My Road Safety interest started after attending a RAC/ACU motorcycling training course and, after successfully completing an Instructor course during 1983, I joined both Brockworth and Gloucester venues.
The Road Safety Unit of Gloucestershire County Council, started their own motorcycling safety course, overseen by Richard Smith, I successfully attended and passed the MITCON Instructor course. I have been involved with the Road Safety Unit and latterly, the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership for the past 20 years, covering all aspects of road safety from "Better Driving" courses, Drink and Drugs awareness to moped / motorcycle safety in schools / colleges.
In 1994 I joined Gloucestershire Constabulary and was very fortunate within my Police service to spend most of it on both Firearms (ARV & TWT) and Traffic Duties, successfully passing both Class 1 (Advanced) in cars and bikes. Latterly I was in a small team within the Road Safety & Traffic Management Unit, gaining qualifications in Safety Audit and Advanced safety Audit courses, Traffic Management course, Lantra award Sector 12D and various City & Guilds awards.
I was medically retired from the police in December 2013.
Edexcel BTEC certificate (Distinction) for Advanced and Defensive riding. Edexcel BTEC certificate (Distinction) for Advanced and Defensive driving. I have successfully passed the National Observers qualification awarded by Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and am a Local Observer Assessor (LOA) for IAM RoadSmart.
A SFJ Level 3 award in Education and Training (QCF) and since 1992, I have held an Emergency Medical Technician qualification, (BLS and ATLS) and currently I hold a valid First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification and I am Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and Oxygen therapy trained.
I am one of the RoSPA motorcycle Examiners (Gloucestershire) and have held the position of Chief Observer for the IAM RoadSmart Groups within Gloucestershire (Cheltenham and Cotswolds Advanced Motorcyclists (CCAM) and Severn Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM).
I have delivered BikeSafe for Gloucestershire Police and now coordinate the Gloucestershire workshops as part of the Tri Force partnership with the Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire Forces.
I have stood down from the Chief Observer roles for both Groups and am currently an Examiner for motorcycles with IAM RoadSmart.
Attending the local ‘Biker Nites’ within Gloucestershire and surrounding Counties, I also promote and facilitate, with colleagues the ‘Biker Down’ workshops, a free 3-hour session, conceived by Kent Fire & Rescue Service, delivering and discussing : collision scene management, First Aid, CPR, helmet removal (if necessary) and the "science of being seen", to both riders and pillions. This workshop, which we attempt to hold monthly during the riding season at SkillZONE, Tuffley Lane, Gloucester GL4 0AS and is free.
I am obviously a keen motorcyclist, photographer, computer "half geek" and drone pilot.