Chair’s Chatter – November 2016

This will be my last Chairs Chatter as I am standing down as Chair at the AGM on 8th November. I have been on the committee for 9 years now – as Membership Secretary, Group Secretary and then Chair for the past 2 years. It has been a real pleasure to be part of the LAM Committee team over the years and it is a great team of people who keep LAM running. My sincere thanks to all the Committee Members, the Observers and the Full members who contribute a lot of time and effort to keep LAM running smoothly and successfully. I will still be around to help out and I intend to carry on as a National Observer- as soon as I can get back on the bike.

The success of LAM was recognised at the IAM Conference on 23rd October when we came 2nd in the IAM Group Awards, up from 3rd in 2015! Nigel Green was there with Chris Dyson to receive the award and it was very close at the top with LAM being only one point below the winner (Northumbria) and 3 points covering the top five groups. Guess the LAM target for 2017!

2nd Place, IAM Bike Conference

Other key points from the IAM Bike Conference are as follows

  • All Groups should have the IAM RoadSmart logo on clothing, Web sites etc to help promote a consistent and professional image.
  • Groups asked to continue to promote the “Skill for Life” program to younger riders.
  • IAM RoadSmart is pushing for greater use of Social media (Face book, Twitter etc) to spread the message to the younger generation.
  • A “Fellowship of IAM RoadSmart” will be introduced and that will require a retest every 3 years for any one wishing to take up and maintain the Fellowship member status.
  • A modular approach to training is being looked and will roll out in the future.
  • Groups that meet certain requirements will be allowed to “sign off” Associates as Full members, there will still be the option to take the IAM Test as it is now for those that wish to take the test.
  • Overall a very interesting and successful conference that outlined some interesting changes to come which LAM is well placed to implement as necessary.

    Many congratulations to Johny Brett and Peter Hase who have both passed their National Observer test in the past month, both put in a lot of time and commitment running up to the test and great to see that all the effort was rightfully rewarded.

    I would also like to thank Peter Gibbons who has decided to step down from Observing after eight years; Peter will be spending more time with his growing family and will remain a LAM member. You are always welcome back Peter if the baby sitting gets too much :).

    Overall the group has had another excellent month for IAM test passes with 6 test passes and 3 of those are at the F1RST level, well done all. Of the last 29 Test passes 10 of those have been at the F1RST level. A great result for those “Ex-Associates” and the Observer team. The Wales Weekend was a great success as usual and remember that there is an “End of Summer ” social ride on 30th October.

    A reminder for all associates who would like a mid-week or weekend Observed Ride outside of the Group Meeting dates. You can send an email to and we will try to find an observer who is free on the dates that you request. We will then put the Associate and Observer in touch to make final arrangements for the ride.

    As Christmas is around the corner there will be the annual LAM Dinner at The Boulevard Restaurant in South Croydon on Saturday December 10th, spaces are limited so get in quick by contacting for booking information or see the post on the LAM Forum.

    Finally remember that the AGM is on Tuesday 8th November starting at 7:30pm at The Warren Bromley – full address is on Tracker. I hope to see many of you at the AGM.

    This months IAM DTE numbers (as of 3rd October 2016) for LAM are below, (data is for a rolling 12 month period).

      LAM Regional Avg.
    Skills for Life Sales in the last 12 months 118 38
    LAM Regional Avg.
    IAM Advanced Riding Test results over the last 12 months
    Pass at FIRST level 14 4
    Pass 28 13
    Fail 7 3
    Average % pass rate 86% 85%


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