The BMF has appointed a new lobbyist, Chris Hodder, to tackle the BMF's weighty portfolio of motorcycling's political and technical issues.
Taking on the role of Government Relations Executive (GRE), Chris is part of the first stage of a re-structured two-man team designed to replace the functions of the BMF's previous GRE Richard Olliffe and also that of long-term lobbyist and Senior GRE Trevor Magner who has recently taken early retirement.
Chris 27, is a keen motorcyclist and has previously worked with the public services union Unison as a Branch Chairperson and shop steward. He has a BA degree in History and Politics from the University of London and as a student, was heavily involved with the NUS helping to organise and promote many campaigns - valuable skills and experience that will be put to good use when representing motorcyclists.
Living in London, Chris is ideally based for meetings with Government departments and MPs and of course travelling to the European Parliament. He will also represent the BMF at meetings of the Federation of European Motorcyclists Associations, FEMA.
He is keenly interested in working for the rights of both individuals and groups and, coming from a large family of motorcyclists, Chris says his main interest is in making motorcycling safer and more accessible to all while his focus will be on campaigning to prevent unnecessary legislation. Chris backed this up saying: "I have a strong passion for motorcycling and put simply, I'm looking forward to fighting for a better deal for bikers."
BMF Chairman Anna Zee said: "We are very pleased to have Chris on board.
With Trevor now retired we will soon be advertising for the second post, but in the meantime, although Chris has got a formidable act to follow, he has a good team around him and we now look forward to tackling the many issues facing us".
Chris rides a Kawasaki KLE 500 as his practical and economic everyday transport, lists touring and travelling as his favourite motorcycling activities and Moto GP as his favourite sport.