Lesley Upham joins IAM

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has taken the next step in further developing its commercial operations by appointing Lesley Upham as its commercial director.

The appointment is a new position, and is the first to be made by the IAM’s chief executive Officer Sarah Sillars, who joined the charity in March.

Lesley comes from Thatcham Research where she currently holds the position of commercial director, a post she has held since 2008.

Sarah said, ‘Our commercial operations are important to support our charity, whose purpose is advancing road safety. We are delighted that Lesley will be joining the team in July, with her extensive knowledge and experience.

‘Lesley has had a very successful career at the highly respected Thatcham (Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre) and we know that she is passionate about road safety and improving driver and rider standards.’

The IAM is the UK’s premier road safety charity and campaigning body, with a membership of over 91,000 and significant influence in shaping policy on road transportation with the Government for the benefit and well-being of all road users.

Lesley said, ‘I am delighted to be joining the Institute of Advanced Motorists at a time when a focus on driver and rider safety is set to bring real societal benefits. By working with business and private motorists and bikers, the IAM is leading the push for safer mobility.’

She will be responsible for the IAM’s commercial subsidiaries; IAM Drive & Survive, Professional Driver Services (PDS) and IAM Driver Retraining Academy (DRA).

IAM Drive & Survive provides driver training to commercial fleets, IAM Driver Retraining Academy specialises in offender retraining; and a third company, Professional Driver Services (PDS) provides driver retraining courses and administration services.

Lesley will take up her new position with the IAM in early July.