Meet the team
Chairperson - Vacant
Role is currently being managed by our Vice Chair Pete MacRorie
Vice Chair - Pete MacRorie
In the late 1950s, my favourite uncle would ride his 500cc matchless motorcycle from Kent to my home town of Ayr in the South West of Scotland. My mind was made up, I had to have a motorcycle, so in the early Sixties, I bought a 175cc Francis Barnett for £50. Soon after I passed my test, I moved on to a 500cc BSA A7. I moved from Scotland to Derby in 1992 and joined the local IAM car group as an observer that same year. In 1998 I joined the motorcycle group and passed the bike test on a VFR800 F1 in 1999. I am observing Bike & Car, something I really enjoy and get a lot of satisfaction from.
Club Secretary - Dave MacGregor
Hi and welcome to the DAM page I’m Dave Macgregor a real Scottish name, but I am sad to I was born in Burton on Trent. I started motorcycling way back in 1967/8 with my first bike being a BSA C15 for those who have not heard of them is a 250cc single. My current machine is a Yamaha Tracer 700 which is a million miles away from my first machine.
Treasurer - Amanda Nixon
I am the Treasurer for Derby AM, I have been biking for 27 years, both in the UK and Europe and had several bikes along the way, my fave now being Bluebell my beloved BMW F800ST. I joined DAM initially to do the Derbyshire Blood Bikes, but now no longer do this. Now my time is taken up with observing for DAM. The club has increased my confidence, I found new riding buddies and had lots of laughs along the way, and also reduced a lot of "Oh S***" moments in corners! I look forward to many more happy years biking with my buddies.
Lead Observer (North) - David Bettison
I have been biking since I had my FS1E at the tender age of 16, which is far too long ago to think about now. After a break of around 15 years, I restarted biking in 2005 enjoying the roads both here and in France. I joined the IAM in 2014 for the social side of the club and to enable me to volunteer to ride blood bikes. In 2017 I became a local observer before becoming a national observer and a committee member in 2018. My biggest regret - selling my Kawasaki Z1300. My proudest biking moment is gaining a distinction in the IAM master’s program.
Lead Observer (South) - Mark Collier
I rode dirt bikes over the fields when I was younger, but I didn't take my bike test until I was in my 30’s after a friend passed his test and kept on at me to take mine. After losing the same friend in a bike accident, I decided to get training to make myself a safer rider. I joined Derby Advanced Motorcyclists after replying to an add on Facebook for taster rides, and after passing my test with a F1rst I decided to become an observer and help others to become safer riders. Current bike - BMW F800GS
Events Coordinator - Chris Longdon
I've been riding bikes for 50+years now and with hindsight seems quite severely, as I was approaching retirement I decided I wanted to help the community and applied to join Derbyshire blood bikes. "You can't ride one of our bikes until you have passed an advanced test was the response" hence the involvement with the IAM, I passed my test and rode for blood bikes for around 12 months and then became an observer, I enjoy promoting safe riding as well as helping others to become advanced riders. I have owned several bikes in my time Velocette BMW AJS Suzuki my current motorcycles are BSA 500cc shooting star and a Triumph Tiger 800.
Events Coordinator - Steve McKeown
Meet & Greet - Andy Phipps
I joined the IAM group in July 2016 and have recently been appointed to the committee to meet and greet new members. My first taste of riding a motorbike came in 2008 when my partner gave me a voucher to do my CBT for my birthday. Since passing my full test in 2009, I have never looked back. I migrated to a Suzuki SV650s after passing my test, and this was a great bike. Ultimately it was a stepping stone towards my Honda Fireblade 1000cc that I have owned for the last five years. I have a very keen interest in MotoGP and regularly visit Silverstone each year to watch it.
I was 8 when I first tasted motorcycling on a Bultaco 250 Sherpa and learned the core skills of handling a trials bike. Now in my 40's I have been riding motorcycles on the road non-stop since I was 17. I have had numerous bikes over the years, and the one pleasure I owned and now regret selling is a Suzuki RGV250 VJ22. Now a F1rst member of DAM, my time is taken up with observing for the club, blood biking for SSCBB and I am a member of RoSPA too. I have come to make friends and enjoy regular club meets. Currently, I own a Yamaha Tracer 900GT and Buell XB9R Firebolt.