My Road Safety interest started after attending a RAC/ACU moped and then the motorcycling training courses 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 (GRSP) until it was dissolved), for the past 20 plus years, including my latter time in Gloucestershire Police, covering all aspects of road safety from facilitating "Better Driving" courses, the Drink and Drugs awareness courses, to moped / motorcycle safety in schools / colleges, local Military Units and Universities (presenting an introduction to using UK roads for attending International Students).
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, together with the regular refresher assessments.
Latterly, I was in a small team within the Road Safety & Traffic Management Unit, gaining qualifications in Safety Audit and Advanced Safety Audit courses, a Traffic Management course, the "LANTRA" Traffic Management Sector Scheme 12D award and various City & Guilds awards.
I was medically retired from the police in December 2013.
Stn. Manager Graham - Chris aka @ChrisThinkbiker - and I
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 FREC3 certificate, a 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 both of the IAM RoadSmart Groups within Gloucestershire (Cheltenham and Cotswolds Advanced Motorcyclists (CCAM) and Severn Advanced Motorcyclists (SAM).
I have stood down from the Chief Observer roles for both Groups, because in 2017 I was asked to be an Examiner, having been awarded an IMI Examiner certificate and during October 2020, as CPD, I took my "Masters" test and was awarded a distinction.
Attending the local ‘Biker Nites’ within Gloucestershire and surrounding Counties, I also promote and facilitate, with colleagues the "Biker Down!" workshops, a free 3.5 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.