Meet The Team
Steve Hibbert is Chairman and Non Exec Director of many businesses including Vanrooyen EPS Limited and is the owner of Private Equity House Pinnacle who backed VR's plans. Steve brings to the VR team 27 years of solid success within business. When Martin Rylands presented the business plan to me over 4 years ago, I backed it immediately as the passion, flair and determination to succeed was evident in the very first meeting with the VR team and their attention to detail is simply first class.
Dream Car: Bentley Continental GT
Skills and Expertise: Business Development, Management, Sales Operations
"For me investment is simple, I back good people with a solid business plan, this year as VR reaches its 5th year in business it is on target to achieve over £18 million of sales and has a solid business plan to expand in the Northwest to over £60 million in the next 5 years."
Martin brings with him a wealth of varied knowledge having worked in the motor trade for over 14 years. He specialises in anything Italian (Ferrari being his true passion) but has experience working with a host of the worlds most well known sports and performance manufacturers. The Vanrooyen name originates from Martins family, a name he wants to become synonimous in the prestige automotive sector for offering the highest levels of customer service, with an honest and open approach to business. Martin sold his first Ferarri at the tender age of 24!
Dream Car: Ferrari F12 TDF and a Rangerover Autobiography
Skills and Expertise: Over 14 years working with prestige supercars, Top Customer Service, Sales Management
"For me Vanrooyen was my dream, to see it now as a busy successful business is one of my greatest achievements. We know that the key to our success is keeping our customers' needs at the very core of our business, we strive to be the very best at what we do. Having Pinnacle as our backer has been a major influence in our success and I'm confident that over the next 5 years VR will be the brand name people will link with customer care within the prestige car market"
Glen has always been around cars from an early age selling cars and Motorbikes on Autotrader (he actually advertised in the first ever Autotrader magazine). From his home at the tender age of 19 he started in the motor trade as a Valeter for a local car dealer and after 4 years with them he soon realized he was a great communicator and could sell cars. As soon as Glen had worked his way up through valeting to mechanical and service and then sales he then started his own car sales business with money he had saved and a little bank loan. Initially the Sales and Admin was taken care of by his then girlfriend's father (she is now his wife) who was an accountant then several years later they became business partners and had a successful car showroom for many years, which is where Glen first met the now Vanrooyen Chairman Steve Hibbert when he was 19 and just starting work at a local business who Glen supplied all the cars to. Glen and Steve over the years became good friends and shared their passion for Cars, Speed Boats and Motorbikes, once Glens Father in law retired glen then had a business opportunity to acquire a Daily Car and Van Rental and Contract Hire and Leasing Company and he successfully built this over many years with the help of his two daughters. Steve went on to be a very successful in business and his passion for cars (obviously influenced at his younger age by Glen) hopefully helped with his decision to be the backer to our MD Martin with his business plan to start Vanrooyen.
Glen joined the company in May 2013 and we have grown the company over the last few years to turning in excess of £18 million per year and a reputation second to none for customer satisfaction and supplying only the very best vehicles and our ethos is to be the best and "nothing is to much trouble". We also opened our second site selling quality vehicles up to £20k trading as VR Car Centre in Leigh, Lancashire.
Dream Car: Ferrari California or a VW California Camper Van (Ducati Multistrada 1200 S DVT for a bike!)
Skills and Expertise: 40 Years in the Motor Industry, New and Used Cars Contract Hire and Leasing, Marketing and Generally everything associated with buying selling financing of new and used cars
"Having owned several motor trade businesses, I am extremely experienced and have close working relationships with many main dealers and prestige garages throughout the UK. Consequently, one of my main roles within the company is to purchase new and used vehicle stock. There is no vehicle I cannot find or supply so please give me a call with your requests."
Andrew has over 13 years' experience at main dealer level including prestige marques such as Aston Martin and BMW, with the former being his favoured brand he is our resident expert for all things Aston! Andy also specialises in all areas of automotive funding, and works closely with our funding partners to make sure that our clients are getting the very best finance options to suit their needs. Andrew is also known for his hyper attention to detail, only the most perfect car will pass his inspection!
Dream Car: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
Skills and Expertise: Finance Specialist, Aston Martin Expert, Over 13 Years' Experience
"Most of the time I can be found at our Greater Manchester site VR Car Centre. We are passionate about suiting any vehicle to any budget, and if cars haven't passed our extensive quality inspection process – they don't go up for sale. Various finance options are always available to help you budget towards your dream car."
Business Development Manager
Neville joined Vanrooyen bringing with him over 25 years of motor trade knowledge, he has worked and ran dealerships for some of the best known manufactures in the automotive industry, and has customer care at the very core of his priority's. Neville specialises in new and used car sales, and also has years of experience in valuing vehicles. If you want to look at purchasing any of our stock please contact Neville with your requirements and he will be happy to help!
Dream Car: Range Rover Sport (Ducati for a bike!)
Skills and Expertise: Sales, Over 25 Years Dealership Experience, Used Car Finance
"Along with Andy, you can usually find me at VR Car Centre in Leigh! We have a stunning range of quality used cars and incredible finance deals on offer no matter what your credit rating may be. I enjoy bringing my years of experience to the team and working with such an established and knowledgeable company!""
Mike joined Vanrooyen after spending over 10 years within the BMW network. He previously worked with prestige brands such as Audi and Jaguar. His attention to detail and customer experience is second to none, and will always go above and beyond to make his customers feel extra special. Mike is also a keen biker and will often will be seen on a sunny day on either his Triumph Street Triple or his Yamaha MT03!
Dream Car: VW Campervan
Skills and Expertise: Customer Service, Extensive Brand Knowledge, New and Used Cars
"Having previously worked with many of the team at previous main dealers, I was delighted to be asked to work with the Vanrooyen team at their HQ on Gemini Trade Park. My experience ranges from Audi to BMW and I always ensure the customer has an informative and absolutely perfect experience when they visit the showroom."
Sales Executive Apprentice
Joel brings to VR Car Centre his knowledge and background working within BMW/Audi specialist garages, with a passion for all things cars. He currently maintains and organises our quality used cars and helps ensure that every single customer handover is a successful one. Joel also has a passion for bikes and F1 Motorsports, however has recently swapped his 2 wheels for a lovely red Skoda Fabia from VR Car Centre.
Dream Car: McLaren 675LT
Skills and Expertise: Customer Service, Main Dealer Specialist Knowledge, Multitasking
"You can usually find me at our used car site in Leigh, VR Car Centre! It’s a brilliant opportunity to be part of the VR team, helping to maintain excellent standards of customer service and ensuring that every single car is of the best possible quality."
Emily joined the Vanrooyen team in its infancy after working within main dealer groups for over 20 years. Emily's career has developed over those 20 + years and her experience and administrative skill set is specialised to the Motor trade alone, from the beginnings of a receptionist, to a purchase ledger clerk, sales ledger clerk, rental admin, sales admin (including fleet sales) just to mention a few roles. Emily's position at Vanrooyen as Office Manager, coordinates and controls many aspects of the businesses administration from vehicle administration, accounts to human resources. With the support of Vanrooyen, Emily is currently working towards an NVQ Level 3 in Management. Emily is the wife of a biker so of course she also has a passion for motorcycles, it is Emily's intention to pass her bike test soon so she can have a motorcycle of her own, her top choice would be a new Triumph Thruxton R.
Dream Car: Bentley
Skills and Expertise: Administration, Office Management, Coordination
"I strongly believe that customer service is what stands apart any business from it's competitors. Of the organisations I have worked for during my career, Vanrooyen's ethos on customer service is unlike anything I have previously experienced."
Chloe Joined the VR Team in 2014 shortly after coming home from working overseas in Dubai! She always desired supercars and saw Vanrooyen as a great opportunity for a career change closer to home. Since she started, she has completed her NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration and is currently working towards her level 3 qualification which she is set to achieve by September 2016. Chloe administers our vehicle sales, personalized registration transfers and deals largely with client aftercare, registering AA Motor Guarantees and making sure each and every customer feels satisfied right until the end of the buying process.
Dream Car: Convertible Bentley GT
Skills and Expertise: Administration, Multitasking, Problem Solving
"Every team member at Vanrooyen shows pride in their work and is passionate about their role here and this shines through to the customers buying experience. All of our customers know that there is nothing too much trouble for our skilled team and many of them return time and time again."
With a passion for supercars and a love for everything Lamborghini, Jon visited Vanrooyen with his parents to take a look around our amazing showroom. After getting talking to Jon we were quick to realise that he had major talent within photography and videography, and of course, he knew an awful lot about cars! He currently studies towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business Studies and Management, which he hopes to achieve a triple distinction in upon completion. Aside from attending college, he creates beautiful video's and photographs for our supercars here at Vanrooyen, which you can view on our website! Jon has recently passed his driving test and currently cruises around in a lovely little Ford Fiesta.
Dream Car: Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Skills and Expertise: Photography, Videography, Mixed Media
"Here at Vanrooyen we pride ourselves on our customer service. We devote our time to everyone, no matter whether you just coming in to look at the cars or your intentions is to purchase a car off us. We believe this is why our customers always return in the future."
Smart Repair Technician
Phil has over 23 years experience in the motor trade, working with various main dealers around the North West. He currently runs our VR Smart Repair Van maintaining our supercars to expert condition and offering repair services to the local area. Phil has been working with cars since studying his City & Guilds in Body Works, Welding and Repair and has since received an incredible senior ATA Accreditation in Paintwork. He also has an IMI Accreditation in Mechanical, Electrical, Trim. Phil is also the proud owner of a classic 1989 XR31 Convertible Ford Escort which he is restoring in his spare time!
Dream Car: Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Skills and Expertise: Classic Car Restoration, DIY, Smart Repair
"For every car at Vanrooyen that requires that special touch whether it be paint work or wheel refurb is carefully and skillfully maintained to the highest standard."