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Driving School Eastbourne – Begin Driving

Begin Driving based in Eastbourne was established in 2004 and is currently expanding – meet our team…

Allan Leith

Founder and principal instructor Allan Leith was trained as an instructor whilst serving with HM armed forces where he taught recruits for several years. After leaving the army Allan qualified as a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and went on to establish Begin Driving and has been successfully training drivers in the Eastbourne and surrounding areas since 2004. With a broad background of driving experience from motorcycles to articulated lorries, Allan brings his expertise to you – whether you’re a beginner, already have some driving experience, want to complete the Pass Plus scheme or just require some refresher or motorway lessons.

Debbie Bishop

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Debbie joined Begin Driving in July 2019. She previously worked in education and, following a couple of years living and working in London as an executive assistant, has returned to Bexhill – and Driving Instruction. She has previous experience as an ADI in Eastbourne, Bexhill, St Leonards, Hastings and the surrounding areas. She is patient and precise with a relaxed in-car manner and enjoys working with pupils of all standards. Debbie works in a way that builds confidence and encourages progress at a level and pace suitable to each student’s ability. She makes learning to drive enjoyable and prepares students for a lifetime of driving on the roads. Debbie is a mother of two grown independent children and in her spare time she enjoys driving (no surprise!), motor sport spectating, horse riding, skiing, cinema, cooking and going to the gym. Debbie will be an asset to the team and we wish her all the success for her future with Begin Driving.

Joshua Ticehurst

August 2019 Josh Ticehurst joins the Begin Driving team. Josh has previously worked as a police officer serving in the Eastbourne and surrounding area. He passed the police basic driving test during his service allowing him to drive police cars. Choosing to take a different career path Josh decided to become a driving instructor and continue to give something back to the community he was brought up in. He is passionate about road safety and helping new drivers to become responsible, safe and considerate road users. Josh becomes our youngest driving instructor and we wish him all the success in his career with Begin Driving.

Noel Holder

November 2020 Noel Holder joins the Begin Driving Team. Noel spent 24 years in front line customer service as Cabin Crew for British Airways, honing excellent communication skills whilst possessing a wonderfully patient and calm manner. He is married with two teenage children, one of whom recently passed her driving test and inspired Noel to take up a new career as a driving instructor. Noel is multilingual, having a degree in Modern Languages, speaking French, German and Spanish. He enjoys spending time with his family and is a keen sports fan. Since training to become a driving instructor Noel has become passionate about teaching the next generation of drivers – including his son! He will be a great addition to our team and we wish him all the success in his career with Begin Driving.

Jack Sutton

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October 2021 Jack Sutton joins the Begin Driving Team. For the past 10 years Jack has been an Aerial and Satellite engineer dealing with a vast array of customers. During this time he won a national award for installer of the year. Jack enjoys playing sports including golf, squash and his big passion, hockey, he has played for Eastbourne for the last 20 years, 7 of which as captain of the Eastbourne 3rd XI. Jack’s experience dealing with customers puts him in an ideal position to cope with life on the road teaching students to drive and his enthusiastic team spirit will allow him to inject professionalism and fun into the lessons he delivers. He will be a great enhancement to the team and we wish him all the success in his career with Begin Driving.

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Greg Kaluzny

February 2022 Greg Kaluzny joins the Begin Driving Team. Greg has been a qualified driving instructor ADI since 2019, working in the East Sussex area. After University he worked in the transport industry organising the transport of goods through Europe. As well as his experience in driving and teaching in his native country of Poland, he has huge experience driving different classes of vehicles from motorbikes to lorries and buses, which he believes can be shared with his pupils to make them better drivers. Formerly an Eastbourne bus driver his passion used to be motorbikes (before he got married!) now his biggest passion is his two little daughters and in his free time he enjoys football. He is open minded treating all people with respect and has a positive attitude to life. Greg will be an asset to the team and we wish him all the success for his future with Begin Driving.

Pete Upton

March 2022 Pete Upton joins the Begin Driving Team. He brings with him over 10 years of advanced driving experience, following the Roadcraft system, working for the Emergency Services. Prior to that he worked as the operations manager at David Lloyds bowling and Laserquest centre where he introduced new brand standards for the customer experience. He enjoys spending time with his partner, young Son and their house full of pets as well as watching Football in his spare time. Pete’s calm and patient nature and experience of many varieties of situations will help him greatly in teaching new drivers and adapting lessons to meet student’s individual needs. Pete is another great addition to the team and we wish him all the success for his future with Begin Diving.

Shelley Fieldhouse

June 2022 Shelley Fieldouse joins the Team. Shelley brings with her 11 years of customer service experience from the airline industry where her roles included cabin manager, onboard trainer, recruitment and the last 2 years training cabin crew and pilots on the ground.

Shelley understands the fundamental importance of setting and maintaining high standards and brings a wealth of skills to ensure these are met. She prides herself on being approachable, supportive and because of her background experience, has a great understanding of working alongside people from different cultures and abilities. Outside of work Shelley enjoys reading, fitness, the cinema and going to the theatre. She would love to get a dog but needs to twist her families arms a bit more to help out with dog walks. She is working on this!

She looks forward to training with you and helping you complete your journey on safe driving for life. Shelley is another great addition to the team and we wish her all the success for her future with Begin Diving.



Training with Begin Driving will get you motivated and mobile…

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