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Meet the Team


Management and Administration

Richard van den Engel
 
 
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Richard van den Engel
Richard began as Dealer Principal in March 2013, prior to that he spent seven years at Deloitte, but Richard has unofficially been a part of the motor industry his whole life. Richard knows that a car is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make and getting it right can be an enormously satisfying experience.
Poll Oosthuizen
General Manager
Poll joined our team in August 2015, bringing in 15 years of sales experience, 8 of those in the automotive industry. "I strongly believe that product or price advantage is not what makes us better, it can easily be copied, it is our people that define us.
Jamie Russell
Group Marketing Manager
Jamie moved to New Zealand from Scotland and joined the Ebbett group in 2016. Jamie has nearly 20 years experience in a mix of marketing agencies and client-side roles. Jamie loves working with the range of great brands and looks forward to what the future holds at Ebbett.
 
Dylan Jordan
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dylan Jordan
Dylan joined Ebbett Volkswagen in January 2017. He is looking forward to learning the Ebbett way of doing things while utilizing the skills he gained during his university studies.
 
 
 
 

Sales

Donavan Roelofse
 
 
Alex Middlemiss
 
 
Darren Hinz
 
 
Donavan Roelofse
Used Vehicle Sales Manager
Donavan moved to New Zealand in 2015 and since then he has been part of the Ebbett Volkswagen family. Donavan brings over 11 years automotive sales experience and enjoys working with the Ebbett team.
Alex Middlemiss
Business Manager
Alex has been our Business Manager at Ebbett since May 2014. Born and raised in Hamilton, Alex has always admired the Volkswagen brand. Every day at Ebbett Prestige is different and Alex enjoys seeing and helping customers find the right car in the relaxed environment at Ebbett.
Darren Hinz
Originally born and raised in South Waikato, Darren and his family have now called Hamilton home for the last 16 years. “I love the Ebbett teams' commitment to putting the customer first” Darren enjoys the challenge of helping his clients find the right vehicle and believes in a friendly, no pressure approach to selling, “its all about working with the customer, listening to their needs, and finding a solution that makes them smile.”
 
Hannes Hayward
 
 
Scott Sadgrove
 
 
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Hannes Hayward
Hannes has been with Ebbett VW since November 2016. With previous technical and sales experience, Hannes has slotted nicely into his role as Sales Consultant. He enjoys the day to day experience with the customers and is proud to be part of the Ebbett VW team. Hannes is also fairly new to New Zealand and has enjoyed every minute of it.
Scott Sadgrove
Sales Consultant
Scott joined Ebbett Volkswagen in February 2017 with over 2 years experience as a sales consultant in the automotive industry. Scott has always been a bit of a petrol head, with motorbikes being a particular passion of his. Scott moved down to Waikato from Auckland to escape the traffic and is really enjoying the lifestyle here.
James Yan
Assistant Sales Manager
jamesy@ebbett.co.nz 

James joined Ebbett Volkswagen in early 2017. He graduated from Auckland University and completed an Automotive Engineering certificate at Wintec. His goal is to provide the best customer service and professional car experience to all customers before and after sales.
 
 
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Edward Cimino
Commercial Sales Specialist
022 139 1378
Ed has been with Volkswagen for 6 years, focusing on Commercial Sales. He loves cars and all things to do with them. "I enjoy car sales because every day is different and the people you meet always changes. It’s nice to see a smile on people’s faces when they take delivery of their new pride and joy that they have worked so hard to achieve." I truly believe Volkswagen represents the pinnacle of the automotive industry; they bring to the table a long history of vehicles that has touched just about every person in the world.
Stephanie Whittred
Steph joined the sales team in May 2016 and has recently returned from maternity leave to take over our Fleet Account Manager role. Originally from Southern California, Steph has lived in Hamilton for 6 years and loves the Kiwi lifestyle. Her main strength is her customer-centric attitude and passion for helping people. In fleet scenarios, this equates to a fit for purpose vehicle for the driver and a return on investment for the respective business.
Hannah Saunders
Sales Consultant
021 894 170
Hannah has been in the automotive industry for 6 years. Previously working in Auckland, she has just moved to Cambridge and joined the Ebbett group after a Year on Maternity leave. She has worked with both Volkswagen and Audi and loves the European style.
 
 
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Leia Guest
Leia started out at our onsite cafe Osten before moving to the VW Sales Support role in July. Joining us from the UK, Leia has lived in NZ for a year and is loving the Kiwi lifestyle. As a mechanic's daughter, Leia has always had a passion for cars.
Tamsyn Rose
Sales Administrator

Tamsyn joined Ebbett Volkswagen in February 2016. Tamsyn is passionate about customer service and problem-solving. She is originally from Hamilton but has spent many years in Europe in the fashion and music sectors. Tamsyn enjoys being back in beautiful NZ and spending time with her family.

Eden Garton

Eden has been with Ebbett Volkswagen since September 2017. Eden moved to Hamilton from Auckland where she worked in the fitness industry. Since being with VW, Eden has really grown to love the brand and is excited to learn more and grow within the company.

 
Liberty Web  
 
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Liberty has recently moved back to Hamilton after spending 5 years living and working in Australia. She has a lot of experience working in customer service/client management roles and loves working with people.
 
 
 

Service

Carl Hayman
 
 
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Carl Hayman
Carl has over 18 years of industry experience and more than 5 of those are with Volkswagen. He has an exceptional reputation for customer service, a passion for european vehicles, and driving anything with horsepower.
Andy Smith
Service Team Leader
andys@ebbett.co.nz

Andy joins the team with 12 years automotive experience and a lifetime surrounded by motorsport - be it on gravel roads or on the track. He is passionate about the brand and has loved VW's since his first $100 Golf on his OE in the UK. During his spare time, Andy organises NZ’s largest road trip - Gumboot Rally.
Kerrie-Anne MacKinnon
Kerrie-Anne started with us in September 2017. She has been in customer service for close to 10 years, 5 of those in the automotive industry. Kerrie-Anne enjoys pin-up and attending hot rod shows whenever she can.
 
Hayden Stockman
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hayden Stockman

Hayden is a car enthusiast and very fascinated with all the new technology going into the late model vehicles. Hayden has four years parts experience in aftermarket and genuine.

 
 
 

Parts

Mike Stobbs
 
 
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Katharine
 
Mike Stobbs
Mike is passionate about the technology and intricate items that make up today’s engines which he gets to work with closely in the parts department. With 11 years in the vehicle industry, Mike is one of Ebbett’s excellent parts specialists who enjoys working with the people and variety of vehicles every day at Ebbett.
Andrew Crosthwaite
Andrew joined our team in early 2016 as a groomer and quickly moved into parts where he has been for the last year and a half. He is passionate about anything with wheels, whether it being a car or a mountain bike.
Katharine Oosthoek
Parts Advisor
katharine@ebbett.co.nz

Katharine has a strong interest in performance vehicles both old and new. Working more than 11 years in customer service and 4 years in the automotive industry, she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty working on her own vehicle or others.
 
Paul De Ryke
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paul De Ryke
With over 25 years of Ebbett experience, Paul still enjoys learning about the wide variety of new models on offer, each with unique challenges associated to them. Paul has had a general love for cars spanning his entire career.
 
 

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About Ebbett

Choose your new vehicle with confidence knowing that Ebbett has been a trusted name in the automobile business since 1928. With seven dealerships throughout the North Island, representing eleven of the finest automobile marques in the world, the Ebbett Group offers you a large selection of new cars, used cars and light commercials, with delivery able to be arranged nationwide.

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