With 26 years in the NSW Police Force behind her, Judy Palmer knows the road rules inside out. She brings extensive legal knowledge and decades of training to every lesson. Students respond well to her warm, patient instruction style and tailored lessons. Judy’s goal is to nurture drivers who are safe and responsible throughout their lives. And, since her children are now adults, she spends her spare time riding her Softail Heritage motorbike with the Central Coast Harley Owners Group (HOG) and Ladies of HOG. Judy has ridden all over Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
With a broad career spanning from being a Learn to Swim instructor, an outdoor activity guide and a Professional Driver in the Australian Army, Joanne is an expert in helping people overcome fears and anxiousness when trying things for the first time. Joanne combines great patience with a caring, friendly and relaxed demeanour, and possesses a fun sense of humour. With her professional approach Joanne is able to make difficult things easy to learn.
Kevin Birks decided to become a professional driving instructor after his experience as a supervising driver with his three daughters. He found the supervising driver role challenging but very fulfilling and it encouraged him to learn more about the science of driving and driver training. He naturally turned to the NRMA and his career in education and training has taken off.
As manager of NRMA driver trainingl Central Coast, Michael has an exemplary record in the field of driver training. He is qualified to both train and assess Instructors and much of his work in the last few years has been in coaching and developing new driving instructors.
Ian has 12 years of experience in the driver training industry, and is keys2drive accredited and a Seniors Assessor. Ian develops a great bond with his students, helped by his quirky Irish sense of humour and his bright outlook on life. Ian's second love (after wife, Mary) is the industry itself – he enjoys contact with young people and derives great satisfaction in helping them learn lifelong driving skills that will keep them safe on the road.
Kerry previously enjoyed a long and successful career as a driver testing officer with Roads & Maritime services where she was known for creating a great rapport with applicants of all ages. Her ability to put people at ease helped them to relax throughout the test, allowing them to demonstrate their best driving skills.