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IAM appoints new Chief Executive Sarah Sillars to champion driving and riding skills

(PRWEB UK) 19 January 2015

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has appointed Mrs Sarah Sillars OBE, one of the leading women in British industry, as its new Chief Executive Officer as she returns full-time to the automotive sector.

Sarah’s mission will be to improve driving and riding skills and to campaign for legislation to improve road safety.

Sarah Sillars, OBE and Hon FIMI, joins London-based IAM next month. The IAM is one of the most regarded and well-established bodies in British motoring.

Sarah takes up her role on 5 February having overseen the commercialisation of Semta, the sector skills council for engineering and advanced manufacturing.

Sarah said: “I am delighted to be back playing a significant role in the automotive sector. The IAM has played a unique part in lowering the numbers of people killed and injured on UK roads. I am very proud to be appointed their Chief Executive.”

“Many thousands of people have reason to be grateful to the IAM and its passionate volunteers for their advice, guidance and training over the decades.”

She continued: “With more than 1,700 deaths and 21,000 serious injuries a year on our roads there is still much work to be done.

“My intention is to ensure that we consolidate our experience and expertise, and then change up a gear – to further build on the excellent and vital research, training and lobbying activities that we carry out.

“We will change opinions, driving habits and legislation.”

The IAM, which was formed more than 50 years ago, has more than 90,000 members, all intent on improving their own motoring skills or driving through reform to improve road safety. It provides independently audited driver and rider training, including the advanced test.

IAM Chairman Alistair Cheyne OBE said: “Sarah is the perfect person to drive the IAM into a new era. She has the skills, background and experience to help the IAM achieve its goal of becoming the best provider of post-licence driver and rider training in the UK.

“The challenge ahead is a large one, but I am now confident that we will see growth for an IAM that attracts more of the UK’s drivers and riders.”

Sarah has a long and illustrious career within the automotive sector, having been CEO and Executive Chair of the Institute of the Motoring Industry (IMI). They made her an Honorary Fellow and Vice President on her departure in 2012.

Awarded Industry Personality of the Year 2004 and Outstanding Achievement Award 2006 by automotive magazines AM and Motor Trader respectively, Sarah was listed in the UK motor industry’s most influential top ten and the ‘most powerful’ female executive, according to the 2007 AM Power List.

In September 2008 Sarah was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Bodyshop Magazine in recognition of IMI’s work with ATA in the body repair sector.

She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2008 for services to skills training and the retail motor industry.

Sarah has more than 25 years of experience within the motor and retail industries, having begun her career with Marks & Spencer, managing stores in England and later as Operations Director at automotive management consultancy Anne Gray Associates.


The IAM is the UK’s largest independent road safety charity, dedicated to improving standards and safety in driving and motorcycling. The commercial division of the IAM operates through its occupational driver training company IAM Drive & Survive. The IAM has more than 200 local volunteer groups and over 90,000 members in the UK and Ireland. It is best known for the advanced driving test and the advanced driving, motorcycling and cycling courses. Its policy and research division offers advice and expertise on road safety.

Media contacts:

Dan Kirkby 07785 392735 dan(AT)

IAM Press Office – 020 8996 9777

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Gateway Tip: Mindfulness Solutions to Boost New Years Resolution Success

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 31, 2014

According to a 2014 study analyzing the custom of making New Year’s resolutions, approximately 45 percent of Americans declare annual intentions, however only 8 percent achieve them. To increase resolution success rates in 2015, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment recommends mindfulness to help ease the burden of change.

Regardless of the goal—from losing weight to getting organized to saving money—an effective way to break bad habits is to form good habits incompatible with the behaviors people want to change, and stick with it. The reward may not be apparent at first as it can take several months on average to form a new habit through repetition.

“When a person is mindful and makes a concerted effort to ‘stick with it’ eventually new connections to the brain’s reward center will form. When this happens, the new behavior becomes easier and easier, and as a result the person has a healthier habit to replace a less desirable one,” explains Dr. John Larson, Medical Director, Gateway Treatment Centers.

How can mindfulness improve resolution success?

Mindfulness is a mind-body technique involving awareness of breath, which induces the relaxation response–a physiological response in which blood pressure drops, heart rate slows and stress hormone levels decrease. With a little guidance and practice, mindfulness can help de-program conditioned responses, which can undermine self-awareness and personal growth.

To keep New Year’s resolutions in 2015 and beyond, try these simple tips that promote mindfulness:

Sit on it, then commit. People tend to stick to goals that are in line with their core values. So take time to reflect and prioritize before penning resolutions on paper.
Celebrate progress. From the start, create a game plan for each goal and determine milestones. Prominently display a calendar to tracks all events and activities related to resolutions, including milestones and rewards to encourage the “stick with it” factor.
Roost with birds of a feather. To benefit from positive influences of others, seek out people or frequent places with others likely to share similar goals. Join a running club or meet ups, explore yoga studios (many offer free community classes), volunteer for local charity groups, join a professional networking group, take class at park district, etc.
Visual affirmation. Visual prompts keep help what matters most front and center. Post pictures and inspiring notes in car, office and throughout home.

For people who need help in attaining resolutions related to drinking alcohol or drug use, Gateway can help get life back on track. Visit to learn about a free, confidential consultation.

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers provide substance abuse treatment services for adults and adolescents at drug treatment centers throughout Illinois and the St. Louis Metro East area. Gateway’s outpatient and inpatient treatment centers are licensed by the state of Illinois and accredited by The Joint Commission. Each year, Gateway’s professional clinicians help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment. To learn more about Gateway’s free, confidential consultation, call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

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New Marketing Push for Book ‘Russia Survival Guide’ Offers a Mesmerizing Slice of Life in Russia

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (PRWEB) January 05, 2015

As an expat living in Russia since 2005, Maya Krivchenia knows the different things that make this country remarkable. In December 2013, she and co-author Alexander Rodionov, founder and director of Russia’s leading Destination Management Company, published a compelling handbook designed especially for those who want to know more about Russia and make the most out of their travels there. “Russia Survival Guide” has arrived just in time for the upcoming Winter Olympics which will be held in the Russian city of Sochi.

“Russia Survival Guide” is different from other travel guides out there in that it is conversational in tone and is written by two people who live in and have fallen in love with Russia. It is a treasure trove of historical and cultural facts and figures which are made more immersive by the authors’ personal stories. It is also a great reference guide for anyone planning to travel to Russia, providing answers to questions regarding the visa process, what to expect upon arriving, the modes of transportation and what cultural spots to visit, to name a few.

“Russia is an exciting, interesting, and dynamic country, but sometimes the differences that people come across are extremely frustrating and confusing,” says Krivchenia, “Our goal is to explain some of Russia’s unique qualities so that our friends, clients, tourists, and all others can appreciate this amazing country.”

A must-have for travelers and armchair travelers, “Russia Survival Guide” discusses all pertinent topics – from the country’s architecture to the traffic – in a chatty and thoroughly enjoyable manner.

Russia Survival Guide

By Alexander Rodionov & Maya Krivchenia

Softcover | $ 19.99 | 186 pages | ISBN 9781493125708

Hardcover | $ 29.99; 186 pages | ISBN 9781493125715

E-book | $ 3.99| ISBN 9781493125722

About the Authors

Maya Krivchenia grew up in a small Appalachian town in southeastern Ohio. After attending Eastman School of Music for her undergraduate degree in vocal performance, Krivchenia went on to the Ohio State University to do her master’s degree in vocal performance. In 2005 she won a Fulbright Fellowship to come to Russia and study Russian opera and art song at the Mariisnky Theater’s Academy of Young Singers. After finishing her master’s she returned to St. Petersburg where has been living, working, and singing ever since. Every year Krivchenia gives many solo concerts and returns the United States to give charity concerts when her schedule allows.

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Hope For The Warriors Announces Spring 2015 Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Recipients

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) January 08, 2015

Hope For The Warriors® is pleased to announced the awardees of this spring’s Spouse/Caregiver Scholarships. Scholarships are awarded two times each year to spouses or caregivers of wounded service members or to spouses of fallen service members. Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Recipients Katie Hubbard, Sarah Dale, Jennifer Sherbanenko, and Ashley Barnes received different Hope For The Warriors® scholarships. Hubbard received the Robin Kelleher “New Beginnings” Honorary Scholarship for her studies at Southern New Hampshire University. Dale is the recipient of the Shannon Maxwell Honorary Scholarship for her studies at American University. The Bonnie Amos Honorary Scholarship was awarded to Sherbanenko, who will attend Liberty University. Ashley Barnes received the Karin Dickerson Honorary Scholarship for Old Dominion University.

Biannual scholarships are awarded to both spouses and caregivers recognizing and supporting the new role shouldered within their families. Hope For The Warriors® has been giving scholarships to spouses and caregivers twice a year since 2008.

“Hope For The Warriors® is extremely pleased and privileged to honor these four women through our Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program,” said Brian Schiller, Senior Director of Career Transition & Education with Hope For The Warriors®. “Recognizing the efforts of those who continue the fight each day, long after their loved one has left the battlefield, speaks to the core of our mission at Hope For The Warriors.”

The Spouse/Caregiver Scholarship Program identifies, recognizes, and rewards spouses and caregivers for their strength, fidelity, and resolve despite adversity. Scholarships aid in continued education at a reputable, accredited university, college, or trade school for spouses/caregivers as they assume critical roles in the financial well-being of their families. The scholarship program is just one part of the Career Transition & Education pillar supported by Hope For The Warriors®.

Hope For The Warriors® Career Transition & Education programs support the career and educational goals of the service member, veteran, and family members. The team works closely with employers to create program opportunities for service members and spouses as they prepare for their transition out of the military. Partnerships with universities are built to meet the needs of today’s veteran college student. Program work is completed through intensive multi-day programs, one-day seminars, educational webinars, one-on-one mentoring, and more.

The mission of Hope For The Warriors® ( is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Hope For The Warriors® has earned a Four-Star rating from Charity Navigator ( for three consecutive years. Charity Navigator is an independent organization that evaluates fiscal responsibility and accountability of nonprofits.

Hope For The Warriors® (Federal Tax ID 20-5182295) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity as defined in sections 509(A)(1) and 170(B)(1)(A)(VI) of the Internal Revenue Code. Combined Federal Campaign, CFC #27800.


Fundraising Ideas for Charity

Charity starts at home, and this is never true than when you are looking to do some fundraising. You can help out a charity by encouraging you family and friends to donate, by running a fun event that everyone can get involved in.

The first step you need to take with your charity fundraising events is to know exactly which charity you want to support and plenty of information about it. Many charities even have information for people who want to fundraise for them, about great events and how to donate the money once it has been raised. Once you have chosen your charity, you can get on with planning your exciting event.

Fundraising ideas for charity is often seen in the form of bake sales. These are fun for everyone involved, as baking is fun, and eating the end product is just as good. You can raise plenty of money fast, as nobody can resist a home made treat. You can do this in your school or neighbourhood to raise money, while at the same time raising awareness about your cause.

For a slightly larger event, you could arrange a raffle, or some kind of gathering, such as a local sports day or five-a-side football tournament. Asking people to enter these sporting events for a small entry fee, and for donations at the actual event can be a great way to have people enjoy themselves while raising money at the same time for a good cause.

You can raise money for charity in more large scale ways by doing larger events. There are many sponsored walks and runs, not to mention marathons, which you can get involved in to raise money. Marathons and half marathons are a great way to raise money, as you get fit while people sponsor you to do so. For something even more physically extreme than a marathon, some people even do a skydive for charity – literally risking their life for their cause!

If you want to do something larger for your charity to attract more attention, you can run an event which may attract the local media. These events need to be innovative. For example, the Walk the Walk campaign gains plenty of press as many women walk through major cities in their bras in order to raise money for breast cancer. You could do something similarly controversial, yet at the same time dignified, to bring attention and subsequently donations to your charity of choice.

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Volunteer Charity Work

Charity Volunteer Work can even be that you are willing to help a present or potential employer recruit volunteers. This is such a great step in the right direction!

Doing Charity Work is like being an intern. You raise your awareness plus you are raising your knowledge while increasing your experience. You might not get green paper in return for your efforts but you gain a lot. You not only gain experience and Knowledge, but having this hands on experience is looked upon like being book smart. It shows that you are out there applying yourself. Charity work can really get you ahead of the others. Showing that you are willing to spend your free time doing something worthwhile says a lot about you and who you are.

From my own personal experience I know that “No Experience Necessary” is invisible ink for ‘two years’ of hands on experience. So don’t ever count it out. Add Charity Volunteer Work to your Resume. Also any list of personal references can include people you dealt with and worked with while Doing Charity Volunteer work.

Some places do state that the person cannot be a Relative for a personal reference. The above suggestions would work for such a place. This will enhance your List.

Although some places do state that you need to have known the person for a minimal amount of time in order to be able to list them. In which case I would list a neighbor or a relative. Long term friends can count as well. Also if you have worked more than one Charity event but it has been with the same organization, list those with whom you interacted with during this time.

Many charities are looking for help in the office, raising money, out in the field, publishing their work and working with local agencies such as government. You can help in all of these areas. Just make sure they know that you also want payment as soon as a position becomes available.

You should never forget how tough it is for any philanthropic organization to get money. Getting money into the charity is tough. Which makes it look even better on your part that you are willing to help.

It’s FREE to help. Help you help yourself.

Shannon S. Brown

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