Meet The Team
Nigel Richards Driving School have been providing driving lessons in Wrexham since 1994. All our team have been trained by Nigel Richards Instructor Training and some are ex pupils of the school!
Nigel Richards is the Driving School owner and founded the school in
Wrexham in July 1994. Having a passion for driving since the age of 12 and having driven for a living since the age of 18 starting the driving school was an ambition achieved.
Starting the school with just one pupil it has now grown to providing 300-400 lessons a week to the people of Wrexham.
And is now teaching children whose parents learnt with school over 20 years ago.
Having operated the business as a single car school for many years Nigel started training ex-pupils and others to be instructors to keep up with demand. The school now has 11 cars covering the Wrexham, Mold and Oswestry areas.
Ben Taylor is a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor and joined Nigel Richards Driving School after being trained by Nigel Richards. Nigel found it difficult to find decent instructors to help with demand so decided to train is own. Ben spent a vast amount of time in the back of Nigel's car and passes all he learned onto his pupils in exactly the same style. He had a great interest in driving and found it a natural extension to pass his enjoyment on to other people.
Ben has recently completed a course on Neurodiversity and Driving Instruction which helps deal with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD when learning to drive.
He is an avid amateur meteorologist who always lets our team know in advance of any difficult Wrexham driving conditions.
If you’re looking for a driving school that will help you learn everything you need to know then this is your best option. My driving instructor Ben Taylor helped me learn everything quickly. Through verbal feed back to drawing diagrams to explain things better. He was always very patient. His style of teaching is great. Will do anything to help you understand what you are meant to do and how you are meant to do it’s even if it means drawing numerous diagrams out if you are a bit slow like me haha. I highly recommend this driving school and Ben Taylor especially who helped me pass first time.
We are pleased to have Neil Rowlands on our team as he is a fluent Welsh speaker and now allows Nigel Richards Driving School to offer lessons in Welsh and English. So if you would like your driving lessons to be conducted in our native language then Neil is your man!
Neil is an experienced driving instructor who has been working in Pwllheli, West Wales and has now moved over to Wrexham and joined our school. Already proving a great success with our pupils in his new Vauxhall Corsa Neil is always in great demand and we enjoy having him on the team.
"My driving instructor, Neil Rowlands, was very patient with me. Everything was explained well, which made my driving lessons very enjoyable. I had the opportunity to drive with such a great instructor. Thanks to my cousin who also passed the test after learning here because I immediately knew this was the right school for me." Ellie Williams, Wrexham
Jen Thompson learnt to drive with Nigel Richards Driving School when she was 17, as did her 3 brothers.
Hailing from a Wrexham farming family family Jenny got plenty of early vehicle control of the fields of the family farm.
After trying a few career paths Jenny decided her love of driving should be followed and decided to train to be a driving instructor. She came back to Nigel Richards Driving School for her training.
She passed all the examination to become an approved driving instructor and we think its now safe to say she has found her ideal profession.
Since passing she has fitted perfectly into the team. Shes easily recognised with the HELLJEN number plate!
"Absolutely amazing Wrexham driving school! I was doing driving lessons in Wrexham with a driving instructor and wasn’t getting very far so I changed to these and they were brilliant and always went above and beyond to help me! I always enjoyed my lessons (with Jen Thompson) she helped me so much and I passed first time! Thank you very much to all of you a Nigel Richards driving school!"
Kaitlin Madeley, Wrexham
Paul trained with Nigel after being made redundant from a local factory after many years of service. He felt he needed a more rewarding career and took the step to pursue his interest in driving. Upon passing all his qualifying exams Paul joined the team. His popularity amongst pupils was instant due to his very calm and confidence boosting nature and methods of teaching
He now gets regularly recommended to other pupils for these attributes and is really enjoying his time with the school, which now gives him the flexibility to enjoy his golfing more combined with giving his pupils a great service.
"We were delighted with the speed at which driving lessons in Wrexham were organised having booked a cancellation test in Wrexham. Paul the instructor was great in getting our son through the test first time. A great company with great instructors"
Piers Goodall, Erbistock, Wrexham
Nick Roberts learnt to drive at 17 years of with Nigel Richards Driving School following in the footsteps of his older siblings who also all learnt with us. Passing at 1st attempt he then furthered his driving career in the Royal Air Force by becoming a Firefighter.
Nicks love of driving caused him to enquire about becoming an instructor resulting in him enrolled into our driving instructor training program. He took his time over the training, getting everything right and passing every exam at the first attempt with flying colours!
His instructional ability was then put to the test, resulting in his first 5 tests all passing! An amazing achievement. We are so pleased to have him on the team and so are his full diary of pupils!
"I got the number from a neighbour who had nothing but good words to say about the driving school. My instructor Nick Roberts was a very patient teacher who was great at explaining things and was always on time and punctual. I found it very easy to book lessons and I really enjoyed learning to drive with Nick as he was alot of fun"
Rohan Ninan, Wrexham
Jacqui Williams trained to be an instructor with Nigel Richards Driving Instructor Training purely for the love of cars and her enjoyment of helping people.
Jacqui hails from Essex but now lives in the Wrexham area with her husband and her three young sons. Her love of cars was instilled by her father and qualifying as a driving instructor seemed a very natural career step. It also fitted in well with her family life being the mother of three boys. Her genuine enjoyment of helping other people really lends well to her pupil centred teaching style and reflects in her test results.
"Excellent teaching quality, could not have asked for a better teacher than Jacqui Williams. Firm when needed but can also have a laugh and a joke, excellent environment to learn in!" Thank you!
Sam Jackson, Wrexham
It was through Jon's son Jordan learning to drive with Nigel Richards Driving School that Jon trained as an instructor. Nigel was teaching Jordan and noticed a marked improvement from lesson to lesson. On enquiring what practice he was getting in between lessons Nigel discovered his father Jon was taking him for practice and was interested in becoming an instructor. As they say the rest is history and Jon trained with us after considering the career for many years and now holds a very high pass rate with his pupils.
"Good feedback from a relative who used this company was my reason for choosing Nigel Richards Driving School." "I found there was a lot more things to learn than I anticipated in learning to drive" "My driving instructors methods were simple and easy to understand and Jon made me feel at ease" "I most definitely would recommend Nigel Richards Driving School as my instructor was pleasant and made me feel very comfortable with my driving lessons in Wrexham" Phil Johnson, Penycae, Wrexham
After a long career in the Navy and as a deep sea diver Karl returned to his home town of Wrexham in search of a different career.
His golfing friend Paul Johns (featured above) suggested a career as a driving instructor would suit Karl.
Taking his advice Karl signed up to our Driving Instructor Training Programme and passed all exams to secure his place within our school.
He enjoys coaching his pupils up to and beyond the test standard in his blue Ford Fiesta which is always in immaculate condition inside and out!
He is an active golfer who plays for the County team and a member of Llangollen Golf Club.
"I had lost all interest in learning to drive and thought I would forever be relying on public transport . But then a family friend recommended Nigel Richards driving school , after a enjoyable chat with Nigel I was more than happy to begin driving lessons in Wrexham again . My driving instructor in Wrexham Karl Livingstone was spot on ! Couldn't recommended him enough , more like a friend than a instructor . All my family and friends will be using Nigel Richards driving school in the future. Seriously could not thank them enough for the support and all their help in getting me on the road"
Jaime Lee Rogers, Wrexham
When Scott was made redundant from his job in Tetrapak he decided it was time to make the step and pursue his long time goal of becoming an Approved Driving Instructor. He commenced his training with Nigel Richards Instructor Training and passed all the qualifying examinations at the first attempt. His experience as a youth football coach has served him well in becoming an instructor. His pupils regularly comment on how comfortable they feel with his relaxed and patient teaching method. This in turn leads to his high pass rate.
Good price and good reviews were the reasons I book with Nigel Richards Driving School. I enjoyed catching up with my instructor Scott James each week whilst learning. I would recommend this school as the instructors are good and the tips to help with the parking etc are great. I had fun and learnt!! Daniel Thompson, Wrexham
Jamie trained with Nigel Richards Instructor Training after deciding to pursue a career change like his work colleague Jacqui Williams who is also an instructor with us.
He is a keen fitness enthusiast and the flexibility of driving instruction allows him to attend his gym to his liking. The flexibility also allows him to spend more time with his young son.
Jamie has a superb pass rate with his pupils and they all comment on how they enjoy his relaxed and patient method of coaching driving.
I chose Nigel Richards Driving School as I kept seeing all their cars around the town. I then read rally good reviews and when I enquired I got a really quick response to book my lessons.
The things I enjoyed the most were feeling in control and planning of my learning by setting goals at the beginning of each lesson and reviewing them at the end. My instructor Jamie Pritchard was confident, calm and kept me motivated. He was very approachable and quick to respond to any questions. The reason I would recommend this driving school is they are friendly, quick to reply and answer any questions you have every time which I find puts you at ease.
Ruby Tapp, Wrexham