Find out about each of our highly skilled team.
Graham Farmer (Proprietor since 1995)
From an early age Graham enjoyed taking apart his toy cars just to see how to put them back together again so it was hardly surprising that this curiosity finally led him to become a mechanic.
After leaving Westgate School, Graham went on to study a 1 year mechanics course at Eastleigh College and earned himself a City and Guilds Qualification. Graham then worked at a small independent garage whilst continuing studying on a part-time basis for a further two years until he became a fully qualified mechanic. After a few years Graham went on to work at another local garage. It was working for independent traders that gave Graham a varied knowledge of many different models of cars which has subsequently given him the confidence to tackle any problem.
In 1995 Graham decided the time was right to establish his own business and set up Phoenix Auto Services. He dedicated many long hours working single-handedly for the first 5 years and then only with the aid of Martin until 2005, to establish a flourishing and successful Company, which has now expanded twice since it's initial opening.
Nowadays Graham enjoys escaping to his holiday caravan during the summer weekends (which is situated on a park on the South Coast) to relax and spend time with his wife and two sons to prevent him from working 7 days a week!
After leaving school in 2005, Guy went on to complete a 3 year apprenticeship with a Mercedes Benz specialist, gaining valuable skills and experience.
Guy joined Phoenix Auto Services in February 2009 and, at the grand age of 22, is the youngest member of the team. He is keen to continue building on his knowledge of the industry, attending courses in vehicle diagnostics and air conditioning to improve on Phoenix's already impressive range of services. Guy's willing nature and enthusiasm for the Company far exceeds any expectations.
Guy's hobbies are cars, cars and more cars, although he sometimes finds time to dabble in theatre technical support and is currently helping his fiancˇe arrange their wedding in April 2012!
The majority of our customers will remember Martin, who originally joined us in 2000 as a "Saturday boy" helping Graham to wash cars etc. Upon leaving school, Martin joined Phoenix full time and underwent an apprenticeship, working hard to help Graham build a flourishing business. However, in 2006 Martin left us for a brief period to explore new opportunities and successfully became an MOT Tester in classes IV and VII. Having realised that his roots lie at Phoenix, we are pleased to announce that Martin has recently re-joined us and, from the numerous comments we have received so far, many of our customers welcome his return also.
Martin's interests include restoring classic motorbikes, cars, football and, more recently, has started playing golf although it may be a little while before he will be able to boast about an impressive handicap!
Amongst our new, friendly team of motor technicians we are also pleased to welcome Debbie, who joined us full-time at the beginning of April 2011 primarily as our Marketing and Health & Safety Adviser. In her additional role as Receptionist, Debbie is looking forward to meeting and greeting all of our customers whenever you call in and prides herself in offering you an efficient and friendly service. Our customers are already relishing the fresh approach which Debbie brings to the Company.
Debbie has had an interesting and varied career, having originally fully trained as a Chef! In the past, Debbie has embarked upon running a Public House, has been a Corporate Sales Manager for Lexus and, until recently, was a top Sales Manager with a leading furniture company. Debbie is embracing her new role here at Phoenix with enormous passion.
Debbie enjoys reading, swimming and travelling and is often planning her next holiday abroad.
Monday, Nov 14, 2011
We are recruiting! Phoenix Auto Services are looking to appoint a new garage mechanic/technician to our team. Find out more...
Monday to Friday: 8.30 - 5.30
Saturday: 8.30 - 12.30