Phil Mann


Phil trained with The Instructor College in Brentwood before qualifying as an instructor in 2001. He is a GRADE A instructor, scoring a maximum 51/51.
He spent 8 years with BSM, 3 of which were as the senior instructor for BSM Chelmsford & 3 of which he was a mock test instructor for BSM Chelmsford. He went independent in 2009 before joining Essexdrive in 2012. He is a member of IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) and also passed the DIAmond Special test in 2010, with ZERO faults. In September 2014, Phil qualified as a BTEC Level 4 coach in Driver Development and in October 2014, he completed a practical driving course on Roadcraft and Police Advanced Driving Techniques and repeated the course again in March 2016. His trainer was ex Met Police Sgt Chris Gilbert (Police Advanced Driving Examiner), who was also driving instructor to HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry.

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“Thank you very much phil for helping me pass my driving test! I really enjoyed all of my lessons with you as we always had a laugh and you helped build up my confidence. You were always on time and the car was always clean and tidy! I have already recommended you to a few of my friends and will continue to do so! Thanks again, Chloe!”
Chloe Tucker, Billericay

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“Learning to drive with Phil has been nothing but a pleasure. He turned up on time for every lesson, in fact most of the time he would be early and waiting for me. Phil made every lesson enjoyable and tailored to what I wanted to concentrate on as I got closer to my test date. We got on really well and had many a laugh – which made learning to drive enjoyable and easy for the most part! Passing my test first time with only 4 minors just proves what a great instructor he has been and I couldn’t have asked for anyone better!”
Samantha Harland, Chelmsford

Della Winstone


Della trained with Benson School of Motoring. She was an instructor with Benson before she went independent. Della joined Essexdrive in 2012 and is also a mum to three adult children. Della is a GRADE A Instructor, scoring 46/51

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“Della Cadd was my driving instructor. Was past first time with 2 minors in 3 months. Always on time and very relaxed and friendly, made you feel at ease in every lesson and had a lot of patience. Never made to feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. I’ve recommended her to a number of my friends who now take lessons with her, some who have passed already.”
Matt Bonner, Chelmsford

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“My driving instrutor was called Della Cadd. She was very professional and allways on time! She had me passed first time with only 3 minors. The 7 months flew by. She is very friendly and made my lessons enjoyable. Would defo recommend. Not a single fault with Della… Happy driving 🙂 Hayley”
Hayley Baines, Chelmsford

Pauline Thomson


Pauline completed her instructor training in 2005 and went on to work with Wickford Driving School for over 10 years. Pauline is a GRADE A instructor and has recently relocated to Braintree and joined us at Essex Drive.

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“Thank you Pauline, for everything, one very happy little girl. So chuffed for her. X”

Summer Osborne’s mum


Samantha Mitchell


Sam trained as an ADI with the AA in 2018 and then went on to be an instructor with BSM for a year. Sam then went on to join Essexdrive in 2020

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“Would thoroughly recommend Sam. She was clear, calm and organised. She helped me pass my test in just a few months”

Liam Reilly

“An amazing all round instructor, so kind & calm. She made me feel so confident with driving”

Charlotte Ansley