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Biographies



LAURA COHEN-SMITH  

Laura has worked extensively with St John Ambulance with the Regional Driving Team and is a fully qualified DVSA approved driving instructor. She recently qualified as a DVSA fleet registered trainer in March 2016. Here is her biography:


  My name is Laura and I am passionate about driving.

Having passed my driving test in 1996, I went on to take my advanced driving test with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) 3 years later. Since then, I have had an extremely wide and varied history of driving in many different vehicles (both 2 and 4 wheeled), different conditions and different situations, including being an Approved Emergency Driver with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

 I decided I wanted to share my skills and experiences and thought the best way to do this would be to undertake training as a driving instructor which I started in 2013, prior to this I have also been part of the Regional Driver Training Team for St John Ambulance.
 
 I am excited to be working with my school friend, Kate Pearson at Green Driver Training. We are a small, friendly and professional driving school with many many years driving experience between us.

 I am 36, married with two dogs and a horse to look after and enjoy driving blue light emergency vehicles for St. John Ambulance in what little spare time I have.
 
 I am patient, calm, friendly and reliable and I feel these are key attributes in a driving instructor and I look forward to teaching you soon.


KATE PEARSON (owner and director)

Kate recently passed her ORDIT (Official Register of Driving Instructor Training) inspection for premises and training in May 2016 and 

passed her latest standards check in July 2015 which was graded at an 'A' (the highest grade awarded to ADI's).


Biography

 I qualified as an approved driving instructor (ADI) in 2004 (having been on my trainee license for a year in Central London). Before qualifying, I delivered and collected hire cars in and around London in zones 1 & 2  through to 6 and the home counties and had the pleasure of driving a fleet of vehicles from category B (car) to category A (7.5 tonne) in every traffic condition you could imagine. I love driving, as well as the freedom it gives - and with this experience I decided to move into driving instruction. I have held my full license since 1995.


Having moved back to my home town of Wirral in 2004, I worked for two other driving schools before setting up on my own as 'Kate's Driving School' and have enjoyed over ten years teaching learners to qualify for their driving license. Having returned from maternity leave at the beginning of 2014, I decided to update my instructor and driving skills and qualified as both QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework) Assessor and Fleet Trainer (DVSA). I Currently work as an external fleet trainer for Ocado and also independently train potential driving instructors up to their final qualification. I can also enable qualification of BTECs in the driving industry. Moreover, I continue to train my lovely learners in the hope some of my real driving experience will be transferred.  Together wIth these new training skills, a focus on eco-driving and many years of experience combined, I decided to re-name my school 'Green Driver Training™'. 


Before the driver training industry got a hold of me, I trained as a professional actress (acting name of Kate Henry) and still keep my hand in where time allows. I am patient, friendly and calm and together with my old school mate and school hockey team member, Laura, we hope to offer you a little more for your money with quality training our first priority.