ADI news will bring you the best of the driver trainer world's opinion makers

Meet our world-class contributors who will give you their insight into the driver trainer world as well as other areas such as business, regulation, tax and marketing.


We always look to expand our portfolio of contributions. So, if you would like to write for ADI news or have any ideas for future features, please get in touch.

Steve Garrod

Steve has over 20 years’ experience of driver and instructor-training and public speaking he started his teaching career training novice motorcyclists, albeit voluntarily, in a school playground on Saturday mornings, in Bromley, Kent.

Tim Clayton

Tim worked in the UK/US as a research scientist, then with the Church of England in heritage buildings, legals and writing databases. He designs websites and runs TRC11 School of Driving in south Birmingham.

Helena Ling

Helena hails from Nottingham and has been ADI qualified since May 2009. She started the Road Ahead Driving School in June 2009 and was fleet qualified in October 2013. She is an IAM national observer, Rospa Gold and tutor as well as DIA DipDE and DIA regional trainer and also trains under-17s for StartinYoung.

Kate Rock

Eight years of experience with a global tyre manufacturer progressing through the UK Comms Team. . Worked on large projects such as the Goodyear Blimp, Goodyear Driving Academy and BTCC/Dunlop Pure Driving Experiences and Dunlop Mindset Campaign for Goodyear and Dunlop brands

Keith Halstead

Keith has been a partner in the chartered accountancy profession for over 20 years. He is responsible for a wide range of owner managed businesses, including driving instructors and many self-employed individuals running their own businesses, advising them on tax and business matters as well as personal financial planning. He currently heads up the DIA Tax Service for members. 

Carly Brookfield

Carly is the chief executive and head of membership services at the DIA. Carly has over 16 years experience in senior business development roles across a range of industries including government agencies, financial services, medical and education.

Edmund King

Edmund is a British public relations professional, best known for media appearances on the subject of motorists and transport policy, in his roles as director of the RAC Foundation and president of The Automobile Association.

Helen Dolphin

Helen originally worked in medical research until she became disabled in 1997. Helen then trained as a broadcast journalist with Anglia news and subsequently worked as a news reporter until 2007.
She now work as a disability rights campaigner for the disabled motorists' charity Disabled Motoring UK.

Clara Gibson

Clara is current general manager at CA Cars, The Driving Instructor Specialist. She has over 13 years’ experience in supplying vehicles to driving instructors and has built up a wealth of knowledge of both the driving instructor industry and different vehicle ranges.  She works closely with the DIA for their vehicle reviews and other related motoring articles.

Sandra MacDonald-Ames

Sandra is currently studying for a PhD at Loughborough University in Driver Behaviour. She is also a working ADI in both the Car and Fleet markets. 

Noel Gaughan

Noel runs, which has gained a reputation for its celebrity trainees. He tweets at @noelgaughan.

Karen Bransgrove

Karen is an experienced driving instructor and here to help with your training queries.

Olivia Baldock-Ward

Olivia has been a franchisee and a self-employed ADI. She knows how tough it is out there.

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