Trainers at Graduate School of Motoring

Heath

Heath

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.

Damian

Damian

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. 

Stephen

Stephen

Driver Trainer - 0438 732 712 

TRUCK - MR, HR, HC 

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.  

 

Simon

Simon

Driver Trainer - 0435 599 296

Automatic Car (Kia Cerrato) 

Simon started his working career as a chef in Darwin, moving to Queensland in 1986 continuing with his cooking career owning his own business. He then changed direction in career path, moving into the emergency services working for Queensland fire and rescue service as a Fire Fighter, where he has been since 1991 until current. Since being in the fire service Simon has involved himself in recruit training which incorporated teaching defensive driving to recruit fire fighters, as well as many other aspects of the job. Being in the Queensland Fire Service, I have developed a passion for Driver training and the benefits of defensive driving and teaching good basic driving skills.

Angelo

Angelo

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. 

Kira

Kira

Driver Trainer - 0407 191 433

Automatic (Modified) Mazda CX-3

Kira guides and coaches from start to finish, including General Automatic lessons and modified lessons which cater for various disabilities.

Kira has worked with various companies with a strong hospitality and retail management background, building on experience and training along the way. Kira’s focus has always been on coaching and development in a safe and comfortable environment to get the very best results through their whole license journey.

You can expect 100% transparency, no horror stories, or nasty surprises when working with Kira.

Please email kira.johnson@gsom.com.au or go to GSOM.com.au to BOOK NOW.

Melanie

Melanie

Driver Trainer - 0482 915 868

Automatic Car (Kia Cerato)

Qualifications: Cert IV in Driving Instruction, Cert IV Workplace Trainer/Assessor and Keys 2 Drive accredited.

Melanie has 7 years experience in all facets of the transport industry, which she entered after serving in the Royal Australian Navy.

Melanie came to driver training with a variety of work/ life experiences, teaching has always been her love; after many years in the customer service and hair and beauty industries and even the military, she was searching for a challenging role where she could expand upon and use the skills life had given her.

Melanie came to us after training and working in Brisbane and running her own driving school.

 

Melanie will have you feeling right at home, comfortable and safe while you learn to drive.

Duncan

Duncan

Driver Trainer - 0403 613 605

Manual Car /MR/HR (Suzuki Swift)

Duncan has been in the transport industry from 1983 working as a driver and forklift operator for many transport companies and has been teaching heavy vehicles from 1989 and cars since 2000.

He has qualifications in Dangerous goods and explosives plus workplace health and safety has lead him to teach. This lead Duncan to take a more conservative interest to the wealth and knowledge of young drivers today.

Duncan's qualifications are Cert IV Training and Assessment, Cert IV Driving Instructor, Cert III Warehousing, WHS Forklift Assessor and instructor in Dangerous Goods Training, Chain of Responsibility, Manual handling, Load restraint, Secure Cargo, Explosives, Transporting Explosives, Transport of Radioactive Material.

Jess

Jess

Driver Trainer - 0477 969 857

Manual Car (Hyundai Elantra)

Jess grew up on a dairy farm and having 8 years experience in the hospitality industry she has developed a coaching style that is fun while still being informative. She is down-to-earth and is dedicated to coaching students in a comfortable atmosphere. Her direction is direct so you can be assured there will be no 'beating out around the bush' and guidance will be clear and transparent. 

Jess enjoys interacting with people from all backgrounds and walks of life so becoming a driver trainer was an ideal position for a career change. In her spare time Jess is a dedicated parent and avid car enthusiast.

 

Cameron

Cameron

Driver Trainer - 0439444431

Manual Car (Suzuki Swift)

My interests are camping, fishing, boating, 4wding and anything to do with the motorsports industry. I have been apart of the transport industry as a truck driver for about 7 years and worked in warehousing for a short period of time. I'm new to the driver training industry but plan on excelling to the best of my abilities. I have my MC truck licence, dangerous goods and cert III in driving operations.  

Steve

Steve

Driver Trainer - 0413 626 967

Manual Car (Hyundai i30)

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. 

Liz

Liz

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. 

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Joanne

Joanne

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. 

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