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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

IAM welcomes new Vice-Chairman

Highly respected engineer, designer and manager Derek McMullan has been appointed Vice-Chairman of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) with immediate effect.

This is the first appointment made by the IAM's new chairman Ken Keir OBE, who took over from the retiring chairman Alistair Cheyne OBE last November.

Derek is no stranger to the IAM, having joined the IAM Council in 2009.

His career started in the 1970's when he joined Westland Helicopters. He progressed up the ranks to become chief designer for the Lynx helicopter.

He then went into finance and strategic business management, qualifying as an accountant. Derek joined Eagle Star Insurance to run its engineering section and then worked in a variety of departments before retiring in 2008.

Derek said: "Poised for its 60th anniversary, the IAM is about to embark on its greatest challenge yet. We want to support all road users in enjoying their driving and riding more, helping them to become more confident on the road.

"To maximise our road safety influence we simply must achieve that broad appeal to the motoring public. Whilst protecting the advanced driving and riding standard, we will introduce new courses and products which appeal to those who want to focus on specific elements of their driving, without wanting to do a test.

He added: "As Vice-Chairman I will strive for unity of purpose and preservation of standards in all aspects of IAM's activity."

Sarah Sillars, IAM Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are delighted to appoint Derek our Vice-Chairman. He brings a keen understanding of the sector, as well as what's needed to take us into the future."

Away from the office, qualified pilot Derek enjoys flying light aeroplanes, helicopters and gliders. He's also a keen traveller and particularly enjoys riding mountain roads.

A Masters mentor and member of the National Training Team for Motorcycles Derek is the founding chairman of Worcestershire and Hereford Advanced Motorcyclists, where he is still active as a training team member and observer.

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