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Nick Johnston

Hi, I am director of acclaim driving and have been with the company for almost 5 years. I am passionate about driving instruction and the acclaimdriving.com brand. I have been training Driving Instructors for over 15 years.

My belief is that training should not only include the technical skills in order to pass the qualifying exams and deliver great value for money to learners, but should also include the business skills to run a successful and profitable business.

I am a firm believer in CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and I have written and delivered many courses to help Driving Instructors become the best that they can possibly be.

Whether you enrol on our Driving Instructor Training Program or join us as part of the Team as an acclaim Instructor I will certainly be here to offer you support and guidance throughout.

I look forward to meeting you


Heidi Palmer

Hi, I have been working with Acclaim since 2010 but have been working within the driving school industry for 28 years helping people achieve their dream career of becoming a driving instructor. Within that time I have seen hundreds of people through their training and go on to become very successful driving instructors.

We will give you all the skills and knowledge, back up and support to be the very best you can be. Our approach to your training is that we are there supporting you right from the beginning until your qualify and beyond because your training and development doesn't stop at you passing your part 3 exam in fact that's just the start.

Look forward to seeing you.


Richard Barton

Hi, I have been with acclaim driving.com since 1988 as a driving instructor. I trained to deliver ADI training at Cardington (the examiners training establishment) in 1992 and I have since then trained hundreds of people not only locally but nationally as well.

I am passionate about developing people to achieve their ambitions and become the best they can to fit in with acclaims very high standards for their driving instructors. I have always said “that there is more to being a driving instructor than the green badge”.

I fully embrace ongoing CPD as I feel it is important to be up to date with modern thinking and legislation. I myself have attended as well as delivered a significant number of course and will continue to do so as the industry develops.


Paul Chopra

Hi, my name is Paul I’ve been a driving instructor for over 15 years and I’ve been with acclaim driving for the last 2 years. I truly believe that our training programme is one of the most comprehensive courses available and I firmly believe that we equip all of our trainees for a long and prosperous career as a driving instructor.

I particularly enjoy linking the part 1, 2 and 3 almost as one exam (although you’ll still have to take all 3!). Coaching the 3 parts together makes our course not only one of the quickest routes to qualification but also the most comprehensive.

I look forward to seeing you soon.


Jon Cole

Hi, my name is Jon I’ve been a driving instructor for over 8 years and I’ve been with acclaim driving for 6 years. I keen to help all new trainees to become great instructors and to be great ambassadors for the acclaim brand.

I work closely with all my customers to ensure that they have the necessary techincal skills to graduate through the qualification process and also develop their business and customer service skills to ensure that they become successful Driving Instructors.

I look forward to training you in your new career.