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Ashley Gibson - Franchise Manager

Ashley Gibson became Franchise Manager at Johnsons Volkswagen in 2014, having joined the motor trade over 14 years prior to that with Hartwell’s Rover through their graduate scheme.At the start, it was more about driving, cleaning and all the odd jobs, but Ashley's passion and potential was clear for all to see and he quickly moved into a Sales Executive role at Birmingham Volkswagen in 2001.

Following the takeover of Birmingham Volkswagen by Johnsons in 2004, Ashley quickly started moving through the ranks: New Car Sales Manager to Brand Manager all by the age of 27, and from 2006 to 2014, Ashley worked across our Birmingham, Tamworth and Solihull locations.

His knowledge, experience and familiarity with both Johnsons and Volkswagen made him the ideal candidate to take the franchise further and he has been working tirelessly as Franchise Manager ever since, pushing the boundaries to excel in every aspect ensuring that the Johnsons Volkswagen put customer service at the forefront of everything they do.

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Johnsons Volkswagen Birmingham


Richard Collins - Brand Manager

I've worked with the Volkswagen Brand for 17 years, of which the last 8 years have been for the Johnsons group at our Solihull and Birmingham dealerships. For me, Volkswagen's insatiable appetite for success has helped to create an excellent range of cars, fantastic facilities, and a great approach to putting the customer first. The team is absolutely determined to deliver an experience that will be remembered and talked about positively.

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Bob Sandhal - General Sales Manager

I have worked with Johnsons Volkswagen now for the past 10 years. Initialling starting with Johnsons as a Sales Exec and working my way up to my current position of General Sales Manager. Working for a Brand like Volkswagen and Johnsons as a group has helped me develop as they both thrive for the best, by putting the their customers first. I am proud to work in this friendly and inviting environment so why not visit us and experience this for yourself.

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Blair Farquhar - Service Manager

I have a wealth of experience in Aftersales Management including five years with Volkswagen, and the last two with Johnsons in Birmingham. Having inherited a great aftersales team here, I aimed to improve the business by working on customer satisfaction and loyalty, with total engagement by the team to “thinking customer first”. We look forward to going from strength to strength as we demonstrate to our customer base our ongoing improvement in levels of customer service and satisfaction

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Jamie Alexander - Motability Specialist

I have been working for Johnsons Volkswagen now since July 2015 as a Motability specialist as well as New car sales executive. I enjoy my role as sales executive as I get to meet a variety of different customers and I love nothing more than to help them select their latest vehicle of choice. I’ve been supplying vehicles now for over 10 years and love the excitement of handing over a customer’s new pride and joy!

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Johnsons Volkswagen Solihull


Mike Pullen - Brand Manager

I have worked at Johnsons Cars for over seven years now and proud to be associated the Volkswagen Brand. Myself and the team at Solihull Volkswagen pride ourselves on delivering industry leading customer service of the very highest standard. The customer’s best interests are at the heart of everything we do which ensures a feel good atmosphere within the business each and every day.

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Clive Evans - General Sales Manager

I have been with Johnsons Cars for 7 years in various roles and am presently enjoying leading the friendly and knowledgeable sales team here at Solihull Volkswagen. I am very passionate about the Volkswagen brand and feel proud to be here at what is one of the largest dealerships in Europe helping to provide our customers with an amazing experience whenever they enter the showroom.

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Howard Firth - Motability Specialist

have worked in the motor trade for 35 years of which 14 have been involved with selling cars. I have worked with Johnson Volkswagen since 2006 and have been a Motability sales person since July 2005. I have always had a big interest in cars following many forms of motor sport over time. I really enjoy helping people and have great pleasure in helping both past and future customers to select their next Motability car.

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Darren Rose - Service Manager

I have worked for Johnson’s Volkswagen since I was an apprentice at Birmingham Volkswagen in 2003, moving to Sutton Coldfield Volkswagen as Service Manager in 2011 and since January have been here at Solihull Volkswagen. Our philosophy here is giving every customer an exceptional experience every time.

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David Kaplan - Showroom Manager

I have been at Solihull Volkswagen for two years, I started my career with Johnsons as a meet and greet host. My previous experience of running my own chauffeuring business allows me to motivate and encourage my front of house team which will help us to be more effective with our customers. I really enjoy my customer facing role, meeting new and old customers, offering a personalised meet and greet service and I strive to improve our customers journey.

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Johnsons Volkswagen Sutton Coldfield


Sarah Heath - General Sales Manager

I’ve been with Johnsons Volkswagen, which is a wonderful family run business for over 12 years and a Sales Manager for 6 years. My main role is to make sure our customers are always extremely satisfied and overjoyed with the experience they receive from my sales team and the warm welcome you always feel when coming into our dealership.My aim along my experienced sales team it to make the sales journey as enjoyable and effortless as possible.

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Matt Beavan - Motability Specialist

I've been with Johnsons Volkswagen as an accredited Motability Specialist and New and Used car Sales Executive for 13 years. I enjoy my role as a Motability specialist as it gives me chance to assist our valued customers choosing their new vehicle, which will meet their needs and enhance their day to day lives over the next 3 years. My aim is to always make sure my customers are extremely satisfied making the whole process as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

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Julian Owen - Brand Manager

I have been with VW since 2003 as an accredited Service Manager, moving to Brand Manager a little under 2 years ago. I have the pleasure of working with both my Aftersales and Sales Managers and their teams to nurture, grow and develop our business whilst never losing sight of our most valued asset, our customers. Both myself and my team are always on hand to help, support and guide customers, past, present and future and always undertake their role with the honesty, integrity and trust one comes to expect from us.

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Alan Holmes - Service Advisor

I have been with Johnsons Volkswagen here at Sutton Coldfield for nearly 4 years now and have been a Motability specialist for the past 3 years. I enjoy my role as a Motability specialist as it gives me the chance to assist people in maintaining their premium vehicle over the full 3 year period, everything from routine servicing, repairs & MOT's.

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​Johnsons Volkswagen Tamworth


Richard French - Sales Manager

Working for Johnsons for 5 years now I must say that it’s one of the best if not the best company I have worked for in my 26 years of being employed in the Motor Trade. Like me Johnsons believe in treating customers fairly. We have the right attitude towards our customers and a great facility at Tamworth allowing us to showcase the latest Volkswagen products in a spacious clean environment

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Peter Bickford - Motability Specialist

I have been in the Volkswagen network for twelve years now .

The range has grown extensively in that time and there is now a wide choice of vehicles at highly competitive rates

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Steve Quinn - Service Manager

I have been with Johnsons Volkswagen for 4 years and recently become Service Manager. I am enjoying my role , it gives me an opportunity to help customers on a daily basis, to make life easier for themselves over the next 3 years. We do our utmost to ensure Motability meets their needs and to give the best possible experience.

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Mark Woodhouse - Brand Manager

I am in my 5th year working at Johnsons Volkswagen and 12th year for the Volkswagen Brand, I thoroughly enjoy working for a business with aligned values to myself and the Volkswagen Brand, customers are at the forefront of our business and I pride myself on treating customers how I expect to be treated myself and endeavor to instill this across the business.

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