This Years GoRoadie Award Winners
ADI of the Year - England
It's our pleasure to announce that Dean Holton of Excel Driver Training is the distinguished winner of the 2024 Driving Instructor of the Year award, having garnered an overwhelming support of over 1,500 votes.
Dean has been prasied by learner drivers for "changing their lives" and "making them feel comfortable behind the wheel". And being part of such a reputable driving school, it's no surprise that Dean has been awarded this prestigious accolade. Well done, Dean!
Highly Commended: Debbie Hudson
ADI of the Year - Scotland
Martin Boyle from Transformers School of Motoring is winning the coveted ADI of the Year Scotland award. Martin has been an influential figure in the industry and has been a great mentor to many others.
Martin has fantastic reviews from his learners in and around Glasgow. A huge congratulations to Martin for his outstanding achievement, we look forward to seeing what he does next.
Highly Commended: Fiona McMeekin
ADI of the Year - Wales
Mikaela Charles, from the Ebbw Vale, has been honored as the ADI of the Year Wales, marking her second consecutive win. Her exceptional dedication and inspirational approach have not only uplifted her learners but also set a benchmark for fellow instructors. Congratulations to Mikaela for her outstanding achievement and for being a guiding light in the driving instruction community.
Our judges praised her consistent posting of road safety information online and good customer reviews.
Highly Commended: Hugh Davies
ADI of the Year - Northern Ireland
Ronan O'Neill was awarded the ADI of the Year Northern Ireland. He was noted down for his high levels of customer care and satisfaction. Massive congratulations to Ronan!
Association of the Year
Well done to Glasgow & District Driving Instructor Association for winning the Association of the Year award. This year this association far exceeded the expectations of the public for its dedication to the driving instruction community.
Highly Commended: MSA
Car of the Year
Car of the Year is awarded to Ford Fiesta. The ever popular vehicle with learner drivers is still going strong.
Community of the Year
This year we have a new winner, Lou's PDI group. Massive congratulations to the team for winning this award. Her Facebook group has been a great resource for PDIs and getting them ready to start teaching the new generation of drivers.
Highly Commended: Terry Cook - The Instructor Podcast
Content Creator of the Year
This is always a hotly contested category. This year the award goes to Terry Cook - The Instructor Podcast. A huge congratulations to Terry for winning this award. His content is always hugely engaging, informative and entertaining for PDIs, ADIs, learners and everyone else in the industry.
With the overwhelming support of votes from the public and judges this is a well deserved win.
Highly Commended: Knowledgeablee Instructor Training
CPD Provider of the Year
This year the winner of CPD Provider of the Year goes to the Go Green Driving Instructor Training.
Go Green Driving Instructor Training has been a great resource for PDIs and ADIs to get their CPD hours in. And after the past few years of being so close to winning, they finally take the award home. Congrats to the team!
Highly Commended: Knowledgeablee Instructor Training
Driving School of the Year
This category has now become the hottest and more contested category in the GoRoadie Awards.
The winner is Transformers School of Motoring. According to their website, they are Scotland's largest driving school.
Their personalized approach to driving instruction, ensuring each student's journey is unique, significantly contributes to their high pass rates and student satisfaction.
With a solid team behind them it's clear why they have won this award as students turned out in their 1,000s to vote for them. Congrats to the entire team for this significant achievement.
Highly Commended: Cowleys School of Motoring
Eco Instructor of the Year
Vicky Folland takes home the Eco Instructor of the Year award in 2024. She was recognised by the public and judges for her commitment to offsetting her carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly driving practices.
Vicky has been a great advocate for eco-friendly driving and has been a great public figure in the area.
Highly Commended: Chris Leigh
Special Needs Provider of the Year
A huge shout out and congratulations to Fiona McMeekin for winning the Special Needs Provider of the Year award.
Fiona has been a great advocate for special needs driving instruction and has been a great public figure in the area.
With her reputation stretching right across the UK, it's clear why she has won this award with both public votes in the 100s and judges explaining why she is a worthy winner.
Fiona, is never shy her knowledge or her opinion and will always put the needs of her students first. Well done Fiona!
Lifetime Achievement Award
This year, the award goes to Lou Walsh. Louise was an absolute advocate for the driving instruction industry and sadly passed away in 2023.
Her friend and colleague, Chris Bensted wrote this about her:
In a year when we've all felt the profound loss of one of the most influential ADIs many of us have known, it's only fitting that the GoRoadie Lifetime Achievement Award be given to Lou Walsh.
Louise was many things: a leading force in PDI education, an advocate for challenging the DVSA, a respected trainer, as well as a wife, mother, and friend.
She had a unique way of giving her time and guidance, inspiring each person and making them feel like the most important person in the room.
Her crowning glory, the Big Learner Relay, not only united hundreds of individuals to raise hundreds of thousands for charity but also forever changed the face of the driver training industry. She will be remembered, missed, and respected for a long time.
We hope this award adds to the many accolades Louise has achieved and ensures that her work and passion continue, despite her departure far too soon.
To Lou, thank you for giving so much and making the world a better place.