John Tizzard – Senior Tutor
I am John Tizzard and I am the Training Officer and one of the Senior Tutors for Derbyshire ROSPA.
First ride was a Honda 50 at the age of 14. My first Legal bike was a BSA Bantam D5 150cc bought from a Derby City Traffic Cop who lived in Spondon. Passed my test on this at the age of 16 and 2 months.
I rode this until a mate of mine told me he was trading in his Norton so I had it off him for 15 quid. It was a 350cc Norton Electra.
There followed marriage, family and 25 bikeless years which ended with the acquisition of a BMW R75/6 750cc boxer followed by a VFR750, Honda 1100 Pan European, 3 R1200GS’s, a Yamaha FZ 1 (very fast), F650GS and now my Honda CBF1000. I have toured Germany and Ireland on the Pan and Spain and France on the GS.
I was a CBT and DAS trainer but now my riding is RoSPA Tutoring or Escorting Cycle Races (Including the Tour of Britain ) as part of the NEG (National Escort Group).
My RoSPA experience started in cars. I first passed my Gold test in the 1990s. Bike wise, I first did IAM in 2006 when working part time as a DAS Trainer. I went on to do RoSPA Training with the West Midlands group.
After moving to the Derbyshire Group I became a Tutor and went on to do the Advanced Tutor Training before taking on the Training Officer role in 2015.
Steve Watt – Senior Tutor
My name is Steve Watt and I have been a motorcyclist most of my adult life. I have been an advanced motorcyclist for the best part of 15 years, with bike highlights and low lights featuring a Yamaha FS1e, Yamaha RD200, Suzuki GT500, Suzuki GS750, Kawasaki ZX9R, Triumph Sprints (various), a BMW k1200S and now a Yamaha Tracer 900GT – which I love.
I have been a member of member of Derbyshire ROSPA very nearly since the groups inception and have been an advanced tutor since 2015. I enjoy full employment as a professional engineer with a local major aerospace company and to me, advanced motorcycling training is hobby.
However, I try to bring the same exacting standard to training that I take to work, because I believe it can make a difference to others enjoyment of the motorcycling and significantly improve there abilities to do it safely. We can transform the abilities of any motorcyclist willing to invest the time in our programme of training and have fun doing it. Were it not fun, and not for the opportunity to meet a generally super range of people and improve there skills, I would not be doing this all year around and in all weathers. In my opinion, its the trainees and members that make this worth doing.
Fred Parsons – Tutor
My name is Fred Parsons and I have only been actively involved with Derbyshire RoSPA since 2016. During this time I have been assessed at Gold standard as a rider, and approved and tested as a tutor. I gain great satisfaction from teaching and seeing associates progress.
I am an all year around rider and regularly return 18k miles a year in the UK and Europe, many with pillion and luggage! I have been riding motorcycles, without remission, since the age of nine and am fairly recently retired giving me more time to pursue my riding passion and support others in developing there motorcycling expertise safely.
In my professional life, I was for thirty years the founding Director of a large regional charity delivering a range of education and support services to autistic children and adults. My background is in teaching and humanities and these continue to be areas of special interest which at times I can apply to my RoSPA tutor role.
I am also a doting Grandpa, evidenced by the photo!
Andy Vest – Tutor
Hi my name is Andrew Vest,
I’ve been riding motorbikes on the road from the age of 16 years old to commute to work in Derby as a Mechanical Engineering Technician.
I now run my own Haulage related businesses & as a professional HGV driver from an elevated position I travel 1000’s of miles a week & experience many varying standards of driving & riding.
After becoming an advanced rider in 2014 I then went on to qualify as a tutor. My aim is to try & pass on some of my experience in a manner & to a standard expected of myself in my professional career to people who seek to improve their safety, skill, & pleasure on motorcycles.
As most motorcycles are ridden for pleasure I try to pass on advice in a friendly (sometimes humorous) confident professional way to help associates reach the standard of advanced riders.
Andrew Jones – Tutor
I’m Andrew Jones.
I’ve been mad on Motorbikes since I was 16 and passed my test at 17, too many years and too many Sports Bikes ago but loved every minute of Biking from the day I first experienced them at 16 on a 50cc until now as a father of 2. Must be around 37 years. “They are immense Fun!! “
I passed my IAMs Test in 2015 and became an IAMs Masters in 2018 and got my Rospa Gold in 2019 which allowed me to observe for RoSPA. (I was previously an IAM observer.) Which I enjoy very much.
I have enjoyed lots of things to do with motorcycling and had many sports bikes and done several track days on them but discovered a liking for off road and have done several training days over the last 2 years and found it great fun. But I am still an avid fan of WSB and BSB and still support several of these thro the year.
I seem to have settled on 3 Bikes .I enjoy the Usual Bmw GS, but also have fun on an Aprilia 1100V4 factory and KTM Exc250 2 stroke.
I ride all year round, theres lots to experience from 4 season riding which is great to pass on to associates as well keeping myself honed!
My day job is as a School Teacher which I enjoy but its not really as exciting as riding a motorbike which is where I’m most content. LOL.
Bob Whitmore – Tutor
My name is Bob Whitmore I started riding at 15yrs old on fields what ever we could get hold of. My first road transport was a Honda SS50 then on to a Yamaha RD 250, which I tinkered with to make it go faster My wife also had a Yamaha RD 250. Then the children came along and bikes had to go on the back burner .
Fast forward a few years and finally got back into biking brought a Kawasaki GPZ1100 unitrak. Then swiped for a ZZR110. Then got hold of a Old BMW650 and knocked about with a training school in BoT. I found I liked helping others on bikes. Then swapped the ZZR to a ZX12R.
Then took some advanced training with Nigel Bowers Advanced Biker. He’d mentioned that I might like to pass on some of my skills to others. So I joined Rospa Derby group. A great bunch! I took the test got Gold and retaken since and still achieved Gold I now help with tutoring others with their riding skills.
My main Bikes the pan (ST1300) which I use on regular trips to France. I’ve just returned from a 3115 mile trip to San Marino for the Moto GP with my lad on his ZX10R. I’ve another bike (Royal Enfield Pegasus) which I use now and then when the weathers good.
I enjoy meeting new riders at group meetings though my work has got me working that I miss out on so meetings. I’m also involved in the local Blood Bike group Derbyshire Blood Bikes and been with them for the last ten yrs.