

Our staff

We run a tight ship here at The Bike Project, with our office staff frequently wearing so many hats that it can become a fire hazard. Thank goodness they're all super-talented and hard-working!

Jem Stein

Founder & CEO

I set up The Bike Project after seeing how much my brother's old bike helped Adam, a Darfuri refugee I mentored at university. Now I'm on a mission to get every refugee in ...

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Nicola Hill

Head of Operations

Nicola was a major force behind organising our Critical Mass bike ride to Calais in 2015. She then began volunteering as an instructor at our cycle training for refugee wom...

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Muna Hussen

Digital Marketing Manager

I’ve had a lifelong interest in refugee and asylum seeker stories, fuelled by my own experience and those of my near family. Joining The Bike Project means I can take my co...

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Jess Miller

Fundraising & Retail Manager

I have nearly always known I wanted to work in an organisation that improves the lives of others. In 2017, I spent some time volunteering in refugee camps in Greece and thi...

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Ed Hulme

Volunteer Programme Manager

After working in the world of theatre for many years I recently started working with charities and found it a really rewarding experience. I grew up around cycling and have...

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Farhad Chermahini

West Midlands Operations Coordinator

I am passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seekers to flourish. I believe as they flourish, they will also contribute to the flourishment of the country. Having b...

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Nancy Bucciero

London Operations Manager

Nancy joined The Bike Project from an events management background. She decided to leave the world of events to volunteer at a refugee camp in Lesvos in 2019. On her return...

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Our mechanics

Without our mighty mechanics we couldn't refurbish so many beaten-up bikes and get them into the hands of refugees and the paying customers who help fund the project. Love them!

Stu Harwood-Hope

Technical Lead

Stu is our mechanic-in-chief. Best known for daring repairs, rapping, drinking decaf-tea and teaching mechanics to refugees. Aged 15, Stu started tinkering with bikes down ...

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Joshua Norbury

Senior Mechanic

Joshua is the senior mechanic at the West Midlands Workshop In Birmingham. He is a very keen cyclist and is as enthusiastic about fixing bikes as he is riding them! Through...

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Resom Michael

Senior Mechanic

Resom grew up in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Hard to believe it now, but he never had a bike growing up and had to save up just to hire one for a couple of hours....

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Charlie Blair

Junior Mechanic & Cycle Instructor

Charlie rarely sits still and is often on the move between all The Bike Project sites. Whether in the office, in the workshop or out delivering cycle training at our 3 Peda...

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Marta Terruzzi

Workshop Assistant

Marta is a designer-maker with a passion for cycling. She joined The Bike Project in 2018 and is rapidly improving her bike mechanic skills as our workshop assistant while ...

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Sylvia Barnett

Workshop Assistant

Sylvia is a workshop assistant in the West Midlands. She finished a PhD in Philosophy, but her first love is for bikes! She has spent the last two years engaging schools an...

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Cath Palgrave

Workshop Assistant / Cycle Instructor

Cath’s first bike was rescued from a skip by her uncle, which she learned to ride and unfortunately break straight away! She has ridden a number of both rubbish and quite g...

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Our trustees

Our trusty trustees are a treasure trove of experience, full of invaluable business and charity know-how that has been a huge factor in our success and our ambitions for the future. Hat tip.

Adam Ognall

Chair of Trustees

Adam Ognall is the Chief Executive of New Israel Fund UK, the leading organisation promoting democracy and human rights in Israel. Prior to this, Adam worked in the field o...

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Victoria Kershaw

Legal Trustee

Victoria is a solicitor specialising in corporate law, and has over 25 years of experience working at City law firms, commuting by bike. She currently works at internationa...

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Greg Cowan

E-commerce Trustee

Born in Australia Greg is a globally experienced commercial leader having worked in senior commercial roles for companies such as Amazon, Reckitt Benckiser and Pentland. Gr...

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Annie Kurian

HR Trustee

Annie Kurian is a Global Human Resource professional with over 12 years of end-to-end HR experience in diverse industries, including IT, Investment Banking, Business Proces...

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Michelle Clark

Operations Trustee

Michelle Clark joined the board of Trustees for The Bike Project in September 2017, having previously been associated with The Bike Project through Lloyds Banking Groups as...

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Jeremy Sandelson

Corporate Partnerships Trustee

Jeremy Sandelson was head of the firm's global Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice from 2009-2017, having previously been Regional Managing Partner of Clifford Cha...

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Will Cardy

Digital Marketing Trustee

Will is an online marketing expert from an agency called Platypus Digital. Like many of our volunteers, he approached us offering his skills rather than the other way round...

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