The bike workshop at HMP Lindholme is well established in the prison. MCF are pleased to welcome onboard the new bike workshop Instructor Ant Surtees. 

We asked Ant for a biography and here's what he said about himself: 

"After qualifying as a classically trained Chef, working in some of the best hotels nationwide, my ambitious side naturally took me front of house. I soon worked out that I prefer to be around people instead of been stuck in a hot kitchen cooking for them.

I have been involved in Education within the prison service for a few years, in various different sectors including Catering & Hospitality and Customer Service, utilising my 25 years’ experience in this industry. I transferred to HMP Lindholme to lead the bike workshop in November 2020. 

As a young lad growing up, my passion was and still is bikes, either with an engine or without. My love for 2 wheels started at a very early age. I started to race BMX’s - I was spotted early on and was fortunate enough to get a sponsorship off a local Bike shop. To help my fitness and training, through the week I would ride road bikes, and again I found that I had love for this type of riding so I started to take part in time trials and racing road bikes through a local club.

I then made the transition from bicycles to motorcycles and raced Schoolboy Motocross and won a few schoolboy championships. To this day I still race at club level and maintain my own bikes."

I’m looking forward to being able to pass on my passion for bikes and bike experience to men here at Lindholme, and help with their rehabilitation.

"I do hope this will give them a positive focus while completing their sentence and help them once released, either professionally or even just to maintain their own bikes.

I have found over the years that bikes can help break down barriers and give you something to focus on, as I came from a one parent family with its challenges and this definitely helped me through my ‘growing up years’. The exercise part is fantastic for anyone at any level, and if I can encourage this, it can only be positive."

Ant has recently completed the Velotech Platinum Plus training course and is looking forward to be able to start delivering the accredited training in the workshop. 

More information about HMP Lindholme can be found on the Ministry of Justice website here.