• Verified Working with Children Check
  • Driving Instructor's Licence
  • Instructed for 1.3 years
  • Spoken language(s) English
Instructor bio

Hi, my name is Derek. My previous career was in the Banking Industry and in IT Project Management. My career spanned across both the UK and more predominantly, Australia. I have a keen eye for detail and following processes, which has served me well throughout my career. I recently became a driving instructor, this change brings great flexibility and work-life balance. Originally from Edinburgh in Scotland, I learnt to drive a manual car at the age of 17. I have nearly 40 years’ experience in driving in various countries throughout Europe and in some extremely adverse winter conditions. I consider myself to be a very safe and courteous driver. As a driving instructor, I really enjoy the interaction with each of my students and seeing them improve in ability and confidence week-on-week. I would like to think that I can bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to keep NSW drivers safe on our roads. I first moved to Australia in 1988 and after some back and forth between the two countries, I have settled in the Lower Blue Mountains with my wife and our three teenage children over 11 years ago now. I look forward to assisting you on your journey to gain confidence and your independence.


Having had experience with a previous instructor I felt that it didn’t prepare me for what I need to progress in my driving career and in fact had dented my confidence in many ways. It was like a breath of fresh air to work with Derek, who encouraged me and gave me the self-belief I needed. He is very calm and easy to get along with and I looked forward to my lessons with him. Thanks to him, I passed first time. Fantastic instructor.


Easy going and down to earth and put me at ease straight away. Explained everything clearly and the reasons behind it which helped me understand the use of the road. He is calm, professional and gave great encouragement along every step of the way. I learnt more in 1 hour with him than 3 hours with a previous instructor. I can highly recommend him. Cheers Derek, awesome work.


Fantastic teacher. He can not only make you laugh he has great knowledge and patience in taking you through the building blocks of driving safely. He is easy to get along with and is very encouraging at every stage. He gave me the confidence and tools to prepare for my test which I sailed through on my first attempt. Great work Derek.


Derek is a very good driving instructor who knows the road well and has great anticipation for things happening around him. He is patient and explains things clearly and concisely and obviously has extensive experience. Thanks to him I can now get myself to cricket practice and matches. Thanks Derek.


After failing my test with my original instructor I had lost a great deal of confidence. However after a few lessons with Derek I regained certainty and worked on some weaknesses that had not been previously identified. I passed with flying colours, second time round. I cannot thank Derek enough for his patience and skill in giving me the self-assurance on the road

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ELY8OU   Auto
Mazda 2 2021
  • Derek services 27 suburbs View full list
    Blaxland 2774 Cambridge Gardens 2747 Cambridge Park 2747 Emu Heights 2750 Emu Plains 2750 Faulconbridge 2776 Glenbrook 2773 Glenmore Park 2745 Hazelbrook 2779 Jamisontown 2750 Jordan Springs 2747 Lapstone 2773 Lawson 2783 Leonay 2750 Linden 2778 Llandilo 2747 Mount Riverview 2774 Penrith 2750 Regentville 2745 South Penrith 2750 Springwood 2777 Sun Valley 2777 Valley Heights 2777 Warrimoo 2774 Winmalee 2777 Woodford 2778 Yellow Rock 2777
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