Owner and Managing Director
I officially joined the business in 1989, after completing my A levels, and then took over the reins from my father back in 2001. I had to work my way up through all the roles within the garage, starting as an apprentice mechanic, gaining my qualifications and experience within the workshop for a number of years. I then moved on to the back-office side of the business, taking over the accounts from my Uncle when he retired. From there I then became involved in the sales side of the business and worked along side my father until he retired. I now oversee the day to day running of the business and staff but predominately use my experience of the motor trade on the sales side of the business, buying and selling on a day to day basis which is a real passion of mine.
When I get some time away from the business I'm busy with the family and trying to keep up with two young boys who are into rugby and biking! In my younger years I was a keen rugby player, playing for Otley RUFC and now I keep my hand in helping coach the Junior Under 9's at the club. I also enjoy clay pigeon shooting and during the summer months I shoot for the Royal Oak team in the Nidderdale league......and even after 10 years at it, there's still room for improvement!
My wife Alison came to work for the business after our children started school and nursery in 2012. Prior to that Alison was in banking from leaving school and worked for Barclays for just under 20 years. It was great to finally have her working in the business with me and despite some tough times, when she was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, she has helped me keep the business running, dealing with everything from HR, sales and marketing, administration and accounts. We make a great team with our combined experience and although some people wouldn't dream of working with their other halves we enjoy the day to day challenges of running our own business.
When she not at work, Alison is full time organiser of the boys sports and social calendar, ferrying them round to various clubs and activities. As a mum of two boys she's become a keen mountain biker and gets stuck into their hobbies and also helps out at the rugby club, managing the Otley Junior Under 9's team. When she gets a bit of time out she loves to relax with a book and a fine glass of rum!
John has been with us for over 12 years now, joining us in 2006, when he moved to the UK from New Zealand. He had previously been a Production Manager for a printing and book binding firm so when he came to us for the role of sales advisor we based our decision, not on his experience, but on his lovely relaxed, friendly manner and excellent references. It was really important to us that we found someone who fitted in with our family business and our core values on customer service. I think it's fair to say that after 12 years we made the right decision and John has proven to be a great asset to both the company and to the team. He is affectionately known as 'Kiwi' at work, although the lads in the workshop like to wind him up and call him 'Aussie'! It's always a great talking point with customers when they hear his accent and there is much discussion around his move to the UK and where he lived in New Zealand.
In his free time John is really into his sport, both watching and playing. He's a keen squash player and enjoys running to keep himself in shape.