Motorsport UK

Leanne Ritchie



Leanne Ritchie


What’s your day job?

I am in the process of returning to practice as a Midwife! I have experience in lots of areas though such as Competence and Training for oil and gas as well as car sales.


Which motor clubs do you belong to?

Scottish Motorsports Marshals Club (SMMC) and Aberdeen and District Motor Club (ADMC).


What role(s) do you volunteer in?

Rally Marshal, Radio Operator, Radio Controller, Chief Communications Officer, Motorsport UK Trainer, Motorsport UK Training Co-Ordinator


How long have you been volunteering for?

I have been volunteering for as long as I have been old enough – so 13 years! I have been doing radio for 13 years and obtained my radio controllers licence in 2013. I have been an Motorsport UK trainer and training coordinator for just over a year.


What or who inspired you to get into motor sport?

My Dad! My Dad started off as a marshal, moved into radio as a radio operator and is now a member of the SMMC rescue units. I used to attend rallies with him when I was young and took my inspiration from there. Although we are now in different areas of the sport – we’re keeping it in the family. 


Brief volunteering history to present.

I started off as a marshal, usually in the same locations as my dad was running radio car and quickly moved into operating the radio myself, and worked up to getting my own radio callsign. I then became a radio controller and started taking on the communications officer’s role on some events. Currently I am Communications Officer for the Grampian Stages, Granite Stages at Leuchars and the Mull Rally. I am also a member of the HQ radio comms team on Wales Rally GB. When I am not busy with all that – I assist at Motorsport UK marshals training days as a trainer.


What’s the best thing about being a motor sport volunteer?

Getting to do what you love, along with likeminded friends. You become part of the motorsport family and that is a privilege.


What piece of advice would you give to a new volunteer?

GO FOR IT! Don’t put it off! Join a club and get in touch with them to make sure you get all the support and training you need. You won’t regret it!