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.
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.
Alan has come back into Driving instructing having qualified originally some 15 years ago.
A very popular instructor with a laid back approach to teaching.
When Alan isn’t working he enjoys archery and is a member of a local new forest team, and enjoys spending family days out, with wife Michelle and their 3 children.
Andy has seen the world as an Air Steward at British Airways, been a Newsagent and 5*Hotel Manager.
He currently owns a small cafe/deli in Devon and runs Home James School of Motoring (Exeter).
In his spare time, He enjoys Football (He is a Tottenham Hotspur Season Ticket Holder), Swimming and having fun with his three children, Ruby, Freddy and Nelly.....usually at the Beach!
Michelle has been instructing with Home James for over a year having initially trained with the AA. She comes with a wealth of customer related experience and has a calm and caring approach to her pupils.
A previous aerobic & fitness instructor and fitness manager in Southampton plus a year instructing out in Spain, Michelle and her husband moved to Milford-on-Sea in 2000 to start a family (a son and daughter both now teenagers)!
She has also worked part time in leisure services for 14 years.
In her spare time she loves nothing more than time spent with family and friends.
Hettie, is currently the youngest fully qualified female driving instructor in the country, an outstanding achievement!!
Hettie comes to Home James with a wealth of experience in customer focused roles.
She has run a local new forest eatery, and in the last few years has been a Nanny to a young family of 4 children and has also been in charge of the day to day running of a large Manor House.
Hettie has now been instructing for close to 2 years and is our full time automatic instructor.
In Hettie’s free time, she loves to bake, kayak and travel and has recently just returned from a trip to Australia.
Lucy provides lessons in and around Salisbury.
After 15 years in recruitment, Lucy decided to have a career change and decided to become a driving instructor and has carried out all her training with Home James.
She loves meeting new pupils and helping them gain there freedom.
Lucy has many years of driving experience and her pupils often comment on her calm nature.
When Lucy isn’t instructing she enjoys spending time with family and friends and also has a keen interest in travel and an ever growing bucket list of places she would like to visit when she retires!
Most recently Lucy enjoyed travelling around France with her partner Greg and daughter Phoebe.
Chris is the newest member of the Home James team.
He qualified as an ADI in 2013 at the age of 22 with the AA Driving School, a significant achievement and has been a franchisee with the AA Driving School before joining Home James.
He is also a Driving Instructor Trainer. Chris has an eye for detail and ensures that all his lessons are fun and enjoyable.
In his spare time Chris spends his time with his partner Emma and enjoys travelling and spending time with family.
Susannah has been driving for 28 years!!
She took a career break and moved to the new forest to raise two children with Sam her husband in 2008.
Prior to this she was a director of sales working in the ceramics industry for 11 years with international responsibilities for global revenue growth...some of her key accounts included Ralph Lauren, Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Selfridges to name a few!
Susannah is an extremely calm and patient character. She loves driving and meeting new pupils and helping them achieve their goals.
In her spare time Susannah loves spending time with her daughters Lottie and Emmy and tending to her horses, and various other pets she has acquired over the years, a true animal lover.
Karen has a great personality with an extremely caring and nurturing nature. Karen has been driving for 30 years and as well as holding a catergory B licence also holds a full and clean HGV licence and for a time was a haulage driver for a local company in Southampton. Most recently Karen has held a Customer Service role working within South Western Railway and comes to Home James with an eclectic mix of skills and talents. Karen has three grown up children, and last year became a grandmother for the first time to her gorgeous grandson. Karen is a country girl at heart and in her spare time loves nothing more than tending to her horses and hacks in the forest.