Hi I'm Tony Friday, married to Steph. The picture is of our 25th
Anniversary, we've got 2 great kids, Becky who's a primary school teacher in Reading and Matt who's at Uni in Cardiff.
I joined the Army at 16 and thoroughly enjoyed it for 9 years, since then I've been part time in the Territorial Army (TA), now left in August this year, to concentrate on the driving school.
I started as a Driving Instructor with a big national company but decided to leave after only 6 weeks, due to the poor way it was run. I started Accord Driving School with the intention of keeping to a small area, Falmouth and Penryn, I've managed to achieve this and haven't looked back since. My job in the TA as a fleet manager has really helped me gain other driving qualifications such as my C+E licence (Articulated Lorry's) and ADR licence(carriage of dangerous goods) as well as teaching other vehicles such as Minibus and HGV.
Helping people to learn to drive and pass there test, still gives me a real buzz and a tremendous amount of job satisfaction. For many it's life changing being able to drive, either opening up new career prospects or just having the freedom to go where you want, when you want.
For me, one of my proudest work moments was achieving a grade 6 on my last check test, not
only a 6 but 6 in every box.
I work really hard and have a very high pass rate but it's really nice to have the recognition from a Senior Driving Instructor Examiner.
My intention for 2014 is to put this knowledge and experience to good use and start training the next generation of driving instructors in Falmouth. But still expect to be mainly training learners for the next 5 - 10 years.
I like to keep a balance between my work and Family life, most evenings myself and Steph can be seen pounding the streets of Penryn and Falmouth as we both like to run. We've been members of Falmouth Road Runners for the past 13years,
and have both run marathons. We play badminton on a Friday evening (not very well, I might add!!!) as well as cycle some weekends when the weather's nice.