Article date: 20 July 2006
Mykay Kamara is the new director of BSM, theUK’s largest driving school.
Mykay, 40, takes over from David Walker aspart of a planned transition in the leadership of BSM. David hasbeen managing director for the last 12 months and is staying withBSM until the end of the year as senior advisor to the businesswith specific responsibility for instructor recruitment andtraining.
The changes at the top were among severalstructure changes at RAC, of which BSM is a part and signified thefirst step of the planned handover from David Walker to MykayKamara.
Mykay, who was previously BSM’sdirector of transformation, said: “I am delighted to beheading up such a dedicated team of people, striving to improvedriving standards among learner drivers and developing new ways ofreaching out to new road users.”
“BSM is currently going through asubstantial investment and change programme, which will strengthenits market position and reflect RAC’s commitment to both thebusiness and the brand.”
Mykay’s new senior management team ishead of finance Rob Cox, head of commercial development AndyJames, interim head of instructor operations Peter Farmer and headof IT and change, Juliet Hunter.
Among a number of people who have left BSM asa result of the structure changes is George Johnson, who was headof instructor operations and had been with BSM for 30years.
Mykay said: “The legacy George leaveswill endure long into the future and he will be missed by many ofhis BSM colleagues. We all wish George well for thefuture.”
BSM/RAC Press office contacts:
LucyHaughey on 01603 354337/07800 160149 and Jenny Chapman on 01603684224/07800 699668
Notes to editors
- Founded in 1910, BSM is the UK’s most experiencednational driving school. Each year it teaches over 170,000learners how to drive. It has over 100 BSM centres and 3,000 BSMinstructors across the UK.
- While BSM is best known for teaching learner drivers, it isalso one of the largest providers of training for drivinginstructors. It is a founding member of ORDIT (Official Registerof Driving Instructor Training) and plays an active role inlobbying the government on road safety and learner driver relatedissues. It is the largest driving training organisation of itskind in the world.
- With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's mostprogressive motoring organizations, providing services for bothprivate and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance,windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicleinspections, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minutetraffic and travel information - RAC is able to meetmotorists’ needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC AutoWindscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
- Aviva bought RAC in May 2005. The acquisition brings togetherRAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise andleading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance(part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer,insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share ofaround 14 per cent.