Meet the Team at HWM

​Mike Harting - Chairman

How did you get involved with Aston Martin?

I joined Aston Martin in 1958 having spent two years in Australia and two years in the Army as a National Serviceman.

Cars, especially Aston Martin, had always been a passion of mine and during the seven eventful years I spent with the marque, I had gone from the position of Personal Assistant to the Managing Director to Sales Manager, responsible for all dealer appointments, organising motor shows and most importantly, maximising sales.

Although these were happy, exciting but challenging years, my wife and I were expecting our first child in the summer of 1959 and I was faced with a difficult decision. I had the opportunity to stay with Aston Martin, albeit in a different role, transferring to the United States with the parent company, The David Brown Corporation joining one of our dealers, Ken Rudd Engineering, or joining another Aston Martin dealer, George Abecassis at HWM. Ken Rudd and HWM were both offering partnerships but having always admired HWM, my choice was made.

Happily I made the right choice. George and I prospered together not only in business but also as friends. In 1979 he retired, I bought his shares and became Chairman and Managing Director until my son Andrew joined in 2002 and became Managing Director.

What is your favourite Aston Martin and why?

My favourite Aston Martin has to be the DB5 not just because of the James Bond connection but because it happens to be a great looking car even today. It is forgiving and can be driven quickly and safely.

What interests do you have away from the business?

My interests away from business are literally all forms of sport but especially motor racing, rugby, fly fishing, golf, sailing, tennis and cricket but above all, my family have always been my top priority.

What is your greatest achievement?

That is for others to say but I hope that it is still to come!

Who do you believe is the greatest racing driver of all time?

Each driver has his own place in time however my list of greats would certainly include Jim Clark, Ayrton Senna, Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio.

What has been your greatest drive?

My greatest drive would have to be the first time I raced my HWM historic single-seater in a wet race at Goodwood where I had spent happy times.​



Andrew Harting - Chief Executive Officer

How did you get involved with Aston Martin?

Before joining HWM I had worked as a lawyer for 16 years. I was an Aston Martin owner, driving my beloved DB7 Volante into the city every day. Over the years, I had kept a watching brief over the business, attending a number of Aston Martin events and conferences. In 2002 I took over the running of HWM full time. I joined with a love of Aston Martins, a deep respect for a successful family business and the faith that DB9 and Vantage, then still projects, would be transformational to the brand and our business.

What is your favourite Aston Martin and why?

From the past, the DB5. My father, our Chairman Mike Harting, once brought home the car used in the filming of Goldfinger, complete with revolving number plates and a gun tray under the passenger seat. It created quite an impression on me. Also my first ride in a 1970s Lagonda was quite an experience – it felt like being in a spacecraft and looked like it had been transported back from the future. I have a strong affection for the Vanquish (because my wife finds it sexy – I'm a shallow person) but I think the current cars are the best Astons ever. From the sweet handling of the front-mid engine V8, through the long legs of the ever so versatile Rapide, to the intoxicating power of the Vanquish, we are spoilt for choice.

How long have you been with the marque?

First through my father, then as an owner and now in the business, I have been involved with Aston Martins for all my life.

What interests do you have away from HWM Aston Martin?

I love all sports, both to play and watch. I am a tennis player and age group triathlete trying to stay injury free with Bikram (hot) yoga. As mid-life crises go, triathlon is harmless but with bikes and wetsuits there's a lot of kit to manage. Fortunately a Rapide will swallow it all with room to spare.

What would you say is your greatest achievement?

Helping to make HWM a great place to work, managing to attract some great talent to HWM and having guided some careers over time, both as a lawyer and now in business. I'm also quite proud of having kept a clean driving licence in all my time at HWM – it hasn't been easy!

In your opinion, who is the greatest racing driver of all time and why?

For me it's Nigel Mansell. I know that's unfashionable but he was brilliantly exciting to watch. I saw him at home and in the US and he had a wonderfully threatening presence in a racing car. He is the only person to have been reigning champion in both Formula 1 and Indycars and he had an old school bravery about him that I found utterly compelling. Of the current crop, Jenson Button is my favourite. A world-class triathlete and world champion driver, I'm a little smitten.

What was your greatest drive?

My annual indulgence is to take the latest and greatest Aston Martin to Le Mans. I have a Mexican driver's licence (it's a long story) which I gladly put at risk once a year and that combination has produced some exciting drives through northern France. Taxiing three other Aston dealers in a Rapide round the Nordschleife circuit in Germany was also good fun (at least for me!).​



Guy Jenner - Managing Director

How did you get involved with Aston Martin?

I have been in the automotive industry for the whole of my career. Having always been a car enthusiast, you could say that I have petrol running through my veins. Despite having worked with Aston Martin for a good number of years, I never get bored of the sound of a V8 or V12 engine firing up in the back-ground to my office.

What is your favourite Aston Martin and why?

I think that the current DB9 is one of the finest GTs I have ever driven.  Nevertheless, if you had to push me, a V12 Vantage Coupe with lightweight seats has put a bigger smile on my face than any other car that I have ever known.  A manual sports car with a normally aspirated V12 engine is a rare commodity.

How long have you been with the marque?

I have been working with Aston Martin since 2008.

What interests do you have away from HWM Aston Martin?

I have a weakness for anything on two or four wheels.  I enjoy road cycling and will clock up a reasonable amount of miles most weekends.

What would you say is your greatest achievement?

Having always wanted to work with cars, it would have to be the fact that I find myself working every day surrounded by such beautiful machinery.  I even get paid to be here.

In your opinion, who is the greatest racing driver of all time and why?

I've always found "Big John" Surtees remarkable.  To win World Championships on both two and four wheels is an incredible achievement.

What was your greatest drive?

I would consider the Route Napoleon to be one of Europe's finest drives.  If you get a clear run, it is an incredible day of driving from Grenoble to Cannes with the kind of scenery that makes you want to turn around and do it all over again.​



Neil Hayfield

​Finance Director

Stuart Parker

​Sales Specialist - 07887 456 682

Nick Plochl

Sales Specialist

Richard Frame

Sales Specialist - 07540 583 509


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Paul Flitter

Commercial Manager - 07768 767 767

Rob Sims

​Parts Manager

​Mark Rafferty

After Sales Manager

Matthew Allan

Service Advisor


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Leanne Harrison

​Marketing Executive

Richard Scott

​Parts Advisor

Michael Field

​Parts Advisor

Aston Perrier

Parts Advisor



Susan Walters

​Showroom Reception

Keith Young

​Driver

Gary Gilbert

​Driver

Colin Burchett

​Driver



Tim Smart

​S.M.A.R.T Repairs

Peter Reed

Workshop Controller

James Eaton

Technician

Julian Milner

​Technician



Chi Yeung

​Technician

Matthew Walton

​Technician

Steven Bark

​Technician

Daniel Duckham

​Technician



Solomon Robertson

​Valeter

Adam Wagrodzki

​Valeter

Elaine Mawby

​Warranty and Service Administrator

Carrie Elsdon

Accounts Assistant