Meet the Team at JL Vans

JL Vans was formed in 2005 by Jamie Lewis after he spotted an opportunity in the market for providing top quality, used commercial vehicles at competitive prices. The emphasis was always to build a company that businesses used again and again.

The majority of our custom is from businesses coming back to us for their company vehicles time and time again. We are proud to be a business built off repeat business!

We feel that in order to meet our customer's high expectations, we need to employ the right kind of person. Allow us to introduce you to the JL Vans team.

The JL Vans Team

The JL Vans Team

Jamie Lewis

Jamie Lewis Managing Director

Jamie worked at two busy garages straight from school, and trained as a mechanic. After working his way up to workshop manager, starting his own business was a natural progression. JL Vans was formed in 2005, starting with just 1 van! The emphasis was always to grow and attract as much repeat business as possible. Fast forward to today, and we are proud to be the highest rated van dealer in the UK with over 100 vans in stock. Jamie is in charge of our buying, along with the overall responsibility for maintaining the high standards customers have come to expect.

Jamie is a keen runner and has competed in several marathons, raising money for some great causes along the way
Andy Forster

Andy Forster Sales Director

Andy has been with JL Vans since day one and shares Jamie's passion for the business. Running such a busy dealership requires a special person and Andy does this brilliantly well. Andy oversees all the team, making sure the vans people are driving away are ready on time and as expected. Along with the management of the business, Andy also looks after all our part exchange vehicles ensuring a smooth flow of vehicles throughout the business. Andy is the heartbeat of JL Vans and our success today is a huge reflection on his professionalism over the years.

Andy used to play football at a high level and coaches his sons football team. He also loves to travel and is our resident travel guide
Rick Bower

Rick Bower Sales Manager

Rick joined JL Vans in 2012 from a Toyota dealership and previously to that, ran the UK's largest Jet-Ski dealership. At the time, JL Vans was growing and Rick was the key helping us turn into the modern business we now have. Rick looks after all our sales inquiries that range from businesses of all sizes to private customers alike. As well as this, Rick looks after all our IT systems, web site, brand design and finance partner agreements. Rick has over 25 years experience and really does make the JL Vans experience a breath of fresh air in today's vans buying world.

Rick's our resident adrenaline junkie and loves to snowboard in winter and ride his stand up jet-ski in the waves off Rhosneigr in the summer.
Matthew Forster

Matthew Forster Workshop Manager

Matty (Andy's brother) joined JL Vans in 2017 from Jaguar Landrover manufacturing in Liverpool. Matty runs our workshop site and manages a team of mechanics, valeters and body shop technicians. Along with having a very busy site to run Matty also receives all of our new stock and has the important job of spotting every last detail on our vehicles that may need to be done to get the vans ready for our customers. With our reviews being so high, Matty's job is to keep us as the very best van dealer in the UK by supplying vans of the best possible standard and he does that perfectly.

Matty ran the London Marathon in 2016 and continues to run for various charities all year round
Neil Walker

Neil Walker Marketing & Stock Controller

Neil is the latest addition to our team, bringing with him Ford main dealer experience. He advertises all our stock on to various platforms online, checking the detail and taking photographs on each and every vehicle. Neil also oversees the forecourt, making sure that vehicles are correctly displayed every day. You may also meet Neil in the office helping with handovers and enquiries.

Neil enjoys swimming and cycling with his family and is a true petrol head having had a huge range of cars himself. His claim to fame is to have been on stage at Glastonbury with a comedy band for 5 consecutive years running!
Simon Bristow

Simon Bristow Valeting

Simon is our main valeter and has worked with us since 2008. Being able to see the detail needed, in presentation of our vans is something Simon exceeds at and his work is first class. As a professional valeter, Simon is amazing and paint work restoration and interior cleaning to get our vans looking ready for sale. Coming from a main dealer background Simon sometimes also helps out in the office and is great with our customers.

Simon is a keen fisherman loves the outdoors. He also is a very good golfer and also used to play off 2
Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans Mechanic

Gareth joined us from a Ford main dealer where he worked as the main commercial vehicle technician. He is a superb mechanic and is more than qualified to undertake any mechanical job needed by JL Vans. Gareth inspects all our vans before they leave us checking every part of the vehicle to make sure they are not only safe but are well prepared for a lifetime of work. Ordering parts stock, tyre selection and our Trading Standards approved checks are all undertaken by Gareth and he is a welcome addition to our team.

Gareth has 2 classic tractors and is a regular at the steam rallies. He also drift races cars at race meetings all over the UK.
Gavin Mapp

Gavin Mapp Preparation Valeter

Gavin has worked for JL Vans since 2011 and valets many of our vans along with almost all of our part exchanges. We take in part exchange some very expensive cars and Gavin ensures that they are valeted with extra care and attention, needed to help them look their best. Gavin is also very mechanically minded and is always able to assist us when we need something technical looking at on our cars.

Gavin is a very good skier and loves the outdoors, he also recently became a dad for the first time
Carl Astbury

Carl Astbury Quality & Prep Controller

Carl is the newest addition to the JL Vans team. Helping in all aspects of our vehicle preparation, from pre sale test drives to preparation. Carl is very technically minded and brings a wealth of experience to our team.

Carl is a true petrol head and loves his cars and motorbikes. During the summer months he loves to spend time with his family around Wales and the Lakes in their caravan.