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About John


I hold a number of driver training and driving school related consultative positions in GB and in Europe concentrating on:

  • providing expert witness evidence and advice in legal cases involving driver trainers
  • speaking engagements on related matters
  • advice regarding driver trainer customer service matters
  • EU related projects
  • association administration

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the Institute of Association Leadership
  • Fellow of the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving
  • Fellow of the Association for Road Risk Management
  • Honorary Member of The Motor Schools Association of GB
  • 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

Presented with the inaugural “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving  8th September 2019

Interests and activities

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


Prior to my retirement in May 2019 I was General Manager of The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain (MSA GB) and President of the European Driving Schools Association (EFA)

I was responsible

  • To the MSA GB Board of Management for the day to day running of the organisation. Principal areas of responsibility included policy and communications. Executive editor of Newslink monthly trade paper.
  • For implementing the decisions of EFA general meetings. Official representative of EFA when dealing with authorities and institutions in Europe. Management of the EFA secretariat rested with me.

I have held various committee memberships and directorships

2018 –  2019       DfT Road Safety Delivery Group

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 of the 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 Approved Driving Instructor Training Establishments (ADITE)  Chair 1994 – 99

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

I was a representative to

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



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