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Meet the Team at JL Vans

JL Vans was formed in 2005 by Jamie Lewis after he spotted an opportunity in the market for providing top quality, used commercial vehicles at competitive prices. The emphasis was always to build a company that businesses used again and again.

The majority of our custom is from businesses coming back to us for their company vehicles time and time again. We are proud to be a business built off repeat business!
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We feel that in order to meet our customer's high expectations, we need to employ the right kind of person. Allow us to introduce you to the JL Vans team.

The JL Vans Team

The JL Vans Team

Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis Managing Director

Jamie worked as a van mechanic after leaving school, before moving to London where he learnt how to run a busy garage. His natural ability to organise a very busy garage really struck a cord with him and once back home, he knew what he wanted to do. Jamie really does have a sharp eye for detail, this combined with his organisational skills, helped him create a van dealership that stands apart from the rest. Jamie is responsible for all our buying along with the overall decision making needed to push the business forward.

Jamie is a keen athlete, has ran the London Marathon twice and also coaches his sons football team

Andy Forster Sales Director

Andy has been with JL Vans since day one and shares Jamie's passion for the business. Running such a busy dealership requires a special person and Andy does this brilliantly well. Andy oversees all the team, making sure the vans people are driving away are ready on time and as expected. Along with the management of the business, Andy also looks after all our part exchange vehicles ensuring a smooth flow of vehicles throughout the business. Andy is the heartbeat of JL Vans and our success today is a huge reflection on his professionalism over the years.

Andy used to play football at a high level and coaches his sons football team.
He also loves to travel and is our resident travel guide
Andy Forster
Rick Bower

Rick Bower Sales Manager

Rick joined JL Vans in 2012 from a Toyota dealership and previously to that, ran the UK's largest Jet-Ski dealership. At the time, JL Vans was growing and Rick was the key helping us turn into the modern business we now have. Rick looks after all our sales inquiries that range from businesses of all sizes to private customers alike. As well as this, Rick looks after all our IT systems, web site, brand design and finance partner agreements. Rick has over 25 years experience and really does make the JL Vans experience a breath of fresh air in today's vans buying world.

Ricks our resident adrenaline junkie and loves to snowboard in winter and ride his stand up jet-ski in the waves off Rhosneigr in the summer.

Matthew Forster Workshop Manager

Matty (Andy's brother) joined JL Vans in 2017 from Jaguar Landrover manufacturing in Liverpool. Matty runs our workshop site and manages a team of mechanics, valeters and body shop technicians. Along with having a very busy site to run Matty also receives all of our new stock and has the important job of spotting every last detail on our vehicles that may need to be done to get the vans ready for our customers. With our reviews being so high, Matty's job is to keep us as the very best van dealer in the UK by supplying vans of the best possible standard and he does that perfectly.

Matty ran the London Marathon in 2016 and continues to run for various charities all year round
Matthew Forster
Neil Walker

Neil Walker Marketing & Stock Controller

Neil is the latest addition to our team, bringing with him Ford main dealer experience. He advertises all our stock on to various platforms online, checking the detail and taking photographs on each and every vehicle. Neil also oversees the forecourt, making sure that vehicles are correctly displayed every day. You may also meet Neil in the office helping with handovers and enquiries.

Neil enjoys swimming and cycling with his family and is a true petrol head having had a huge range of cars himself. His claim to fame is to have been on stage at Glastonbury with a comedy band for 5 consecutive years running!

Simon Bristow Valeting

Simon is our main valeter and has worked with us since 2008. Being able to see the detail needed, in presentation of our vans is something Simon exceeds at and his work is first class. As a professional valeter, Simon is amazing and paint work restoration and interior cleaning to get our vans looking ready for sale. Coming from a main dealer background Simon sometimes also helps out in the office and is great with our customers.

Simon is a keen fisherman loves the outdoors. He also is a very good golfer and also used to play off 2
Simon Bristow
Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans Mechanic

Gareth joined us from a Ford main dealer where he worked as the main commercial vehicle technician. He is a superb mechanic and is more than qualified to undertake any mechanical job needed by JL Vans. Gareth inspects all our vans before they leave us checking every part of the vehicle to make sure they are not only safe but are well prepared for a lifetime of work. Ordering parts stock, tyre selection and our Trading Standards approved checks are all undertaken by Gareth and he is a welcome addition to our team.

Gareth has 2 classic tractors and is a regular at the steam rallies. He also drift races cars at race meetings all over the UK.

Gavin Mapp Preparation Valeter

Gavin has worked for JL Vans since 2011 and valets many of our vans along with almost all of our part exchanges. We take in part exchange some very expensive cars and Gavin ensures that they are valeted with extra care and attention, needed to help them look their best. Gavin is also very mechanically minded and is always able to assist us when we need something technical looking at on our cars.

Gavin is a very good skier and loves the outdoors, he also recently became a dad for the first time
Gavin Mapp
Chris Weir

Chris Weir Trainee Valeter

Chris joined our team in 2017 and takes real pride in his work. The vans we have on display are the first thing our customers see and Chris takes real care to make sure that all year round the vans are looking fantastic. He really does make every effort, to make sure our stock looks as good as it can, on our busy forecourt. Chris also gives the vans being handed over to new owners their final clean. making sure everyone leaves happy.

Chris is a huge Game of Thrones fan and also helps out at Manchester United on match days!