I left school in 1992 (Brine Leas School, Nantwich) and within a short period of time afterwards a lot of the people that I'd been at school with had been killed in car crashes.
The photo on the right show my year on our final day at high school. I'm on there too! But there's 13 teenagers on that photo who aren't with us today purely as a result of bad driving. They weren't necessarily the driver and sometimes it wasn't their fault. But it still made me very nervous about being a 'new' driver.
One morning walking through Crewe Town Square I noticed that the local group of the Institute of Advanced Motorists had a display and following that I became an advanced driver at the age of 19!
Eventually I found myself observing people through the IAM test and found I really enjoyed helping people to develop their driving skills. In 2000 I became an advanced driver with the Royal Society of Prevention of Accidents but it wasn't until 2002 that I took the decision to qualify as a DSA Approved Driving Instructor
A few years on and I'm still very passionate about driver training and 'younger' motorists. I can remember really enjoying learning to drive and now I'm the instructor I try and make the whole process as enjoyable as possible.
Since becoming a driving instructor in Crewe in 2002, I'm registered with the Pass Plus scheme and also a registered instructor with the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
I am contracted to Cheshire Police to deliver on-road training for their Driver Offender courses. These are an educational alternative to prosecution for driving without due care and attention and section 3 offences.
I have been involved with Young Driver and their driving lessons for under 17s at Manchester City Football Club. This is obviously carried out off road on specially designed roadways and gives teenagers the opportunity to drive before they can legally drive on road.
In December 2011 I completed the City and Guilds Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Level 4 adult teaching qualification. This is a requirement for working with Cheshire Police but has given me an insight into modern teaching techniques and problems caused by learning difficulties and how to overcome them.
From April 2012 to July 2012 I was chosen as one of the elite driver trainers to provide driver training to the 10,000 volunteer drivers for the 2012 London Olympics. I was the only instructor in Cheshire that was chosen to be involved.
In October 2013 I completed the British Heart Foundation's Heartstart course in Emergency Life Support so in a worse case scenario I can try and keep someone alive until the emergency services arrive on scene.
I gained a RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Driving Instruction in November 2015 and was entered onto the DVSA's list of registered Fleet Trainers. I have worked with some large companies including Boots, National Grid, Ineos at Castner Kellner in Runcorn, Wales & West Utilities and Royal Mail.
I'm also involved with Merseyside Road Safety Partnership's "Driving safer for longer" initiative which aims to promote safer driving in the over 60 age group.