About me

I am currently Director of training at LDC, one of the UK’s foremost Driving Schools.

I qualified as a driving instructor in 1989 having been a mechanic, bus driver and train driver in former lives. I joined LDC in 1991 as a driving instructor and quickly established myself and became team leader, subsequently becoming trainer and Area manager for the North East Area.

I became part of the recruitment team at Learner Driving Centres head office selling instructor training to potential ADI’s and worked in this position for many years. In 2001 having missed the “training buzz” I took over the induction process at Learner Driving Centres, delivering business training to all new franchisees, this also led to taking up the position of instructor support manager, RQF business manager, and ultimately the top job, director of Training, a position I am very proud to hold.

I have always been passionate about the job, and have kept my ADI, Assessor, Verifier, Coaching and Fleet licences up to date, and my enthusiasm for the job has never diminished. I believe this shines through in my delivery of the courses that I write and deliver.

As well as being a qualified ADI I am also Fleet and Pass Plus registered and trained to deliver the Energy Savings Trust eco driving Train the Trainer courses. Never standing still I have kept my skills updated and am passionate about CPD. I am a member of RoSPA, the Institute for learning, Driving Instructors Association and the Institute for Leadership and Management. I have attended many CPD events and courses and am a Brake ambassador, as well as holding the following qualifications:

Diploma to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS – RQF)
Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector (PTLLS – RQF)
Certificate to teach in the lifelong learning sector (CTLLS – RQF)
Certificate in assessing vocational achievement (RQF Assessor)
Award in the internal assurance of assessment processes and practice (RQF verifier)
RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Driving instruction (RQF)
RoSPA advanced driving (Gold)
Diploma in customer service (RQF)
ILM Coaching Award (RQF)
Edexcel Coaching, Mentoring & Feedback (RQF)
Energy Savings Trust train the trainer
Certified Wine Judge

My hobbies are wine and beer making, music, golf, and photography. I am also a certified wine judge (National Guild of Wine and Beer Judges) and in what little spare time there is left I play Baritone for Hatfield and Askern Brass Band.