We think it’s important that you know who is going to be by your side as you learn to drive before they arrive to take you out on your first lesson. So without further ado, please allow us to introduce our fabulous team of driving instructors! Each and every one of our instructors is driven by your success and committed to helping you pass your test. They are fully trained and accredited, as well as regularly attending refresher courses to keep up to date with evolving exam content, legal requirements and safety conditions.

Each member of our driving school operates in a slightly different area – you can see where each instructor covers below.

When you’re ready to book, simply call us on 0161 327 2105 to book your first lesson with your chosen instructor!

GEOFF CAPES

Geoff Capes

Hi I’m Geoff Capes – owner of the driving school. I’ve got almost 20 years’ experience under my belt as a driving instructor, as well as running courses and training for newly qualified instructors and seasoned professionals alike. I’m passionate about the industry, and I’m even more passionate about helping you to pass your driving test! I offer driving lessons in a manual vehicle, but I also carry out lessons in our automatic car. I cover most of the South Manchester area.

ANDY JENNINGS

Andy Jennings

Andy is one of our most experienced driving instructors – he has been an ADI (Advanced Driving Instructor) for 11 years. In a previous life, Andy was a chef – but when he got fed up with that, he decided to take a completely new direction with his career and trained to become a driving instructor. Andy loves meeting new people and helping them to achieve independence through passing their driving test. In his spare time, he loves fishing and Manchester United.

Andy carries out his lessons in a manual car and covers Macclesfield and all other nearby areas.

IAN HILL

Ian Hill

Ian Hill conducts our automatic driving lessons all around South Manchester in his shiny new BMW automatic car. He has plenty of experience as a driving instructor – qualifying as an ADI in 2000. Before that, Ian has had a varied career which includes running pubs, working as a plasterer and even driving buses. Despite a diverse collection of past occupations, Ian has always wanted to be a teacher – he loves imparting his knowledge to the next generation of drivers and enjoys the challenges he often faces as part of the job. If Ian won the lottery, he would buy an Aston Martin and teach in that (fingers crossed!). He would also love to go to Las Vegas and play poker in the WSOP.

STEPHEN MITCHESON

Stephen Mitcheson

Stephen mainly covers Tameside and the High Peak district in his manual white Ford Fiesta. Stephen is another of our experienced driving instructors – qualifying as an ADI in March 2007. Previously he worked as a Lab Technician at Louvolite, a window blind manufacturer. He has always wanted to become an ADI – so when he finally got the opportunity having been made redundant from his 9-5, he took it with both hands and has never looked back. He really enjoys his role as ADI as no two days are ever the same. Most of all he loves the feeling he gets when students pass their test! Stephen is married with two daughters and in his spare time, he loves to spend time with them. He is also a season ticket holder at Manchester United – so he loves going to games or watching them down at the pub with his mates.

AMANDA NICHOLS

Amanda Nichols

Amanda has a wealth of experience as a driving instructor, having worked in the industry for 11 years. When Amanda is not helping people to pass their driving test, she likes camping, hiking, dining out and listening to music. Amanda’s biggest thrill is seeing the sheer delight on the face of a pupil who has just passed their test, something which she finds thoroughly rewarding and wouldn’t be without. You can see Amanda in her brand new Mazda travelling around the streets of Macclesfield.

DAVE PEGRAM

Dave Pegram

What did you do before becoming a driving instructor?
I decided to pursue a career as a driving instructor as a result of some advice from a friend who has been in the business for over a decade. The idea of helping people learn what now is deemed to be a necessary life skill seemed to fit in with my ethos of helping others to achieve their full potential.

What did you do before?
Before becoming a driving instructor I spent 12 years in the British Army as a soldier in the Corps of Royal Engineers, Serving in Germany, Kenya, different locations in the UK and in Afghanistan. I then spent 18 months working for Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service as a member of their Prince’s Trust Team working with youngsters struggling to find employment and education.

Likes about the job?
The job allows me to be flexible and choose my own working hours. It allows me to meet people from a variety of backgrounds and it also gives me the chance to take a break when I need to in order for me to deal with my disability.

What car do you teach in?
I currently teach in a White Toyota CH-R (Automatic) car.

What are your interests outside of work?
I am a keen follower of Liverpool Football Club and Jacksonville Jaguars an American football team.

I have recently qualified as a diver after completing an adaptive scuba diving programme and enjoy getting in the water at every available opportunity.

CLAIRE HARDY

Claire Hardy

Why did you decide to become a driving instructor?

I’ve always enjoyed driving and people tell me I’m very patient. Over the years I taught my brothers and sister to drive, then some of their friends and my niece. Last year I taught my son to drive and this contributed to my decision to change my job.

What did you do before becoming a driving instructor?
Previously I have worked as a heavy goods driver, a minibus driver and a chauffeur. More recently I worked as a carer as it fitted in well with raising my children. Now my children are grown up and it has opened up new opportunities for me.

What do you like about being a driving instructor?

I enjoy meeting people and getting to know them. I like teaching them new skills and seeing their pleasure as they as they progress with their driving towards the many benefits a driving license brings.

What car do you do you teach in?
Toyota Yaris Hybrid Auto.

What are your interests outside of work?

I like many types of music, playing badminton and I run to keep fit. I have 2 dogs and a cat.

Call 0161 327 2105 to book your driving lesson