As a constituted Society, SABRE has a number of Elected Officers - collectively termed the management - who look after the Society and its website. They are elected in our annual elections in Spring each year. On this page, you can find out more about these people, what they do for you, and how you can get in touch with them.
Previous Management teams, going right back to 2001 are listed on a separate page.
- 1 President
- 2 Secretary
- 3 Site Manager
- 4 Assistant Site Managers
- 5 Treasurer
- 6 Elected Committee Members
- 7 Appointed Officers
- 8 Committee
The President serves as a neutral figure, mainly to administer SABRE's elections and other votes and, if needed, adjudicate in disputes between members. Since the President runs elections, he or she cannot take part in them, and therefore each election must see a new President elected. The full list of the President's duties is in the Constitution.
Alex's official e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alex joined SABRE in 2006, having found the site via CBRD (as it was then called) while looking for information on historic road classification. He has been on the committee since 2017 and served a previous term as President in 2018-19. Although he now lives outside Gothenburg in western Sweden, Alex has lived most of his life in Zone 4, with a short period in Zone 5.
The Secretary serves as Sabre's Documentation Officer, accounting directly to the President and also maintains the Voting Members Register. If for any reason the President is unable to run an election, the Secretary takes over the responsibility and for this reason became an elected position at the start of the 2020/21 term.
Serena Torz (Sabrista)
Serena's unique claim to fame is that she was the first active female member of SABRE. She was the moderator of the first SABRE Chatroom.
The Site Manager is responsible for the day to day running of the SABRE website and, in particular, the discussion forums. This includes moderating the boards, welcoming new members and promoting the discussion group. These tasks and others are shared with the Assistant Site Managers, though the Site Manager takes greater responsibility for them. The full list of the Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.
You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form.
Rob Baker (frediculous_biggs)
Rob has been a member of Sabre since 2006, although had a number of years dormant. In recent times, he has joined as a development volunteer before being first elected in a 2018 by-election. Like most members, he thought no-one else had such an interest before discovering the holy trinity of Sabre, CBRD and Pathetic Motorways. He lives in Medway and is an avid Gillingham FC season ticket holder, while also enjoying travelling on and discovering the history of the London Underground. Rob's other interests include Formula 1 and video games, especially the Football Manager series.
Assistant Site Managers
The Assistant Site Managers have the same responsibilities as the Site Manager (above) - usually the Site Management Team decides how best to share out the responsibilities, and this differs from year to year. The full list of the Assistant Site Manager's duties is in the Constitution.
You can contact the Site Management Team using the Contact form
Chris discovered Brad Jackson’s original SABRE page in 2000, and has been a member of SABRE since it started with an MSN forum in 2001. Like many others in the society, he was astonished to find that there were so many like-minded people about with an interest in the quirks and secrets of the British road network. Living in the English midlands, by day he’s an IT consultant, by night and at the weekends he’s a musician, but he also loves rugby (with a season ticket at Moseley RFC) and cricket. On a drive of any length, he’s as likely to take the longer but more interesting way to his destination as the short, fast way. This is his first term as ASM
Les Hughes (Big L)
Les has been a member of SABRE for almost 10 years and this is his first official role. He lives in Staffordshire but work takes him around most of the country averaging about 40k miles each year. Single, overweight, 40-something Wolves season ticket holder, also enjoys going to motor racing, rugby and cricket. Loves a good glass of whisky.
Tony Fawcett (Forum Moderator) (ravenbluemoon)
Tony has been a member of SABRE since 2007, after finding the Pathetic Motorways site particularly interesting. Having drawn maps since a child, Tony took up a career in Civil Engineering, and now plies their trade as a CAD Technician. Occasionally spotted in a bright yellow campervan, Tony travels the less obvious routes when on the road... and is regarded by friends and colleagues as a human SatNav! Tony lives between the UK and Sweden (no, not in the sea!), and non-roads interests include astronomy, neolithic history, music, eating biscuits, and following York City FC.
Manomay Lala-Raykar (Forum Moderator) (EpicChef)
At about the age of 8, Manomay found interest in the different variable message signs on motorways - which ignited the spark that turned him into a road enthusiast. When he first discovered SABRE, he was, like many, pleasantly surprised to see so many people with a similar interest. And, of course, he can't wait to turn 17 and take his driving test! After spending many months reading SABRE as a guest, he joined on at the age of 12. Since then, SABRE has been his happy place.
Outside of roads, Manomay is working towards his A-levels. He has a keen interest in languages, and, of course, cooking, hence his screen name. He is waiting for the time when he can send his famous vegetable lasagna to people over the internet!
The Treasurer, as you would expect, looks after SABRE's finances. Principally this involves collecting voluntary donations from members, administering the bank account and making sure costs for domain names and web hosting are paid.
Elected Committee Members
In addition to the Elected Officers, at the annual elections in Spring each year, three members of SABRE are elected to serve on the SABRE Committee. Their role is to oversee the Elected Officers, and to act as a point of reference and guidance to the Elected and Appointed Officers. For the 2019/2020 term, there are 3 extra Elected Committee Members due to a number of SMT being re-elected at the Election.
Richard Macer-Wright (RichardA35)
Richard has been a member of SABRE since 2002, and has served a previous term on the Committee. He has a day job of building new roads which he has been doing for far longer than he can remember.
Chris Saunders (A303Chris)
Chris joined SABRE in 2005 and has been interested in roads and maps since he was a child and has a collection of over 700 maps. He has been employed in Transport Planning and Highway Engineering for over 30 years and away from his job/hobby he is a keen cyclist, golfer and football supporter.
Andy Boal (AndyB)
Andy joined SABRE at Christmas 2006, but forgets why. Andy became a member of the Site Management Team in 2014, but decided to retire to the relative obscurity of the Web development team at the end of 2018. Away from SABRE, Andy comments on transport and other matters at www.sluggerotoole.com and does the occasional interview for the BBC.
Simon Douglas (Burns)
Simon has been a member of SABRE since 2006, having had a lifelong interest in roads, specifically bridges and tunnels. Simon is a keen landscape photographer and takes pride in capturing these glorious structures in their best light.
Simon Davies (M4Simon)
Simon has been a member of SABRE since 2002 and has previously served as Site Manager and Secretary. He is a highway engineer and is particularly interested in the mapping and history of Britain's road network.
Each year the President appoints a number of volunteers to assist with various parts of SABRE. These posts can change annually with the needs of the Society.
These are the 2020-21 officers:
Web Development and Server Management
- Paul Martin (nowster)
- Andy Boal (AndyB)
- Owen Rudge (orudge)
- Tim (ForestChav)
- Rob Baker (Frediculous_biggs)
- Ritchie Swann (Ritchie333)
Social Media Caretakers
- Scott Spencer (ScottB5411)
- Simon Douglas (Burns)
- David Wilkins (roadtester)
- Rob Baker (Frediculous_biggs)
- Rhydian Edwards (Rhyds)
- Alex Romankiw (darkcape)
SABRE Wiki Caretakers
SABRE Maps caretaker
- Steven Jukes (Steven)
Photo of the Month Co-ordinators
- Tim (ForestChav)
Awayday and Roadtrip coordinators
- David Wilkins (roadtester)
The current list of committee members may be viewed here. Committee is made up of the Elected Officers, Elected Committee Members, Appointed Officers, and the previous year's Elected Officers who are currently: