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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
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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
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”.

Neil Dack

Areas Covered – Exeter, Honiton, Exmouth and Cullompton

After working for the same employer for 18 years, I was made redundant in 2017. During my career, I found great satisfaction in passing on my knowledge and experience to new and existing members of staff. I also realised that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds and I had recognised when someone did not quite understand something.

Getting the news of redundancy was quite scary but when I had given it some thought, I looked at it as a chance for me to do something on my own. I had a chat with Christie Palfrey, Kevin Raven and Lisa Gorman, three of the Training Wheelz instructors who I had worked with in my previous employment. Lisa was teaching my son to drive at the time, about what it is like to be a driving instructor. All I heard was positive comments and how rewarding it was. My decision was made! The satisfaction of seeing someone go from not being able to pull away to a qualified, safe and responsible driver gave me the inspiration to invest some of my redundancy pay into becoming a driving instructor.

I believe strongly in customer satisfaction and I want my pupils to enjoy their lessons as well as rewarding, fun and when their lesson is over, they have achieved their goal.

neil dack