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About Aston Barclay

The national independent auction group, led by quality people, driving the future of the remarketing industry through leading results, innovation, investment, excellence in technology and exceptional service.

We operate from five strategically located auction centres in Chelmsford (Essex), Leeds (Yorkshire), Prees Heath (Shropshire) and Westbury (Wiltshire) and our Mega Centre at Donington Park (East Midlands) and were established in 1984.

We recognise the need to bring together a range of remarketing services in addition to physical auction, providing a flexible, personal approach. We continually invest in our personnel, facilities, IT infrastructure and services to provide our customers with a range of complementary products and routes to market.

We sell vehicles for customers including leasing and finance companies, franchised dealerships and car supermarkets. All of our sales are open to both trade and private buyers.

Whether you're experienced or new to vehicle auctions, we're on hand to guide you through the process whether you are looking to buy or sell in volume, or use our services for your personal needs.

Our Business Delivery Team

Neil Hodson

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Potter

Group Operations Director

Having worked in the auction industry for over 21 years, starting as a new business executive for NCA Group and rising to sales manager of a 6 centre company, Martin was employed as general manager of the largest auction centre in Europe with over 50 acres and turnover in excess of 70,000 units per annum after a takeover by a major auction company. Martin then held the position of corporate sales director for 9 years in charge of a team of sales personnel specialising in the finance, leasing and large outright purchase fleets. Martin joined Aston Barclay in November 2011 to run our Chelmsford operation.

Stewart Ford

Group IT Director

Stewart left University with a degree in computer science which he has leveraged in his 25 years working in the Automotive IT arena. He has worked his way through the various IT disciplines of service delivery, development, testing and project management resulting in becoming Director of IT for the major Vehicle Data supplier in the UK where his passion was combining data quality with disruptive products. Stewart joined Aston Barclay in March 2017 as Group IT Director.

John Crichton

Chief Finance Officer & Commercial Director

John joined Aston Barclay in January 2018 having spent six years with one of the UK’s leading judicial service providers. He has a wealth of experience in the finance sector having spent 25 years working in customer facing businesses in the UK, US and Middle East. Focusing on ensuring that finance adds value to the operational and commercial functions of the business, John will also lead on the group’s expansion programme.

Brett Henderson

National Operations Manager

Brett has over 20 years’ experience in our industry and as National Operations Manager, ensures that our clients continue to receive leading levels of care whilst helping to craft our future products and services.

Tom Mapes

Group PR & Marketing Manager

Tom began his career as operations & marketing manager for an online B2B networking site, connecting business owners to opportunities and helping them to succeed. Tom’s role enabled him to gain valuable insight into digital marketing, marketing strategy, face to face networking, event management and magazine publishing, including writing and creative design as an Adobe Certified Associate. Tom joined Aston Barclay in 2011 as PA and marketing assistant to the commercial director and has since seen his role develop to encompass PR and marketing for our group, directing our branding and communications strategy whilst playing an active role in developing our service portfolio.

Zoe Sutton

Group Buyer Services Manager

Caring for our buyers and ensuring that they can easily source stock in the best environments and via the best channels is at the heart of our mission. Our Buyer Services Team headed by Zoe actively support all our buyers, from national groups and supermarkets, to owner operator traders, ensuring that the whole industry benefits from the leading independent.

Nick Thompson

Head of New Business - Fleet and Manufacturer

Rob Wittridge

Head of New Business - Dealer

Rob joined the motor industry in 2003, having worked in numerous dealerships, most notably as senior sales executive at a leading Audi dealership in London. He has won awards for his business acumen and has proven himself as a skilled negotiator. Rob joined Aston Barclay in 2014, bringing with him an enthusiasm for business and the motor trade. He believes that to provide a truly valuable remarketing service he must first understand the customers processes and requirements, from which he can create a bespoke service that works for all levels of the business. Key to his success to date has been his ability to work closely with customers to provide a seamless transition into Aston Barclay. If you would like to discuss your requirements please feel free to contact him on his direct line 07511 710432.

Gary Johnson

Head of Core Accounts

Laurence Vaughan

Non-Executive Chairman

David Scarborough

Non-Executive Director

Glenn Scarborough

Non-Executive Director

Tristan Craddock

Non-Executive Director

Oliver Jones

Non-Executive Director

Jason Birt

Non-Executive Director


Drovers Way


Hillidge Road
West Yorkshire
LS10 1DE

Prees Heath

Heath Road
SY13 2AE


Brook Lane
BA13 4EN

Donington Park

Donington Park
Castle Donington
DE74 2RP

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