Michael BrianCookson OBE is a road racing cyclist from Lancashire. He has been president of British Cycling since 1997, after becoming a member of an emergency committee to rescue it from insolvency in 1996. He has been credited for turning the sport around since taking on his unpaid role as president. He was awarded the gold badge of honour by British Cycling in December 2006 and honoured with an OBE in the Queens New Year Honours in 2008. Cookson first became involved in the administration of the sport in the 1980s.