Brian Cookson OBE
GBR - Great Britain
Date of birth 22 June 1951
Marital status Married, 3 children, 1 granddaughter
Languages English, French conversation
Club level cyclist at road, track, cyclo-cross and mountain biking. Regional road champion in 1971 and still cycles regularly.
Sports Administration Career
- President of UCI (2013 -present)
- President of UCI Road Commission (2011 – 2013)
- President of UCI Cyclo-Cross Commission (2009 - 2011)
- Member of UCI Management Committee (2009 – present)
- Represented cycling on British National Olympic Committee (1997 - 2013)
- President of British Cycling Federation (1996 - 2013)
- UCI International Commissaire (1986 - 2009) incl. Olympic Games, multiple World Championships and international stage races
- Race organiser and official at local and national level 1969-2013
Awarded OBE for services to cycling in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List, January 2008.
Under Brian’s presidency (1996-2013), British Cycling achieved the following:
- Recovery from meltdown and near-bankruptcy to strength and stability
- Securing of major funding and sponsorships
- Establishment of structured talent identification, development pathways and academies.
- Major programmes of investment in facilities – velodromes, road circuits, BMX and MTB.
- Multiple UCI Road, Track, MTB and BMX World Championship gold medals
- 19 Olympic gold medals (6 women, 13 men)
- 28 Paralympic gold medals (10 women, 18 men)
- Two Tour de France winners
- Cycling transformed from a minor sport with minimal interest to huge national prominence
- Unprecedented growth in participation and membership – over one million more people took up recreational cycling during this period
- Transformation from organisational failure to award-winning status as a governing body
- Diploma in Landscape Architecture, Manchester Polytechnic, 1973
- Honorary Fellow, University of Central Lancashire, 2009
- Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa), Manchester Metropolitan University, 2015
- Doctor of Civil Laws (Honoris Causa), European University, Munich, 2015
Professional Career (to 2013)
- Chartered Landscape Architect, Urban Designer and Regeneration specialist
- Director of Urban Renewal Partnerships
- Executive Director (Regeneration) at the Borough of Pendle (local authority in Lancashire, England)
Progress and achievements to date are included on this website under the section Achievements.