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MEET THE TEAM

Christie Palfrey

Areas Covered – Exeter, Cranbrook, Honiton, Feniton, Ottery St. Mary, Bradninch & Cullompton.

My name is Christie and I love my job. After 9 years of working in an office for someone else, I decided it was time for a change. I had always wanted to be a teacher but the thought of standing up in front of 30 children terrified me! Members of my family suggested I could be a driving instructor as I could use my enjoyment of teaching but on a one to one basis. I researched the job and took the chance. I completed my qualifications one by one and after 8 months I qualified as a driving instructor. I bought my own car and went into partnership with Kevin. The freedom I enjoy now from working for myself and to my schedule is so much more enjoyable. The risks taken by leaving employment and taking on the studying, whilst hard at the time, are proving to be very beneficial and I would not look back. I love seeing the student’s car and road awareness improve to develop safe and controlled drivers and it’s very rewarding when one passes their driving test at the end of it.

Christie Palfrey
Kevin Sellwood

Kevin Sellwood

Areas Covered – Exeter, Cranbrook, Honiton, Feniton & Ottery St. Mary.

Hi, I am Kevin, one of the partners (with Christie) at Training Wheelz. I have been an ADI since 2007. Previously I had been a secondary school teacher in a number of schools in West London and Devon. I thoroughly enjoy my work, especially having the freedom to work the days and hours I want to – I no longer have to be constrained to taking holidays during the school holidays ! I have consistently looked to further my experience and qualifications as an instructor. I have completed a Customer Service course and I am an NVQ Assessor. I have been an ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Training) for several years. Christie and I went in to partnership in September 2014 and we have seen the business grow and we are looking to expand further in the coming years.

Lisa Gorman

Areas Covered – Exeter, Cranbrook, Tiverton & Cullompton.

Hello, my name is Lisa. Becoming a driving instructor was something I thought about for a long time but it took me a while to take the plunge! I had previously worked in an office environment, and although it was quite a leap from working as an employee in a big company, it was the best thing I did and I wish I had done it years ago! During my working life, I have worked with and met, many different people and the skills I have learned over the years; including coaching and development, are both useful and important when doing this job. I have two Sons who are both out and about on the road driving, and this helps to make my interest in teaching people to be safe out on the roads a very important one! I cannot think of anything more worthwhile and rewarding than seeing someone develop into a safe and confident driver and helping them to gain their freedom and independence.

Lisa Gorman
kevin raven

Kevin Raven

Areas Covered – Exeter, Cullompton, Tiverton and Taunton

My name is Kevin and for 16 years I worked for a large corporate company in the southwest. During my time with them I worked in the Learning and Development department where I started off as a trainer then with various promotions I became the Learning and Development Manager. Training, coaching and the development of individuals is something that I really enjoy and when I had the opportunity to take redundancy I decided that I would look into becoming a driving instructor. My friend Lisa was already completing her training to become one and this sparked my interest. I worked with Kevin through the various elements of the training to become a driving instructor and I really enjoyed it, it was hard at times but the seeing learners take on board what you are teaching/coaching them is already very rewarding.

Bev Perks

Areas Covered – Bridgwater and Taunton

Hi I’m Bev, I worked in an office environment as a receptionist for many years which I enjoyed very much. However, I got to the point where I thought it was time to learn something new and have a new challenge. so I spoke to Christie (my daughter) a lot about becoming a driving instructor and I decided to take the plunge. I hadn’t studied since school so I felt apprehensive. I studied and had training with Kevin, my trainer, who must have lots of patience! He showed me how to coach and how to teach driving safely. I enjoyed the training sessions and I soon realised that I could do it.

It is such a rewarding job one which I am glad I have decided to do.

I enjoy meeting people. I am patient and calm which is important to a pupil to help them develop into a confident driver and to enjoy years of safe driving.

bev perks
Ray McFadden

Ray McFadden

Areas Covered – Honiton, Exeter, Sidmouth and Exmouth

Hello my name is Ray, I have been a driving instructor since I was 21 years old that makes 38 years. I have qualified as an instructor on all types of vehicles. Heavy Goods, (all classes) Public Service Vehicles, (all Classes), Motorcycles and I am an advanced driver/rider in all of the above including Police and Ambulance Emergency response Advanced Qualifications.

I love teaching, it has been the mainstay of my career throughout my working life. I work very hard and am dedicated to the individual needs of my students. My aim is to teach to a very high standard, which will surpass the driving test, as I have a passion for road safety.

I am married with three grown up children and have 5 grandchildren. I love meeting new people and seeing the transformation that happens after each lesson. Besides my grandchildren I enjoy photography, which also helps me relax after a day of concentration with students.