John with his Smart ForTwo ED, Zero DSR, and Nissan LEAF, October 2018

John Chivers

About John

Born in Bradford in 1971 and raised in the village of Oxenhope in Brontë country, I attended Coventry University between 1990 and 1994, where I graduated with a B.A. Hons (First Class) degree in Modern Languages (German and French as core languages and Russian ab initio).

Emma and I met in 1993 and married in 1996 and have two girls and one boy.

I live in Nuneaton, Warwickshire and am a Web application developer (programmer, if you prefer) for a CAD/CAM software company.

I'm a keen motorcyclist, National Observer (trainer) with the UK's largest road safety organisation, IAM RoadSmart (formerly, the Institute of Advanced Motorists - IAM), based with Coventry and Warwickshire Advanced Motorcyclists, where I voluntarily offer on and off-road tuition to motorcyclists who wish to improve their riding skills and ultimately take their advanced motorcycling test. I also hold the highest civilian riding qualification in the UK, the IAM RoadSmart Masters with Distinction. I consider riding a process of continuous improvement. When not helping other bikers, I particularly enjoy touring on the bike.

My other big passion is my advocacy of electric vehicles and eco technology. Combining the two passions, I became the first person to ride an electric motorcycle between Land's End and John O'Groats in August, 2017.

I have written, co-written, performed, and recorded music and played the drums since 1981 and was a member of the now defunct Coventry originals band BAiT. I also played drums with Coventry-based rock covers band, Ministry Of Beaver for four years between 2008 and 2012 and have otherwise occasionally sessioned for other local musicians.