Paul - Founder & Trimmer
From a young age Paul had always been fascinated by cars, art and design. Despite an impressive portfolio working on home projects during his teenage years, Paul struggled to find an apprenticeship. As a result, in 2006 Paul set up a home workshop for car interiors and fine tuned his skills. By 2008, he had established himself under the name "Richards Coach Trimming", moved to a unit on the outskirts of the city and started specialising in classics. Richards of England now sits within a gated community and comprises of five buildings that Paul oversees, whilst still trimming.
Matt - Head Mechanic
Matt has 30+ years experience as a classic car mechanic. A true gent and team player with a love for Rugby. Matt has owned workshops in Europe working on various classic marquees. He became part of our team when he moved back to the UK and has had a huge influence on the business. Matt works closely with the rest of the team and Paul in a workshop manager role. He has impeccable timekeeping skills and gives up almost all of his spare time for Richards of England. Matt often goes beyond the call of duty, staying back at the garage until the work is finished.
James - Marketing Manager
Following his studies, James lived and worked in Manchester, Melbourne and Sydney. Thanks to a love of British classics, in particular the 60's Astons, James decided to turn down Australian sponsorship in order to pursue this fantastic opportunity. He is currently responsible for all aspects of the marketing. He still loves to travel and has experienced some unforgettable memories. Flying a plane in New Zealand and seeing a wild Whale whilst sailing a ship being his two favourites.
John - Electrical/Mechanical Technician
Jon trained as an electrical engineer before going into mechanical engineering. His career has taken him everywhere from west coast USA to east coast China. In his spare time Jon collects classic cars and motor bikes. It’s this passion for engineering that has seen him build multiple classic cars and motorbikes from the ground up. For multiple years John helped us with the electrics before deciding to join us full-time as a electrical/mechanical technician. Jon’s broad skill set, calculated approach and his attitude towards work all make him a key part of our team.
Nigel - Fabricator/Mechanical Technician
Nigel has experience fabricating Aston Martins, Ferraris and classics. The oldest of which was a 1902 Gladiator. On top of fabrication, Nigel also has a good knowledge of the mechanical side, having spent 8 years at Mercedes. Nigel's fabrication and mechanical expertise doesn't stop with cars either. He also owns multiple boats which he sails and maintains in his spare time. This includes an aluminium boat which he fabricated himself. Not that he has much spare time, considering he's a doting grandad to 5 grandchildren.
Ash - Bodyshop/Painter
Ash is one of the best painters in the business. His attention to detail is what sets him apart from others. He has various awards under his belt and over 50 car magazine mentions. He was even commissioned to paint some vehicles for the Royal Family! At the weekend he spends his time with his family, which usually involves taking his son to football and his daughter to dancing. Ash is obsessed with American Hot Rods and told us that it was sitting in one aged 8 that inspired to work in bodyshops. He's been painting since 1996 and we hope he continues for a long time yet!
It is important that Britain's history is preserved and the classics from the 'David Brown era' are kept on our roads. In order to do that we need young enthusiastic people like Jack to learn the skills required to maintain these cars. Jack is enrolled in an apprenticeship with the 'Heritage Skills Academy' in Bicester. Between this and the on-the-job training he receives with us, Jack will help fill an inevitable skills gap in the future. Before joining Richards of England, Jack also worked for a restoration firm that specialised in Jaguar E-Types. In his spare time Jack fixes up modern classics and follows the football (Arsenal).
Nigel - Parts Manager
Nigel became an Aston Martin fanatic at a young age, following in the footsteps of his late father, who drove one of the 007 Goldfinger cars on part of the "World Tour" in the late 1960’s. Nigel joined Aston Martin at 16 years of age, working at Newport Pagnell and the Part Operations sites for 28 years. He has over 35 years Aston experience right across the marque range and has recently completed a full restoration of a 1969 DB6 for a friend in Switzerland. He has a collection of cars ranging from a 1966 MGB Roadster, 1960 Triumph TR3A to a Volvo S70 T5. In his spare time he follows Nottingham Forest and attends all home games.