• Allan Leith driving instructor eastbourne
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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…

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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 Chris Norman on Begin Driving

I had a great tutor, Andy observed my driving and knew when to be firm with my mistakes. I booked a ten hour package, and with a few stressful moments and constant reminding and reassuring I passed first time. Thanks Andy, thanks Begin Driving you have helped me bring true freedom to my world.

by Shane burt on Begin Driving

Friendly very happy with the lessons – I had Andy he was a star and got me through the test no trouble.

by Natahsa Hugget on Begin Driving

Friendly and professional service from the moment I called and asked for “a driver that is firm and in control”. I was allocated Allan who I take my hat off to and congratulate for his patience and inner strength and stamina. He managed to put up with me and my lack of focus, tendency to become a little distracted, forgetful and neurotic behaviours. I passed my driving test and couldn’t of done this if I hadn’t made the decision to call Begin Driving. Thank you to the Begin driving team and Allan, I salute you sir! Cheers mate! Gold star service from beginning driving to passing day!

by ‪Juliana Ferrarini‬ on Begin Driving

It was a very good experience! Fazel is definitely a very good instructor! He helped to build my confidence. Fazel was always paying attention on the way I was driving and took me to all the challenges routes around Eastbourne which was fundamental for me to pass. Another 3 people that work with me had Fazel as instructor and also passed their test on they first attempt. Thank you Fazel! And well done Begin Driving for having a such good instructor as part of you team!

by ‪Sam Troughton‬ on Begin Driving

Thank you so much Allan for teaching/putting up with me for all that time appreciate it !!Sam’s Mum said: Thank you Allan, you have been a fabulous driving instructor and a very patient one too!!! Xx

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