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
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 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.

Production

Lee Poolman
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Lee Poolman
Production
Manager

A self-motivated perfectionist, Lee joined Arkonik with 29 years experience in the Automotive Industry. From a VOSA Examiner to managing workshops of 50, Lee has developed a keen eye for detail and quality; he is focused on the constant evolution of our product and processes.
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 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.

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.
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.
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.
Nathan Derrick
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Nathan Derrick
Transmission Technician


Nathan is a hands-on individual with almost 5 years experience in transmission building who is still eager to keep on expanding his knowledge. A gearhead outside of work too, he's been racing motocross since he was a young lad, and is also a huge fanatic of UFC and boxing.
Kaspars Berzins
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Kaspars Berzins
Engine/Transmission Technician

A reliable and detailed individual, Kaspars brings over 10 years in engine and transmission building to Arkonik; since starting out as an apprentice, all the way up to working as an engine/transmission technician in various motorsport companies, his know-how and experience will be beneficial to Arkonik.
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.
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.
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

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.
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.
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 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.
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.

Body & Paint Shop

Jake Blacker
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Jake Blacker
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.
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.
Tim Binks
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Tim Binks
Paint Shop Technician

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.
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.
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.
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.
Sean Mather
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Sean Mather
Body Shop Technician

Sean brings an ability to adapt and a variety of experience in the motor trade to the Panel Shop; as Body Shop Technician, his past roles in refurbishment, prep and dismantling will prove valuable. He's just as wrapped up in motoring outside of work too, as he is an avid fan of motorsport. 
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.  

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.
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.
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.
Dawid Kabala
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Dawid Kabala
Trim Shop Technician


Dawid is a hard-working team player who brings practical knowledge and experience to our Trim Shop; Having spent two years as a mechanic in Poland and four years at an automotive vehicle school, and not to mention refurbishing a BMW E30 in his own home, Dawid is as enthusiastic as he is professional.
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.
Jonathan Sadler
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Jonathan Sadler
Trim Shop Technician


Jonathan is a versatile and valuable member of our Trim Shop 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.
Jack Hornby
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Jack Hornby
Valet/Trim Technician


With three years of experience cleaning vehicles for family and friends and a sharp vision for details, Jack's valet role is essential to our Quality Control team. Outside of work, he has a big interest in not only cars, but boats too!

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.

Nenad Akrap
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Nenad Akrap
Auto Electrician 

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 handy as an electrician, making him a welcome member of 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.
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.
Jack Hadrill
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Jack Hadrill
Trainee Auto Electrician

Jack is a determined team player using his ability for lateral and analytical thinking to efficiently work and innovate in Arkonik's Electrical Team. When not working with sparks and wires, he enjoys photography/videography and football. 
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.

Quality Control

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.

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.

Marketing, Sales & Customer Care

Thomas Parry
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Thomas Parry
Bespoke Sales
Project 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.
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.
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.

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.
Kieron Gibbs
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Kieron Gibbs
Communications & Projects Coordinator

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 Customer Care 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 as Sales Administrator. 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.
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.

Support Team

Nigel Daw
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Nigel Daw
Components Development & Resourcing Manager

Nigel brings 12 years' experience as a team leader to Arkonik, along with a determination and persistence to improve and refine our components and resources; his commitment is crucial, and he takes a no-nonsense approach towards procurement. Outside of work he enjoys spending the majority of his free time behind a drumkit.
Emanuel Braun
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Emanuel Braun
Process Engineer


Emanuel brings a keen eye and deep understanding to Arkonik as Process Engineer, having previously worked in Duty Manager and Safety Auditor positions in the airline industry; he is always eager to motivate and diligent in his work.
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.
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.