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 millions 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 world’s most well-known sports and performance manufacturers. The Vanrooyen name originates from Martins family, a name he wants to become synonymous 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 Ferrari at the tender age of 24!!
Dream Car: Ferrari F12 TDF and a Range Rover Autobiography
Skills and Expertise: Over 16 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 Auto Trader (he actually advertised in the first ever Auto Trader magazine). From his home, at the tender age of 19, he started in the motor trade as a valater 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 (now his wife) who was an accountant then several years later they became business partners and had a successful car showroom for many years. 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.
Glen joined the company in May 2013 and has helped grow the company over the last few years to turning over in excess of £18 million per year as well as a reputation that is second to none for customer satisfaction and supplying only the very best vehicles, our ethos is to be the best and "nothing is too much trouble".
Dream Car: Ferrari California (Ducati Multistrada 1200 S DVT for a bike!)
Skills and Expertise: 40 Years in the Motor Industry, Contract Hire, Car Finance
"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."
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 his Ducati Diavel! Mike has recently taken on the project converting a Volkswagen Transporter which he will often spend his weekends transforming.
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."
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 & 3 in Business Administration and also her Level 3 NVQ Business Management. Chloe administers our vehicle sales, personalized registration transfers and deals largely with client aftercare, registering vehicle warranties 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."
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 skilfully maintained to the highest standard."
Vehicle Preparation Coordinator
Alan is fairly new to the motor industry with previously working as a technician in Aviation industry. Cars has always been a passion with a slight favouritism towards Nissan GT-R’s. Alan’s attention to detail and his meticulous nature is one of the reason why he is such a perfect fit in the Vanrooyen team. During his spare time Alan often spends time socialising with friends and family as well as being a fanatic Liverpool football fan.
Dream Car: Nissan GT-R Nismo
Skills and Expertise: Attention to Detail, Time Management
"Here at Vanrooyen, I ensure every vehicle is prepared to the highest standards. Only once a car is pristine it leaves the dealership off to its new owner."