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About John

Full name: John Robert Lepine

Nationality: British

General Manager, The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain (MSA GB)

President, European Driving Schools Association (EFA)

Office: 101 Wellington Road North, Stockport, Cheshire SK4 2LP

Tel: 0161 429 9669


MSA GB is the national trade association for driving instructors and schools founded in 1935. Full members of the association are all Driving Standards Agency Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) members also include those training to become driving instructors and all driver/rider trainers who are qualified to carry out the training they deliver.

EFA represents the interest of its members with all European authorities, institutions and organisations, concerned with: driving instruction; driver improvement; further education of novice drivers; environmentally friendly driving and all questions concerning road safety. Members are Driving School Associations which are registered in Europe currently there are 27 countries in membership


For MSA GB – responsible to the Board of Management for the day to running of the organisation. Principal areas of responsibility policy and communications. Executive editor of Newslink monthly trade paper.

For EFA – responsible for implementing the decisions of general meetings. Official representative of EFA when dealing with authorities and institutions in Europe. Management of the EFA secretariat rests with the president.

Committee memberships/Directorships

2015 –  2017        Non executive Director Firstbasic Limted.

2014 –  2019        Member of the National Associations Strategic Partnership

2011 –  2016        Chairman People 1st  Driver Trainer Industry Board

2009 – 2011       Director GoSkills Main Board (Sector Skills Council)

2007 – 2008       Chairman GoSkills NVQ technical review group

2007 – 2013       Member DSA MDT Steering Group & Working Party

2005 – 2011       Chairman GoSkills Driving Trainer Industry Board

2004 – 2009       Member of GoSkills Stakeholder Board

2004 – 2005       Member  Instructor Standards Project Expert Group

2000 – 2010       Member Ministers Road Safety Advisory Panel

1999 – 2004       Director of the Official Register of Driving Instructor Trainers Management Committee Ltd. (ORDIT)

1999 – 2001       Member  DSA Fleet Driver Initiative Committee

1999 – 2000       Member Work-related Road Safety Task Group

1997 – 2012       Member Pass Plus Board

1997 – 2000       Member DfT Advisory Group – Driver Training and Testing

1995 – 1996       Chairman N/SVQ. Driving Instruction Management Group

1992 – 1999       Member of the Directory of Approved Driving Instructor Training Establishments (ADITE) Management Committee, Chair 1994 – 99

1988 – 1992       Chairman Working Party investigating the setting up of a register of driving instructor training establishments.

Representative to

  • Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS)
  • Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
  • European Driving Schools Association (EFA)

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Association Management
  • Fellow of the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving
  • Fellow of the Association of Industrial Road Safety Officers
  • Honorary Member of The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain
  • Member of the DVSA Register of Approved Driving Instructors
  • Member of The Institute of Advanced Motorists

Professional activities

  • Witness providing written and oral evidence to The Transport Committee of the House of Commons
  • Addressing MEPs and road safety experts at the European Parliament
  • Analyst on the BBC3 programme Barely Legal Drivers
  • Expert witness in legal cases involving driver trainers
  • Auditor – Institute of Master Tutors of Driving (IMTD)


Appointed a Member of the Civil Division of the most excellent order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to road safety and driver training 15th June 1991

Interests and activities

Grandchildren, MCFC, KCCC and  painting very poor water colours.

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