Barry Gillespie, Director
I’ve been in Geordie Chapter for more than ten years. I really enjoy our ride-outs and seeing everyone have a good time when we’re out and about. I’m especially pleased that we have an increasing membership with more and more people wanting to get involved with the Chapter.
I ride a blue CVO Street Glide, and I’m a member of our Road Crew.
Read my Director’s welcome message here.
Peter Currie, Assistant Director
My role is to assist the Director with the everyday running of the Chapter, promote membership and keep everyone informed of H.O.G programmes and initiatives. I also organise a few of our ride-outs, weekend trips etc. I’m the face behind the text messages you receive from the Chapter, keeping you all informed of upcoming events, weather reports or, sometimes, cancellation notices. Feel free to text me back on my number if you have any questions about what I do or just want some friendly biking or H.O.G. advice.
I’ve been a member of Geordie Chapter since 2009 and ride a blacked-out custom Softail Slim – in my opinion, the best bike Harley-Davidson make! I’ve been riding motorcycles for over 45 years and still love biking and the biker community spirit. I’m a fully paid-up active member of the Northumbria Advanced Motorcyclists, and I passed my advanced riding test in 2010. I’m also a member of our Road Crew.
If I could give out one recommendation to everyone, it would be get yourself off to a H.O.G. rally or one of our Chapter weekends away. You’ll never look back and it’s the best way to get to know like-minded people!
Gary Robinson, Treasurer
I’ve been in Geordie Chapter for the last six years, after making the switch to riding Harley-Davidsons in 2010. I rode sports bikes for years, and when I finally made the change, I knew it was the right decision!
For me, it’s not just the riding but the people you ride with that make it so special and I love to get out riding, whether on a large Chapter ride or a small group out for a cup of tea and chat. They all seem like my extended family!
I currently ride a Heritage Classic, which is ideal for packing up and heading off for a weekend or a rally somewhere. In 2016, we went over to Holland for the Benelux rally. Riding in Europe just fantastic, and something I plan to do a lot more of in the future.
Helen Nicolson, Activities Officer
I’m always on the look-out for new events for our Chapter members. I’m a great fan of live music and am always going to some gig or another. This often gives me some fantastic ideas for our Chapter. And for our rally too.
I ride an 883 Sportster Iron, with a few personal touches. As an example, my new exhaust isn’t strictly necessary but it sounds superb!
I’ve been in Geordie Chapter for about five years and really enjoy the buzz of Chapter life. I’m a member of Ladies of Harley too and it’s great the way the Chapter supports us. I love going on our Wednesday night rides, they’re really informal but well-planned, and our team keeps us safe when we’re riding.
Dawn Beattie, Ladies of Harley Officer
I have been a biker since 1993, when my Yamaha 125 was bought out of necessity rather than for enjoyment. I joined the Harley-Davidson world in 2008 when we bought our first Road King and haven’t looked back since.
I have been lucky enough to have a second Road King and two Dynas, all of which I enjoyed. However, my current bike is a CVO Softail which I absolutely love. You just know when a bike is right for you!
I am delighted to be part of Geordie Chapter Ladies of Harley which has grown significantly over the last three years with a vibrant group, all of whom help to raise the profile of lady riders and pillions.
Trish Gillespie, Ladies of Harley Officer
I’ve been a pillion member of Geordie Chapter for more than ten years but having seen a steady increase in the number of lady riders, I decided to sit my motorcycle test in 2015.
I now ride a fantastic CVO Pro Street Breakout, gaining more confidence each time I take it out. In 2017, I hope to ride even more miles, south to the Cider Rally and north to Thunder in the Glens again. I’ll be meeting up with all the L.O.H. friends that I’ve made over the years.
I feel really proud to be one of the Chapter L.O.H. representatives and share the role of encouraging more of our Chapter ladies to become active in H.O.G. and Chapter events. I also want to encourage participation in functions specifically for ladies and build relationships with other Chapters. I focus on Chapter PR with Jennings Harley-Davidson Gateshead, inter-chapter activities, communication etc. I also keep in close contact with other Chapter’s L.O.H. representatives.
I’m always on the lookout for stories and articles for the L.O.H. section of the H.O.G. magazines so if you have anything interesting to share, please get in touch!
Safe riding, and I hope to see you out and about in 2017!
Ruth Neal, Ladies of Harley Officer
I ride a Sportster Superlow which is the only bike I ever wanted – it was always my aim while learning. We commissioned some special paintwork onto it a few years back, so it’s the only one I have ever seen with roses and barbed wire. Last year, I had the engine and exhaust upgraded to 1200cc, with short shots, which has transformed both the ride and the sound.
Contrary to popular belief I don’t bite, so don’t be shy – come up and say hello.
I really enjoy the social side of Geordie Chapter, especially the rallies that we have attended over the last few years. I’m really excited about what we have planned for 2017, and the future!
James Jobson, Head Road Captain
My role is to coordinate Geordie Chapter Road Crew, planning our monthly chapter ride-outs and making sure everything is as safe as it can be when we are out and about. The Road Crew are there to help anyone in the Chapter, relating to group riding, how to be safe, or even just general riding skills.
I have been a Harley-Davidson owner and member of Geordie Chapter since 2003. I’ve had many Harley-Davidsons in that time, and I’m currently riding a Road Glide Special.
I’ve had some fantastic times while I’ve been in the Chapter and I’m always on the look-out for new places to go, making things even better for everyone.
Ride hard … or stay at home … !
Allen Glasper, Assistant Head Road Captain
I’ve ridden motorcycles since a very young age, and always dreamed of owning a Harley-Davidson. It might have had something to do with the poster I had with a great-looking blonde sitting on an H-D … it seemed to set a relaxed theme for life.
As it was, I rode sports bikes for many years before getting my first Harley-Davidson in 2001. I then changed to a brand-new 2003 Anniversary Fat Boy, and joined Geordie Chapter. It’s a fantastic group of people, and everyone does their bit to keep everything moving. Our Road Crew undertake an immense amount of planning and cover many, many miles to make sure that things are just right for our monthly chapter ride-outs.
Back in the day, I spent about six years working for Just Harleys selling bikes. It was a great atmosphere, and a superb way to be closer to the bikes that I enjoyed riding. Nowadays, I run a successful glazing company.
I travel abroad a lot, often to Harley-Davidson events. If the mood takes me, I think nothing of covering a thousand miles a day to get there. But once there, you just can’t beat taking it easy on your bike in the sunshine!
Geordie Chapter has been through tremendous change while I’ve been a member but we have an excellent team and an increasing membership. It’s always very rewarding to see so many smiling faces when we’re on our ride-outs!
‘Cross’ Rob Oates, Photographer
I have been part of Geordie Chapter for more than ten years. I enjoy taking pictures and videos of Chapter events, to keep a record of what goes on over the year and I also send some to the H.O.G. magazine to raise the profile of the Chapter.
As a Christian motorcyclist, I have a living relationship with the living God. My faith gives me a foundation to live by. Having Jesus in my life means I know the love of God for me, my friends and my family.
I enjoy riding my black Anniversary 2003 Heritage Softail Classic, with additional 100-year Anniversary badging. It triples the smile on my face! It looks good, it sounds awesome and it’s a great ride too.
I really like the family of H.O.G. They are great people, enjoyable to ride with and really make you feel welcome. I look forward to our Chapter ride-outs, events and our own Heart & Soul Rally. It’s great to share these times with some great people.
Chris Neal, Photographer
Geordie Chapter is the second chapter I’ve been a member of. St Leger was my first for a couple of years, but we moved up to Durham in 2002 and joined Geordie Chapter in 2011. It feels like home now as I’ve met so many like-minded friends. I was a motorcycle rider in my dim and distant youth and I always wanted a Harley-Davidson.
I have a full custom V-Rod Muscle and changed my Breakout to a beautiful CVO version in late 2016.
I put all the best chapter photographs on our gallery pages, so feel free to browse and download them. Alternatively, if you are looking for something special, please let Rob or me know as we are always happy to help.
Mandy Jobson, Membership Officer
I have been in Geordie Chapter since 2003 and I’ve made many lovely friends within the Chapter. I ride pillion on my husband’s bike, and we’ve had many great biking holidays in Europe and the USA. Geordie Chapter has seen many changes over the years and is currently a very rewarding, strong, happy chapter and I am proud to be part of it.
My role as Membership Officer is to promote and support membership of the Chapter and H.O.G. and to assist the Chapter Secretary in membership duties.
Our membership is steadily increasing and we have members from as far away as Australia. As part of the H.O.G. family, our members enjoy our organised ride-outs and Chapter events including our very own Heart & Soul rally. Even through the winter months, we still have Chapter social events. Chapter membership gives everyone a year full of biking, social activities, events and the chance to meet new friends. I look forward to seeing you all when we’re out and about!
Robin Anderson, Webmaster
I’ve been a member of Geordie Chapter for a few years now and really enjoy being out and about on our Chapter ride-outs. There’s nothing better than seeing a great bunch of people weaving across the fantastic countryside in our region. Our Road Crew do a great job in working out new routes for us and making sure we’re all safe when we ride.
I manage Geordie Chapter website, making sure everything runs smoothly and I’m continually adding new content, aligned with the requirements of H.O.G., to make sure that it’s one of the best! I write loads of articles and news features for the website, keeping everyone up-to-date with Chapter, and personal, adventures. My wife is usually perched on the back of my H-D, taking some great pictures to complement my words. I’m always on the look-out for stories and news from our members too. I’m also Secretary of Geordie Chapter.
I ride a Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide. It’s a fantastic machine, and something I’ve wanted since I was a teenager. It has a stack of gadgets, which keep us fully entertained when we’re out triking. I’ve always ridden H-D trikes: my previous one was a superb VRSC conversion.
I like all sorts of music but really enjoy rock and heavy metal. I’m always making up new playlists of one kind or another to listen to when I’m out triking. My wife and I travelled Route 66 in 2016 and we had an amazing adventure. We got through a stack of playlists on that trip!
Lyn Hunter, Merchandise Officer
I’m the one who gets you to buy all our lovely chapter merchandise. I’m pillion on my hubby Ron’s (he’s the one who wears all the pink gear and heels on our L.O.H. Pink Run) Heritage Softail, which we’ve had for 15 years.
I love having our grandchildren and great-grandchildren round at our house, it’s a very rewarding time.
I was lucky to be asked to be Chapter Merchandise Officer five years ago. It’s a position that I really enjoy. I always look forward to meeting new members and having a good catch up with our extended family at Chapter events.
Ray Hales, Coalition Officer
I meet up with all the other bike clubs and groups who are members of the North East Coalition of Motorcycle Clubs, which is organised and run by the Hells Angels. We meet once a month at the Angels’ club house in Sunderland to discuss each other’s events, rallies and anything else of interest. I then bring back any news and distribute it across Geordie Chapter.
I am also one of the Road Crew, having completed the Road Captain course in 2015.
I ride an Ultra Classic Tri-Glide, which is my third trike. I had a knee replacement and several subsequent operations to my right leg, hence the need to ride trikes. My previous machines have been conversions, I had a 1200 Sportster trike followed by a 1450 Street Glide trike.
Before joining Geordie Chapter, I ran my own karate dojo (training hall). I achieved the rank of 4th Dan Black Belt and taught Wadō-ryū karate for 26 years.
Geordie Chapter has played a big part in my life since joining nine years ago and I still get great enjoyment from it. Especially when I see dozens of bikes strung out behind me on a Chapter ride-out!
If you’ve ever wondered what each person does within the Chapter, here’s a guide, taken from the H.O.G. Chapter Charter:
The required Chapter officers are:
- Director: shall uphold H.O.G. Chapter Charter, conduct Chapter meetings and coordinate Chapter officer responsibilities
- Assistant Director: shall be responsible for promoting membership, membership orientation, membership retention and keeping the Chapter members informed of H.O.G. programmes and initiatives
- Treasurer: shall be responsible for collecting and disbursing Chapter funds, reporting financial transactions to sponsoring Dealer on a monthly basis, compliance with all revenue recording and reporting requirements
- Secretary: shall be responsible for administering and maintaining meeting minutes, annual reports, membership reports on www.members.hog.com, insurance and legal documentation, event releases and enrolment releases
The discretionary Chapter officers are:
- Activities Officer: assisting in planning and administering Chapter events
- Ladies of Harley Officer: encouraging women members to take an active part in Chapter activities
- Head Road Captain: assisting in the planning of routes for Chapter rides
- Photographer: obtaining and organising Chapter images for use in Chapter communications and Chapter history
- Membership Officer: assisting the Chapter secretary in the Chapter membership duties
- Webmaster: assembling and organising material for the Chapter website, social media sites (if applicable) and obtaining approval from the sponsoring Dealer H.O.G. Manager before publication