Our team of executive directors

Sustrans executive team of directors embody our charity's values and provide strong leadership with expertise and vision.

Chief Executive, Xavier Brice

As CEO, Xavier’s job is to get the best out of the fantastic team at Sustrans through his leadership of the Executive team. He is accountable to the Board of Trustees for delivering our strategy and works closely with our trustees and external stakeholders.

Ever since childhood, Xavier has been fascinated by transport’s impact on society. He believes that how we get around shapes how happy we are as individuals, and how happy and healthy our society is. He thinks we could all be a lot healthier and happier and is thrilled to be an organisation making that happen.

Xavier joined Sustrans in June 2016 from Transport for London where he held a variety of roles. This included leading the modernisation of London Underground's stations, and developing a new cycling strategy for the city, which led to the introduction of the Cycle Superhighways and Cycle Hire Scheme. Before this, he advised international businesses and organisations on their strategies.

Xavier is a lifelong cyclist and a bit of a transport geek. He's a long-term Sustrans supporter and has too many cycles of various shapes and sizes. He's married with two young girls and lives in Surrey.

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Deputy Chief Exec, John Lauder

Deputy Chief Exec, John Lauder

John has been with Sustrans since 2005, first as Director for Scotland and now as Deputy CEO and Executive Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He believes that one of Sustrans' great strengths is the ability of our people to deliver practical and collaborative projects that demonstrate how things can be changed for the better and that the status quo can be challenged sensibly and practically.

John leads our teams across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He supports them to build partnerships, engage with local communities, and design and build infrastructure - rejuvenating the National Cycle Network so that it works for everyone. 

He says it’s a privilege to lead such teams and he is constantly blown away by how creative, impactful and ambitious our projects are.

John is a country boy at heart, born and bred in the rural Scottish Borders. He grew up walking and then cycling everywhere and the habit has never left him.

Now, cycling is a way to get exercise and head-space. He lives near many fantastic Network routes and wants that for everyone.  

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Development director, Susie Dunham

Susie Dunham, Development Director

Susie is an impact-driven leader with over 15 years’ experience in the sustainability field, across public, private and third sectors. She has been in a variety of roles with Sustrans since 2007.

Prior to Sustrans, Susie was a resource efficiency consultant, leading communications projects focused on waste minimisation and recycling for public and private sector clients.

Susie is passionate about the role that walking and cycling can play in making places healthier, and people happier. She began cycling at university and has never looked back. Today she spends her free time trying to encourage her 4-year-old son to get on his bike and discover the same freedom and joy.

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Policy, communications and Wales director, Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks, Director of External Affairs

Steve is responsible for Sustrans’ UK-wide external affairs work including internal and external communications, supporter engagement, brand and marketing, fundraising, and policy and influencing.

His team promotes the charity and the National Cycle Network and inspires people to support us.

Steve is responsible for making it easier to walk and cycle by securing longer-term political change for Sustrans’ agenda. He is also accountable for the work of Sustrans Cymru.

Hailing from one of England’s most deprived estates, Steve is passionate about ending poverty and creating a better environment for everyone.

He has spent most of his career working in policy and campaigns for organisations including Oxfam and the Sustainable Development Commission.  

Steve normally splits his time between Cardiff, Bristol and London, and is a board member of another charity and a housing association.

Outside of work, he loves comedy, cocktails, and watching Cymru beat England.

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London director, Matt Winfield

Matt Winfield, England Director

Matt is responsible for our work in England and for Health & Safety across the charity.

His key role is to support colleagues from Lands End to Berwick, Broadstairs to Barrow to transform towns and cities so that walking and cycling for everyday trips are easy and attractive. As well as building a high-quality National Cycle Network.

Previously Director for Sustrans in London, Matt joined us in 2006 and has worked in a number of roles supporting the delivery of projects, from bridges in East London to behaviour change projects across the city.

As England Director Matt is particularly excited about the role Sustrans can play in supporting communities in neglected parts of our cities and towns to rethink their neighbourhoods for the benefit of people who live in those communities, rather than those who drive through then.

He also relished the opportunity to walk and cycle as much of the National Cycle Network as possible.

Previously Matt worked at America Bikes in Washington DC where he developed and worked on a variety of projects to create safer streets, stronger communities and a cycle-friendly America.

Matt likes nothing more than spending time with his family, going out for a long bike ride, cooking a curry or watching his football team, Arsenal.

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Harry Hayer, Director of HR and Organisational Development

Harry Hayer, People and Organisational Development Director

Sustrans is a reflection of its great people – those that bring diversity, talent, energy, drive and commitment to making a difference. Harry’s role is to provide a framework in which our employees and volunteers can thrive.

With an Indian heritage and lifelong disability, Harry is passionate about Sustrans being a charity ‘for everyone’. One that brings together diverse life experiences and voices to enrich the work that we do that helps others to walk, wheel and cycle.

As a Board Director of numerous companies and organisations for over 25 years, his experience spans the charity sector, national and local government, academia, the NHS, regulation and the music industry.

Born in Coventry and now based in Bristol, Harry has travelled extensively with his work. He's led large-scale strategy, mergers and acquisitions, transformation, restructuring, organisation development, turnaround and change programmes.

In his spare time, Harry loves chatting with his mum and dad, travelling the world, producing dance music and living the highs and lows of being an Arsenal fan.

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