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Performance Driving Australia is a team of many experienced and passionate driver trainers with a mix of backgrounds. The combined experience and knowledge has allowed Performance Driving Australia to continue to develop new programs, revise existing programs and adapt to new technologies as they become available in modern vehicles.

Our focus is delivering training in a friendly and safe environment for maximum learning.

We work with you – we are not a text book and powerpoint driven organisation!

Managing Director – Mark Butcher – Over 20 years experience in designing and delivering advanced programs in Australia and overseas. Road safety programs, tactical driving, precision driving and motorsport training for a wide range of customers. Mark has been selected to design programs for the SAS and other military and law enforcement agencies who have a demand for the highest standard in driver training. Mark has competed in World Championship rallies, driven a wide variety of race cars and currently races a Lamborghini and Hyundai WRC replica in selected events.

“You don’t know what you don’t know” is one of Mark’s favourite quotes as he never stops learning and gaining new skills and knowledge that he can share with clients.

Administration and Sales Team – Amy Butcher and Mikayla Szycman manage the sales, operations and logistics for the business. Bringing many years of experience in the industry they are not only efficient in the office but very knowledgeable about driving, events and training.

Senior Trainers – Our team of trainers are spread across the country and are carefully selected for their knowledge, experience and presentation style. The team includes several retired law enforcement officers, corporate training specialists, motorsport competitors and all senior trainers hold current workplace training and assessment certification. You can read about some of them below.

PDA Trainers are passionate, friendly and qualified with a focus on delivering real outcomes!

Meet some of our trainers….

Steven Gibbs – Senior Trainer VIC) 

Qualified Police Pursuit and Surveillance Driver Trainer

Cert IV Workplace Training And Assessment
Cert IV Transport and Logistics

Over 20 years experience with Vic Pol

John Black – Senior Trainer (QLD) 

Over 10 years in the Driver Training industry 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Heavy vehicle and Emergency Services driver trainer 

Allan Roark – Senior Trainer / Driver (TAS) 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Over 20 years competitive motor sport background including Nascar (Australia) 

Professional MC and presenter 

Warren Phillip-Clarke – Senior Trainer / Driver / Safety Officer (NSW) 
Over 10 years in the Driver Training industry 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Multiple state and national level rally events as a driver and co-driver 

Ex-WA Police with extensive pursuit experience (including motorcycles) 

Jon Worrell – Senior Trainer / Driver (NSW) 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Experienced trainer and range of driving experiences 

Rally Driver Instructor 

Nigel Chong – Senior Trainer / Driver (TAS) 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Professional Educator 

Experience includes Disaster Response and Counter Terrorism Clinical Response 

Motivational Keynote Speaker 

Retired Ambulance Officer (Advanced Life Support Paramedic) 

Registered Nurse 

4WD Trainer for Murray District Ambulance Service 

Carlo Ercole – Senior Trainer (WA)

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

Extensive experience in law enforcement and training

Malcolm (Butch) Truslove – Senior Trainer (WA)

Ex-WA Police driver trainer

Over 20 years in driver education and road safety

Steve Glenney – Specialist Trainer / Driver (TAS) 

Outright winner Targa Tasmania and various wins in the Australian Rally Championship, World Time Attack, Bathurst and Rally Cross. 

Coaching many of Australia’s fastest drivers on both dirt and tarmac 

Justin Herbert – Trainer (VIC) 
Health and safety expert with a background in mining and civil projects 

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Experienced operator in heavy vehicles and plant 

Eleni Mitakos – Trainer (NSW) 

2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards finalist

Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment 

Specialises in educating young drivers – teaching approx. 100,000 teenagers a year

Trainer with PDA since 2009

Simon Evans – Specialist Trainer / Driver (VIC) 

4 Times Australian Rally Champion and Asia Pacific Rally Champion 

Multiple wins at all levels of rallying in Australia and overseas 

Passionate about driving anything and everything 

Jess O’Dwyer – Training Assistant (TAS) 
Assisted training at most east-coast venues in Australia 

Motorsport Event assistant for PDA Events 

Other Trainers Include 

Brett Freeman – SA 

Neil Turner – SA 

Michael Sealby – VIC