Meet the Team

Andrew Down

Andy has been with us since 1991, he has been a BORDA instructor since 1998.  Andy started offroading on bikes in his teens and gravitated to four wheels when he began working as a salesman.  Andy is BORDA qualified and his approach is both friendly and informative, as well as reassuringly precise.  Andy’s aim is to improve people’s driving skills and for them to have fun and go away having learned something new.

Andy says women make better drivers because they listen!  He loves driving  and working and say that every day is a new challenge.

Andy says forward planning, level headedness and consideration for others makes for a good off-road driver.

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Dave, a former police traffic officer has been with Drive-Tech for over 5 years also an expert in Skid Control, 4×4 Off Roading and an approved First Aider. Dave has also been involved in close protection outside courses.

Hobbies include being a keen motor sport fan and a loving family man.
Dave says “It is better to be 5 minutes late than 50 years early when driving”

Geoff Shortman

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Geoff Shortman

Geoff, a retired police response pursuit driver with 23 years service under his belt has been with Drive-Tech for 10 years he too is an expert in Skid control 4×4 Off Roading and an approved First Aider.

A former Royal Navy retired POMEM (Petty Officer Marine Engineering Mechanic) his hobbies include sea fishing, DIY and caravanning.

Geoff firmly believes that “the driving test is to show ability for road safety not a qualification for excellence, further training is required to reach expert standards.”

Matt Bawtree

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Matt Bawtree

Matt started out as a junior kart marshal and has now become one of our very experienced Race Directors and an approved First Aider. Recently graduated from Cardiff Uni with a Business Degree his day job is a Procurement Trainee with Airbus.

Hobbies include all forms of motor sport, mountain biking, History and long walks.
Matt’s karting tip “Listen to what I say!”

Rupert Crook

Rupert Crook

Rupert Crook

With over 30 years racing and instructing under his belt from single seaters to group C Le Mans cars he has a wealth of knowledge. Rupert works for many top sport car manufacturers mainly Aston Martin all over Europe.

Hobbies include anything car related, scuba diving, and snorkeling & rally schools
Rupert says “you are never too old to learn something on a skid pan and to have incredible fun doing it!”

Ray Gilligan

Ray Gilligan

Ray Gilligan

Ray originally from Australia is the latest 4×4 trainer to join Drive-Tech. Ray has brought immense knowledge he has been driving Toyota land cruisers over many terrains all over central and south Victoria, one of his favorite places is Cape Otway. Ray will show you exactly what a land rover discovery is capable of.

Ray loves to modify/customize Discoveries. Ray says ”4×4 driving can be exhilarating and that Drive-Tech’s course is exceptional and will provide you with a great day out”

Luke Cooper

Luke Cooper

Luke Cooper

Luke is an accomplished kart racer; joining the team in a full time capacity in 2012 he currently assists in the office and works on karting events. Luke is a licensed Race Director and an approved First Aider.
Luke’s karting history to date includes Castle Combe Junior Champion 2005, Maxxis TKM Festival Cup Winner 2007, Clay Pigeon Turkey Trot Winner 2008, ABkC Talko Formula Junior TKM Super One National Championship 2009 6th and Whilton Mill Club Championship Junior TKM winner 2010.

Luke currently competes in Formula Ford 1600 and has recently been crowned the 2012 Triple Crown champion and 2nd place in the National Ford Championship. A little closer to home Luke has earned himself 5th place in the Castle Combe Formula Ford Championship. Luke’s favorite tracks are Donnington Park and Oulton Park.

Luke’s passion for motor sport makes this his number one hobby, with running and computer games in the mix.

Luke’s karting tip: “consistency is key”

Jayne Cooper

Jayne together with husband Alan bought Drive-Tech in 2005. An active team member working on a daily basis in the administration office covering all aspects of the business.

Jayne Cooper

Jayne Cooper

Educated locally Jayne has worked in the public sector since leaving full time education. Mother of two she has been involved in motor sport since getting together with husband Alan.

Hobbies include motor sport, holidays (although few & far between) fancy dress dinners and raising money for charity.

Jayne says: “No matter how good a driver we think we are, adverse weather conditions such as rain, ice and snow reduce traction, maneuverability and visibility can make it easy for a car to skid.” How many of us have experienced feelings of shock, fear and powerlessness that even a small skid has given us? A simple skid course for yourself or as a gift to a loved one could be one of the best things you can do to keep you and the drivers in your family safe.”

Dave Soper

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Dave Soper

Dave has been an ADI for 11 years and works for Drive-Tech as a Skid Instructor; he is currently training to be a 4×4 instructor and is a qualified first aider. Dave is also a fleet trainer and an A1 assessor. Dave is one of our main tutors in Skid Control for the U17 Car Club who are regular customers.

Hobbies include going to the gym, marshal arts and motorcycle racing.

Dave’s Tip: Arrive Alive! The biggest key is anticipation.

Paul Nash

paulPaul is a retired Police officer. A former Royal Engineer (Army) who specialised in heavy haulage and cranes. Paul works for Drive Tech as a Skid car instructor and is a self employed Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and also works as a lecturer for the Driving Instructors Association (DIA)

Hobbies include watching rugby (Bristol & England), walking his 2 dogs and enjoying life.

Paul’s tip: You are never too old to learn.