Meet the Team

Each an individual, collectively a team. All helping to deliver world-class Defenders.

Management

Andy Hayes
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Andy Hayes
Chairman

Andy is our chairman and has 10 years experience in buying, adapting, and refurbishing Defenders. Having held directorships in operational and safety-critical industries, and with vast experience in Quality Control, Environmental Best Practice, and Health & Safety, Andy remains a central driving force at Arkonik.
Sharon Benkins
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Sharon Benkins
Managing
Director

For many businesses, choosing the right person for this kind of integral role can be difficult. Sharon is a brilliant asset, she comes to work every day with the biggest smile in the building and two decades of high-level operational experience to help her embrace her huge workload. 
Thomas Parry
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Thomas Parry
Sales 
Director

Tom is an utterly indispensable member of the Arkonik team. He liaises with private clients with an easy-going professionalism, and is the first point of contact for prospective clients. A self-motivating businessman with previous experience in key managerial roles, Tom has made a lasting impact on the way we do business.
Tom Maxwell
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Tom Maxwell
Business Development 
Director

Recognised by his peers for his lateral thinking and leadership ability, Tom excels at all things in the development remit. As the face of Arkonik in the United States, Tom works closely with our commercial clients to cultivate beneficial relationships, build the brand and source new opportunities for the company.
Lee Poolman
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Lee Poolman
Production
Director

A self-motivated perfectionist, Lee joined Arkonik with 27 years experience in the Automotive Industry. From a VOSA Examiner to managing workshops of 30, Lee has developed a keen eye for detail and quality; he is focused on the constant evolution of our product and processes.

Engine & Transmission

Andy Johnson
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Andy Johnson
Engine & Transmission
Manager

A highly effective communicator with a ruthless attention to detail, Andy brings 40+ years of Automotive Engineering Experience to Arkonik. As a mentor and leader within the Engine & Transmission Workshop, Andy ensures that the hearts of our vehicles are built to the highest standard possible.
David Pickin
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David Pickin
Transmission 
Technician

32 years in the motor trade goes a long way. As a qualified technician with a serious level of expertise in transmission building, transmission installation, and axle rebuilding, David earns his place amongst us daily in the highly specialised role of Transmission Technician.
Matt Pearce
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Matt Pearce
Engine/Transmission Technician

Matt had a spanner in his hand at the age of 5, and has been taking apart and rebuilding classic Land Rovers ever since. A specialist Land Rover mechanic and 4x4 dismantler, Matt works to the highest standard in our Engine/Transmission workshop.
John Ashford
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John Ashford
Engine/Transmission Technician

A loyal and determined member of the team, John is a retired Royal Engineer with a passion for a challenge. Joining Arkonik to expand his already diverse skill set, John quickly learnt the ropes of the Engine/Transmission Workshop where he sits today as an important team member.
Mark Hames
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Mark Hames
Engine/Transmission Technician

An experienced, highly motivated individual with more than 25 year's worth of engineering expertise, Mark brings a responsible attitude to Arkonik; his knowledge and determination are invaluable to the Engine & Transmission team.
Josh Coward
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Josh Coward
Engine
Apprentice

Josh is an Arkonik apprentice with a serious passion for everything automotive. Working alongside our incredibly experienced engine team, Josh is applying his skills and training from his Motorsport course at college in a professional workshop. When Josh isn't learning the ropes, he enjoys racing in the KTM RC 390 Cup.

Workshop One

Craig Venn
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Craig Venn
Technical Manager

Craig has worked on Land Rovers in many capacities for nearly a decade. Craig has been with Arkonik for 7 years now, and knows everything there is to know about all the Defenders that we build. Craig accepts nothing short of perfection and his expertise is invaluable.
Chris Wyatt
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Chris Wyatt
Workshop Technician

Chris, the tallest man at Arkonik (and possibly in Somerset), has spent the majority of his adult life hanging out of Defenders on outdoor sport events and built the first car he owned completely from scratch. You won't see Chris without that dazzling trademark smile on his face.

Workshop Two

Andrew Dutton
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Andrew Dutton
Workshop Manager

Andrew is a hugely valuable member of our team and is very, very good at fixing Defenders, given he's been playing with them since he could crawl.  When he's not busy working, Andrew is busy getting muddy in his very specially adapted Defender 90.
James Patton
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James Patton
Workshop Supervisor

A communicative team player with many years' experience in motor mechanics, James shines in Arkonik's rather sizeable Workshop department, where he currently works as a suspension arm and axle disassembler.
Nick Fowles
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Nick Fowles
Welder/Fabricator

As a car enthusiast and keen motorcycle rider, Nick never really stops thinking about cars. With previous positions in the field of carbon fibre and composites, combined with a background of 30 years' welding, bodywork and spraying, he makes a fantastic addition to the Arkonik team. 
Paul Holmes
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Paul Holmes
Welder/Fabricator

Paul is a welder and fabricator with a wealth of experience. Having worked on the metal that makes up cars and boats (including military vehicles) for over 22 years, Paul is a master when it comes to the repairing and restoration of an Arkonik Defender.
Shane Millard
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Shane Millard
Workshop Technician

Shane brings confidence and drive to Arkonik. An individual not afraid to get his hands dirty as our shot-blasting technician, Shane's dedication ensures our chassis are correctly prepared come rain or shine. When Shane isn't at work, he enjoys playing football for a local team.

Body & Paint Shop

Jake Blacker
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Jake Blacker
Body & Paint Shop Manager

As a man with an unwavering commitment to perfection, Jake manages both our Body and Paint Shops. A highly skilled Automotive Painter, Jake provides every single one of our vehicles with vibrant and precise paint finishes. He excels in both performing as a leader and an artist - making him a core member of the team.
Jack Keeley
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Jack Keeley
Body Shop Supervisor

Jack has several years' experience in vehicle body repair and refinishing and has a keen eye for quality. His determination and work ethic are stand out traits. Jack plays a key role in the production phase as he supervises the Body Shop team with restoring vehicles to premium condition.
Ashley James
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Ashley James
Paint Shop Technician

With a keen eye for perfection and time spent at college training as a Paint & Body Technician, Ashley fits right in to our Paint Shop. Aside from his hard work at Arkonik, he enjoys a spot of computer gaming and restoring dated Fords.
Mike Powell
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Mike Powell
Body Shop Technician

Mike joined us with decades of experience in painting and bodywork. Having spent the large majority of his professional career working in the aviation sector painting and maintaining planes, you can often seen Mike running his hands over panels, 'feeling out' areas to maximise quality and ensure a perfect surface.
Westly Frood
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Westly Frood
Body Shop Technician

A bright young spark, Westly can be found in the Body Shop refining and preparing Defenders before they reach the priming and painting process. Already proficient yet keen to learn more, Westly brings a fresh, hands-on approach to Arkonik.
Justin Newman
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Justin Newman
Body Shop Technician

Never caught without a smile on his face, Justin is an integral part of our Body Shop team. With 25+ years in the Motor Trade, many of those in panel beating, his abilities really do shine through at Arkonik. When he's not at work, Justin enjoys spending time with his kids, and playing pool.
Alex Davies
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Alex Davies
Body Shop Technician

A methodical perfectionist, Alex has vast experience in paint spraying, body preparation, body repairs and fibreglass fitment. He brings his varied skill and dedication to high standard to our Body Shop. Outside of work, Alex enjoys going to the gym.

Trim Shop

Alex Knight
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Alex Knight
Trim Shop Manager

Alex has over 9 years worth of welding experience and is a highly qualified technician. As Manager of Trim Shop, he ensures the perfect fitment of interiors, accessories, and much much more. Alex uses his keen eye for detail to ensure that our high production standards are continuously achieved.
Jake Stevens
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Jake Stevens
Trim Shop Technician

Jake is a self-confessed Land Rover nut. He's been working with Defenders since he was knee-high to a grasshopper and so his knowledge of accessories, components and fittings is phenomenal. If anyone has a question about how to fit a part or what ancillaries to use, Jake is the go-to man.
Robbie Lapham
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Robbie Lapham
Trim Shop Technician

As a motivated and energetic hard worker, Robbie is responsible for the fitment of our carpets and NVH panels. Consistently working to the best of his ability to get the job done, Robbie's reliability and thoroughness shine at Arkonik. When he's not working, Robbie likes to race motocross bikes.
Tom House
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Tom House
Trim Shop Technician

With a background in vehicle Sales and an ongoing classic restoration project at home, Tom appreciates what Arkonik is about. Having come into the business to learn our craft, Tom has absorbed knowledge quickly and now shines as a valuable member of our Trim Shop.
Jordan Dimery-Seek
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Jordan Dimery-Seek
Trim Shop 
Technician

Jordans role in the Trim Shop team is fitting a wide array of panels, carpets and accessories to our Defenders. Having worked in multiple areas of the business, Jordan is always forward thinking and finding new ways to improve his function.
Jordan Candy
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Jordan Candy
Trainee Trim Shop Technician

With previous experience as a team leader, and teenage years spent Autograss racing, Jordan exudes enthusiasm and a love of motors; he is a bright spark who brings energy, effort and determination to the Trim Shop team.

Electrical Team

Christopher Taylor
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Christopher Taylor
Electrical Manager

As well as 5 years past experience as a Senior Auto Electrician, Chris brings adaptability and a keen enthusiasm for vehicle conversion/restoration to the Arkonik team. If Chris isn't busy restoring a vehicle, you'll more than likely find him racing one!
James Wallace
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James Wallace
Auto Electrician

James brings youth and a positive mind-set to Arkonik, along with an ability to adapt to a range of skills from fabricating to MOT testing. With 13 years' experience under his belt working on a variety of motors from Audis to MGs, James is a proud addition to our Electrical Team.

Matthew Johnston
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Matthew Johnston
Trainee Auto Electrician

Matthew is a bright young spark who has experience in both automotive and aerospace backgrounds, but has true passion for the former. He is part of a pit crew, and also currently building a Honda Civic Type R track car as a pastime; his eye for teamwork and innovation will shine through at Arkonik.

Testing Team

Jeremy Hillier
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Jeremy Hillier
Quality Control Manager

Jeremy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our business. Having spent the past 35 or so years restoring and customising classic European cars, there is very little that fazes him. Jeremy is a gentle and talented man and is crucial to our team as a leader and mentor.
David Bartlett
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David Bartlett
Valet Technician

David is our primary Valet Technician and Auto Detailer. His attention to detail and passion for his role shine as clearly as our trucks once he's finished with them! David has years of high value valet experience under his belt, including other Heritage vehicles.
Eric Yohe
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Eric Yohe
US Client Services

A true Land Rover aficionado, Mr. Yohe is Arkonik's 'Man in Territory' bringing more than 20 years' experience of driving, teaching and modifying Land Rovers. A former Land Rover and Michelin driving instructor and coach, Eric oversees all North American vehicle deliveries, technical and warranty issues and Arkonik owner events in the USA.

Warehouse Team

Anthony Waters
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Anthony Waters
Procurement Manager

Anthony joined Arkonik with a history in carpentry, body shop stripping and fitting, technical drawing and automotive parts procurement. A self-professed problem solver who consistently strives for improvement, Anthony's role in our Warehouse is a crucial one.
Scott Venn
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Scott Venn
Supply Chain Manager

Scott is the youngest of the Venn Brothers and, as a fully trained computer technician and E-Commerce expert, he runs our Supply Chain. He's a smart, friendly chap and our man when it comes to supplying production with parts.

Development and Communications

Grant Spicer
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Grant Spicer
Business Development Manager

Grant is known for his entrepreneurial spirit, passion for business and determination for success. Grant has previously held managerial roles within the service industry and prides himself on his relationship building abilities. Grant is always looking for new ways to add value to the business.

Jasmin Clinton
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Jasmin Clinton
Communications
Manager

As a leader in the after-sales and warranty functions, Jasmin's experience in Customer Service spans over 8 years in various industries. Jasmin is also our resident multi-linguist, having mastered English, German, French and Spanish.
Sam Pearce
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Sam Pearce
Client Communications Administrator

As Client Communications Administrator, Sam is responsible both for the administration of our vehicle portals and maintaining client-business relations between the points of sale and production entry.

Support Team

Ryan Dimery-Seek
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Ryan Dimery-Seek
Technical
Support

A communicator, leader and a font of knowledge; Ryan takes pride in his primary role as a Trim Shop Supervisor, while maintaining communication between departments and keeping the teams motivated. When he's not at work, Ryan can be found playing riffs on his bass guitar.
Andrea James
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Andrea James
Accounts 
Assistant

Andrea is Sharon's right hand woman in the Finance team, helping with all matters money-related. She joined us with a wealth of administrative experience which helps increase the efficiency of the day-to-day running of all things Arkonik.
Paul Roberts
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Paul Roberts
Maintenance


Paul, our resident Health & Safety Co-Ordinator, makes sure the business is compliant with all regulations alongside doing regular audits of our site. He's often seen around the building with a clipboard and a toolbox making sure everything's shipshape.
Jay Leeson
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Jay Leeson
Maintenance


Joining Arkonik after many years of welding, fabricating manufacture and MOT testing, Jay's passion for the Defender shines through in his highly detailed work. As a local Scout Leader, his ex-military 110 FFR sees regular use, hauling camping kit from A to B.
Nick Elvin
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Nick Elvin
Site Coordinator


With strong attention to detail, an extensive ability to fix, and a previous job position as Operations Manager, Nick is the right man for making sure Arkonik's workshops are all in working order. When not attending to our own buildings, he enjoys renovating his own house and walking his two Jack Russells.
Nenad Akrap
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Nenad Akrap
Vehicle Sourcing
Specialist

Nenad specialises in the sourcing and importation of high value and rare items. Luckily for Arkonik, he also loves Defenders, and so is a great source of donor vehicles from across Europe.
Pantelis Giamarellos
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Pantelis Giamarellos
Vehicle Sourcing 
Specialist

Pantelis brings to Arkonik an extensive background within import and export, holding senior positions including Managing Director, as well as an expert knowledge of Land Rover Defenders. Sourcing donor vehicles from across Europe, Pantelis is a vital member of Arkonik's support team.
Adrian Malling
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Adrian Malling
Delivery 
Driver 

Adrian is Arkonik's long distance driver. He collects all of our vehicles from across continental Europe, today a trip to Sofia, Bulgaria, next week Paris, France. Adrian will travel to where ever we need to be to collect the very best available Defenders, alongside rigorously checking them for authenticity.

Marketing & Sales

Andy Stacey
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Andy Stacey
Brand Manager

With over 20 years experience in the design industry, Andy's happiest when thoughtful, considered and aesthetically pleasing design matches the quality of the product it represents. His approach: uniting the simplicity of form and function in a modern application.
Lauren Palmer
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Lauren Palmer
Marketing Executive

Lauren brings creativity and flair to Arkonik as Marketing Executive, combining past experience in numerous marketing projects and a fresh perspective and enthusiasm towards her field. Outside of work hours, she has a passion for travelling and horse riding.
Jim Profit
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Jim Profit
Sales Manager

Jim brings experience in both sales and Land Rovers to Arkonik, having spent over 10 years in technical sales positions and taking a year out to navigate Africa in a 300TDi-fuelled Defender! As Sales Manager, Jim's tenacity will shine through and his love for Defenders will only grow even more.
Nathan Davis
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Nathan Davis
Sales Administrator

With previous work in sales, customer service and managerial positions, Nathan brings strong communication and work values to Arkonik as Sales Administrator. Nathan has a penchant for sport, whiskey and also travel, having visited more than 20 countries!