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OAD Extraordinary General Meeting 6 April 2022

Charity Commission rules and IAM RS affiliation require that each Group has, as a minimum, a functioning committee of six members. At the moment we have a committee of 5 members and hence do not meet these requirements. The committee have unanimously agreed that, as our next AGM is some time away, we should call an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM). Formal notice of the EGM has been issued in accordance with the Group rules.

The Group is in a strong situation, both financially and organisationally, with all activities related to the merger complete. We have established systems to manage associate training, GDPR, committee documentation and events. Personally, during my time as Chair, I can reflect on being very successful in managing, inter alia, the merger and Covid-19. However, it is now time for someone to bring some fresh energy to the role. It is my intention to relinquish the role of Chair on 5 April 2022. I remain committed to my role as National Observer (NO) and to a full handover to the new Chair.

In advance of the formal notice please may I ask everyone to consider their ability to contribute to the new committee. Whilst the rules define an absolute minimum committee, additional members will be required to run a group of our size. I think, in addition to the 3 Officers, we need 5 ordinary committee members, plus of course our reliance on Nik’s fantastic support. This will be reflected in a resolution to be voted on at the EGM. Key areas which require attention now are newsletter, website, social media, and event organisation. I believe the decision to call an EGM is correct and reflects the committee members’ ongoing commitment to the success of the group. However, I have to be clear, that if sufficient candidates do not step forward, we will find ourselves in a very difficult situation. In fact the consequence of not having in place a fully functioning committee would be the closure of the Group.

We have approximately 120 full members so on average each member would need to serve fewer than once in every 12 years to have a viable committee. Please do consider how you may be able to contribute to the Group’s future.

This text has been reviewed by the committee and IAM RoadSmart prior to distribution. Please do not hesitate to contact me via with any queries or for informal discussion.

Formal documents are available below. Please note that the deadline for signed nomination and proxy forms is 30 March 2022.

Alexander Lewis


Oxfordshire Advanced Drivers

OAD Annual General Meeting 2021

OAD AGM 2021

There was a good turnout of members and friends at the OAD AGM 2021 on 16th November.

OAD Chair Alex Lewis reported on another challenging year of group activities curtailed by Covid restrictions.  Nevertheless, despite fewer group events, advanced driving courses are back up to speed with five test passes in recent weeks.

After the formalities, our IAM Area Service Delivery Manager Robbie Downing led a discussion on the future of the organisation with a particular emphasis on the need to recruit a new generation of members who enjoy driving to a high standard.

Click here for a full account of the meeting.

Advanced Driving - A Lifelong Interest

Rosie F

oday, we are celebrating achievements by two of our younger and older members.

Rosie Fishburn recently passed her Advanced Driver Test and is just starting out as an advanced driver.
Brian Layt-Williams is retiring after many years as an IAM observer.

Click here for more.

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Geoff Lighter

Geoff Ayres – Off to the Seaside


In November, we lost the services of Geoff Ayres, National Observer and Chief Observer for the southern part of the OAD area.  Geoff and his wife have moved to Sussex to be nearer their family and to enjoy the healthy benefits of sea air.

                                         Click here for more.

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