Alex has always been an entrepreneur: his first deal came at the age of 13, when he sold a boat engine to another boy – Andrew North. After leaving school, Alex set up his own catering business which he sold on before going on to work for a number of leading automotive manufacturers. Keen to make the most of his fastidious attention to detail, he teamed up with Andrew in 2005 and the pair launched Alexanders Prestige. The dream, right at the beginning, remains the ethos behind the business today: to do things properly, and to lead by example. In the years that have followed, Alexanders has built up a huge national profile, and in 2013 the pair launched Harvey Cooper Cars – a successful Ripon-based car dealership that is named after each of their eldest sons. Alex – now a father of three – was recently recognised in Yorkshire Business Insider’s coveted ’42 under 42′ list, which highlights the region’s leading businessmen and women.
From a young age, Andrew has lived, breathed and worked with cars, and since 2005 he’s dedicated his incredible passion, energy and attention to Alexanders. His life in the motoring world started when he was just 16, when he joined a local BMW dealership as an apprentice. Over the course of the next decade he worked his way up to be part of the senior management team. It was during a drive home from the Lake District with his childhood friend Alex that the pair hatched an ambitious plan to branch out on their own. Nearly 20 years on, Andrew fronts the Boroughbridge-based business, overseeing a knowledgeable and professional team. In 2013, he and Alex launched Harvey Cooper Cars, in Ripon, naming the dealership after each of their eldest sons. When he’s not at the office, Andrew is usually with his young family, who are already budding petrolheads.
Irfan has been helping to keep the Alexanders group running like clockwork since 2013. Formerly the General Sales Manager at Audi Teesside, he oversees sales and maintenance for both Alexanders and Harvey Cooper Cars and is an incredibly important cog in the wheel.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A 1970 Dodge Charger V8 500 – old school magnificence
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Ferrari 488 Pista in Satin Grey
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: In Egypt, on holiday with my family, or walking in the Lake District.
A true car-nut, Ben has been working with prestige brands for more than 10 years. He now leads the Alexanders sales team, giving everyone the support, coaching and motivation they need, with the aim of maintaining our industry-leading customer experience.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Ferrari 458 Italia
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Range Rover Sport SVR
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Watching Formula 1, spending time with my family and eating and drinking (not necessarily in that order)
Although James started working for Alexanders in 2014, he became part of the family much earlier, when we sponsored him in the Ford Fiesta Championship. He finished that series in the top three in 2013 and 2014, and has continued his successful streak in his day job.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Ferrari 488 Pista
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Land Rover Discovery 5 HSE Luxury
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Enjoying days out with the family and experiencing all types of food.
Our Business Manager John joined the team after eight years at the specialist vehicle builder, Twisted Automotive. A real people person with a keen eye for detail, he loves the variety the role brings, not only the cars but the lovely people that he gets to meet on a daily basis.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A McLaren 720S
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Audi RS6 Performance
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my wife and expanding family, cycling in the Yorkshire Dales on my road bike and generally enjoying life.
If anyone knows about buying cars, it’s Richard. He’s owned 119 (and counting) and was offered a job by Andrew after visiting Alexanders as a customer – and a very particular one at that. A former MD, he also works with clients to arrange brokerage, to sell their car or cars in our showroom.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: There are too many to list only one, but Porsches have been a passion, and l love a nice Bentley
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Bentley Continental GT or perhaps a Bentayga
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my family and relaxing on holiday in the sun
Our experienced Group Buyer Julian has been involved in the trade for more than 20 years, with 12 of those spent working for the Jardine Group with BMW and Jaguar. When it comes to sourcing stock for the showroom, or to fulfil a client’s specific request, his attention to detail is outstanding.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Frogeye Sprite
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Land Rover Discovery – it does what it says on the tin
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: With my wife and two teenagers, at the races or playing cricket or snooker.
Dave joined Alexanders in 2016 and comes from a main dealership background, having spent the previous four years at Audi. Proudly the tallest member of the team, Dave’s love for camaraderie and his beaming smile is infectious amongst both colleagues and customers.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Ferrari 458
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Ferrari FF, like an RS6 but more exciting!
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my wife and boys, or out for a run.
A keen sportsman who has boxed competitively from a young age, Raheel worked overseas as a civil servant and in financial services before taking a sharp 180 and joining Alexanders, where he can satisfy a little of his obsession with fast cars.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A BMW M4 GTS
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A BMW M3 CSL
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: In my restaurant or watching cricket.
After over two decades working in the hospitality sector, Keith was ready for a change of direction. Fast-forward almost 10 years, and having now worked in both a main dealer and independent prestige environment, Keith’s continued love of cars and customer service has led him to join the team at Alexanders Prestige.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Nissan GTR Nismo – the technology is astounding
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Audi RS6 – all that power and speed, yet comfortable and practical
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my wife and two teenage children or simply out walking the dog
Nick comes from an operations background but has always been a keen car enthusiast and what he doesn’t know about cars probably isn’t worth knowing. A keen footballer from a young age, he currently plays in the Sunday league.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Range Rover SVR – Sounds incredible and handles fantastically
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Ferrari F12 Berlinetta – Harmonious V12 sound with 730BHP
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: In the gym, hiking, spending time with my partner and socialising with family and friends.
Adam began his career in architecture and design and built up several years’ experience in marketing, social media and photography before following his passion – cars – and joining the Alexanders group, where he helms the talented Marketing team.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: An Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my wife, often delivering wedding cakes!
Cameron has always been a fan of all things four-wheeled and with a love of photography too, he decided to combine the two. He is now part of the Alexanders marketing team – and knows exactly how to capture the incredible cars we have in stock.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Porsche 911 GT3 RS
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A BMW M3 GTS (E92)
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: At the Riverside Stadium watching Middlesbrough FC or spending time with my partner, family and friends.
Fresh out of university with a degree in Media and Communication Studies, Jamie joined the business to combine his specialism with his passion for cars. With online advertising a key component of the business, he helps to ensure our inventory is advertised to the highest of standards.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: An Aston Martin Vantage – stunning looks, huge power, and superb handling
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Audi RS6 – performance and practicality
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: At motoring events or on holiday in Portugal either cycling, swimming or playing golf
Alex has worked in the car industry for the past 8 years, in both sales and service roles, and he knows his trade extremely well. His passion for cars shines through and his customer feedback is always a pleasure to receive.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Ferrari 458 – the last naturally aspirated V8 from Ferrari. This was a poster car for me growing up and it did not disappoint!
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Lamborghini Urus, it just does everything!
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Enjoying some downtime on a country walk with my fiancé and our dog. Most Sundays from March-December you’ll find us in Mercedes team shirts, watching the F1.
Natalie recently joined Alexanders but has been in the motoring industry for a number of years. Her customer service skills are exemplary, making her the perfect person to work in an area of the business that has won us multiple awards.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Audi RS Q8
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: It’d have to be a VW Transporter Campervan
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Hiking in the Yorkshire countryside or in the kitchen baking treats
Dave is in his tenth year at Alexanders, keeping our cars running at their best. After ten years, his passion for the variety of models and ages of cars that pass through our workshop, both stock and customer cars, are what make every day a different challenge.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Ultima Can-Am
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: I couldn’t choose just one I’d need an Ultima as a fun car, a Porsche 718 GT4 as a road trip car and a hybrid estate car as a sensible daily driver
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: When not competing in mountain biking events I am an avid follower of all types of motorsport on two and four wheels.
Workshop Controller Richard joined Alexanders from a renowned Porsche specialist bringing with him a wealth of knowledge across all makes and eras. He dealt with stars including Toto Wolf, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and JayKay from Jamiroquai in his past role but now revels in the variety of cars he gets to work on.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Porsche 964 Carrera RS
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: I’d have a 1973 Porsche Carrera RSR 2.8 race car.
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: I like to go wild camping and green laning in my Discovery TD5 (when it’s behaving!)
Will studied Motorsport Engineering at university and enjoyed a placement with the McLaren Formula 1 team before joining Alexanders in 2021. A valued member of our workshop department, he won our extremely competitive annual staff karting track day – something he likes to bring up at any given opportunity.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Mercedes Benz AMG GTR
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: McLaren P1
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Riding my motocross bike
A talented technician who was named Jaguar Land Rover’s apprentice of the year, Jake joined Alexanders in 2021. He loves the variety of cars he works on – from performance saloons to supercars.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Difficult to choose between an Aston Martin V12 Vantage or a Porsche 911 Turbo S
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Lamborghini Urus
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: At the gym or socialising with friends in my local.
Elliott joined as an apprentice straight out of school and is already thriving at Alexanders, where he’s relishing the opportunity to work on a huge variety of cars while learning from some of the best technicians in the industry.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Abarth 595 Competizione – I’ve only just passed my test so I’m, sure that will change
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Riding trials bikes at a national level
Bodyshop Controller Gareth has been working in the motor trade since he was 14 and has been at Alexanders for 17 years. His knowledge and experience make him the ideal person to oversee our talented Bodyshop team, and he ensures every car that leaves Alexanders does so in no less than a perfect condition.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Porsche 911 GT3
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Ferrari F40
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my family and socialising
John’s experience in paint spraying and bodywork repair is second to none. A true perfectionist, he is a big part of the reason our cars leave the showroom often better than when they left the production line.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Mk I Ford Escort
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Aston Martin DBS – but the old school one, or maybe a DB5
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Coaching football, something I’ve done for the past 11 years, or at a Leeds game with my son as a season ticket holder.
Ethan joined us a few years ago, fresh out of school, as an apprentice. He’s thrived using our facilities and learning from the Bodyshop team’s expertise and is a talented paint sprayer. Always keen to learn and perfect his skills, he’s become an invaluable member of our Aftercare department.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 manual – just sexy isn’t it.
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Nissan GTR Nismo – all the car you’d ever need.
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: In the gym or socialising with friends
Nathan takes great satisfaction from restoring something that’s damaged back to as close to perfect as possible. He loves all things that move, having driven, flown and sailed everything from cars, motorbikes, aircrafts and gliders to sailing boats.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Porsche 911 GT3 RS
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Either be out on my motorbike enjoying the open road or ‘nerding out’ at home on video games
Harry joined our bodyshop as an apprentice and is thriving as part of our expert team. His enthusiasm and attention to detail mean he is excelling as a valued member of our Aftercare department.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Lamborghini Urus
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Jaguar F-Type SVR
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Attending the gym or socialising with friends.
Joanne heads our Accounts team and is the Financial Controller for the whole of the Alexanders Group. With 13 years cooking the books for Alexanders and many more years of accounts experience, Joanne rightly states she has been ‘doing sums all her life’.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Not sure about favourite, but my best car had to be my 2005 Vauxhall Corsa – it got me everywhere!
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Jaguar F-Pace – just love the look of it
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my family.
James has always had a passion for numbers, and when the opportunity came along to combine this with his love for all things automotive he jumped at the chance. He enjoys the fast-paced environment and the fact that no two days are ever the same at Alexanders.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A 1997 Peugeot 106 Rallye
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Range Rover SVAutobiography – the ultimate in luxury and refinement
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my family and walking in the countryside
Sam previously worked for an international showjumper and as a show producer but is also a skilled sportswoman, having helped to develop the first British women’s American Football team. These days she forms an integral part of our Accounts department and brings a wealth of bookkeeping and accounts experience to the team.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDi
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Audi Q8
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Going for long walks: I plan to do more this year, along with wild camping
Krystle has been with Alexanders for six years and deals with everything from invoicing for all vehicles to making sure the DVLA side of things are up to date. With such a quick turnover of cars at times, working closely with our sales and buying teams is an essential part of Krystle’s job – and it’s one she loves.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: An Orange Ford Focus ST3 I used to own
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: Would have to be an Audi R8
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Running or spending time with my husband, two teenagers and my Boxer dog
Our ever-smiling Natalie is the main point of contact for our customers and responds to our excellent reviews. She is an integral part of our customer service, and is here to ensure that everyone enjoys the best experience, especially following purchase.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Porsche GT3 RS – I finally understood what all the fuss was about
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Porsche 911 – I think after the above I am officially a Porsche girl.
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Hiking, eating out, reading or embarrassing my young son from the sidelines of his rugby, football and cricket matches
Although only a recent addition to the team, Debra is already a big part of it, and has many years’ experience as a Centre Host. As passionate about customer service as our founders, she’s the perfect person to meet and greet customers – both new and existing.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: None – I don’t have a driver’s license
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: Any from the showroom – they all look incredible.
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Walking and spending time outdoors, ideally in Cornwall
An experienced and brilliant host, Alison does a fine job of upholding Alexanders’ renowned customer service standards. Dealing with customers who are visiting the showroom to collect their new cars is one of her favourite parts of the role.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Land Rover Defender
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Travelling abroad, spending time with family and friends or shopping
Matt travels the the length and breadth of the UK, delivering and collecting cars often of extremely high value. In many cases, he’s the only member of the team that a customer actually meets face to face, and he prides himself on maintaining the standards of service that Alexanders has become famous for.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: An Aston Martin Vanquish V12
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Aston Martin Vanquish V12 – the attention to detail and the sound is incredible.
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Playing golf and trying to improve on my handicap of 11
Named after his father’s love of restoring Austin 7s, our logistics man has a fascinating CV that not only lists bodyshop repairs and motorsport, but martial arts and body building. A former World Champion in the former, he’s travelled the world on the fitness trail, picking up several classic bodybuilding titles, and his perfectionism undoubtedly extends to his work at Alexanders.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Lamborghini Huracan
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Nissan GT-R – the perfect daily driver
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Socialising with friends or at the gym
Jordan thrives on the methodical process of preparation that our cars go through, from the moment they arrive to the moment they are ready for collection or delivery. In his five years at Alexanders, he says no two days, or cars, have been the same – meaning each day is an interesting challenge.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: Audi RS6 C8 – stupidly powerful but still practical and looks so aggressive
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Mercedes Benz 300 SL – has to be the hardtop with the gullwing doors
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Attempting to garden, teaching guitar and discovering new places while out walking – with a bit of car-spotting thrown in too
Graham joined Alexanders with 20 years’ experience of valeting and detailing vehicles, and if he’s about one thing, it’s doing a job right. His enthusiasm for cars started as a child and he has spent his career making sure they always look their best.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Range Rover Sport SVR
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Ford Escort RS Cosworth
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Spending time with my family and taking my dog for long walks
Stefan says working with the calibre of cars he gets to prepare makes this his ‘dream job’, with the results of all the time and effort he spends being the most rewarding part. Rarely a week goes by without a new tattoo for our ‘most inked’ member of staff.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: An original Mini
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A VW Karmann Ghia
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: In my tattoo shop, running the business and learning to tattoo
The level of detail that goes into prepping our cars is what Sam enjoys most about being part of our valeting team, and if a new technique, method or product hits the market, he’ll know all about it.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Porsche 911
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: An Audi RS6 – looks incredible and is the perfect every day car
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: At the cinema or watching a film at home
Pete started out in his field at a young age, helping his father restore and perfect his classic cars to compete in concours competitions. This, and perhaps the energy he gets from the constant stream of home-baked treats that he brings into work, has stood him in good stead – he’s now something of a perfectionist.
FAVOURITE CAR I’VE DRIVEN: A Lamborghini Huracan
IF I COULD CHOOSE ONE CAR I’D HAVE: A Mercedes Benz CLK GTR – a V12 monster!
I CAN ALSO BE FOUND: Attending car shows up and down the country, baking or oil painting