Vision and Strategy of the Training Support Group
Cornwall Advanced Motorcyclists (CAM) have appointed a Training Support Group (TSG) to facilitate all training within the group. The composition of the TSG may include Full Members, Local Observers and National Observers and representatives of the Group Committee. The function of the TSG is to ensure that CAM meets its primary objective, “the promotion of road safety” through the successful delivery of coaching and support to its members to achieve the IAM advanced test, a higher riding standard or an independently recognized qualification for observers. The TSG will achieve this objective through;-
 Establishing and maintaining an appropriate training framework, on behalf of CAM.
 Monitoring the effectiveness of the training being given.
 The development and delivery of new/updated training initiatives to the group.
 The management of the applications process for Local and National Observer IMI Qualification and the subsequent training programs.
 The promotion and delivery of the Continuing Ride Development Program and monthly Club Days.
 Communicating the latest training developments to the Observer’s Forum.
The TSG is set up to be transparent in its decision making and is accountable to the group committee. The TSG chair is required to be a member of the group committee and provide a report at each group committee meeting.
The Chair of TSG is the first point of contact for all TSG matters and for the year 2018/19 it is
Terry Tomlin
(tsg@iamroadsmartcornwall.org)
The group’s Associate and Training Coordinator works closely with the TSG and is responsible for;-
 pairing new associates with their chosen observers
 arranging pre-test check rides for members ready to take their test as quality assurance
 for group and local observer re assessments (which are carried out every three years)
Local (LO)and National Observers (NO) Recruitment and Training
The TSG is committed to training as many Local and National Observers as required.
Each year the TSG reviews the ability of the current Observer profile to determine its ongoing LO and NO training needs. It is anticipated that twice a year the TSG will invite applications to become LOs and NOs via a group mail shot.
To apply for consideration, ordinarily you must be at least 12 months post Advanced test for LO and 12 months post LO accreditation for NO training. Applications must be received in writing following which a selection process will be undertaken. This process will seek to evaluate the suitability of applicants in three areas, riding capability, knowledge (of course materials, Road Craft and Highway Code) and communication and effective listening skills. Successful applicants will be registered with IAM and training will commence which must be completed within 12 months.
All new Observers will be expected to commit to supporting CAM, not only through its delivery of one to one training to members and associates, but also through the attendance at monthly Club Days (minimum two per year) and attendance at the Observers Forum (at least once per year)
First Point of Contact for all TSG training matters is;-
Terry Tomlin (tsg@iamroadsmartcornwall.org)

Terms of reference for the TSG

Rider development Chart

CAM Rider Development- F1RST or Refresher

CAM Rider Development- Masters Insight

Checking your bike- ‘POWDERS’

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

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

Karen Richards

National Observer

I first road bikes back in 1975 when I took my test around a housing estate with an official watching me. 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. Since then we regularly ride abroad and various short breaks in England and Wales, covering on average 13,000 miles a year for leisure. 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 worthwhile and useful skills to enhance their riding.

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Karen Richards

Karen Richards

National Observer

Mandy Pratley

Local Observer, Publicity
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Mandy Pratley

Mandy Pratley

Local Observer, Publicity

Mark Tucker

NO and Masters Mentor, Membership
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

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

Chris Gendall

Local Observer

I have been a keen biker for the last 10 years and a member of CAM since 2015.
My first experience of advanced riding came from a local Bike Safe course. After this I trained as a CBT instructor with a local riding school and then started my IAM training, achieving a F1RST. My natural progression was to then take my IMI Observers Training which I completed in the summer of 2018.
I am a new member of the Training and Support Group and love nothing better than riding our incredible Cornish roads.
I’ve got a BMW 1150 RT that isn’t the most reliable and a Honda Pan European - thanks Tim!

I’m a proud Cornishman who lives in West Penwith with a passion for saffron cakes and pasties!

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Chris Gendall

Chris Gendall

Local Observer