IAM RoadSmart has named Derek McMullan as its new chairman, replacing Andy Barratt.
The new role builds on McMullan’s 18 years’ involvement with the charity. He joined the IAM Council in 2009 and was appointed vice-chairman in 2015. He holds an IAM RoadSmart Masters distinction for both cars and motorcycles – the highest-level civilian road driving and riding qualification in the UK.
Alongside being an active member of the charity’s national network of 182 local groups, he is a qualified IAM RoadSmart national observer, masters mentor and Skills Days instructor for motorcycles and cars.
McMullan is also founding chairman of Worcestershire and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists where he was chief observer and helped to develop training standards and links across groups in the IAM RoadSmart network.
He commented: “I am delighted to be appointed Chairman of IAM RoadSmart; after 18 years supporting the charity I am still hugely passionate about road safety. Our aim is to significantly reduce the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads and I believe this is entirely realistic and achievable.
“I am looking forward to working with my fellow IAM RoadSmart members, the charity’s executive team and our amazing volunteer network in making this vision a reality.”
Mike Quinton, IAM RoadSmart chief executive officer, commented: “I can’t think of anyone better qualified than Derek to be our new Chairman. He brings significant board experience and hugely beneficial strategic business skills to the chair, and his track record in supporting the charity’s mission is impeccable.
“My fellow directors, and the entire IAM RoadSmart team, have great pleasure in welcoming him to his new role.”