Meet The Team
Hi, my name is Ann-Marie and I’m the owner of Spot On Driving. I live in a lovely village in North Dorset with my husband Eddie. We have been married for 20 years; he’s a dentist, but he also has an active role in Spot On and has decided to train to become a driving instructor to help me further in the business. I have 4 grown up children, my 2 step-sons James and Mark are both married and live in Manchester. My son Alex is 22 years old and works as a Barber, and my daughter Rosie is 21 years old is at university.
I qualified as a driving instructor in 2013, just in time for Alex to be my first pupil when he turned 17. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching him to drive and spending the quality time with him. It was fantastic that I taught Rosie to drive a year later. We managed to get on well throughout and I was very proud when they passed with only a couple of faults each.
In my spare time, I like to keep fit by jogging and training in a gym. My husband and I go away regularly to stay in our caravan in Devon where we enjoy walking, cycling and relaxing.
Previously, I have done a few different jobs including owning and running a Pottery Painting studio, Director in a family owned Fine Food Company, Childminding, Manager for a charity that provides care in the community for adults with learning difficulties and I went to University to train to be a Primary School Teacher, and specialising in Physical Education. Unfortunately, I gave up my degree in the third year when I adopted my two children. Although it’s a shame that I didn’t get a degree, my children were my priority and the knowledge I gained at university has really helped with my present career.
I absolutely love my job and get great deal of satisfaction from teaching people to drive and from the challenge of finding different methods to suit all types of learners. It is so satisfying when a learner driver passes their practical test and to have the knowledge that they are safe, confident and competent drivers.
Most pupils have regular weekly lessons, but I have also taught Semi-Intensive Courses, lessons for those with Special Needs, Refresher Driving Lessons and Parking Skills lessons.
Each and every pupil is unique in the way they learn and it’s a pleasure to be part of the process and to have the challenge of finding methods to suit everyone.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your requirements.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Hi, my name is Eddie Winterburn and I have been married to Ann-Marie, owner of Spot On Driving School for almost 22 years. I,ve been a dentist for 36 years and have trained to become a Driving Instructor to help develop Spot On Driving School.
I have four children, James is 33 and a senior lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Manchester University, Mark is 29 and a Sound Engineer in South Manchester, Rosie is 22 years old and is at Southampton Solent University.
Alex is 23 and is now training to be a driving instructor to join the Spot On team.
In my spare time I enjoy riding my motorbike. I have a Triumph Bonneville and I like to explore Dorset and ride to the coast. I also like to do road cycling and I take part in Sportives that are long distance rides.
This keeps me fit and has also helped me become very interested in all aspects of road safety. I really enjoy passing this knowledge onto learners and qualified drivers. We plan to do more Fleet training and train more people to become Driving Instructors.
We really want to make Spot On Driving a real family business with a caring, committed family feel for the driving needs of the 21st century.
I’m really looking forward to developing Spot On Driving with my new skills as a Driving instructor with Ann-Marie.
Hi! My name is Colin and I have recently joined Spot-On as a new Driving Instructor. I live in Gillingham, have a grown-up daughter who lives in Bristol and I spend a fair amount of my spare time walking a lovely little dog called Molly. Photography and writing a new book seem to fill the rest of my days.
This is a second career for me having been, until recently, a civil Air Traffic Control Officer with NATS. Surprisingly, I had a Private Pilots’ Licence when still at school but didn’t take driving lessons until I was 26! So, if you are a late starter at driving, I know just how you feel.
My job, in air traffic control included, amongst other things, training new controllers and, later, I was an Examiner for the Civil Aviation Authority. Consequently, being a driving instructor feels very similar in a lot of ways. In particular, I love seeing the smile on a students’/pupils’ face when they get something right; the moment that thing, seemingly so challenging, they do perfectly.
I look forward to seeing those smiles on your face.
Hi, my name is Mike Hardcastle, and I am a new driving instructor with Spot On Driving School.
I live in Henstridge near Templecombe in South Somerset on the border of North Dorset. I am married to Candice and we have three daughters.
My oldest is 20 years and studying occupational Therapy at Cardiff University. She has Aspergers which has been difficult, but I feel made me more understanding of people in general but especially for those with disabilities.
My middle daughter is 18 and works as an HCA at Yeovil Hospital and wants to go travelling later this year, she can’t wait!
My youngest is 17 and studying her ‘A’ levels, she is about to start learning to drive and I can’t wait to have her as one of my students and see her pass her test, then there will be no stopping her.
We came back to the UK in 2012 after living in Zimbabwe and Zambia since we were married in 1997 in Cape Town, South Africa.
I was a Dairy Farmer for quite a few years in Southern Africa, and then joined the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, here in the UK, in 2012 as a Knowledge Exchange Manager, supplying information and resources to the UK’s dairy farmers, helping to keep them farming productively and profitably.
I enjoyed my work in the dairy sector but then decided I wanted to become self-employed to have more control of my work/life balance, I wanted to be in an industry where I can really make a difference by helping others develop and achieve. I came across learning how to teach people to drive – I have always driven a lot in my dairy career, which I enjoyed immensely so putting this all together in my mind, becoming a driving instructor felt like a really good idea.
So far I have really enjoyed teaching students to drive. I find it very rewarding getting people on the road, overcoming the challenges of our busy road system and teaching people how to be safe as well as aware and considerate of others on our roads.
Hi, my name is Candy Hardcastle and I am the newest member of the Spot On Driving School team. I am delighted to be a part of the dedicated Spot On Instructor team, they all have a good balance of professionalism, warmth and humor.
My husband - Michael, also a Driving Instructor with Spot On Driving School, and I live in Henstridge, in South Somerset, and have 3 amazing daughters.
I was born in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa, where I lived until I was 19. My first visit to the UK was a working holiday, where I worked as a Nanny for a year before I went back to Cape Town. A few months later I was invited back to the UK to work for the same family and continued working for them for a further 4 years. During that time I met my husband to be, we decided to get married and move to Zimbabwe where we started our family. We then moved to Zambia for 3 years before moving back to the UK in 2012.
I have since worked in the care industry, the roles I have had in the care industry range from a palliative night carer - Care Agency Manager - Rehabilitation Assistant and NHS Hospital Health Care Assistant. I loved working in care but have always wanted to be self-employed while continuing to help others and manage a good work/life balance. Do I hear you say "Impossible"!! Well I feel its a dream come true to become a Driving Instructor. I find incredible satisfaction from helping pupils achieve their goals when learning to drive safely and to navigate our busy roads with confidence.