Meet our team
Meet our team
Meet the people behind Specialist Vehicles
Simon Orr - Managing Director & Owner
Establishing Specialist Vehicles in 1999. Simon has been in the industry from the age of 16, progressing from apprentice mechanic through sales to Dealer Principal of several brands. Moving from retail to manufacturer/wholesale, where he was SW Regional Business manager before going on to run a Manufacturer joint venture Finance company.
Tom Orr - Sales
Tom joined the family company as a trainee directly from school aged 16. Since joining Tom has been exposed to all areas of our business, gaining a great degree of experience very quickly. Tom is looking to develop the business in the future whilst embracing all new technologies and practices.
Esme Mallett - Subaru Brand Manager
Esme joined us in 2018. She has a vast knowledge of the Motor Industry having worked for several manufacturers since joining the industry in 2010. Esme started her career path as a Sales Trainee for Fiat and then moved to Peugeot and most recently a Ford Main Dealer as Sales Controller. Esme is our Subaru Brand Manager and is a great asset to the team.
Neil Hardy - Service Manager
Neil joined us in 2005. He has worked his way through the company to become our service manager dealing with all your service, MOT and warranty requirements. When arriving at our Service Centre Neil will be your first contact, where you will be greeted with a big smile every time.
Phil Courtney - Workshop Manager
Phil joined our team in 2014 and has 15 years working as a vehicle technician. After completing an advanced apprenticeship with Distinction he went on to complete a Level 4 Master Technician Diploma, graduating in 2010. During his career Phil has many unique achievements, including being awarded the IMI UK outstanding technical student and competing in the World Skills Regional Qualifiers. Alongside managing the workshop Phil is our head Subaru Technician and in 2017 reached the final 6 candidates to find the best Subaru Technician in the UK.
Neil Oxenham - Technician
Arrived here with us in 2016 having had 20 years experience in the industry. Fully qualified Motor Vehicle repairs and GM Certified. Neil has specialized in building highly modified Land Rover Defenders and QT Wildcats. His vehicles have been used various times in the Top Gear TV Series. Having built vehicles for Kahn Design, Urban, Twisted, Tweaked & Icon Land Rover specialists. Neil's vast specialist experience is a great asset to our company.
Ben Craig - Technician
Ben joined us in 2005. He has over 20 years experience as a vehicle technician and is a qualified MOT tester. Bens experience having worked on most vehicles is very valuable to our service team. Ben is our foremost Porsche expert.
Dave Hill - Technician/Subaru Parts
Dave has been a part of the team since 2016. with 8 years workshop technician based experience. In 2017 Dave became a full MOT tester, he is now Subaru trained for parts and warranties.
Jason Cole - Valeter & Driver
Jason joined us in 2013, with 12 years in the industry. He is a great ambassador and asset to our company. He is known affectionately throughout the buisness as Suarez.
Mark Bowman - Forecourt Manager
Mark has been a part of our company for over 11 years and a friend of the family since 1987. With a vast 31 years experience in the motor trade. Mark takes great care of every vehicle on our forecourt and the overall appearance of the site.
Ian Toms - Senior Detailer
Ian started with us in 2016 with a vast knowledge of vehicle detailing from his background with a BMW main dealer. Ian is a perfectionist when it comes to vehicle preparation, as you will see when visiting our site.