Meet the Team

Paul Winter - Director

Paul has spent over 20 years in business management and runs a tight ship. He insists on and encourages a very high standard of work from the team at Dorset Sports Cars.

From working with his granddad at Scientific Motors in Bournemouth as a boy to winning the drivers title in the 2008 Porsche Michelin Open series in his GT3 Cup car, he has always had a love of motor cars. His first car, a Vauxhall Chevette, which he claims he pushed more than he drove, made way for a succession of prestige cars including most of the Porsche model range.

He is confident of keeping the company on the right track and consolidating the position of a well respected and highly skilled independent specialist motor car dealership and from March 2014 a Subaru franchised dealership.

Likes - Tea & biscuits

Dislikes - Not going fast enough

Paul Winter

Tim Speed - Director

First and foremost Tim is a true petrolhead with a passion for anything with an engine. Tim has 26 years experience and an enviable mechanical and technical background; his qualifications really are too long to list!

Tim manages the day to day running of the garage and is always available to answer customer's questions and address their concerns. Tim is extremely customer focused, often going well beyond expectations to ensure our customers are happy. He expects the same commitment from his staff.

Even after working long hours to give our customers the best possible service, Tim still has time to compete in motorsport at a high level. With experience of preparing race cars and managing race teams, Tim is very much "hands on".As well as supporting others he has prepared and campaigned machinery such as a Peugeot 205 GTi, Hot Hatches, Eurocar V6, BMW M3, Porsche 944 S2, Porsche 968, Porsche 996 and our Porsche 911 GT3 factory Cup car.

Likes - The internal combustion engine

Dislikes - Electric cars - they are just WRONG

Tim Speed

Jason Batten – Sales Manager

Jason joined us after many years in the automotive industry. Before moving into sales he gained valuable knowledge and experience in professional valeting and detailing. Jason also manages our small valeting team ensuring that all cars are presented to the highest level possible.

Another customer focused member of the team, Jason will always do his very best to accommodate customers and he exemplifies the "can do" attitude that is the foundation of Dorset Sports Cars.

Jason spends much of his spare time socialising with friends and family. He enjoys caravanning in the summer months and is a keen motorcyclist and wind surfer, while regular visits to the gym keep him in shape. His love of sports cars, general interest in motorsport and positive attitude means he fits in very well at Dorset Sports Cars.

Likes - Practicing his golf swing

Dislikes - Hitting the ball

Jason Batten

Matthew Graves – Subaru Sales Manager

Matthew rejoins Dorset Sports Cars as our Subaru sales manager. Having been with us from the age of 15 in various roles, Matthew expanded his horizons and went to work in sales at one of the largest main dealers in the area.

Feeling that the personal touch was missing in such a large dealership, he was keen to return to Dorset Sports Cars to help boost Subaru car sales and improve efficiency.

Matthew has a passion for cars, and while he very much enjoys selling them, he likes driving them even more. Extended road trips and track days in his own car are a regular occurrence.

Likes - Old British sports cars

Dislikes - Cycling

Mathew Graves

David Hardy – Subaru & Sports Cars Sales

David is very experienced in the automotive sales environment. He has worked for various main dealers across the south and with his in-depth knowledge of the Subaru brand he helps us provide the level of service and commitment our customers expect.

In his spare time David enjoys getting outdoors with his family, with regular trips away to the Lake District being a firm favourite.

Likes - The England football team wining.

Dislikes - A battered sausage

David Hardy

Neil - Parts Department

Neil manages the parts department and generally looks after all parts enquiries. No challenge too big or part too small will beat him!

Outside of work Neil is a keen runner and he tells us he competes at a high level, so we expect to see him at the Olympics soon.

Rumoured to enjoy extreme chess and has an odd attachment to German cars (!).

Likes - Fridays

Dislikes - Rain

Neil - Parts

Matthew Birks – Workshop Controller & Subaru Master Technician

Matt is Subaru to the core and at this time he is the only Subaru qualified master technician in the UK. With unrivalled experience in the brand his love of Subarus has seen him work at dealerships in this country and Australia, where Subaru sponsored him to emigrate to some years ago. Family commitments saw him return to the UK recently and we were lucky to be able to welcome him into the Dorset Sports Cars fold.

In his spare time, Matt likes playing football, watching most sports and walking his dog.

Likes - Anything Subaru

Dislikes - An untidy desk

Mathew Birks

Andy Bennett - Race Engineer / Technician

Andy is our full time race technician with vast knowledge of many respected marques including; TVR (factory trained), Porsche, Morgan and many more. His enthusiasm and devotion to motorsport has taken him all over the world developing race cars.

Highlights of his career include helping to develop cars for the Tuscan Challenge, Le Mans GT with Morgan and TVR and Porsche Carrera Cup.

Andy has a wealth of experience in motorsport that many can only dream of - from club racing through to British GT and Le Mans 24hr - GT racing at the highest level. Andy's forte is rebuilding race engines and setting up cars to the highest race standard. His incredible attention to detail has enabled him and his teams to win various championships and podium positions throughout his enviable career.

While working for Nigel Mansell Sports Cars he also gained experience with Ferrari, becoming a factory trained technician in this marque. Andy's experience of working closely with the chief engineer at the TVR factory in Blackpool is unique and highly valued; giving him an insight into TVR sports cars that very few have.

In his spare time Andy actively enjoys sprints and hill climbing as well as regularly keeping his finger on the pulse within the racing world.

Likes - Winning

Dislikes - Losing

Andy Bennett

Andy Bowtell - Technician

As a locally trained technician, Andy has a wealth of experience gained from working within the main dealer network in Dorset for over 20 years, of which the majority of his time has been spent working for the Westover Group. After completing his apprenticeship with Westover's, he joined Dorset Sports Cars to become an all round specialist in Jaguar servicing. Andy is a fully qualified MOT tester and will always go the extra mile to see a job to its end.

Andy is a family man and one of his favourite pastimes is touring around the country with his family in tow, a hobby which often comes in handy when passing on advice to other caravanning eccentrics!

Likes - Dragging around a box on wheels

Dislikes - People getting in his way

Andy Bowtell

Matt Clapham - Technician

Matt is our youngest qualified technician. He began his career by studying for a degree in motor sport technology at the University of Hertfordshire. With his experience this enabled him to work with classic Aston Martin's at Goldsmith and Young, Matt also gained experience of working with Mercedes Benz in Poole.

With the help of Dorset Sports Cars he achieved a level 3 NVQ as a qualified technician and overall has 7 years experience working in the motor trade of which he has spent 3 years working with us.

From a young age Matt has always had an avid interest in cars and he regularly takes part in go-kart racing. He is also currently a member of the Bournemouth Mini Club and enjoys restoring classic Minis and meeting up and socialising with fellow Mini enthusiasts. Matt is passionate and enthusiastic in every respect and loves a challenge.

Likes - Le Mans

Dislikes - Stupid questions

Matt Clapham

Alex - Senior Detailer

With 25 years experience, many with Volvo and more recently Porsche main dealers, Alex has an incredible eye for detail and ensures our cars are prepared to the highest levels possible.

Alex is trained to the premier standard in the application of SupaGaurd, Autoglym Lifeshine and Liquid Armour protection packages.

Outside of work, Alex enjoys the outdoor life and likes nothing more than a BBQ with his family.

Likes - Polishing stuff

Dislikes - People touching his equipment!

Alex

Jo - Service Receptionist

Jo's friendly and personable attitude and great communication skills has ensured that she has become a firm favourite with our customers! With a great deal of experience in the motor trade she is a true asset to the team.

In her spare time Jo enjoys house renovation and MOTORBIKES, although we are trying to convince her that 4 wheels are always better than 2!

Likes - People

Dislikes - People moaning about her tuna salads :-)

Jo

Sarah - Accounts

Sarah manages our accounts and while you may be unlikely to see her when you visit, she is an extremely valuable member of the team.

Sarah's spare(!) time is mostly taken up with family life, but the thrill of a sports car hasn't passed her by, and she appears to have developed a passion for collecting model cars!

Likes - A tidy desk

Dislikes - When things don't add up!

Sarah - Accounts

Lauren - Receptionist & Admin

Dealing with many of the everyday administrative tasks that ensure the smooth running of the garage, Lauren has rejoined us after taking time off to have a baby.

Outside of work she used to enjoy base jumping, deep water soloing, parapenting and wake-boarding. Sound interesting enough Lauren?

Back in the real world, now she is a mum, she mostly prefers sleeping. Before motherhood, much of her spare time was taken up eating out and socialising with friends.

Likes - Food, films & friends

Dislikes - Getting up

Lauren

Sarah - Receptionist & Admin

Another member of the admin team that deputises for Jo when she is unavailable.

Sarah is rather coy about her likes and dislikes. She tells us she has a classic Mini and ventures out with like minded owners sometimes - we have yet to see this wonder of British engineering though.

We can't help wondering what she actually gets up to in her spare time. A woman of mystery!

Likes - Only the crumbliest flakiest chocolate.

Dislikes - ?

Sarah - Admin