Damian Gough

Driver Trainer - 0488 517 103

Manual Car (Corolla Ascent), MR, HR, HC, MC

Hailing from Western Queensland, Damian has lived and worked in remote towns and stations where he's operated and driven a range of machinery, motorbikes and vehicles.

He made the move to Townsville and with his experience with semitrailers and road trains he became a fuel tanker driver for 10 years. After seeing one accident too many, Damian decided that he wanted to spend more time with his family and make a difference within the transport industry.

His passion for motor sports began at a very early age when he mustered cattle on a bike and trekked the countryside competing in endurance races. Damian's favourite lounge room races are the Dakar and World rallies and the V8 Supercars; he volunteered at the inaugural Dunlop Townsville 400.

Damian has studied horticulture, is a keen gardener and has an awesome Bonsai collection. His motto is that you learn something new everyday and he believes that it's a responsibility and not a right that you drive on our roads. Vehicle Type: Toyota Corolla. 

Angelo Toci

Driver Trainer - 0439 740 725

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Angelo’s background is primarily in the heavy construction industry driving various types of heavy machinery, which was followed by a number of years in the tyre industry for Bridgestone.

He also successfully ran a lawnmower and small engine business for eight years prior to gaining qualifications as a driving instructor. Angelo teaches in automatic vehicles. 

Janai Teys

Janai Teys

Driver Trainer - 0400 620 476

Automatic Car (Hyundai i30)

(Can do Manual lessons by calling the office on 4772 2323)

Janai joined the team at Graduate in April 2010 and played a key role managing the Administration team for 9 years prior to becoming an accredited instructor.

Janai now enjoys the opportunities to engage with our students as an enthusiastic driving instructor, who strives to enforce safe driving behaviours in all of our students. Janai’s aim is to help develop your confidence, driving and perception skills behind the wheel.

Kylie Laffin

Kylie Laffin

Driver Trainer - 0424 159 755

Automatic Car (Mazda 3)

Kylie joined Graduate in 2011, coming from an extensive retail management background.  She has always enjoyed interacting with the public, with her role as a Driver Trainer enabling her to put her interpersonal skills to great use.
On her days off Kylie likes to recharge by catching up with friends for coffee and taking her dog to the beach. She also loves to travel and finds it easier to list the places she doesn't want to go to.

Kylie enjoys seeing the smiles on her students' faces when they pass their Ps test, and gains great satisfaction and reward watching a nervous student grow and progress into a confident and safe driver. She also firmly believes that you are never too young or old to learn, so if you have been putting off going for a lesson, just give it a go; the hardest part is committing to booking a lesson.

Daniel Munro

Daniel Munro

Driver Trainer - 0407 720 906

Automatic Car (Hyundai I20)

I wish to teach just as much as my students like to learn. I believe safety in the vehicle is top priority before all else. I am an admirer of all things pop culture, movies and movie references also games. Let's hang out and learn to drive the safe way as a team. I am also part of one of the best programs in Australia Keys 2 I am also Accredited in the program

Steve Barson

Steve Barson

Driver Trainer - 0413 626 967

Manual Car (Hyundai 130)

Steve started his working career as a quantity surveyor but hiding behind a desk talking to himself was not where he wanted to be. He spent a few years operating and instructing heavy machinery on a mining site in Western Australia. In 1980 Steve attended the road safety council in South Australia where he first became a Driver Trainer. This was a great move for Steve and is still a passion of his to this day. He still loves getting out of bed most mornings looking forward to going to work. What better job for a pom! He can whinge at people all day long and still get paid. Steve really feels it is a privilege to be a part of this special stage of so many peoples lives . Being part of the Graduate teams helps because we all have a common goal which is great for him and for you. He believes that with your help we can make a difference. Steve teaches in a manual vehicle. 

Paris Baccam

Driver Trainer - 0434 819 136

Manual Car (Toyota 86)

Paris has lived in Australia since the age of five and has travelled most of the country.

Her career background before teaching was mainly in sales, where she progressed into management roles.

Paris is bilingual and has French influence in her Lao background and enjoys being around people where she can be proactive in teaching.

Paris’ passion for motor sports and cars began at an early age, racing in a homemade billy cart downhill in her family street with the rest the kids in her neighbourhood. 

Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Driver Trainer - 0400 094 444

Manual Car (Suzuki Swift)

Liz became a driver trainer in 2007 in Brisbane where she hails from. When her eldest son got his learners, Liz wanted to instruct both her children correctly and safely. With a background in sales, administration and teachers aide, it seemed like the perfect career, and one which Liz brought with her to Townsville in 2009. 

Working with Graduate School of Motoring team is a fantastic opportunity to work with the best in the business. Liz is passionate about her job and the safety of her students....and also believes that we should never stop learning. Sometimes learning something new is challenging, but with the right support and encouragement, anything is possible. From beginners just starting out to adults returning, from test prep auto/manual upgrade.Give Liz or the office a ring or even book online and begin your driving adventure today. 

Graduate School of Motoring 47722323

Annastassia Biggs

Annastassia Biggs

Driver Trainer - 0434 520 752

Auto, MR, HR, HC

(Can do Manual lessons by calling the office on 4772 2323 or Anna on 0434 520 752)

Annastassia started driver training in 2001 during her career in the Australian Army teaching motorbike through to HC. She has worked in several countries & transported many different loads ranging from general cargo, explosives, people & bulk liquids and is passionate on transport safety.

Annastassia has moved into vehicle modification training for people with disabilities. Annastassia works under OT guidance to help achieve their independence and she thoroughly enjoys this area of training.

Heath Ward

Director/Driver Trainer - 0409 611 428

Qualifications: MBA, Cert IV in Driving Instruction, Cert IV Workplace Trainer/Assessor

Heath has 25 years experience in all facets of the transport industry, which he entered after serving in the Australian Army. He has spent the past twenty years in managerial positions and has been heavily involved in workplace training and assessing. He teaches all classes of vehicles including modified vehicles which cater for various disabilities.

He is a current Board Director of the Australian Driver Trainer's Association and actively involved in community road safety mentor programs  in Townsville.

Joanne Stephens

Joanne Stephens

Driver Trainer - 0402 156 043

Manual Car (Kia Rio)

Jo became a driver trainer in 2001. Jo is proud to have joined a progressive driving school however quick to point out our request for her to do a presentation in front of her peers made her very uncomfortable. Jo says it's just like how some of her students feel as learning to drive can be scary for some however for others it's an exciting time of their life, either way Jo feels using a professional is not only helpful, but a necessity. Jo loves what she does as a driver trainer and says there is no better sense of accomplishment than guiding a beginner student though to become a careful and confident driver. 

Samantha McGillivray

Samantha McGillivray

Driver Trainer - 0409 197 037

Manual Car (Mazda 3)

Sam fell into driver training through her husband. Previously she spent 10 years in the retail and hospitality sector working her way up to Restaurant Manager for McDonalds. After taking the plunge and changing careers, Sam wishes she had done it sooner. She finds the work very rewarding and has branched into many different areas of the business. 0409 197 037

Steve Bigham

Steve Bigham

Steve started in the transport industry at the age of 19 driving heavy vehicles then progressed to the Australian Army as a driver/NCO. His experience over the last 30+ years has taken him across Australia with line-haul, logging, refrigerated, general freight and emergency services.

Steve is passionate about road safety and believes a good grounding at the start of your learner-driver experience, is better than changing bad habits later.  


Todd Barson

Todd Barson

Driver Trainer - 0419 163 630

Manual Car (Hyundai Elantra)

Todd has spent many years working in a retail environment prior to taking the plunge into driver training. 0419 163 630

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