James Hudson (MCIPD)

Managing Director

After over 15 years designing and delivering multi million pound training programmes in the financial sector, James built Drive Development Solutions as a way of combining his two greatest passions – a love of all things automobile and helping people to achieve more.

Jim Hetherton

Leadership Consultant

Jim has a long and illustrious record as a training consultant and is in demand by top name brands across the UK, not least being Jaguar Land Rover. He has worked across all business levels developing personal, managerial and organisational skills.

Ian Allison

Sales Trainer

Ian combines expert training knowledge with 30 years of experience in the automobile industry, having worked in all areas of various dealerships. Utilising his ‘ground floor’ knowledge, Ian works directly with your sales team to improve and identify techniques that build trust and enhance your reputation with customers.

Andrew Hatfield

Management Trainer

Joining the Drive Development team as our Management Trainer, Andrew previously worked with the Sytner Group. He now brings personal insight into the role and responsibilities faced by management in dealerships.

Clay Lowe

Leadership Trainer

Ex US marine Clay knows a thing or two about the importance of effective leadership. Add to that 14 years as a leading coach and trainer and you can be assured that his passion for excellence will inspire you to great achievements.

Mark McKenna

IT Trainer

A growing business has a number of tools available – not least being an array of IT applications. Mark delivers training aimed at all levels of IT users, from beginner through to expert, to improve proficiency in the variety of business packages available and to help you identify ways that IT can streamline your operations.

Stephen J Whitton

Steve is a NLP Business Practitioner and facilitator of Accelerated Learning and also a TetraMap facilitator. Steve very much believes in providing fun and engaging learning and has worked with both manufacturer and dealer groups. Steve is an accredited ATA Customer Service Assessor through the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Elly Ambrose

Elly Ambrose has 20 years automotive experience having started her automotive career as a car sales person for a franchised dealer. She is a fully accredited DISC Coach and NLP Practitioner and a fully accredited ATA Customer Service Assessor for the Institute of the Motor Industry.

Ken Rennie

A dynamic and versatile learning and development professional with over 18 years’ experience in designing and delivering world class training for leading global brands. Commercially astute, specialising in sales and customer service excellence, Ken is An Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Mike Damant

Mike has an impressive track record, spanning over 30 years in the motor industry. Having successfully led two major automotive Academy’s, he brings all of that knowledge to bear in helping design, deliver and coach a breadth of training, and development. Mike’s specialist knowledge of the automotive world is linked to his ability to inspire leadership qualities and develop management skills in others.

Peter Leake

Peter has been in the Automotive Industry since 1974 and has a wealth of experience in Training and Development. Peter has experience of developing and delivering product, brand and soft-skills training, working with overseas and UK teams to ensure the right messages and content are incorporated to meet both the Manufacturer and the dealers’ needs.

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.

Charles Darwin