Meet the Team

Andrew Down

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”

 

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!”

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

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Andrew Down

Paul 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.

Rob Durno

Rob Durno

Rob Durno has been an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) since 1999 and has worked for Drive-Tech as a Skid instructor since 2006, after being given a skid pan course as a gift!  Rob is also a qualified motorcycle instructor and holds a DBS certificate.
Hobbies include watching all kinds of motor sports, and Salsa dancing.

Rob’s tip: “Control your steering and use your feet correctly”.

 

Calum Durno

Rob Durno

Calum is a qualified Sports Coach and holds a first aid certificate, safeguarding & protecting children certificate and a DBS certificate.  Calum has worked as a Karting Marshal since 2012.  As the son of a driving instructor he passed his test within weeks of turning 17.

Hobbies include rowing and snooker.

Calum’s karting tip: “Keep braking to a minimum”.

Rich Hatch

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Rich Hatch

Rich is a current serving Roads Policing officer of 23 years and has 18 years experience of emergency driving.

He is qualified to VIP escort level and is a tactical advisor for the Police in current police tactics.

He holds a current First Aid certification to trauma level and is CPR and defib trained.

Rich is also a level 1 Rugby Coach and is currently training kids at Devizes RFC.

A keen rugby and motorsport fan, Rich has been with Drivetech for 2 years and enjoys every course whatever the weather.

Quote “There’s only one real defect in a modern car, that’s the nut behind the wheel”

Barry Whitehead

Barry Whitehead

Barry is a relative newcomer to the team joining in July 2017, having raced Formula Fords competitively at the Castle Combe Circuit.

He brings controlled speed and energy to the fore and prides himself on ensuring every customer goes home with a ‘huge’ smile on their face, together with important newly learned driving skills!

Hobbies include Rugby, Squash, Golf and very little rest time except walking his two Labradors.

Barry’s Tip;- “Always be prepared for the unexpected”