They play a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of IAM RoadSmart along with their fellow Council members.
Derek is a passionate and highly experienced member of IAM RoadSmart who became Chairman in October 2019 after a productive 18-year association with the charity. He joined the IAM Council in 2009 and was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2015. Derek holds an IAM RoadSmart Masters Distinction for both cars and motorcycles - the highest-level civilian road driving/riding qualification in the UK. Along with being an active member of our national network of 182 local groups, he is a qualified IAM National Observer, Masters Mentor and Skills Days Instructor for motorcycles and cars.
A qualified accountant with a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Derek brings significant main board experience and strategic business and finance skills to the chair. During his professional career he was Chief Designer for the Lynx helicopter at Westland Helicopters, and prior to his retirement in 2007, led the engineering division of Eagle Star Insurance.
Derek is Founding Chairman of Worcestershire and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists where he was Chief Observer and most recently, helping to develop training standards and links across groups in the IAM RoadSmart network.
He flies light aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders and is also a keen traveller. Derek has ridden his classic Royal Enfield motorcycle through the Himalayas and toured extensively across South America, China, India and New Zealand.
He lives with his wife Diana, a horticulture graduate, in the Worcestershire countryside where he also enjoys a beautiful and productive garden.
Details of the Vice Chair are to be announced.