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Driving School Eastbourne – Begin Driving

Begin Driving based in Eastbourne was established in 2004 and is currently expanding – meet our team…

driving instructor allan leith

Allan Leith

Founder and principal instructor Allan Leith was trained as an instructor whilst serving with HM armed forces where he taught recruits for several years. After leaving the army Allan qualified as a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) and went on to establish Begin Driving and has been successfully training drivers in the Eastbourne and surrounding areas since 2004. With a broad background of driving experience from motorcycles to articulated lorries, Allan brings his expertise to you – whether you’re a beginner, already have some driving experience, want to complete the Pass Plus scheme or just require some refresher or motorway lessons.


Driving Instructor Bill HainesBill Haines

Bill Haines joined Begin Driving in November 2014.
After a career in the London Fire Brigade spanning twenty five years Bill qualified as a DVSA Driving Instructor (ADI) in 2000. During his time in the Fire Brigade he undertook many roles involved in training as well as his usual duties. From 2000 Bill worked as an ADI in the London area before moving to Eastbourne in 2005. Bill has a broad background in the driving industry from motorcycles to HGV’s (fire engines included) and is greatly experienced in training drivers of varied levels from beginners to potential taxi drivers and much more.


scott reedScott Reed

Scott joined Begin Driving in October 2016 after a 20 year career in print and media. After moving to the Eastbourne area in 2015 Scott was ready for a career change and trained as a driving instructor. He is a highly driven individual with a relaxing patient attitude to teaching. With a keen interest in martial arts, football, swimming and badminton, Scott is a welcome fresh face to the Begin Driving Team.


fazel sharifatFazel Sharifat

Fazel joined the Begin Driving team in June 2017, he qualified as a driving instructor in 2005 and has worked mainly in the Eastbourne area. He has a keen interest in sport with football being his main passion, he played for Eastbourne united during the 1980’s becoming one of the top scorers! Fazel is bilingual, speaking Farsi and English fluently. He is a hard working dedicated individual and will be a valuable member of the Begin Driving Team.


Andy Ackerley

Andy joined the Begin Driving team in August 2017. After a 22 year career as a mechanical production engineer working in the aircraft industry he qualified as an ADI in 2002. He has worked in the East Sussex area for the last 15 years and brings a vast amount of experience and instructional skills to the Begin Driving team.


Training with Begin Driving will get you motivated and mobile…



by Des on Begin Driving

Only had 6 lessons passed first time, 3 minor faults what more can I say, Andy was a first class instructor. Gave me the confidence and belief I needed – thanks again Andy

by Amelia on Begin Driving

After having not such a good previous experience and having my confidence knocked Andy really helped rebuild my confidence and make me feel comfortable driving. I can now say after passing my test I am a confident driver. I couldn’t of asked for anyone better!

by Hope on Begin Driving

Scott was brilliant. He was extremely patient, explained things clearly and he had a great methodical approach to the structure of the lessons that meant I knew how everything linked together. I would highly recommend him to all.

by Rina K on Begin Driving

Fazel was honestly the best driving instructor I’ve ever had. After having no luck with previous instructors and feeling even more nervous, Faz made himself available at all times. I was extremely nervous to drive but now having passed with Faz, I can say I’m a confident driver. He was the only instructor that believed in me right from the start. I’d just like to say thank you to Faz for being so patient with me and having faith that I can pass. Amazing instructor!

by Emily K on Begin Driving

Faz was an amazing driving teacher! He was very encouraging and patient. He knew how to stretch you without stressing you out and was supportive throughout the process!! Thank you! Emily K

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