Our Council plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of IAM RoadSmart.
Derek McMullan has passed both car and motorcycle advanced tests and is a Senior Observer for motorcycles. He joined the IAM Council in 2009.
After leaving school at 15, he took unpaid leave to gain a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1975, he joined Westland Helicopters, where he progressed to become a Chief Designer for the Lynx helicopter. After leaving Westland, his interest turned to finance and strategic business management. He subsequently qualified as an Accountant and completed an MBA at Cranfield School of Management. He joined Eagle Star Insurance to run its Engineering section and then worked in a broad range of departments before retiring in 2008.
A pilot, Derek flies light aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders. He's also a keen traveller and particularly enjoys riding mountain roads, he has even ridden a Royal Enfield through the Himalayas! Photography has been a life-long love and, having switched to digital, he feels no nostalgia for darkroom chemicals.
He is the founding chairman of Worcestershire and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists, where he is still active as the chief observer.
Derek lives in the Worcestershire countryside with his wife Diana, a horticulture graduate; consequently he enjoys a beautiful and productive garden!