Trainer Profiles

Meet the team!


Performance Driving Australia engage trainers who are committed and passionate about road safety.

Performance Driving Australia trainers are friendly and professional and will work closely with you and your team to encourage safer driving techniques and habits to keep you safe on the road or track.

Our senior training team have Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training combined with a variety of other formal qualifications including First Aid and Driver Training Qualifications.

We look forward to working with you soon.

Contact us now for more information.


Performance Driving Australia – Management and Office Team

Mark Butcher – Managing Director

  • Over 20 years industry experience designing and delivering programs in both Australia and overseas
  • Experienced driver in motorsport (including World Championship events), trucks and four wheel drive vehicles
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Certificate III Motor Vehicle Instructions
  • Designed and delivered driving programs in Mongolia / Egypt / Bangladesh / Malaysia
  • VIP Transport / Anti-terrorist trainer
  • TV Stunt Driver

Amy Butcher – Operations Manager – PDA

  • Over 10 years experience in the industry
  • Extensive knowledge of road safety programs and training solutions
  • Experienced motorsport competitor including 2009 Ladies Champion Driver NWCC

Mikayla Szycman – Operations Manager – TSE / PDA Motorsport Events

  • Over 5 years experience in admin and management
  • Promotions and Marketing
  • Event management and logistics

Performance Driving Australia – Trainers / Drivers

John Butcher – Senior Trainer (WA)

  • Diploma of Education and Training
  • Diploma of Training Design and Development Law Enforcement A and B
  • Apply and Administer Fatigue Management Strategies
  • Many years experience in driver training covering a range of vehicles and environments

Don Buchanan – Senior Trainer (WA)

  • Over 10 years in the Driver Training industry
  • Motorcycle and Vehicle instructor
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment

John Black – Senior Trainer (QLD)

  • Over 10 years in the Driver Training industry
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Heavy vehicle and Emergency Services driver trainer

Simon Evans – Specialist Trainer / Driver (VIC)

  • 4 Times Australian Rally Champion and Asia Pacific Rally Champion
  • Multiple wins at all levels of rallying in Australia and overseas
  • Passionate about driving anything and everything

Allan Roark – Trainer / Driver (TAS)

  • Over 20 years competitive motorsporrt background including Nascar (Australia)
  • Professional MC and presenter

Warren Phillip-Clarke – Trainer / Driver / Safety Officer (NSW)

  • Over 10 years in the Driver Training industry
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Multiple state and national level rally events as a driver and co-driver
  • Ex-WA Police with extensive pursuit experience (including motorcycles)

Owen Polanski – Trainer / Driver / Safety Officer (VIC)

  • Over 20 years training experience
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Delivered training for PDA recently in PNG
  • Director of Australia’s largest classic rally – The Alpine Rally (Dec 2017)
  • First Aid trainer and experience in large/heavy vehicle training

Jon Worrell – Trainer / Driver (NSW)

  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Experienced trainer and range of driving experiences
  • Rally Driver Instructor

John McCredie – Trainer / Driver / Media (NSW)

  • Motorsport and Motoring writer and video producer
  • Key camera and editor for various Motorsport Events in Australia and NZ
  • Class Winner in the Australian Rally Championship

Aidan Peterson – Trainer / Driver (TAS)

  • Class winner in many rounds of the Tasmanian Rally Championship
  • Hot lap driver and race instructor in PDA race cars
  • PDA’s youngest trainer and team member

Steve Glenney – Specialist Trainer / Driver (TAS)

  • Outright winner Targa Tasmania and various wins in the Australian Rally Championship, World Time Attack, Bathurst and Rally Cross.
  • Coaching many of Australia’s fastest drivers on both dirt and tarmac

Justin Herbert – Trainer (VIC)

  • Health and safety expert with a background in mining and civil projects
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Experienced operator in heavy vehicles and plant

Eleni Mitakos – Trainer (NSW)

  • Founder of Galmatic – helping ladies learn about car maintenance for nearly 10 years
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Corporate Trainer with experience both in Australia and overseas

Jess O’Dwyer – Training Assistant (TAS)

  • Assisted training at most east-coast venues in Australia
  • Motorsport Event assistant for PDA Events

Other Trainers Include

  • David Waldon – TAS (Hobart)
  • Anthony Shaw – TAS (Hobart)
  • Stephen Mackinlay – WA (Bunbury)
  • Peter Nowell – TAS (Hobart)

Performance Driving Australia engage a small number of highly skilled, qualified trainers and are often looking for enthusiastic, professional people to join the business. Please contact Mark Butcher via our contact page for more information on any opportunities that may be available.

All senior trainers must have a minimum of Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment and a minimum of 5 years training experience.