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An independent judging panel has helped determine the worthy winners*. Learner and newly qualified drivers from the FirstCar audience has helped to unearth the very best driving instructors across the UK. From the 10 regional winners, one overall Driving Instructor of the Year will be chosen. In each category, there will be one overall winner and up to three highly commended awards.

Award Categories

Driving Instructor Insurer of the Year

Customer service, speed of dealing with complaints, replacement car offered, ratings, reviews, price competitiveness, customer retention – all will be considered important factors when assessing entries

Our shortlist…

Adrian Flux, Towergate.

Product of the Year

Could be an innovative piece of technology or an in-car product which help ADIs improve the learning to drive experience, keeping learners safe or encouraging better driving. The product could be high-tech or simple, but ingenious. From dash cams to sat navs, from apps to learning aids. Aimed at learners or ADI, or both!

Our shortlist…

ADI Bootcamp, Benefits Package, BriteAngle LED Warning Triangle, C3 ConnectedCAM Citroën, Cabunga, Confident Drivers website, Driving Simulator, Driving Theory Test 4 in 1 App, He-Man Dual Controls, Midrive Instructor App, The Official DVSA Theory Test Kit App, TomTom GO Premium, Total Drive, UK Car Theory Test – Educational Colouring Book.

Professional Support Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Pass N Go Driving School

Open to companies providing essential support services for ADIs to help them improve their efficiency and effectiveness. Accountancy, diary management, finance, legal advice, payment solutions, software, taxation, telephony, training, websites, etc.

Our shortlist…

ADI Network, ADINJC, Driving Instructor Services, Driving Test Success, FBTC Accountancy Services, GoRoadie, He-Man Dual Controls, Marmalade Network, MyDriveTime, Tri-Coaching Partnership.

Car Supplier of the Year

Open to those companies who lease, hire or sell cars to ADIs. Demonstrating excellent customer service, retention levels and a wide range of cars on offer at affordable prices with flexible payment terms.

Our shortlist…

ADINDI, Arnold Clark, Dualdrive.

Driving Instructor Car of the Year – Sponsored by Hitachi

ADIs expect a lot of their cars. As well as being ideal learning environments for their students, a driving instructor’s car must often double as a practical everyday drive. The car will need to be reliable, safe, easy to drive, affordable to run and easy to live with. For this award, our Intelligent Instructor road test team will be selecting a shortlist and winner.

Our shortlist…

BMW i3S, Citroën C3, Kia Ceed, VW Golf, Ford Focus.

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Regional Driving School of the Year – Sponsored by Driving Test Success

Recognising successful schools which actively support both their pupils and their instructors, demonstrating excellent teaching for their students and supportive career development for their teams. These schools do not operate nationally, but in one or more specific geographical areas. We’re looking for excellent customer service, innovative and effective instruction, a commitment to road safety, strong business development and support for your instructor network.

Our shortlist is…

2nd2None, Lendrums, Let’s Instruct, Progress School of Motoring, System Driving School, Road From L.


National Driving School of the Year

Recognising successful schools which actively support both their pupils and their instructors, demonstrating excellent teaching for their students and supportive career development for their team. You will operate nationally. We’re looking for schools who have excellent customer service, innovative and effective instruction, a commitment to road safety, strong business development and support for instructors.

Our shortlist…

AA, Bill Plant, RED.

Special Educational Needs Provider of the Year – Sponsored by ADINJC

Open to individuals or schools, we are looking for that special talent who has gone beyond the call of duty to help those with special educational needs. How has one demonstrated the ability to change their style of teaching, create an enjoyable atmosphere to learn within and show the attention detail for those SEN students, with results and testimonials to show.

Our shortlist…

John Galloway, Haydn Jenkins, Julia Pistrucci Malkin, John Rogers.


Driving Instructor of the Year – 10 regional awards, one overall winner – Sponsored by Pass N Go Driving School

We are looking for Britain’s best driving instructor. We’re looking for a pupil-centred approach, innovative teaching methods, evidence of CPD and skills development, a commitment to road safety and a high level of student satisfaction. We’ve found the top 100 as voted for by our FirstCar readers and other learner drivers.

East & West Midlands: Craig Anderson, Neil Bufton, Penny Clarke, Steve Devaney, Kate Fennelly, Katrina Gray, Mike Harvey, Alan Johnston, Christopher Leigh, Craig Foster, Julia Pistrucci Malkin, Mike Simpson, Ray Seagrave, Salvatore Trapani, Neil Wightman.

East of England: Mark Ashby, Liz Barry, Andrew Feller, Gavin Leech, Brian Lees,  Heather Lockwood, Marina Mclaughlin, Jeff Tuck.

London: Aysen Aras, Shirley Archibald, Aruna Bangura, Grahame Bennett, Lyndon Bause, Megan Cameron, Ian Campbell, Rosie Garnett, Krzysztof Hajduk, Gary Lamb, Paul Nelson, Terrence O’Hanlen, Charlotte D’ Rozario, Anaya Saddall.

North East & North West:  Joe Bangudu, Alan Baxter, Sarah Beddis,Vanroose Brydon, Edward Coxon, Kevin McCann, Phil Hatton, Billy Lowther, Paul Middleton, Christian Ellis Wood.

Northern Ireland: Ann McKiver, Clifford Ogle, Colin Thornton,

Scotland: Taifiq Mirza Baig, Johnny Campbell, Rose Coltart, Scott Forrest, Edward Haggerty, Steve Jefferies,  Allan Milne, Lynn Newton, Brian Smith, Colin Wilkie.

South East: Alison Bridges, Martin Caswell, Charlotte D’ Rozario, Martin Forward, Robyn Lait, Darren Lake, Barry Moss, Sue Smith, Simon Stevenson, Dean Thomas, Mark Wardle, Geoff Watkins.

South West: Chris Borchardt, Jay Churchill, Pip Godson, Jason Jefferies, Alan Handford, Angela Presland, Robin Stoneman, Andy Webb, Vern Whereat, Pete Wilkinson.

Wales: Noel Davies, Digby Eade, Leah Green, Lisa Howells, Tecwyn Hughes, Nathan Leach, Andy Ogborne, Ellen Tamilia.

Yorkshire & Humber: Andy Baily, Bob Cormack, John Daniel, Samantha Hickman, Geoff Maiden, Paul Middleton, Adrian Patch, Phil Pemberton Jackie Willis, Jane Wood.[/collapse]

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sponsored by Hitachi

Who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the ADI industry reach new standards? Who has worked tirelessly, selfishly, often gone unnoticed in their work? What does it take to make a real difference in this industry? Commitment, leadership, skill, personality, empathy… the vision to make a difference… leadership, … an unnerving desire to positively influence when others may throw in the towel. Do you know someone who has achieved great success and inspired others to join in creating that success? Tell us about the nominee – their name, company, position and career details as far as you know and your connection to the nominee. Tell us why you believe your nominee is worthy of winning the Lifetime Achievement Award 2019.

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Our judging panel

Lynne Barrie – Chairman, ADINJC

Laurence Braithwaite – National Campaigns Manager, Highways England

Liz Brooker – Chair, RSGB

Carly Brookfield – Chief Executive, Driving Instructor’s Association

Adrianne Carter – Owner, The Face Whisperer

Peter Harvey MBE – National Chairman, The Motor Schools Association of Great Britain

David Motton – Editor, FirstCar Magazine

Mike Quinton – Chief Executive, IAM Roadsmart

Nick Simmons – Chief Executive, RoadPeace

*Intelligent Instructor reserves the right to put forward companies who we feel demonstrate excellence in their category and are a potential award winner.

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