Staff

Steven Du Plessis


Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Auto

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Blue Hyundai I20

 

I started out as a driving instructor for the AA (Automobile  Association) in 2013 whilst residing in Auckland, New Zealand.

I've always enjoyed working with people and I guess my passion is helping others especially when it comes to driving and road safety.

Its extremely satisfying witnessing a young person driving for the first time or one of our senior citizens driving again after a long break due to medical reasons....it's even more satisfying when I have taken a student through the entire "learner driver" process, they pass the P's test for the first time and continue with the safe driving habits I have taught them.

I like to maintain a relaxed and fun atmosphere during lessons but at the same one needs to remain safe and vigilant at all times.

I drive a Hyundai i20 automatic , comfortable and a very easy  car to drive.

 




Paul Lawson (A)

Paul Lawson (A)


New Rightway Instructor!

We welcome Paul to the team.




Tony Butler


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i20

Tony has just recently retired from 23 years of corporate training in private enterprise and local Government to join the Rightway team. Training/Coaching is his passion. Helping people reach their potential is his motivating force. He inspires to use skills and experience to not only help people achieve their licence but to work with them so that they become safer drivers  on our roads.

Tony decided to become a driving instructor because he sadly lost a close family member to an intoxicated, unlicensed and unregistered driver and does not wish for others to suffer like his family has.

He believes that learning should never be boring. Therefore, his style, while focused on outcomes, is both creative and engaging. Everyone learns differently and he has learnt that good trainers look for ways to tap into individual learning styles.

Not afraid of the spotlight, Tony has previously worked in television, radio, theater and live show presentations.

Additionally Tony is also a fitness freak, spending 5 days a week in the gym and has covered a lot of kilometers cycling and running in his life. Furthermore, he also likes to play chess pretty seriously and enjoys spending time with his 2 young grandsons.  

Why should you pick Tony as your driving instructor?  As Tony says, coaching and training are gifts. Some people are good at a skill but not everyone has the ability to impart that to others. He believes he has been blessed with that ability. Consumers would certainly get value for money and they would be challenged and motivated by him to not just gain their license but to be a safe driver for life. He would like to think that his students would also impart their skills to others.

His long term goals as a driving instructor are to continue to improve and to learn from every driver training session. The driver training industry is a critical one that needs good trainers and he'd like to be one of the best.

Ultimately he is very grateful to have this opportunity to offer his services and to make a difference to the learning experiences and lives of both young and not so young learners. He would like to think that everyone he works with would be treated with the utmost respect.




Greg Hunt


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 10 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i30

As a Rightway driving instructor, my goal is to equip you for a lifetime of safe driving and to enable you to pass your test!
My relaxed instruction style helps me to clearly communicate my twelve years of teaching experience which I gained in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
I enjoy teaching all ages and nationalities. I look forward to sharing your learning journey and achieving the goal of getting your License!




Tim Chong


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i30

 

I started with Rightway at the beginning of 2009. I have a master trainers qualification and am qualified for keys to drive govt. lessons. I am passionate about helping students to enjoy their driving experience. I teach with the belief that with knowledge comes confidence and that confidence leads towards a better, safer driver who will enjoy being on the road. I enjoy watching people progress and change into a better driver who feels calm and happy to be out on the road. I was previously a flying instructor in my younger days and enjoy teaching. I like watching motor sport,golf and enjoy outdoor activities, such as golf, fishing and riding motorcycles. I also enjoy movies and love to travel.

 




Jackie Gladwood


Qld Driver Trainer, Licenced Driving Instructor - NSW Keys2Drive accredited 

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast, Northern NSW

Transmission: Automatic

I have been an accredited Driving Instructor since 2017. Prior to that, I have also been an educator, with 8 years experience with children from year 1 through to year 9.

My love of teaching, combined with a passion for driving,  put me on a natural course to become a driving instructor. I enjoy the company of all ages, meeting new people and sharing knowledge in a way that people understand. 

I am an accredited driving instructor in both QLD and NSW and look forward to helping you on your learning journey.

 

 




Jan Grima


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 12 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Mazda 3

I qualified as a driving instructor 12years ago, gaining my Certificate IV in Driver Training. Since that time I have been working with Rightway Driving School on the Gold Coast. I am a Master Driver Trainer and a keys2drive Instructor.

I pride myself for taking the time and patience needed to ensure all my students achieve their licence. More than half my students come from recommendation and referral. I have also taught intellectually disabled students. I work extensively in the areas from Nerang, Robina, Palm Beach and Elanora but can travel outside my usual areas. My vehicle is an automatic 2012 Mazda 3 but I can also instruct in a manual if you have your own vehicle.


My background is of Maltese descent and my hobby is working as a DJ doing school discos, weddings and social functions.

I am looking forward to helping you with your journey to become a safe driver.




Michael Moore


Qld Driver Trainer, Heavy Vehicle Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i20

Michael has been a professional driver his whole life with experience as a traffic controller, HR Truck driver, bus driver and taxi driver.  He decided to become a driving instructor to share his knowledge on how to stay safe on the roads.  He hopes to demonstrate that driving can be enjoyable and not just a chore.  His previous students have said that they like his attitude and calmness towards situations in traffic, they have also said that they feel relaxed and comfortable in his presence.

Previously Michael has also worked as a carpet technician, handyman and hospitality, bringing a wide range of  valuable experience.

His hobbies include drawing, movies, gardening and snow skiing.

Ultimately, Michael brings to this company his personality and unique way of teaching and hopes to deliver the best way possible to keep us all alive on the roads, drive to survive.




Wayne Palmer

Wayne Palmer


Manual Gold Coast - Northern region.

Wayne  is a new addition to the team at Right way Driving School, Wayne specializes in Manual transmission driving on the north side of the Gold Coast, with a passion for American Cars and driving in general , Wayne loves teaching clutch control and general driving to all learners

My passion is specializing in all maneuvers from lane changing to reverse park to 3 point turns, hill starts and so on, my way of teaching will provide not only the learner but parents  piece of mind of not only getting the learner their driver’s licence but more importantly making them a sensible and safe driver for their driving future.




Alan Bulmer


Queensland Accredited Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter, Corporate driver trainer

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast North 

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Mazda CX3

Recognition: Instructor of the year 2016

 

Alan is a very experienced Instructor holding a QLD Driver Trainers accreditation. He is also a Keys2Drive accredited instructor. In addition to the learner driver training Alan is also qualified in Advanced Driver Training for both cars and 4WD's. Alan is a strong communicator, changing his teaching methods to suit each individual student. His background and experience allows his students to benefit from his deep understanding of road safety and the attitudes that are required to be a life long safe driver, regardless of driving conditions, distractions and personal challenges. Alan is also one of our RYDA presenters.




Paul (M) Lawson

Paul (M) Lawson


I originate from England in a town called Bradford in the County of Yorkshire. Lots of students like to mimic my accent (badly) and I attempt my best Aussie Accent which I'm told is total rubbish, ha ha!

  I have been driving since the day I was legally allowed and 33 years on I still love getting behind the wheel, just driving and listening to music. Pretty much any genre, metal, punk, rock, rap. I have too many favourite artists to list but Elvis Presley is my number 1.  I will definitely surprise you with the range of artist's I listen to and I'm more than happy for students to choose the tunes while I teach you and refine your driving.

  Over the years I have driven many types of vehicles including Cabs in the U.K. for 6 years. I have my HR licence as well as motorcycle licence. I have 2 bikes I love to ride so watching out for bikes is something I teach among a million other hints and tips as you learn with me. I even drove the Stretch Hummers for a while for fun, I just love being on the road.

  I've been an instructor for almost 4 years and my students tell me how comfortable I make them feel immediately on getting into the car with me. I teach manual and automatic so if you decide to switch you can still keep me as your instructor. It's rare that my students get a fail, usually speed if anything. I will teach you everything you need to know to get your P licence first go as well as teaching you to stay safe on the road well after you pass the test. 

 




Cheryl York


Cheryl is a Mum to 3 teenagers, currently teaching her middle child to drive. She has a background in business, mentoring, teaching and coaching and approaches her teaching with a holistic approach. She specialises in teens and young adults with anxieties, stress, learning disabilities and phobias associated with driving. She’s a very positive person and loves her job. 




Leearna Averkoff


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited K2D Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i30

 

Before becoming a driving instructor I drove Limousines for a while and the spent a lot of time on the road. Noticing the general ignorance and how unsafe our driving community can be. I have always been a people person and have also spent a big chunk of my working life as the retail manager of a pharmacy. 

I believe in teaching our younger generations the importance of driving, the risks associated with driving and the basic defensive driving skills we need to improve our road statistics. I'm very passionate about my family and love the job I do. I love to involve myself in all aspects when teaching. and I love to make it fun.

I don't just teach them to pass a test, I teach them to be able to drive anywhere.

 

 "Life has enough worries in it so lets make this Fun!!!"




Allan Mills


Allan is the newest member of the Rightway team and brings a wealth of experience to his new role. Allan is passionate about making a difference and ensuring our next generation of drivers have the right training to keep the same safe.

 




Raj Lakhia


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor, RYDA presenter

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 10 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Toyots Yaris

Recognition: Instructor of the week

 

Raj is a highly regarded member of the Rightway Instructor team. He brings a steady paternal influence to his lessons with the same caring attitude he has for his own children when learning to drive.  He is accredited as a QLD Driver Trainer, Master Driver Trainer,  Keys2Drive Instructor and has previously played professional cricket in England. He also holds a Law degree as well as honours in English Literature.




Richard Commisso


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai i20

Richard is also available to conduct lessons in Italian.

Richard brings his caring and supportive teaching style to his role as a Driving Instructor. Richard ensures that his students feel supported and comfortable during their learning process and he always has fantastic feedback from his students.

 




Sharon Commisso


Qld Driver Trainer, Accredited Keys2Drive Instructor

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Hyundai I20

 

Sharon has a patient and supportive approach to her teaching. She has successfully trained students from all backgrounds and experience levels. Sharon forms long lasting, productive relationships with her students which is supported by the consistent excellent feedback she receives.




Cherita King


Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: 7 years

Transmission: Automatic

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Toyota Corolla

Cherita has a no-nonsense approach to training and enjoys seeing her students develop through practical, real world experience.




David Muir


Qld Driver Trainer

Teaching Areas: Gold Coast

Teaching Experience: more than 5 years

Transmission: Manual

Usual Lesson Vehicle: Mitsubishi Lancer

 

David is an experienced Driver Trainer who is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping  his students reach the necessary skill level to become a safe driver.




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