Meet the Team
Will started BOTB having loved cars all his life. He recently fulfilled a dream of building a Caterham Super Seven from scratch and even more amazingly, it actually works! He takes great pleasure in seeing someone win the car of their dreams every week.
If it can't be fixed with an electric screwdriver, zip ties or gaffer tape, then it can't be fixed says Rupert. Getting around town in a Audi A3 Hybrid, he'll opt for the Ducati 1100 if he's running late to work. He's previously owned an AC Cobra (pre-kids!) and dreams of owning an Ariel Nomad (post-kids?) Although his three young children take up most of his time, family-man Rupert still manages to stay fit with the occasional spurt of kite surfing and even manages to compete in events such as Ironman, which he begrudgingly admits was because of a lost bet...
A creature of habit, Ben has the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. Aside from managing the marketing team at BOTB, he's also responsible for office sweepstakes, the Christmas quiz and terrible 80's throwbacks and trivia. A father of two young girls, working with cars provides the perfect antidote to all the dolls and pink stuff he's surrounded with at home, although we think he quite likes it really…
Kev's a geek in and out of work, which is great for BOTB's technology! Leading the IT team, he's been with the company for years and seen it grow from a tiny website through to the new one we have today. Get him talking about technology, games or photography and you'll find his eyes light up as he talks at a hundred miles an hour. Skidding around dirt roads or mounting sand dunes in an Ariel Nomad is one of Kev's dreams, but for now he's going to have to settle with the adrenaline rush that he gets from being a 'Magic: The Gathering' Qualified International Tournament Judge.
Graham helped build the first ever BotB website back in 2008 and now after a 10 year hiatus he’s back as Solution Architect. As a child of the 70s Graham has always had a hankering for the white Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me, though these days he’d probably settle for a more up to date Aston DB10. When the weather’s good you can often find him cycling laps of Richmond Park or taking part in cycling charity events. But when the weather’s bad he likes to relax by playing Tenor horn and eating swiss fondue – just not at the same time.
Being a bit of a foodie, Choo goes by the mantra "follow your nose" and is on the constant lookout for exciting new food. He'll tell you in a heartbeat what his dream car is: a Mercedes C63S Coupe in diamond white, equipped with Burmester sound system. We don't think any food would be allowed in the car though….
Starting at BOTB back in 2007 when the website was... purple... Vanessa has always been close to Customer Service but is now BOTB's Operations Manager, making sure we're all in line and the ship is sailing smoothly. She's got a soft spot for the Audi R8 Spyder but would settle for an Audi TT RS Roadster Vanessa even knows which shoes she'd wear to match the car! Having an Audi would definitely incentivise her to learn to drive something other than a Go Kart!
If you call into BOTB HQ, it's likely you'll end up speaking to our Customer Services Manager, Amanda. She's always willing to help, except when the dishwasher needs emptying!
Lizzie is a real dog lover, but when it comes to cars she prefers the feline form - she loves anything Jaguar! When Lizzie's not busy helping customers with queries, she enjoys time in the kitchen baking delicious treats...or mixing up some cocktail creations!
Sara enjoys jogging, good cocktails (especially a Mai Tai), and is a real foodie – but definitely prefers eating over cooking! Her dream car would be anything Mercedes-Benz, but she'll settle for a Nissan Juke or Peugeot 2008 in the meantime.
As BOTB's principal accountant, Fikerte is only capable of thinking in numbers. She has always been more of a "from point A to point B" type of woman... until the McLaren 675LT came out. She's now set up an 85-year savings plan to get one, by which time she will be 124!
Arul loves numbers nearly as much as Fikerte. BOTB's resident cricket expert, Arul will often be tuned into Test Match Special (supporting Sri Lanka of course) whilst he's crunching the numbers or arranging the payroll!
A South London girl who is obsessed with rabbits! If she’s not talking about bunnies, she’s probably eating cheese or drinking red wine. Vikki loves the new Suzuki Jimny (in kinetic yellow!) and also dreams of unleashing her inner girl-racer in an iridescent Honda Civic Type R!
When he’s not in the thick of all things CRM, Dave likes to immerse himself in music, politics, literature and whatever DIY he can get his hands on. Taking a learn-by-doing approach, Dave recently built himself his very own horror-movie viewing ‘cabin in the woods’. He relocated from Scotland some years back with his "modern classic" 2002 Ford Focus, complete with bespoke ‘scratched’ paint-job.
Simon turns huge sheets of seemingly random numbers and codes into meaningful, insightful and (most importantly) beautifully formatted graphs and charts. When not crunching the numbers at BOTB HQ, he writes music and creates sound effects for various fringe and amateur theatre groups around London, but has yet to soundscape a play about cars (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang one day maybe?) If he was an Edwardian gent, born in the late 1800’s he'd dream of owning a Lagonda Torpedo, but as an eighties child he'll settle for a Lotus Exige instead!
Taking off only three days between graduating uni and joining BOTB, Adrian is the man behind the latest additions to the Lifestyle Competition. As Tough Mudder Legionnaire and seasoned paintballer, Adrian loves diving around in the mud almost as much as a proper German Pils – and correcting everyone’s grammar. Staying true to his Germanic roots, his dream is to one day race down the Autobahn in an Audi R8.
Harry loves talking to anyone who will listen and can often be found on BOTB's Twitter and Instagram chatting with customers about their dream cars. When Harry's not babbling on he enjoys playing the drums, drawing illustrations and sneezing very loudly in the office. Harry would love to own a Porsche 911 one day for cruising in the countryside, back in his hometown of Cambridge.
Victoria is a Starbucks obsessive...and also loves a white wine spritzer while relaxing on holiday! Speaking of which, during lockdown she's started a new hobby of sewing her own bikinis and tops (we'll let you know when they get onto ASOS). A fan of German cars, Victoria's favourites are the Porsche Cayenne S and Audi TT...
Juan is a multidisciplinary designer who loves dogs, house music and is very likely to beat you at a RockBand match. Part of the marketing team, bringing a creative Latin American spirit to BOTB. Juan is happy to have changed the sandy beaches of Dubai for the best-est city in the world! Londooon! Dream car would be an Aston Martin or one of those vintage convertible Mercedes.
Part of the design team here at BOTB, Alex loves to think outside the box when she unleashes her creative side. Speaking of boxes, she would love to find a Nissan GTR at her door one day – with or without a box! Until then, she will ride her longboard around London and plan her next acrylic painting.
Sean loves filming everything and anything, whether that’s the Dream Car and Lifestyle surprise videos or general car content for our YouTube channels. When Sean isn’t filming, he’s constantly going on about how much he loves the Audi RS3, much to the annoyance of everyone in the office! Sean is a keen sports fan and loves skiing and football…although his Fantasy team suggests otherwise!
Until now, Dave has navigated this beautiful world by following the many paths of freelancing. But the tides have changed and he can’t deny a permanent position is very much worth the paper it’s written on. Outside of work passions involve Sichuan hotpots, strumming his acoustic guitar, exploring foreign cultures and last but not least, a decent beer garden!
He talks on the radio and drives cars for a living….some say it’s not even really a job (us included!)
Christian presents the weekend breakfast show on Virgin Radio across the UK as well as being the presenter for the BOTB surprise videos. He fell in love with cars when his Dad had an old Mercedes 280 SL - the smell of oil, leather and petrol really got into his skin.
Watch out for Christian every Tuesday morning!
Tim is BOTB's resident blogger and expert on all things car-related. As proficient using Facebook Live as tinkering with engines, Tim likes nothing better than getting under the bonnet of a car - any car!
Nathan is possibly the only person to employ the services of a celebrity photographer and retoucher for his corporate headshot. Despite this vanity, he does, in fact, cut his own hair and was recently trolled by his wife for wearing skinny purple chinos (rolled up to reveal a 'Mankle') while interviewing Dream Car winner Chris Hutchings. Along with chatting to winners, filming follow-ups and encouraging the Press to write about BOTB, he lusts after the new Porsche Targa. But he needs to buy a new kitchen first. Priorities eh? Vroom.