Our Group is run by local volunteers who are all passionate about making life on the road more enjoyable. At present, and in line with the IAM Group Constitution, we have Committee Officer positions for the Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer. These 3 Officer positions are supported by additional non-office holding members.
The Committee is aiming to bolster Committee numbers so that we have more capacity to meet our performance targets and consequently, would be keen for any full Aberdeen Member, who is interested in getting more involved with the Group, to consider joining our Committee, either in the capacity of an Officer or in a non-office holding role. Please see our document describing the Roles and Responsibilities for all the positions that we want to fill; all these positions are in line with other IAM Local Groups.
The Committee would be grateful for any assistance and would be more than happy to welcome you onto our team.
For the remaining part of 2018, here is the current team:
I completed an advanced driving course in 1995 with Grampian Police and in order to maintain your skills, they recommended you 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 the time was Dave Walker, asked if I wanted to get involved with observing and come on to the committee as observer trainer which I did.
A few years back, I was asked to take on the roll of RGC (Regional Group Co ordinator).after Steve Shepley stepped down. This meant I could no longer be involved at Committee level with the AAM and would help and assist all of the groups in Scotland as and when they required it. This involved arranging the Scottish Conference once a year, attending groups AGMs and committee meetings and anything else in between.
This will be the second time I've taken on the roll of chairman, and am happy to say that although we have many challenges ahead in building the group to be successful,we have a very good strong committee who do a great deal of work behind the scenes that not everyone appreciates or understands. To them I am forever grateful for their commitment.
This year we are focusing on the observers obtaining the new IMI qualification for both the car and bike sections. I am glad to say that we have been fortunate to have a few new trainee observers that decides to get involved after passing their respective test.
If any member would like take on the challenge of becoming an observer, please make contact with the committee in the first instance.
I initially got involved with the IAM after my Dad, who has also completed his Advanced Driving Course, suggested I try it out. Shortly afterwards, I received a birthday present of a subscription to the IAM and the rest, as they say, is history! Even before being given the subscription as a gift, having seen how much friends and family have taken from the course, it was something that I knew I was keen to do. I have always enjoyed driving and often go out on nice days to explore Aberdeenshire and further afield.
After successfully passing the Advanced Driving Course, I decided I wanted to give something back to the Group. The Group is run by volunteers and, if it hadn't been for them giving up their own time, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to take the course. So, I got involved as a trainee Observer and had the pleasure of observing several great and enthusiastic Associates, who all passed very well. I hope to become a fully qualified Observer shortly by sitting my IMI test with IAM.
I took on the role of Group Secretary unofficially in summer 2016, officially in December 2016, which sits very well with my day job of being a solicitor. I am now enjoying seeing how the Group works from a different perspective. I'd be keen to see more of our Members get involved in whatever capacity, because I'm always eager to meet fellow safe driving enthusiasts.
I recently started by CBT and will be working towards my bike licence in the coming months Otherwise, I'd consider doing things like my Masters in the future. I look forward to hearing from anybody looking to advance their driving or riding further beyond the Advanced course.
Commenced motorcycling when I was on the family farm when 10 and 11 years old. I gained my motorcycle driving license in 1989, riding my re-built Honda CB400 Twin. For a month or so i worked as a motorcycle courier between Southampton and the surrounding area, including London where as you’d expect i was exposed to some near misses.
My next motorcycle was a Kawasaki Zephyr 750 which i rode for a few years before trading it in to a Honda VFR 750 and then to what I ride now a VFR800.
After sitting my advanced test, I then decided that it would be good to assist other like minded motorcyclists become better, and this in turn would also improve my biking skills.
This is my third year as an observer and I would recommend riders to do the same, helping other like minded motorcyclists become better and safer riders.