Phillip Sutcliff - Owner
Studied life at the university of hard knocks, kept getting back up, formerly a lift operator at the Norbreck Castle hotel (age 15), chef (age 16 - 32), Fresh fish, poultry & game dealer (own business age 32 - 49), Driving instructor (own business age 51 - present).
I have 3 children, all grown up now, 2 of whom live in Australia , there’s 4 grandchildren as well, so life hasn’t passed me by as yet, I’ve tried to live it the best way I know how.
As you can see I’ve worked all my life, but I have to say this career is by far the most rewarding I’ve ever done, guiding and helping people of all age groups to stay safe on the road, watching your faces as you Pass is my absolute pleasure.
I hope this little insight helps you decide if Drive Right is the correct school for you to learn with, I follow an easy code in life, keep it simple, treat others as family, and that’s exactly what we are, a family.
Lessons should have a relaxed atmosphere to them, getting stressed won’t help you, i have a lot of experience teaching learners who have anxiety, I wrote a blog on this & you can find it on this site.
I have worked in the service industry since the tender age of 16, in catering and retail.
28yrs ago I got married to Janet & we celebrated our Silver anniversary while on holiday in Egypt in 2018. Unfortunately we were never blessed with children, but I’m lucky enough to be a god parent to several, being part of such a large family has its advantages.
I joined Drive Right in January 2018 after completing my training and qualifying as an ADI, hitting the ground running I quickly found my feet & after a period of guidance from Drive Right the results are coming thick & fast, I find this career a fascinating mix of joy when I see pupils pick up a new skill & sheer hard work getting you all to that point, making it all the more rewarding when a pupil passes.
I am based in Poulton-Le-Fylde where I live with my wife & dog (Fudge), a rescue dog that we’ve had to retrain to trust humans again.
My mantra is “you get out of life what you put in”, I like to keep lessons light hearted, I can find the humour in most scenarios