MEET THE TEAM

Here you can 'meet the team' of driving instructors currently working with Training Wheelz and see what areas they work in.

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.

I am an ORDIT registered Grade A instructor trainer.

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 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.

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
jacky-bird

Jacky Bird

Areas Covered – Dawlish, Teignmouth and Exeter

Hi, I’m Jacky and I joined the Training Wheelz team in July 2018. I was previously an Ofsted Registered Childminder for 10 years and finally decided to take the plunge into something new in August 2017. On some days it feels like it was a huge change to have made but on other days it feels like the most natural progression in the world – nurturing and spending time with 0-11 year olds, moving onto nurturing and spending time with young adults (and older). Having worked with a variety of backgrounds and people for so long I feel that can only benefit me, and the students who sit with me in my car. I am patient and calm, with a dollop of humour included. It’s incredibly sad to read and hear about all the accidents on the road, something we see on a daily basis at the moment it seems, so if I can just add one more safe driver to the mix then I think it’s a job well done. I have three children, one of whom is already out there on those roads and it’s something that is so important to me, to make our roads as safe as they possibly can be. Ultimately that’s my goal, not to get students “test ready” but “life ready”.

Claire Craven

Areas Covered – Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey and Dawlish

Before joining Training Wheelz I was a Primary School Teacher, teaching in a variety of schools across Somerset and Devon. I absolutely loved teaching, having been in the profession for over 20 years, but when my daughter started to learn to drive and I took her out, I found myself thinking ‘I really enjoy this, what if ..?’ So, when my husband’s business moved to Dartmouth, we decided to move closer and it seemed like the perfect time to take the plunge and try something new.

Driving instructor Newton Abbot
Driving Instructor Honiton

Andy Dare

Areas Covered – Honiton, Sidmouth, Ottery St. Mary and Exeter

Hi I'm Andy. I was previously an Area Manager working long hours, driving up to 35k miles per year and rarely being able to truly switch off outside of work. I wanted to achieve a much healthier work / life balance doing something rewarding for myself, whilst fully utilising my training and customer service background.
I have always trained, coached and motivated my teams with emotional intelligence, whilst believing the individual should take responsibility for and are central to their learning. I have always felt a great sense of pride watching somebody grow and achieve their goals, knowing that I have contributed to that success.
A new career as a Driving Instructor was the obvious choice for me, especially as I would be helping to create safer, better informed drivers on our roads in the future. After a lot of research (and meeting Kevin and Christie) I decided to train with and join Training Wheelz, a great local company with a great reputation with the ambition to grow.
I have successfully completed parts 1 and 2 of my training. I am now working towards the final part 3, which I am gaining valuable experience for whilst conducting my lessons and I am loving every minute of it.