About Us

The Group was founded in 1987 as the West Yorkshire Group of the RoSPA Advanced Drivers’ Association. The motorcycle section began in mid-2009 and quickly became a thriving and integral part of the Group, which it remains. The Group became a registered charity in 1990 (no. 702531).

We are RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders Accredited, which is reflected in the new version of the RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders West Yorkshire Constitution. You can see the Group accreditation certificate here. (Due to covid- the renewal date has been extended by RoSPA to 2022)

Members; men, women, young and old; are from all over Yorkshire, from Snaith to Skipton, York to Sheffield. All share an interest in good driving or riding.

The group president is Kevin Sharp.

The committee runs the Group and meets each month except January. It consists of up to fourteen members who are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Due to meeting restrictions, it was unfortunately not able to hold a 2020 AGM, but we appreciate the existing committee continuing.

The Committee for 2021 comprises:

Mike Suggitt

Peter Stirk
Nigel Storey
Mike Bell
Car Training Officer
Pete Fenlon
MC Training Officer

Jon Taylor
Andy Twaites
Rob Hall
Tony Baker
Dave Green
Richard Hirst
Andy Richardson
Sue Speight
Martin Jones, (our Torque editor)


These are held monthly (except August and December) at the Miners’ Welfare Hall, 52 Main Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 1AA and last 1½ to 2 hours. Each meeting has a speaker, usually from outside the group, who talks on a subject of interest to Group members. There is a coffee break at the end of the meeting when members can get to know each other, ask questions and raise matters for discussion at future meetings.

This year’s events can be found in the Programme page

In order to get the feel of the way the Group works you are welcome to come along once as a guest without any obligation. See the Contacts page.

You may join as an Associate Member, at one of the meetings and apply for tuition at the same time. You can find the necessary form here or complete one at a meeting. If you request tuition you must read the Important Information page and keep it for future reference.


The Group’s magazine Torque is issued quarterly to all group members. Full members also receive a copy of Care on the Road, the RoSPA bimonthly newspaper for advanced drivers and riders.