Kathy Higgins Dip DI, F Inst MTD.

Director of Insight 2 Drive Ltd 

Kathy is an award winning business woman and an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI). After she passed the IAM Advanced driving Test in 1995 she has amassed an array of driving, business and coaching qualifications. If fact she has taken all of the advanced driving tests and is an examiner for the DIAmond Advanced Driving Test as well as the RoSPA RoadTest.

Kathy progressed from being a franchisee of a national driving school to running her own multi car driving school Insight 2 Drive Ltd, who have also won awards, including The Golden L Award for the Best Local Franchised Driving School, and short listed for the best Regional Driving School with the Intelligent Instructor Magazine. 

Having said all this, she still has her feet firmly on the ground, she never forgets her Liverpool roots and feels blessed to run this family business. 

She also runs another business that helps people save money, but that’s another story. 

Kathy’s Bio

Kathy is also a fully qualified grade A driving instructor and driving instructor trainer.

She is happily married to Brian and has a daughter Emily.

Kathyhas always been keen on Continued Professional Development for driving instructors; she has both done and delivered many ADI CPD courses herself. One of her awards is for her services to CPD. Kathy is currently helping other driving instructors reach their full potential as ADIs and as a business person.

Kathy founded Insight 2 Drive in 2007 and has personally trained all the Insight 2 Drive instructors, most of them from scratch. She chairs the Insight monthly team meetings and always shares her experience and knowledge with her team of driving instructors. It is easy think that with all her qualifications and standing within the driver trainer industry that she might be a bit unapproachable, but nothing could be further from the truth. Kathy is very down to earth and prides herself on making coaching and training fun and easy, especially the ADI Part 3 driving instructors test, she says

” I have helped many trainee driving instructors understand how easy the ADI part 3 test can be. Even though they may have been told it is really hard to pass part 3″.

Kathy values her family life enormously loves cooking, reading, watching TV and walking her 2 dogs. 

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Q & A

1. What did you do before becoming a Driving Instructor?

Before becoming a Driving Instructor, I was a Veterinary Sales Rep. 

2. What has been your most interesting moment, while on a driving lesson?

Pulling up to do a reverse park, only to find the two people in the car we where about to reverse around were getting ‘rather passionate’… needless to say we drove away very quickly! 🙂 

3. What has been your best, personal achievement so far?

Being part of a loving family, and helping people earn an extra income in their spare time. 

4. Did you pass your Driving Test first time?

No! I passed my driving test THIRD time round, in Garston, even after taking a wrong turn. 

5. What hobbies do you have?

I enjoy church bell ringing, cooking, watching TV, reading, walking, all the usual stuff.

This is how is should NOT be done LOL

 Qualifications & Professional Development

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IAM Roadsmart I achieved the IAM F1rst

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BTEC (Level 4) Professional Award in Coaching for Driver Development

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RoSPA Diploma (Gold) since 2002

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Grade 6 in a Fleet Instructor

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Skid Car (UK) Tutors Course in Skid Control Instructor

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DIAmond Advanced Special Test

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DIAmond Advanced Examiner

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DriveTech Fleet Induction course

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Registered Fleet Driver Trainer 2003

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Client Cantered Learning course with Ian Edward

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DIAmond Advanced Test passed 1st time

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INLPTA Certified Practitioner in the art and science of Neurolinguistic Programming

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University of East London Coaching for Driver Development short course

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Sir John Whitmore Coaching Technique workshop

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AA Driving School I completed the Covid-19 e-training

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Lerner Driving Centres Group Teaching

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Marie Currie Ladies driving Challenge

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Institute of Advanced Motorists First time Pass

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Motor Mechanics at evening class

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Drug, Solvent & Alcohol Abuse Counselling Level 4 – Distinction

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NADIP Enhanced Communication with Nick Looby

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NSAC 2015 Train the Trainer with Dr Fiona Fylan

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NVQ Assessors Award

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Pearson Edexcel Level 3 in Assessing Vocational Achievement

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Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 2 Part 2

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Coping with Loss and Greif counselling course

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Driving 4 Change driver psychology course

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Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 2

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Improving your Listening Skills Level 2

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Heart Start one day course in Emergency Life Support

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Solving Problems though Speaking and Listening – Level 1

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Balancing Act Equality and Diversity delivered by Wavelength Social Marketing

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What’s Driving Us by Dr Fiona Fylan

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Psychological Approaches to Driver Education with Ian Edward

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Improving Learning Through Self-evaluation – Ian Edwards

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Introduction to Enterprise Mentoring Certificate by Get Mentoring

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Personal Performance Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

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Coaching and the GDE Matrix workshop With AA Drivetech

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Hope University Business Programme

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Alert Driving Hazard Perception Evaluation Course

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RoSPA Diploma retest 2019 (Gold)

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Merseyside Police Driver Training Advanced ADI Commentary Course

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Roadcraft and Police Advanced Driving Techniques with Chris Gilbert

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Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching for Driver Development

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RoSPA Occupational Advanced Driving Examiner

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IAM Driving Assessment

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RAC Advanced Test Platinum Standard

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Teaching & Assessment Skills with John Farlam

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Diploma in Driving Instruction. (DipDI)

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Getting the best from your PDIs workshop with Louise Walsh

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Fellowship of the Institute of Master Tutors of Driving

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Driving Services, Train the trainer fleet course.

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BNI Director Training

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Edexcel BTEC Diploma in Driving Instruction (Advanced)

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Highfield eLearning Infection Prevention and Control (Covid-19) e-training

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DriveSafe, National Driver Alertness Training Course

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Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector PTTLS, Level 3

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TTC Speed Awareness National Model Training

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Traffic Light Awareness course with Drivesafe

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Training Solutions Emergency First Aid

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Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate, Company Driver Programme

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Mentor Corporate Coaching, Results Centred Leadership Programme

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ADINJC Master Class with Professor Peter Russell

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Road Safety GB Client Centred Learning Certificate award

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Safe and Considerate Driving and WDU Instructor course with Simon Christmas

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National Speed Awareness Instructor course with Dr Fiona Fylan

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Adult Mental Health First Aid (Welsh) with Training in Mind

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ADINJC Standards Check Workshop

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HMRC Employee Talk Payroll

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UKROEd, Supporting ESOL Clients

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Road Safety GB. The Ageing Driver ADI Training Course

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UKROEd Achieving Excellence in Virtual Training

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UKROEd Internal Monitoring Workshop

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L of a way to Pass TFT workshop

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Engage learner cantered training course

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Revolutions course – with Julia Malkin MBE

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Accelerated Learning Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

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Equality 2010 workshop With AA Drivetech

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Corporate Manslaughter Workshop with Ged Latham

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Standards Test Grade A

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Straight 6’s in an ORDIT inspection 2010

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ORDIT reinspection 2012

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DIAmond Accredited Taxi-driver Trainer

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IAM Special Assessment

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ORDIT Registered Trainer with Insight 2 Drive 2008

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First time on ORDIT in 2002

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DSA Cardington Special Test

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Skills for the ADI Trainer, John Farlam

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AIM Instructor Training with Phil Hirst

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Improving Trainer Excellence though feedback and self-evaluation with Ian Edward

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Executive Business Coach Taken with the International Coaching Academy

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Diamond Elite Test

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How to Become a Successful ADI with the ADINJC

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Virtual Collage Prevent COVID19

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Guerrilla Marketing

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Taking on Employees

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Blue Orchid Workshop in E-Marketing

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Tax Self-Assessment

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Practical Selling Skills

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Bookkeeping

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Neuro Linguistic Programming with Jan Ord

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ADINJC Proactive CPD Workshop

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Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate Media Module

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Brake & FedEx Road Safety Academy Graduate Young Driver Module

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DoT Safe and Fuel-Efficient Driving course

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Cranfield University Managing Human Factors in Driving

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RoSPA Managing occupational Road Risk Course

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NLP Training with Sysco

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NVQ level 3 in Owner Management and Business Planning

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Selling for Professionals with Catalyst Training

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Blue Orchid Workshop in Marketing and Promotions

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Emergency First Aid with St John Ambulance

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Effective Tele-Marketing with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

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Diploma in Desk Top Publishing with Sight & Sound

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Business Enterprise Programme with CG Resources Ltd

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Selling on the Telephone with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

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Help Desk in Action by Protocol International

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Ian Edwards one day Coaching Course

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Merseytravel, New Roads New Behaviour course

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First Aid with St. John Ambulance