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."
Andrew has over 15 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 Chester site VR EPS Chester. 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."
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 EPS site in Chester! 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 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."
Simon has been within the motor trade for the past 25 years working at some of the largest dealer groups in the UK such as Pendragon PLC, Jaguar Land Rover & Aston Martin.
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."
With a passion for supercars and a love for everything Lamborghini, Jon joined the Vanrooyen team back in 2013 ahead of his work experience placement, 5 Years down the line and Jon is still with us. He now managing our websites, marketing and social media as well as taking all of our photographs and creating our videos. During his spare time Jon can often be found socialising with friends.
Dream Car: Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
Skills and Expertise: Photography, Videography, Graphic Design, Product Knowledge.
"Here at Vanrooyen we pride ourselves on our customer service. We devote our time to everyone, no matter whether you're just coming in to look at our cars or your intentions is to purchase a car from 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 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."