Meet the team!

Performance Driving Australia is all about helping people become safer and more knowledgable when behind the wheel.

Our team of trainers are passionate about road safety and driving – and share the common goal of reducing road trauma.

Many of our trainers have experience in motorsport – which is a great way to explore the limits of a vehicle safely and we encourage drivers to participate in motorsport if they have the ‘need for speed’!

On a serious note – our team work closely with you to make sure your drivers get effective, relevant training that will keep them out of trouble for years to come.

Check out a bit about them below.

Mark Butcher

Managing Director

Mark commenced delivering road safety and driver training programs in 1997 (trading as – MB Motorsport), before expanding nationally in 2006(Driver Skills Australia).

Driver Skills Australia was sold in 2011.

In 2013 Mark formed a new company (Performance Driving Australia).

Performance Driving Australia was created from a blank sheet – with a clear plan to provide the best training programs with excellent customer service.

Mark has designed and delivered driver training programs for organisations including  Mobil/Exxon, BHP, Rio Tinto, Santos, BP Australia, Shell, Leighton Contractors, West Australian Police Force, Top Gear Australia and the Australian Defence Force.

Mark’s extensive driver training experience includes designing and delivering driver training programs in Australia, Mongolia, Egypt and Bangladesh.

Mark draws from a range of experiences that enable him to create programs for all clients. Mark is a team owner, manager and driver in multiple World Championship motorsport events. Mark is also an experienced and qualified commercial pilot and has an interest in motorcycles.

Mark specialises in identifying training needs and designing individual training programs and solutions that meet each client’s requirements.

Note – Driver Skills International – Mark was the General Manager of this new company for a short time (which absorbed Driver Skills Australia) however the company was not moving in the direction Mark envisaged and Mark elected to leave in 2013. Driver Skills International continues to operate but with none of the original directors, management or administration staff.

Nic O'NeillNicole O’Neill

General Manager

Nic O’Neill joined the PDA team in 2015 as National Operations Manager before moving into her current role as General Manager in 2017.

Nic has a passion for road safety and motorsport and works closely with clients and trainers to design and deliver programs that create safer drivers.

Nic specialises in designing and setting up training programs with unique requirements or in remote locations. Recently this has included the design and deliver of programs for Golf Buggies and Heavy Vehicles.

Nic has a background in training and corporate finance as well as a range of motorsport experience including recent outright results in Targa Tasmania co-driving in a Porsche GT3 .


Warren Phillip-Clarke

Program Designer & Driver Trainer / Event coordinator / OHS Specialist – WA

Warren has worked in safety and training for many years including 15 years as a West Australian Police Officer. Warren is also a keen motorsport enthusiast and is recognised by the Confederation of Australian Motorsport to deliver training.

Warren has experience in auditing, writing emergency response, crisis management and recovery plans and mine site emergency response.

With a number of diploma qualifications and solid industry experience – Warren  is readily able to problem solve and adjust programs to suit client needs and is a key member of the Performance Driving Australia team.

Steve GlenneySteve Glenney

Senior Driver Trainer – TAS

Steve Glenney is one of Australia’s most experienced motorsport competitors – both as a driver and co-driver. His results as a driver include wins in Targa Tasmania, Australian Rally Championship as well as results at Bathurst and the World Time Attack Series.

Steve has worked with and for many manufacturers and brings a wide range of experience to the training team. He is passionate about driving and road safety and will assist your team in becoming safer on the road.


Justin and ShawnJustin Herbert

Senior Driver Trainer – VIC

Justin’s experience in safety, health and training bring a valuable depth to the training programs provided by Performance Driving Australia.

With a pro-active approach to safety, Justin has worked in the underground mining industry for 7 years in a variety of roles and has acquired qualifications in OHS, incident – safety  and health investigations and training/assessment.

Justin also has traffic control and management experience, high-risk fork lift and HR truck driving experience.

Allan Roark

Senior Driver Trainer – TAS

Allan is an all round motorsport enthusiast and competitor. He has competed in NASCAR and raced motorcycles. He is also a professional speaker and MC. His passion for road safety, his skills and experience allow Allan to connect with all drivers that attend our programs.

Owen PolanskiOwen Polanski

Senior Driver Trainer – NSW/VIC

Owen has been in the training industry since the early 1990’s.

With a background in a variety of training combined with competing in over 150 motorsport events, Owen relates to all participants and delivers quality training drawing on his many experiences.

Owen also delivers our programs for heavy vehicles and buses.

Eleni MitakosEleni Mitakos

Senior Driver Trainer – NSW

Eleni is the founder of Galmatic and has delivered car maintenance workshops and driver training programs to more than 10 000 women over the past seven years.

Her experience in program design and facilitation includes work with three leading Registered Training Organisations, author of the Galmatic Handbook, 6 E-Books, 2 E-Courses and the first Car App for Women in Australia.

Eleni has been featured in over 20 publications and was a 2013 Telstra Business Womens’ Awards Nominee.

Jess GriffinJess Griffin

Training Assistant – TAS / VIC / NSW

Jess provides assistance at many of the Performance Driving Australia programs.

New to the industry in 2015 – she has now been involved with defensive driving, advanced driving, four wheel drive and motorsport training at a number of venues.

Jess enjoys working with people and provides valuable support to our training team and clients.




Our other senior trainers include –

  • David Waldon – TAS (Hobart)
  • Stephen Mackinlay – WA (Bunbury)
  • Rad Guerin – QLD (Ipswich)
  • Rohan Patterson – QLD (Brisbane)
  • Peter Nowell – TAS (Hobart)
  • Sheridan Budsworth – TAS (Burnie)


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 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.