Meet The Team
Instructor - Founder
Rob James started Home James School of Motoring 8 years ago, after spending 2 years with a large national school. He has now been instructing for nearly 10 years. His reputation is based on outstanding customer service, and treating every single pupil as an individual. Driving is a very personal thing, and so teaching styles must be adapted in order to achieve fantastic results for each and every one. He loves helping pupils gain a huge life skill. For Rob to teach someone how to drive is a real privilege.
When Rob is not working he loves spending time with his daughters, Effie and Poppy, and family days out, enjoying everything his home town of Lymington and the new forest has to offer.
Andy Olden has been successfully helping pupils to gain their full licence for the past 14 years. Having taught nearly 1000 pupils over that time, Andy has an eye for detail, and knows precisely what is required to get the results you want, regularly achieving over 80% at the 1st attempt. Andy’s other interests include his classic car, travel and spending time doing dad stuff with his daughter, Ella.
Andy’s teaching style is chilled and relaxed, and making learning as fun as possible, with a huge emphasis on safe driving for life.
Andy is an extremely well liked instructor. Pupils feel comfortable and relaxed on his lessons, and we receive great feedback from pupils and parents alike. Andy has been instructing with Home James for just over two years and has already achieved a very impressive pass rate. Before coming into the industry, Andy was a PE teacher for 20 years, but after all that running around, decided a career of sitting down and reclining was much more him, as well as instructing. Andy also spends a day a week at Southampton football club, helping with coaching the squad.
In his spare time Andy loves nothing more than travelling with his wife Kath and their two daughters, having recently spent time in New Zealand, Australia and Iceland.
Laura Biggs has been instructing with Home James for the past 4 years. She initially qualified with the AA gaining her approved status at 22. A huge achievement and for a time was the youngest fully qualified female instructor in the country. Laura successfully runs her business part time as a driving instructor and the rest of her time is spent as a professional nanny. She continues to get results for her pupils week in week out. Recently Laura has enjoyed a sabbatical for 6 months working as crew on board a private yacht in Antigua. She loves to travel and walking her two gorgeous dogs, Bonnie and Minnie.
Charlie is quite a character, his lessons are fun and energetic and he is held in extremely high regard by all his pupils. Charlie has had many different careers throughout his working life, from owning restaurants in Spain to selling pharmaceuticals for a large national company in London.
No two lesson are ever the same and your sure not to get bored. When Charlie isn't teaching he spends his time with his partner Lydia, and their beautiful two year old daughter Penelope.
Rob has been successfully instructing pupils through their driving tests for the last 12 years. A fabulous guy, with a dry sense of humour, pupils often comment on his laid back approach to instructing, which has helped them grow in confidence as drivers.
Before coming into instruction, Rob had been in the army, he has had a successful career as a land surveyor, and has also owned and run his own commercial cleaning firm.
In his chill time, Rob and his wife Jackie enjoy walking and lots of travel.
Our latest recruit is proving incredibly popular, a self confessed perfectionist, Paul's eye for detail has achieved unbelievable results for pupils who had previously lost hope. A very calm character with a wicked sense of humour.
Paul combines his week as an instructor with also being a full time firefighter, husband and father of three young children, we often wonder how he manages it all, but he does and he does it brilliantly.
Mathew Chacko has more than 25 years of driving both light and heavy vehicles. He is a reliable, experienced, and a professional driving instructor. He takes both Manual and Automatic cars and caters for both beginners and experienced individuals who are looking for flexible and friendly lessons. He understands that everyone has different learning needs and caters for all learning types. When Matt isn't teaching His passions are football, beach volleyball and cricket.
Michelle has been driving since 1986, and comes to Home James with a wealth of previous experience. Michelle lived in London until 1992 before moving to the new forest with her 3 children. Michelle has a fun and caring personality and pupils often comment on her incredible patience. Before coming into the driver trainer industry, michelle spent 18 years working for a large care organisation. In her spare time Michelle and her partner Geoff love to travel and have recently visited New York and the Carribean, and has just returned from a once in a lifetime trip to Alaska, Chicago and Seattle.
Achievements to date include climbing Mount Snowdon and she is about to embark on her latest and probably most enjoyable expedition, 'becoming a grandmother for the first time in November.