Our Council plays a key role in shaping the strategy, vision and purpose of IAM RoadSmart.
Ken was born in July 1950 and grew up in Dundee. In 1967 he moved to Birmingham to study engineering. On leaving college in 1972, he joined British Leyland, where he held positions in Marketing and Sales.
In 1980, Ken joined Peugeot UK, progressing to the position of Regional Director for the South of England. He joined Renault UK in 1991 as Director of Sales. Ken joined Honda (UK) in 1993 as General Manager, Cars a move which coincided with Honda’s manufacturing investment in the UK.
In 1998 Ken was promoted to Managing Director of Honda (UK). His responsibilities were added to in 2003 when he was appointed Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe. In April 2010, Ken was promoted to Executive Vice President, Honda Motor Europe, responsible for business performance in 27 European markets for Cars, Motorcycles and Power Equipment products.
Ken has a high interest in developing people in the industry and has a passion for seeing the development of apprenticeships.
In 2006 Ken was awarded an OBE, for services to the motor industry.
Ken is married to Linda and they have two daughters both living and working in London. His hobbies include boating, golf and current affairs.
Ken became Chairman of the IAM in November 2015.
He said: "I have spent all my working life in the motor industry and for the last 15 years have been responsible for cars and motorcycles at Honda, both for the UK and Europe. During this time I have seen at close proximity the importance of road safety. In the last 30 years cars and motorcycles have developed in a huge way in terms of safety technology. However, road safety still relies on the driver and their behaviour.
"We as a nation take real pride in our personal mobility. I think the IAM can have a greater influence on moulding this pride with road safety, through its actions and a clear and relevant message.
"I believe the opportunity exists for the IAM to create a real connection with younger people, thus offering a pride and association that can be long lasting.
"From the good work that has already been carried out we have a sound platform to create an even better contribution to the driving habits which result in better awareness of the importance of road safety."
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!