In 2004, Mark left a highly paid career as a Fleet Manager (managing over 1,500 vehicles in London) to start afresh as a driving instructor. Fed up with commuting and stress of city life, he wanted to work from home and to use his vast experience to help younger people.
Mark trained with The Instructor College (associated with RED Driving School), in Brentwood. He completed his 40 hours training in Sidcup, Kent. He then worked in Colchester for a local driving school as a trainee instructor. Having qualified and passed the Part 3 exam first time (5/5), he went on to set up his own independent driving school: A-DRIVE was officially born in May 2005.
Mark brought with him a huge range of skills and knowledge from his former career as a Military Policeman and as a Fleet Manager. Both jobs revolved around transportation management in a big way, particularly in war-torn Bosnia where Mark had to deal with some very challenging traffic collisions. Mark helped to support local law-enforcement and means he has hands-on experience dealing with people at every level. His service background has helped him to see and bring out the best in the people around him.
Mark has been involved with some high-level fleet management contracts. In 2003/4, he worked for Marshalls Specialist Vehicles(MSV) in Cambridge, heading up a Homeland Security Fleet of over 300 specialist HGV’s for the UK Fire Service. The project was part of the UK’s response to the 9/11 and 7/7 terrorist attacks and ensured that the country could respond more robustly should such an attack happen again. Mark helped to win a £5m contract for MSV in the process and established himself at the sharp end of strategic fleet management.
Never one to stand still, Mark has continued to acquire new skills and take on new challenges. Not satisfied with being an ordinary instructor, Mark has added a number of qualifications to his CV: