Our Observers

Chris Polawski

NO, Masters Mentor

I have been an active member of CAM since 2011 and I am very passionate about road safety and motorcycling.  I enjoy the challenge of developing my own and others’ riding and believe that “fun” should be at the heart of all riding experiences. I also enjoy touring in Europe and am a volunteer for Cornwall Blood Bikes, another Cornish charity supporting the community.

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Chris Polawski

Chris Polawski

NO, Masters Mentor

Gary Metters

National Observer

I passed my DSA motorcycle test at the age of 18 and signed up for the IAM Skill for Life course in 2008 to improve my skills subsequently passed my IAM advanced test with the help of my observer Mark Tucker.
The following year I became a Group Observer for CAM and in July 2014 I have qualified as an IMI National Observer. As an observer for CAM I enjoy taking out other riders where I am able to pass on my learning and I am pleased that I have been able to help my associates to pass their advanced test.
I also enjoy taking part in the club’s group rides and riding with other like minded advanced motorcyclists who put safety and fun at the forefront of their riding.

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Gary Metters

Gary Metters

National Observer

Terry Tomlin

NO and Master, TSG Chairman
chair@iamroadsmartcornwall.org

Passed advanced test in 1993 while in Wey Valley Advanced Motorcyclist in Surrey.
Started Observing in 1995 after qualifying as a Group Observer.
In 1998 passed the Senior Observer test.
On 7th July 2013 was the first in Cornwall to gain IMI accreditation as National Observer.

Personal: travelled most of the UK with WVAM. During 2009, 2010 and 2011 with friends Spain, Portugal, France, mainly on fantastic mountain roads.

Currently enjoy riding and training days with CAM.

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Terry Tomlin

Terry Tomlin

NO and Master, TSG Chairman

Gren Metta

Local Observer

Started riding at age 16, various tatty old bikes. Had a break when the kids were born in 72 / 76 until they were teenagers, at wife's insistence. Back to bikes in mid 80's. Started doing CBT. As a down-trained instructor, part-time in the mid 90's just for fun. Made redundant in 2005 and decided to go full-time, DSA qualified for CBT in 2006 and DAS in 2008. Currently employed as DAS / CBT instructor with a small local business. Current bikes: BMW F800S, Kawasaki ER5, Moto Guzzi V50 Mk.3.

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Gren Metta

Gren Metta

Local Observer

Tim Collins

NO and Masters Mentor, Associate Coordinator
associates@iamroadsmartcornwall.org

Tim is a full blooded Cornishman who has been riding full time for 20years, and in that time has had 7 bikes, and all except one has been a Honda !
He has been a active member of CAM since 2007 progressing from becoming a full member to his present position of IMI National Observer and a member of the RTT (Regional Training Team).
He is very active with the training arm of the group and is the group’s Associate Allocator and a member of the TSG Training support Group).
He has now been given the all clear to be let loose out of this country so taking the bike on to the continent this year for the first of hopefully many trips abroad.

As the Associate Allocator for Cornwall Advanced Motorcyclists I am responsible for allocating new associates with their elected Observers.
This is normally done by logistics, though this is not always possible due to availability of Observers, so Associates and Observers normally meet up without having too far to travel.
CAM observers are spread far and wide in the county so hopefully there will always be one nearby.

All training requirements within the group are normally decided by the TSG (Training Support Group ) of which I sit on, and most of the on road training for either Associates or Observers is actioned and implemented by myself.

When the Associate's Observer feels that they are test ready the Observer contacts me for a check ride by either myself or one of our IMI National Observers for quality control purposes, so again I am responsible for organising that.
I keep a monthly record of all Associate allocations and test passes, and on the rare occasion test fails, and I present this at our regular TSG meetings and at our regular Observer meetings.

The group Observers are assessed every 3 years by the IMI National Observers in the group to make sure their skills are to the required standard and I organise and sign them off when completed.

With the help of Mark Tucker, our Vice Chair, we organise our yearly training weekends which take place in various parts of the South West.
This helps make sure that our Observers are kept refreshed with their training skills and a bit of a social weekend too.

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Tim Collins

Tim Collins

NO and Masters Mentor, Associate Coordinator

Mandy Pratley

Local Observer, Publicity
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Mandy Pratley

Mandy Pratley

Local Observer, Publicity

Mark Tucker

NO and Masters Mentor, Membership and Secretary
members@iamroadsmartcornwall.org

Held bike licence for 40 odd years! Joined CAM 12 ish years ago served on committee for most of that time associate observer and senior now for 6 years
Enjoy riding but not much interested in talking about bikes.

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Mark Tucker

Mark Tucker

NO and Masters Mentor, Membership and Secretary

Stefan Pitcher

National Observer
stefan.pitcher@cornwalladvanced.co.uk

I have four passions, music, motorcycling, reading and Leyton Orient FC but not necessarily to be read in that order of preference. I’ve been riding for longer than I care to remember and passed my advanced motorcycle test in 2009. Best move I ever made.
I became an Observer in 2011 obtaining my first candidate pass in August of that year.
I won’t stop learning until I can no longer sling my leg over a bike. Utopia for me would be to see everybody riding and driving to advanced standards. We would see a lot less accidents.

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Stefan Pitcher

Stefan Pitcher

National Observer

David Mooney

National Observer

I started my riding career on Hendon Aerodrome in North London when I was 14. It was a Lambretta. I had never ridden before but just got on and tore down the main runway. We had a BSA Bantam over there which we scrambled over the old bomb dumps and air raid shelters. When I was 16, I had a 50cc Garelli and various other small bikes until I rescued an Aeriel 350cc OHV with a sidecar from someone’s front garden. I was 17 at the time and managed to get it on the road and used it for work. During my married years, I was not allowed to have a bike so when she went, thing I did was buy one! I have had quite a few since then and currently ride a Kawasaki ZZ R1200 and a ZX 9R (not at the same time!). Apart from my IAM National qualification, I have passed RoSPA Gold and have a DSA CBT and Direct Access licence. I have also spent time and money on instruction from ex Police riders to improve my ride. I did a track day once and loved it. Due to my ME, I am unable to ride as much as I would like but I join in and help whenever possible. This is all very boring isn’t it, but I’ve had a whale of a time with my bikes and hope to encourage and help new advanced riders as long as I can.

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David Mooney

David Mooney

National Observer

Julie Morris

Local Observer
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Julie Morris

Julie Morris

Local Observer

Malcolm Farrar

National Observer, Master, Newsletter editor

CAM Local Observer – Riding history

Passed DSA Test 1968

Various bikes over the years from Francis Barnet 250 to Triumph Tiger 100, 3TA, Honda 400/4, Guzzi LeMans, Current bike VFR800i.

Range of post test training, Early bikesafe (N London Police Garage1992), Honda MAC course, Bikesafe (Cornwall 2010), IAM Skill for Life.

Currently cover about 7000 – 9000 miles per year pleasure riding (Favourite routes are at least 100 miles with somewhere decent to get a bite to eat at the end of it!), observing, volunteer rider for Cornwall’s Blood Bike service and a summer holiday European Tour (usually about 2000 miles)

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Malcolm Farrar

Malcolm Farrar

National Observer, Master, Newsletter editor

Steve Smith

National Observer
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Steve Smith

Steve Smith

National Observer

Dave Cromey

Local Observer

I rode bikes when at college, many years ago - Ariel Leader, BSA C125 - when you could ride a 250 on L plates, but never did a test. I passed the IAM car test in 1984ish, then fast forward to 1997, when I rebuilt a scrap Honda Superdream 250 found on a farm, and passed my bike test. Bandit 600, VFR 800 and VTEC, then two Triumph Sprint 1050s, and here I am, with the IAM bike test somewhere in the middle. Apart from IAM, I have also enjoyed several one-to-one days with independent advanced instructors - there's always something to learn! I enjoy 6000-7000 miles a year, especially longer rides, and with the NW200 as an annual trip.
As an observer, my main aim is to help my associate to "think" all the time about what's happening and what to do about it. It's amazing how many people are on autopilot out there!

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Dave Cromey

Dave Cromey

Local Observer

Andy Davey

National Observer
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Andy Davey

Andy Davey

National Observer

David Hinchcliffe

National Observer, Chairman
vicechair@iamroadsmartcornwall.org

I'm a late in life biker having never been allowed to have one by my parents but have had biker friends all my life. Love the outdoors and fresh air and needed a change from sailing. Always admired those smooth effortless riders and wanted to be one so joined CAM and never looked back. Great fun and makes for safer riding: great gang of people and have discovered so many more roads to ride in Cornwall. Gets you out on the bike more; my partner rides too and we love touring France (trips to Captain Jasper’s in Plymouth are good too).

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David Hinchcliffe

David Hinchcliffe

National Observer, Chairman

Mark Holryod

Local Observer
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Mark Holryod

Mark Holryod

Local Observer

Tom Tree

Local Observer
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Tom Tree

Tom Tree

Local Observer

Graham Barnett

National Observer,
tsg@iamroadsmartcornwall.org

I started biking at the age of 16, only taking a break when my daughters were young, then starting up again in the late 1990s. Having mainly ridden Japanese bikes - all makes and models, I am now converted to BMW. I re-commenced formal training around 2004 through Bike Safe and other various one day sessions, eventually joining IAM in 2015. I am passionate about improving safety through continued rider training and my strong desire to constantly develop my own skills and experience, which I can then pass on to others, something the IAM Observers process does very well.

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Graham Barnett

Graham Barnett

National Observer,

Karen Richards

Local Observer, Vice Chair

<div>I first road bikes back in 1975 when I took my test around a housing estate with an official watching me.</div>
<div>I rode various bike ranging from a Honda CB 125, CB 250, CB550, CB 400 Yamaha DT175, RD400 but stopped riding while the children were young until 2011 when I got back to biking to be able to ride to Spain with my husband.</div>
<div> Since then we regularly ride abroad and various short breaks in England and Wales covering on average 13000 miles a year for leisure.</div>
<div class="x_aolmail_aolmail_envelope" align="left">I took my advance riding  in 2015 because I wanted to be a safe competent ride and thoroughly enjoyed  the experience. This inspired me to become a local observer and hopefully pass on to other riders a worth while and useful skills to enhance their riding.</div>

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Karen Richards

Karen Richards

Local Observer, Vice Chair

Conrad Dowding

Local Observer

I took my bike test at 16 on a BSA250, and subsequently rode many British Bikes, including BSA Bantams, Gold Flash and Aerial's.  Having to earn a living and subsequent marriage and children, meant that bikes were no longer a priority.  Coming back to biking at a later stage, I soon found that the bikes of today are much faster, traffic is denser. Re-actions need to be quicker and I soon realised that I needed help. Having obtained my IAM pass on cars, it was apparent that I needed to improve my riding and join the local IAM group for motorcycles. I joined CAM and in 2012 I passed my test. Subsequently I have travelled with Cam and others to the Continent and throughout England and Wales, covering an average of 10,000 to 12,000 miles a year.  I also ride for Cornwall Blood Bikes The help and guidance that I received from CAM was invaluable and to continue in this theme was my reason for becoming an Observer. Hopefully I can pass on this knowledge to other bikers and so make their riding more enjoyable and safer.

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Conrad Dowding

Conrad Dowding

Local Observer