Group Secretary - Neil Warden
I completed an advanced driving course in 1995 with Grampian Police and in order to maintain my skills, they recommended that I go to ROSPA or IAM. There wasn't a ROSPA group in Aberdeen so I got involved with the Aberdeen Advanced Motorists. After passing the test, the chairman at that time, Dave Walker, asked if I would like to get involved with observing and coming on to the Committee as observer trainer which I did. I eventually became Chairman.
A few years back, I took on the roll of RGC (Regional Group Coordinator) after Steve Shepley stepped down. This meant that I could no longer be involved at Committee level with the AAM Group but instead would help all of the IAM local Scottish Groups as and when they required it. This role involved arranging the Scottish Conference once a year, attending groups' AGMs, Committee meetings and anything else in between. However, with IAM RoadSmart appointing an Area Service Delivery Manager for the Scottish Groups, I was able to return to the Aberdeen Group committee exclusively and again became Chairman.
I've taken on the role of chairman 3 times, but stood down in 2018 and was very pleased when Joff took the post. I've not stepped away from our Committee altogether though, as well as focussing on Liaison with our team of Observers I will take on the General Secretary Officer. role for the first time. Regarding the former, my liaison responsibilities will keep the Observers up to speed with what the Group is planning as well as keeping the Committee abreast of how our Observers are progressing with their Associates
If any of our members would like take on the challenge of becoming an Observer, please contact myself or any other member of our Committee.