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Meet the Team

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

Directors

Andy Hayes
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Andy Hayes
CEO


Andy is our CEO 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
Commercial
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. 
Tom Maxwell
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Tom Maxwell
Business Development 
Director

Recognised by his peers for his lateral thinking and innovative ability, Tom excels at managing the Sales, Marketing and Development remits of Arkonik. As a man of remarkable drive and ambition, he utilises his inimitable strategic and analytical forethought to propel Arkonik forward. Tom is a true leader of men with a passion for entrepreneurship.

Sales & Marketing

Thomas Parry
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Thomas Parry
Sales Manager


Tom is an utterly indispensable member of the Arkonik team. He liaises with bespoke clients with an easy-going professionalismA self-motivating businessman with previous experience in key managerial roles, Tom has made a lasting impact on the way we do business.
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.

Toby Cole
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Toby Cole
Trainee Sales Executive


Toby is an adaptable and driven individual with past experience in sales and leadership roles and a deep knowledge of the Defender product. In his spare time, Toby enjoys racing classic cars, sport and fitness.
Max Cottle
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Max Cottle
Executive Assistant


Max is a dedicated team-player bringing his previous experience in admin to Arkonik's Support Team. When not hard at work, Max finds interest in video games, mixed martial arts and whiskey.
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 Groves
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Lauren Groves
Marketing Executive


Lauren comes from a varied background of working with small businesses, developing short and long-term marketing strategies to really make a difference; she is a creative individual at heart and enjoys getting stuck into all aspects of both print and digital marketing, and she loves making the most of the South West's reputation for great food.

Client Services Team

Kieron Gibbs
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Kieron Gibbs
Logistics & Client Services Supervisor


Kieron is a passionate and ambitious individual with past experience in Quality Control and managerial roles, and is also an instructor for the RAF Air Cadets; Kieron brings leadership skills and determination to our Support Team.
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.
Kirsty Flitter
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Kirsty Flitter
Client Services



Kirsty is a hard working individual whose past experience on the police force and communication skills are valuable to the Arkonik support team and its aftercare services. When she's not hard at work, Kirsty has a big passion for football and plays for a local team.
Nathan Davis
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Nathan Davis
Client Services



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

Thea Gibbs
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Thea Gibbs
HR and H&S Manager


With more than 25 years within Senior Administrative roles covering PA to Directors, Customer Care, Sales Administration, HR and Health and Safety, Thea brings extensive knowledge, determination, reliability and a happy positive personality to the office. Outside of work Thea has a passion for live music, festivals and taking part in carnivals each year.
Penny Tombs
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Penny Tombs
Trainee Commercial Manager

Penny is an organised individual with a keen eye for efficiency and adaptability who brings her past experience in accounting and finance to Arkonik's support team. When not hard at work, Penny enjoys keeping active, travelling and walking her dogs.
Nick Elvin
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Nick Elvin
Maintenance Manager


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.
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.

Quality & Production Development

Jamie Carter
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Jamie Carter
Vehicle & Process Inspection Chief

From an apprentice at 16 all the way up to working as Head Technician and Workshop Manager, Jamie has always been involved in busy workshops. His keen eye for detail along with qualifications as an MOT tester will be ever-present at Arkonik. When he's not working on Defenders he enjoys watching and participating in various motorsports.
Ryan Dimery-Seek
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Ryan Dimery-Seek
Production Development Manager

A communicator, leader and a font of knowledge; Ryan takes pride in his role 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.
Jonathan Sadler
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Jonathan Sadler
QC/Detailer


Jonathan is a versatile and valuable member of our Quality & Production Development team who applies his thorough skill set and previous experience in various technical positions to his work at Arkonik. He has passion for classic car restoration outside of work too, and has a big love for music and motorsport.

Engine & Transmission

Andy Johnson
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Andy Johnson
Engines 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.
Sean Radbourne
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Sean Radbourne
Engine Technician


Sean is an attentive, cogent and detailed team player whose extensive knowledge as an engineer and engine builder will shine through in our Engine Team. Aside from tinkering with engines, he enjoys being a spectator of various motorsports.
Jake Davis
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Jake Davis
Engine Technician


Jake is an individual with a keen eye for detail who has 9 years of experience as a mechanic; with a particular know-how in engine building and servicing, his role within the Engine Team is essential. In his spare time, he enjoys repairing and modifying his own Land Rover Discovery.
David Pickin
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David Pickin
Transmissions Manager


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.
Josh Coward
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Josh Coward
Transmission Technician

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

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.
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 assembling components and building up the chassis during the initial stage of production.
Westly Frood
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Westly Frood
Workshop Technician

A bright young spark, Westly can be found in the Workshop preparing and building up chassis before they move through to the Body Shop. Already proficient yet keen to learn more, Westly brings a fresh, hands-on approach to Arkonik.
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.
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.
Simon Watson
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Simon Watson
Welder/Fabricator


With 22 years of past experience in welding and fabricating, Simon's skills and knowledge are invaluable to the Workshop Team. When not working with sheet metal, Simon enjoys mountain biking and racing electric model cars on and off road.
Seaan OBrien
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Seaan O'Brien
Workshop Technician


Seaan uses previous experience in heavy-handed labouring to advantage in our Workshop, stripping our donor Defenders down to bare chassis. He also has a strong interest in the motoring world; VW campers, hotrods, motorcycles... Seaan loves it all.
Jeffrey Cobb
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Jeffrey Cobb
Parts Preparation Technician

Jeffrey is a hard-working team player willing and able to adapt to any task that arises. He has qualifications in vehicle mechanics, and enjoys working on his own motors in his spare time; Jeffrey has true passion for the automotive world.
Jack Hornby
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Jack Hornby
Workshop Technician


With three years of experience cleaning vehicles for family and friends and a sharp vision for details, Jack provides his keen eye to the efforts of the Workshop team. Outside of work, he has a big interest in not only cars, but boats too!
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 in our Workshop, Shane's dedication ensures our parts and components are correctly and thoroughly prepared come rain or shine. When Shane isn't at work, he enjoys playing football for a local team.

Body Shop

Justin Newman
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Justin Newman
Body Shop Manager

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.
Jack Keeley
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Jack Keeley
Body Shop Technician

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 the Body Shop team restoring vehicles to premium condition.
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.
Dawid Weimann
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Dawid Weimann
Body Shop Technician

Dawid brings hard work and enthusiasm to Arkonik, using his ability in prepping, polishing and priming to diversify across all tasks within the Panel Shop. Aside from body work, Dawid is equally enthused by music and combat sports.
Jack Donson
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Jack Donson
Body Shop Technician

Jack is a diligent and willing worker; he brings experience and knowledge from previous jobs in prep and QC positions that are applicable and useful to Arkonik's Panel Shop. When Jack isn't hard at work body-prepping, he enjoys gaming, snooker, F1, and has a big passion for the Nissan GT-R.
Anthony Sutton
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Anthony Sutton
Body Shop Technician

Anthony has a big passion for the body work trade; whether it's prepping, priming or polishing, he has a large skill set to bring to Arkonik and is still eager to learn more. When he's not working, Anthony enjoys a variety of combat sports including kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  
Adrian Emery
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Adrian Emery
Body Shop Technician

Adrian is a flexible and committed individual applying past experience in various production and manufacturing roles and a personal interest in classic car restoration to his role in our Body Shop. Outside of work, Adrian likes to stay active by running and surfing.

Paint Shop

Tim Binks
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Tim Binks
Paint Shop Manager

With previous experience in several panel spraying roles, Tim is a welcome addition to our Paint Shop team who provides punctuality and perfectionism wherever he can. As well as a strong enthusiasm for spraying he enjoys playing golf and football, and has a black belt in karate.
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.
Alex Davies
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Alex Davies
Paint 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 Paint Shop. Outside of work, Alex enjoys going to the gym.

Trim Shop

Tom House
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Tom House
Trim Shop Supervisor

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.
Nenad Akrap
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Nenad Akrap
Trim Shop Technician

Nenad has a past in the sourcing and importation of rare, high value items; for the most part, this includes Land Rover Defenders, for which he shares the same passion as we at Arkonik. Aside from his procurement abilities he's also very good with tools and a welcome member of our Trim Shop team.
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.
Jordan Candy
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Jordan Candy
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.
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.
Sebastian Nix
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Sebastian Nix
Trim Shop Technician

Sebastian comes from a background of working in motoring retail and as a trainee salesman of cars, and enjoys customising his own car during his free time; as a Trim Shop Technician, his knowledge and passion for motoring will shine through here at Arkonik.
Stephen Williams
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Stephen Williams
Trim Shop Technician

Stephen is a reliable team player who brings past experience as an HGV mechanic, royal engineer and even 10 years of working with Land Rovers to Arkonik's Trim Shop. When not working, he enjoys driving holidays and his current project of converting his own campervan.
Julian Matthews
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Julian Matthews
Trim Shop Technician

Julian is an attentive team player who is always prepared for problem solving and has 8 years' worth of experience working on various different vehicles from classic cars to military vehicles. When not hard at work Julian enjoys fishing, motocross and converting his Volkswagen T4 into a campervan!
Jonathan Malone
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Jonathan Malone
Trim Shop Technician

Jon is a practical, self-motivated individual with a passion for classic car restoration; he has had previous experience in retail management prior to importing vehicles from the states and bringing them to the UK to be restored. In his free time, Jon plays bass guitar and is currently performing in several hard rock tribute bands!

Electrical Team

James Wallace
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James Wallace
Auto Electrical Manager

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
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 shines through at Arkonik.
Levi Minshull
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Levi Minshull
Trainee Auto Electrician

Levi is a driven and methodical individual, patient and driven to exceed expectations  and bring the best of his electrical engineering ability to the Electrical Team. Working just as hard with his hands outside of work, he enjoys a spot of archery and forging in his spare time.
Joshua Field
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Joshua Field
Trainee Auto Electrician

Joshua brings his positive attitude and eye for detail to our Electrical Team, eager to progress and develop his skills as our Trainee Auto-Electrician. When he's not working with wires, he enjoys mountain biking, fishing, travelling, and modifying and restoring vehicles.

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.
Paul Roberts
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Paul Roberts
Procurement Assistant

Paul keeps extremely busy helping Tony in the warehouse as our Procurement Assistant, making sure all stock is in order and that deliveries are making their way out on time.
Daniel Adams
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Daniel Adams
Procurement Assistant

Being a quick-thinking team player and problem solver, Daniel is an essential addition to our Warehouse Team; he enjoys cycling, squash and a range of active hobbies while not working, and stays just as energetic here at Arkonik.
Tom Collins
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Tom Collins
Procurement Assistant

Tom is willing and adaptable worker with a strong will to learn who joins Arkonik with a background in production and team leader roles, varying from Waitrose to working on Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships!