a completing a varied 30 year policing career at the end of 2013, Richard soon started
working as a part time freelance professional driver and product expert in the luxury
automotive industry helping to launch new models to the worlds press. Being keen
to maintain and improve his advanced driving skill, he joined the RoSPA Hants
and IOW Group in 2014 and, in the same year, achieved the Gold Pass in his RoSPA
Advanced Driving test.
May 2015 he became a tutor for the group and has since tutored many Associates
to success in advanced driving. Volunteering to take on the role of Chief Tutor
in May 2021, Richard is committed to continue the excellent voluntary work of his
predecessor and all the group tutors in promoting and maintaining the highest driving
Barbara is based in Southampton, joining RoADAR in the
1990's. Barbara holds IAM and RoSPA qualifications and has a Gold grade pass
and an Advanced Tutor qualification. In her time with the Group Barbara has
been an active member and stepped down as Chief Tutor in May 2021 after over 10 years in the role.
Peter holds a Gold Grade pass. He has been driving cars
since 1967 and currently has a Mazda MX5. Previous cars include Triumph
Vitesse, Austin Healey Sprite, Triumph TR4, and Lotus Cortina among some more
mundane machinery. He has also served as an Observer/Senior Observer with
Paul is based in Salisbury where he works as a DVSA Approved
Driving Instructor. He's taken Advanced Driving tests with both RoSPA , where
he achieved the Gold Pass, and the Institute of Advanced Motorist (IAM). He is
also a DVSA Fleet Driver Trainer, which means that he is qualified to assess
and train company drivers.
Jon has taken the Rospa Advanced test on both car
and motorbike, where he achieved a Gold Pass with both. He took the bike
test first and decided that after about a decade of holding Gold Pass on the
bike he would take the car test to see how he got on, and came away with a Gold
Pass. He had a career in the motor industry testing and developing new
vehicles and holds HGV and PSV licences as a result of this. He has
driven to Northern Finland in January to go winter testing, and towed heavy trailers
round the Alps on test. His first love is cars, followed very closely by
began riding in 1962 – he really is that ancient! In those days young men
couldn’t afford cars! He’s been enjoying riding ever since and hopefully
has learned a little along the way. He still does about 12000 miles a
year on a BMW R1205RT and other bikes, touring, training, and having fun. Lou also mentors a young rider in MotoGP,
riding in Moto3 and owns a Honda Moto3 bike for his training, which Lou
occasionally rides on track himself. He’s no longer the fastest, but by
no means the slowest either. A RoSPA Advanced Diploma holder since April
2017 he just wants to help riders to be as safe as they can be whilst getting
what they want from their biking, whether it’s touring, commuting, a livelihood
or just having fun.
an agreement that, on a regular basis, the Chief Tutor role would be rotated
around suitably qualified tutors, Lou took over from Peter Tesar on the 1st
has been playing around on motorbikes ever since passing his bike test in ’86.
Since then, Peter has taken part in various track days, dirt bike enduro events
as well as years of mainland and overseas touring. The advanced riding journey
started in 2004 passing the IAM green badge followed by a few years
Instructing, more recently taking onboard the IAM Masters program passing with
a Distinction as well as passing the RoSPA Diploma.
has either owned or test ridden most makes & models and currently rides a
Beemer RT on the road. He is a passionate biker and welcomes a challenge! Peter handed over the Chief Tutor baton to Lou de Marco for the start of february 2021
Kev started riding in 1992, at 16 and has been on two wheels
since. Most of his riding is for social reasons, running up several thousand
miles during the year,
the odd commute. His current bike is a BMW K1300R. In 2010, Kev joined
the IAM and in the following year joined RoSPA where he gained a Gold Grade pass.
In April 2017, Kev achieved his Advanced Tutor Qualification. As a motorcyclist,
he feels that there is always something to learn.
passed his motorcycle test in 1972 and joined the RAC/ACU advanced riding
scheme immediately, qualified and acted as a tutor for 2 years until the scheme
ended. He has been riding all marques of bike ever since. He became interested
in advanced motorcycling in 2017 with the purchase of his first BMW, a K1600
GTLE. He started RoSPA advanced training at that time and initially got a
Silver in August 2017. He continued his rider training and retook the RoSPA
Advanced Motorcycle test in 2019, attaining Gold this time. Garry then
continued on to RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Tutor training and became qualified
late in 2019. He is passionate about all things motorcycling and safety. His
current bike is a BMW R1200GS and is based in the Isle of Wight
Greg has always had an interest and passion for motorbikes,
at 13 he was fascinated with the mechanics of bikes and repaired old scooters
which he used off road. He was able to buy his first descent bike a few years
later which was a second hand Suzuki TS185.
He has ridden and owned all sorts of bikes from a restored BSA C15 to a
Honda Fireblade but currently rides a BMW R1200 GS a BMW R1250 RT and his Honda
Pan European ST1300.
Greg passed his
first advanced test with the IAM in 2005 and has recently passed the IAM
Masters with Distinction, he has also passed the RoSPA Motorcycle Test with a
Gold Grade pass, the RoSPA Tutor Assessment and more recently the RoSPA
Advanced Tutor Assessment.
Aside from being a Tutor, his riding includes commuting,
social riding and he is also a Blood Biker with Serv Wessex. He is passionate
about advanced riding and is always looking for learning opportunities to
improve his own riding skills whilst assisting others to improve theirs.
Began riding in 1977!
always wanted a bike from a young age but mum was reluctant and said ‘only if
you do some extra training/safety’ so I enrolled on the RAC/ACU course at 16, I
think I was the only ‘Learner’ with a moped! The training was invaluable at a
young age, and managed to pass the test before taking the ministry test a year
later on a Yamaha 250 and kept bikes for about 20 years.
After about a decade
without a bike I decided to get back into riding and bought a GS, I then
decided to take the IAM test (2010) to get up to speed especially as now would
be taking my partner as pillion and we wanted to use the bike for holidays,
we’ve done the usual travels abroad including a short trip in America.
became interested in RoSPA completing the test in 2018 receiving a Gold, and
have just recently became a Tutor which I enjoy.
Gary first started riding in 1988 and has loved all things
two wheels since. This included a few years working with a British Supersport
team. His riding includes commuting, social riding and he is also a committed
Blood Biker with SERV Wessex. Gary joined RoSPA in 2019 and completed his Tutor
training in 2020.
He is passionate about advanced riding and assisting others
improve theirs. His current bike is a BMW R1250RT .
Piers has been riding motorbikes since he was a boy, having
been introduced to them by his motorbike loving father who owned all sorts of
interesting bikes including an original Honda Fireblade and a Honda RC30.
Piers currently rides a BMW R1200RT – his third one and is
struggling with what to buy next as, in addition to the original Honda VFR800,
the RT is the best all round bike on the road today. Having sold his Harley
Davidson Fat Bob 114, Piers is looking at filling that vacancy with either a
BMW GS Adventure or Triumph Tiger for a trip through the Pyrenees. Also in his
garage is a 1972 Honda ST70 originally bought new by his mother in the depth of
the 1970s fuel crisis. She
it once and declared it “bloody lethal” and it
was condemned to the back of the garage until Piers restored it in 2016.
Piers is blessed in that his wife also loves motorbikes and
she owns a Kawasaki ER6 and Harley Davidson Sportster 883.
Piers passed his RoSPA advanced Motorcycle test in 2020,
achieving a Gold standard and has now qualified as a Tutor and looks forward to
sharing his love of motorcycling with other associates.
Apart from a Suzuki
SP50 in 1977, Graham really started his ‘big boy’ motorcycle riding career in
2001, since when he has achieved RoSPA Gold Diploma, IAM National Observer, IAM
Masters (Distinction). Additionally he is also involved in coaching Counter Steering
and Pass Plus (Coaching Advance Riders after their test).
Riding circa 15,000
miles pa on his trusted BMW R1250RT for pleasure, business and of course
coaching, on all road types, Graham firmly believes in Continuous Personal
Development (CPD). In addition to being assessed/revalidated by one accrediting
body or another annually, Graham also regularly undergoes riding development
himself from some of the most esteemed Advanced Riding Coaches in the country.
His mantras being; you should never be complacent and think you know it all.
Never stop trying to improve and every day is a school day.