Team

We are here to help you enjoy your Ferrari.

Ian Barkaway

Director

I founded Barkaways in 2011 and working with Andrea, set out to have a business that builds relationships with customers, offers honesty and integrity, high quality work and value for money; all of these enable our clients to enjoy their cars.

My knowledge and years of experience with Ferrari have led the team and resulted in the many concours award winning cars for Barkaways’ customers.

My passion with cars started from a young age and my first car was a mini which I fully restored myself.  I now enjoy driving our own Ferraris and I am fortunate to own a 308 GTS and a 355. I am an IMI member and a member of TIGOSE, The Guild of Specialist Engineers, promoting the Classic Engineering Industry through networking, knowledge-sharing, training and education.

I am married to Andrea and we have 3 children, Dan, Gemma and Ben, who himself is also a key member of the Barkaways team and has taken over the engine building from me.

I like my music and if Bon Jovi is playing when you visit Barkaways you will know I have been allowed to choose the tunes!

When asked who I would want to be on a desert island with, apart from the family, I would choose Richard Branson for his entrepreneurial flair and ideas, Chris Evans so we could talk cars and James Martin so he could cook lunch and talk cars!

Martin

Service Manager

Role within Barkaways:
Service Manager

Life before Barkaways:
Spent the last 23 years as part of the management team at a prestige German dealership responsible for over 35 staff, working closely with the manufacturer to ensure the highest levels of customer service can be delivered. Working with multimillion pound budgets ensuring we could deliver a healthy return for the investors.

What did you want to be when growing up?
Taller than when I was a kid!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Jennifer Anniston films

What is your dream car and why?
Escort RS2000 - Had one at 19 and wish I had kept it

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Absolute Radio 80's - can music get any better!

Spencer

Vehicle Acquisition, Sales & Marketing Manager

Role within team:
Vehicle Acquisition, Sales and Marketing Manager.

Projects worked on at Barkaways:
The setting up of the vehicle acquisition and sales department. The starting point being based around the customer and absolute transparency of the process. I have considered every element of how we interact with our customers and ultimately provide the best service possible.

Previous Jobs:
I gained a Degree in Product Design and Engineering and then went on to teach design at both secondary and tertiary level. I have been an education consultant and have travelled the length and breadth of the UK, created and sold both workshops and educational resources. I run my own successful website and was the National advisor for the TES, Times Educational Supplement. I was awarded SLE status, specialist leader in education. I provided the system and structure for a Post 16 welding programme in Quebec, Canada. Most recently I was an Assistant Head at a large boys comprehensive.

Previous Projects:
I have owned a number of cars and currently have a 1966 VW Split screen camper, which is in, show condition and has been featured in several magazines. I perform all of the service and maintenance work myself and prepared the bodywork for repaint. I have and still own Porsches, which are used on a daily basis and are serviced regularly by myself. My first Ferrari was a 1987 pre-abs Ferrari 328 GTS that I returned to show condition, performing routine tasks along with extensive detailing work. My current Ferrari is a 1990 Series 2 testarossa, red with Crema and only 17,000 miles from new. The car has been featured on several occasions in Auto Italia magazine, some of those features being written by myself.

Career highlights:
Having had the opportunity to travel extensively to South America, China and even travelled across the interior of Mongolia. Of all those trips, the personal guided tour of the Ferrari Factory to view the Ferrari 458 Italia and the FF being crafted stands out as truly unforgettable. I was also afforded access to the Classiche department, which was a rare treat.

What do you enjoy most about working at Barkaways?
Without question being given the opportunity to work so very closely with the most important cars on the planet.

What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?
I have always wanted to work with Ferraris; it has just taken a little longer than planned.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Very hot Chilis namely; Naga and Trinidadian Scorpions.

What was your first car?
A Black 1985 Mk1 VW Golf Convertible GTI. The car was completely standard and had very low mileage.

Which three people would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?
Ayrton Senna, Bear Grylls and Michel Roux.

Lisa

PA / Reception

Role within Barkaways:
PA/Administration.

Life before Barkaways:
For the past 8 years I worked for a large secondary school as a receptionist before moving on to 6th form attendance/administration. Both roles were very diverse and taught me to think on my feet whilst maintaining a smile at all times!! Before joining the school I worked for Kent Police Forensic Dept. for 19 years.

What did you want to be when growing up?
A Pink Lady.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cadburys chocolate washed down with a Bombay Sapphire.

What is your dream car and why?
A Bentley with David Beckham as my chauffeur.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Gloria Gaynor 'I Will Survive' - it's all about girl power!

Rob

Senior Technician

Role within Barkaways:
Workshop Technician.

Life before Barkaways:
I have been working with cars since leaving school. I served my apprenticeship working on Fiats, moving on to Jaguar with Guy Salmon for five years before joining Barkaways.

What did you want to be when growing up?
I always wanted to work on cars on earn lots of money...only one of these has happened.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Buying bits for my Fiat Coupe 20VT LE I'm restoring...at some point!

What is your dream car and why?
Pagani Zonda S - I just love them.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Jamiroquai - I'm a big fan.

Ben

Workshop

Role within Barkaways:
Workshop Technician.

Life before Barkaways:
A level Student and Saturday boy. I have always been interested in design and engineering and helping my dad. After finishing my A Levels I joined Barkaways as a apprentice and have just completed my Level 2 IMI course at college.

What did you want to be when growing up?
Police Dog handler.

What is your guilty pleasure?
The Biscuit Tin!

What is your dream car and why?
Ferrari 430 16M.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Reggae - Chilling.


Ian T

Workshop

Role Within Barkaways:
Workshop Technician.

Life Before Barkaways:
Working as a technician at Peugeot and a German specialist main dealers rebuilding engines, gearboxes and general servicing & electrical diagnostics. I was also AA patrol for 5 years. I have worked on a few classic marques including E-types, Packards and MGBT's which included complete brake system overhaul and general servicing. I am currently helping my father in law with restoring his Alfa Romeo Spider 1750 to Concours condition; as well as building my own MK Indy (Lotus 7 inspired kit car at home in my spare time.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My wife's cakes and Bourbon biscuits.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Foo Fighter Greatest Hits.

Chris P

Workshop

Role within Barkaways:
Workshop Technician

Life before Barkaways:
Time served as an HGV apprentice winning a manufacturer national award. Race mechanic getting podiums around the world and Hybrid KERS technician

What did you want to be when growing up?
A pilot as a young child but as soon as my dad took me to Brands Hatch I wanted to be a race car mechanic

What is your guilty pleasure?
KFC!

What is your dream car and why?
Pagani Zonda R or Zonda F. Carbon fibre and noisy, the perfect combination!

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Some sort of Ministry of Sound album so I can have a little rave on the way to work!



Chris B

Body Shop

Role within Barkaways:
Bodyshop technician.

Life before Barkaways:
Before Barkaways I worked for 8 years in a Vauxhall main dealer bodyshop spending time in the panel, paint and shops before settling as a MET (mechanical, electrical and trim) technician. From there I moved to a prestige repairer for 10 years fine tuning the trade, gaining qualifications and a senior ATA accreditation from manufacturers such as BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover.

What did you want to be when growing up?
A marvel comic illustrator.

What is your guilty pleasure?
80's rock and heavy metal.

What is your dream car and why?
At the moment it's a Mercedes GTS. I love the retro styling and also the V8 sounds fantastic.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Ian Brown Spheres remixes because it's a great album made better.

Paul J

Workshop

Role within Barkaways:
Workshop Technician.

Life before Barkaways:
I worked for 19 years at a specialist garage/engineering machine shop working on a variety of classic cars including early Corvettes and Mustangs, Shelby Cobras, De Tomaso Panteras, Maseratis, Iso Grifos and e-type Jaguars. Working in both the machine shop and garage side, I was able to carry out all the work involved in reconditioning the engines including crank grinding, head machining, dynamic balancing, re-boring blocks, rebuilding of engine, fitting and final tuning. I also restored and modified my own 1969 Ford Mustang – a 4 year project – eventually sold to an overseas buyer.

What did you want to be when growing up?
Grand Prix driver.

What is your guilty pleasure?
A champagne breakfast.

What is your dream car and why?
Lamborghini Miura. Matt Monro, Italian Job – what more can you say?

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Exile on Main St. - Rolling Stones. Always loved The ‘Stones, saw them live at Wembley – Steel Wheels Tour – Awesome!

Chris R

Workshop

Role within Barkaways:
Vehicle Technician.

Life before Barkaways:
Since leaving school I have had several years working for 2 main dealerships - Toyota and Ford. I then moved to a performance car specialist before moving to a prestige car company.

What did you want to be when growing up?
A vet.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Chocolate all day everyday.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Dave Pearce club classic dance anthems to get me in a good mood before work. 

Graham

Senior Body Shop

Role within Barkaways
Panel Beater

Life before Barkaways
Worked in most aspects of panel beating from crash repair to classic car restoration which involved major jig realignment, aluminium structure and panel repair and composite material repair to prestige and performance cars.

What did you want to be when growing up?
An architect

What is your guilty pleasure?
Lemon Drizzle Cake

What is your dream car and why?
Escort Cosworth Monte Carlo

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Bad boys Soundtrack



Carl

Body Shop

Role within Barkaways:
Painter

Life before Barkaways:
Started as apprentice in body shop, learning the trade, getting to know the business; learning from the bottom up. I am a perfectionist and set myself high standards. I have a passion for getting it right.

What did you want to be when growing up?
I always wanted to be a mechanic as a kid. My uncle had a garage and I spent my school work experience there. Spent a week in the workshop as a mechanic and then a week in the body shop...it was then that I changed my mind and I wanted to become a painter.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Cookie Dough Ice Cream

What is your dream car and why?
A Cosworth powered Mark 1 Escort .....I just love old Fords!

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
KMFM Radio - Mainly for the traffic news
The Prodigy - Gives me a buzz




Mark

Parts Advisor

Role within team:
Parts Advisor.

Life before Barkaways:
My 34 year career in the automotive parts trade began straight from school, working for a main dealer, specialising in Austin Rover, Land Rover, Range Rover, Jaguar and Rolls Royce. I then moved into a management team of a national motor factors, specialising in engine, automotive, commercial and PSV components. Most recently I held the position of service manager in a Kent garage owned by a charity who help young troubled teenagers to gain an apprenticeship in the motor trade.

What did you want to be when growing up?
Barry Sheen or Even Knievel stunt double.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Sunday morning Enduro on my Husqvarna 300TE or a good bottle of red wine.

What was your first car?
Mini van I personalised by putting wide wheels & aches, single back door with a blown rear window tinted brown, and resprayed in chocolate brown. Fitted big bore exhaust and twin carbs etc.. just to be original!

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
XFM - love a bit of rock to sing along to.

Andrea

HR & Finance Director

Role within Barkaways:
HR & Finance Director

Life before Barkaways:
As an HR Manager with Marks & Spencer for many years I have always worked to ensure a quality, value and serivce ethos in my staff. I have had my own HR consultancy and taught business in a secondary school bringing my experience of the real world into the classroom. I was also able to set up and develop a careers and work related learning provision in schools enabling students to be more prepared for the world of work.

What did you want to be when growing up?
I wanted to have my own business - I just didn't realise it would be a garage!

What is your guilty pleasure?
Watching wimbledon and having holidays.

What is your dream car and why?
One that doesn't need a mechanic - as my mechanic is always too busy now.

What music do you have playing in your car now and why?
Robbie Williams. Why not!?



Helen

Accounts & HR

Role within team: Accounts & HR Assistant

Life before Barkaways: I spent many years working in the voluntary & public sectors as a service manager for a local charity and most recently in education as a careers advisor. I managed the careers team in a secondary school; supporting students with their university and career aspirations. I have also worked as a dance teacher both in schools and the private sector and working with young people has most definitely taught me to expect the unexpected.

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A singer in ABBA

What is your guilty pleasure? Posh coffee and red wine; although I rarely feel guilty about either.

What is your dream car? My Mazda MX5 What more could a girl wish for!

What music do you have playing in your car? The Temperance Movement, because thats what music is really about.

Matt

IT Systems & Marketing

Role within Team:
Systems and Marketing - design ads and marketing material in-house, photography of projects and sales cars, marketing, social media, website content, managing IT equipment and software.

Previous jobs:
Marketing Intern, freelance broadcast and design studio work.

Previous projects:
My own Fiesta RS Turbo, now my mk1 Focus RS!

Career highlights:
Living in Florida doing marketing work for a Zoo.

What do you enjoy most about working at Barkaways?
The banter and being around some great cars.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Probably a footballer...for West Ham or a racing driver.

What is your guilty pleasure?
Theatre - Westend/Broadway.

What was your first car?
MK3 Fiesta - Heavily modified.

Which three people would you want to be stranded on a desert island with?
Rambo, Mindy Kaling and Mellisa Clarke.