Hogsback News

ELECTION OF CHAPTER DIRECTOR

Posted On 17th October 2023

Dell Evans, after seven and a half years as Director and six years prior to that as Assistant Director has decided to stand down and hand over the role to a fresh pair of hands for a well deserved rest. The Chapter is extremely grateful for the work and dedication that Dell (and his family) have put in over the years. 

The role of Director is an important role within the Chapter, and, as a Primary Officer the choice of Director is by a vote of the membership.

We have two excellent candidates stepping forward, Vince Pyle and Adrian Gowans, both of who’s commitment to the Chapter is unquestioned. A statement backing each of their applications is copied below.

According to the Chapter Bylaws, voting must be in person, with no proxy voting permitted. The vote will take place at November Club Night on the 2nd November at the Princess Royal. Voting will be open from 7.00pm until 8.30pm, at which points the ballots will be counted and the successful candidate will be announced. There will be a handover period for the new Director, and he will be patched up at December Club Night at the Dealership, on Friday 8th December.

Dave Hardcastle

Secretary 

Hogsback Chapter UK 

Applicant Statements

VINCE PYLE

For those of you that I may not have met I would like to introduce myself, and those that do know me this is why I feel that I am the person to take up the upcoming position of Director of Hogsback Chapter, a post for which you are being asked to vote.
My name is Vince and I have been a motorcyclist for over 40 years. I have been a member of the Hogsback Chapter since 2012 after buying my first Harley in the UK. I am passionate about motorcycling and became a Chapter member as I wanted to join with likeminded people who ride Harleys.

I became a member of the road crew and progressed to become the Safety Officer in 2018. For the last 3 years I have carried out the role of Assistant Director. During this time, I have worked with HOG on behalf of the Chapter and attended the regional officers conference where I attended different workshops that relate to the running and management of a Chapter. I am aware of the time and commitment needed to be the Director of the Chapter and what is required from the Chapter by HOG.

During my time with Hogsback, I have assisted in the delivery of training for new road marshals and new members. I have attended and participated in regular committee meetings and Chapter events. I along with my wife Debbie, who is also a Hogsback member and LOH, have ridden and led rides across Europe with the Chapter and really love the friendships made and adventures shared. I honestly believe that there is no better Chapter than Hogsback with a program of rides and events that is unrivaled. We are a great bunch of people and I offer my enthusiasm and experience for the role of Director.

I am willing to carry out all duties required of the Director, working with the other Primary Officers, Committee, and you the members in ensuring that the Chapter delivers for its members in line with the HOG Charter and Chapter bylaws.

My aim, should I be successful in being elected to the post, would be to continue the hard work carried out by Dell, and build on his achievements, of which there are many, (except for Hawaiian shirts !!). The role of Director involves so much more than you see on the surface and Dell will be a hard act to follow by anybody, but I am willing and ready to take up the challenge. To allow me to do this with the upmost efficiency, should I be successful, I would stand down as Safety Officer so that I can give the role of Director my full attention.

We have a great Primary Officer team and Dealership relationship that I would want to grow. It is very important to me that we deliver the best for you, the Chapter members.

I am a retired police officer having served for 30 years with Sussex Police where I held the rank of Sergeant supervising a team of officers.

Upon retiring in 2014 I became a DVSA approved driving instructor and I now own and run my own driving school.

I have started to curtail my business as it is my intention to take early retirement in 2024. This will enable me to dedicate my time to the Management of the Chapter to ensure that we deliver a great ride programme and events that are suitable for all Hogsback members, whether they are riders or non-riders. The Chapter is about having fun as well as riding.    

ADRIAN GOWANS

I have been a member of Hogsback for just over four years, actively participating in the road crew for the past two. During this time, I have dedicated myself to supporting as many rides and events as possible.

Dell has done an incredible job, and I would love the opportunity to continue his and the team’s excellent work. My goal is to continue promoting the Chapter, expanding the membership and building on our already impressive array activities. Together, we can enjoy our shared passion for Harley Davidson and the joy of socializing. Joining the Chapter has been the best thing I’ve done for a long time, especially getting my family and me through the challenging time of lockdown. If given the opportunity, I would love to further contribute to the Chapter and share my ideas with the team.

In my professional life, I am the IT Operations Manager for Royal British Legion, where I lead a large IT team that supports 1500 staff members and over 7000 volunteers. My skills in managing both people and projects are crucial in this role and would be a great advantage within the Chapter.

Additionally, I am Director and active photographer for an event photography company, I have been involved in this field for the past 18 years. People skills are essential and the ability for making people smile is always usefulJ

I am confident I’m a great fit for the role. I will bring enthusiasm, commitment and energy and I’m sure we will have lots of fun along the way!