The Staff

Julian Belcher F.I.M.I.

Julian has been involved in the motor trade on either a full or part time basis since leaving school in 1968. He first came to Ashford in 1961 from  Surrey, and was educated at Orlestone County Primary School and then  Duncan Bowen (Now Christchurch High School). He served his apprenticeship at Ashford Motor Company.

In 1972 he joined a pneumatic engineering company as store man, and over the next three years was promoted to become office and stores manager.

From 1976 to 1978 he was employed as a buyer for a plastics company , but left when his part time fascination with music became a full time job as a disc jockey. During this period he worked on the continent, backed numerous Radio One presenters of the time, and ran one of the largest mobile discotheques in the south of England.

In 1980 he moved back into the motor trade and set up one of the first of a new generation of vehicle dismantlers, where all parts were removed, cleaned and sold with a guarantee. The business expanded into selling new parts, such as body panels, lighting over much of Kent. He sold the business in late 1987 to set up Powerbase.

These days he has taken more of a 'back seat role' to concentrate more on his other part time job as journalist and contributor for the leading motor trade magazine. He still however oversees all commercial activities, and is the Authorised Examiner for the MoT side of the business. Julian was awarded a fellowship of The Institute for the Motor Industry in early 2006 in recognition of his expertise.

He has two now grown up children, his hobbies include driving the Powerbase racing car,  scuba diving and  lumbering around a squash court.

Leonard Whitehead

Married with three grown up children he joined Powerbase in September 1989. Immediately prior to this he had run his own motor repair business. He was born in 1957 and spent his early years in Faversham. Len was educated first at Ospringe Primary School, and then at the Ethelbert Road Secondary Modern School.

After leaving school in 1972 he served his apprenticeship with EKV Canterbury and Tim Hammond Motors, also in Canterbury. In 1979 he left this country to work in South Africa as a mine plant engineer. He was in charge of  underground maintenance. In 1987 he returned to England and started his own vehicle repair business, employing two people, and rapidly established a reputation for fairness and reliability. The business was closed because of lease problems and an invitation to join Powerbase.

Len  passed his black belt grading in Tai Kwon Do in 2004 and achieved 2nd Dan status a couple of years later. His other hobbies include fishing and messing around in boats. He owns a share in a vessel moored at Faversham.

Richard Ennever

Employed by Powerbase for nearly four years, Richard was educated at Brockhill Park School in Hythe. Shortly after leaving school he moved to Spain and spent the next few years diving and working in bars. Richard has been in the motor trade for the last six years. He is a dedicated film buff and computer enthusiast, and one day hopes to get a decent hair cut.

 

 

 

Ian Parker

The demon MOT tester of Powerbase has been working for us since 2005, single he is renown for the amount that he can eat without gaining any weight whatsoever. Outside of work time he enjoys racing model cars. Already a basket case at two years old, Ian is the one on the left.

 

 

 

Sid Barton.

 Sid is in the last year of his training period. This is his first job since leaving full time education and has been at Powerbase since 2006. As you can see from the picture on the right cars have always been his first love, however these days his sights are set slightly lower than a Ferrari.

 

 

 

 

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