Chris Tavener : Chairman ( Director )

Chris Tavener

Chairman ( Director )

Joined the Register in 1972 and bought my first real Riley in 1973 from an ad in the E&M, this was a 1936 Kestrel Sprite BVC 832, now I'm told converted to a Special. Have owned total of 10 different 1930's Riley’s since.

Committed to the Register, having attended every National Rally since 1978 and have judged the Clifford Stanley class in the concours for many years. Proposed and donated the annual 'Bull' trophy in 1986 and am currently the lead judge of a team of 3.

Reinvigorated the Sussex Area in 1978 and was Area Sec for 18 years until 1996. Joined the national committee in 2010 and was chairman from 2012-2017. Organised with a local team, a number of events including AGM weekend and the Diamond Jubilee in 2014.

A member of the Riley Motor Club and served on their London Centre committee during the 1980's as an event’s organiser.

Colin Lea : Finance Director

Colin Lea

Finance Director

I live on Merseyside and I am responsible for financial matters for the Spares Team.

Since joining the Register over 30 years ago, I have attended almost every Coventry Rally.

I run a 1934 12/6 Kestrel and a 1937 12/4 Lynx Sprite.

Part of an active Register area team, partaking in several week-end outings each year.

Will Fiennes : Technical Director

Will Fiennes

Technical Director

My first car, in 1966, was a 1936 Merlin 9, which suffered the indignity of being rammed in the back by a Hillman Imp.  This was followed by a 1934 9 fitted with an Austin Newbury body, purchased in bits for restoration but not yet completed!  There is also a pair of 1933 12/6 Kestrels, both major projects; one is almost back on the road.

For most of my working life I have run a business restoring pre-war vehicles; a major part of this activity has been the remanufacture of an extensive range of parts specifically for Rolls-Royce and Bentley, plus replacement cylinder blocks for the Riley 6-cylinder engine.  After a number of years in the wilderness, returned to working on my own cars in 2000 to be very impressed with the quality of the Riley engineering.

For a short period in the 1970’s I chaired what was then the Register Spares Committee and prior to that ran a ‘Directory of Services’, disseminating information to Register members about companies offering services that could be of use to them when maintaining or restoring their cars.

Mike Lovibond : Quality Director & Problem Manager

Mike Lovibond

Quality Director & Problem Manager

Mike owns/drives a 1933 Ascot(12/4) and a 1937 Lynx Sprite - and has been rebuilding a 1933 9hp Trinity for some years! Prior to joining RRSL Mike was the Riley Register Area Secretary for Devon and Somerset.

Mike is a member of the Quality team and the Directors team.

As Quality Manager, Mike is the first point of contact for any queries raised by the membership.


Geoff Critchley : Purchasing Director

Geoff Critchley

Purchasing Director

I've been a Register Member since 1992 when I bought my 1938 Six-Light Kestrel as a barn find. I restored it over 6 years and still own it 27 years later. I spent 20 years sourcing and selling used Riley parts as a hobby with two Riley friends while jointly finishing a part restored '9' Lynx and building two Specials; a Brooklands Replica and a 'Big4' . All of this leading to a broad knowledge of the various Riley configurations, but 27 years is only a 'toe in the water' with the Riley.

Geoff is a member of both the Purchasing & Stores team and the Directors team.

Peter Gates : Technical team member

Peter Gates

Technical team member

Currently rebuilding a 9HP Gamecock, with a 1932 Monaco awaiting resurrection.

Peter is a member of the Technical team.

James Riley : Sales and Stores

James Riley

Sales and Stores

James runs our stores operation for us and handles all the aspects of parts provision from goods inwards inspection through dealing with enquires from members to dispatching parts to members in all corners of the world.

James has a number of prewar Riley cars that are work in progress and occupy his leisure time.

James is a member of the Purchasing and Stores team.