Gary Pope – Managing Director
I started my working life in the Parachute Regiment straight from school. After 7 years’ I then joined Avon Fire & Rescue Service for the next 16 years, in 2003 I resigned and for the next 9 years served as a Security Consultant working in ‘hostile’ environments around the world such as Iraq and Afghanistan. This is where I honed my skills in corporate management, strategic planning, finance and application of company procedures, compliance and policy implementation.
I joined Country Cars in 2012 bringing to the table an array of skills sets, which has assisted me to uplift the company operations efficiently. I am married with two children.
Mike Hicks – Operations Director
I have been affiliated with Country Cars since 2008 and have been their ‘Trade Buyer’ for many years purchasing vehicles for the company directly from Main Dealerships. The present owner offered me the opportunity to become a Director of Country Cars in November 2018 and happily accepted.
I have an enthusiastic passion for this industry with an analytical attention to detail that helps support our company’s professional outlook. I am married with one child.
Rikki Farrell – General Manager
I’ve been working for the company since 2008 and my previous role was Sales Executive, in June 2018 I was promoted to General Manager and I am now responsible for overseeing the day to day running of the business, reporting to, and working alongside the directors, a role I grasp with great enthusiasm.
I find it a warm and friendly environment to work in and challenge myself to aspire to do better each day, no two days are the same.
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with my wife & 3 children as well as watching football and Boxing.
Rolande Kuka – Forecourt Manager
I started working for Country Cars of Bristol in February 2017.
My role as Forecourt Manager keeps me very busy, it requires first-rate organisational skills.
I ensure that the fresh stock we receive in is assessed and appropriately sent off to our suppliers, and returned for further inspections, we aim for the highest standards achievable, this is something I personally take great pride in.
I am 33 years of age, married and have three beautiful children. In my spare time I like going to the gym and playing football.
Capt. Philip van Bergen – Forecourt Assistant
In my working profession l have encompassed all roles from ‘Marketing Development Manager’ to ‘Managing Director of Orbit Communications Europe Ltd’ and have been personally responsible for £200m + service revenues, as well as being a Master Mariner during my early career.
I came to work for Country Cars quite by accident – I was actually looking for a weekend job for my son, but liked the company so much that I applied for a permanent position myself as an alternative to retirement after having spent nearly 50 years in the Merchant Navy and the satellite communications industry.
Country Cars is a place where hard work is rewarded and management is totally receptive to ideas from the staff to improve operations and customer service – the latter being the reason for the company’s phenomenal success. A great team and a great boss with a very high level of professionalism not found in many larger organisations I’ve worked for.
There aren’t many companies where staff call in on their days off because they simply enjoy the camaraderie.
Ashley Jones – Sales Executive
Following 12 years in retail and customer services, I felt it was time for a career change. The role of car sales executive suited me, as I have a huge passion for cars and love meeting new people. I joined Country Cars of Bristol in Feb 2016 and haven't looked back. Country Cars is a great place to work with a great team of people, and every day is different. Outside of work, I enjoy spending family days out with my wife and son; I am also a keen musician and play drums for numerous theatre groups and bands.
Jason Perry – Sales Executive
I have been involved in the car sales industry since 1998, and since 2003 I was working for Motorzone Bristol Ltd. where I was the Senior Sales Executive. I joined Country Cars of Bristol in June 2018 and bring with me a wealth of knowledge, experience and confidence in my abilities to supplement the company’s already very high standards.
My passion for performance vehicles has never ‘waned’ and I consider myself lucky to be involved in something that makes me smile each day.