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Mark was born and bred in Timaru and is a local through and through. Mark joined the team here in 2008 as a Vehicle Sales Representative. In 2011 he moved onto the Sales Manager role and in August 2018 became the Branch Manager. He enjoys all aspects of the Vehicle industry but mostly the networking and friends made from both staff and customers. At home he enjoys spending time with his Wife Jannah and 3 young children.
Vehicle Sales Manager
Bryan has recently joined the team as the Vehicle Sales Manager. Coming from the agricultural sector he has a good understanding of the importance of providing the correct vehicle to meet the customer’s needs along with the importance of after sales service. When not at work he enjoys spending time with family and friends and when time allows escaping on either the mountain or road bike.
Business & Fleet Sales Manager
Danny was born and bred on the West Coast – Hokitika to be exact. Starting out managing restaurants and bars on both sides of the Alps, Danny discovered his passion for the Automotive Industry right here in Timaru. He has been selling cars for just over 3 ½ years but is ready for the next step in his Automotive career as out Business & Fleet Sales Manager. Danny understands the importance of relationships in business and ensures every single one of his customers Is treated equally and respectfully. He is also an accomplished musician having worked on several studio albums and performing at charity fundraisers around the country.
Born and raised in Timaru, John has spent the last 27 years selling cars and never tires of it. John came to us in 2002 after 12 years of service at Timaru Motors. A travel agent prior to selling cars, John did this both in Timaru and New Plymouth. An involved member of the RSA not surprisingly one of his interests is snooker. He also enjoys watching golf and motorsport.
Kieran joined the team in December 2013. He attended Otago University and gained a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Graduate Diploma in Political Studies. Kieran is our internet specialist.
Georgie is a country girl through and through, having lived in the South Canterbury region since day dot. She has recently returned back to Timaru after four years of study in Dunedin. Outside of work Georgie enjoys playing sports, playing the guitar, running her side-business & is also studying part time along the way. Georgie has been with us since early 2018 and is excited to have joined our Vehicle Consultant team in 2019 and met the people she has in this time.
Louise joined our sales team in April 2022. She has come to us from an insurance background and in the last few years has been in car sales. Louise enjoys exploring our beautiful country in her caravan with her partner and child. She also enjoys spending time with family & friends.
Hannah grew up in South Canterbury and returned back to Timaru after completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Otago University. In Hannah’s free time you will find her at the lakes with family and friends or out tramping the amazing walks that the South Island has on offer.
Gareth is our Service Manager for South Canterbury Toyota. He has worked very hard to get into this position by completing an apprenticeship, being workshop foreman and being the first Toyota New Zealand Diagnostic Master Technician all completed at South Canterbury Toyota from 1997. Gareth is Motorsport mad and spends time in a crew for a Motorsports team. In his spare time he loves spending time with his children.
Service Advisor Team Leader
Beth joined our service team in October 2016 after coming from a hospitality background. Outside of work she is kept busy with her 2 young children.
Rubie had the pleasure of joining our service department in February 2019. She has a huge love for animals and enjoys travelling whether it’s overseas or road trips with friends.
Alyce joined our service team in May 2021 after many years of working in customer service focused jobs. She enjoys spending time with her 8 year old son & keeping up with her fitness.
Russell joined our service team in September 2017 after spending 14 years in the insurance industry. He is a builder by trade which is helpful with the jobs he does around the building. Russell enjoys motorsport, building hot-rods & restoring classic motorcycles.
James started with us in June 2021 part time as a general hand and took on a full time role in February 2022. James is working towards heading overseas for cycling which is his passion.
Ross started with us in 2006 as an apprentice technician and since then he has progressively become one of our senior technicians. In 2017 he became our workshop foreman, in 2018 a Toyota Diagnostic Master Technician and in 2019 a Toyota New Zealand Field Master Technician, one of only a handful in the country. Ross also has plenty of involvement in racing crewing for a motorsport team in the Toyota Racing Series and various other series.
Zayne joined us in July 2015 after 5 years with another franchise. Zayne has the most well behaved American Staffy called Tyson and enjoys taking him for a walk or to the park. He also enjoys working on his own vehicles & helping his friends with their vehicle projects.
Stephen is a very experienced franchise Service Technician. He joined South Canterbury Toyota in 2006 and has spent his entire working life in the motor industry.
Glenn May joined us in February. He started his apprenticeship in December 1967 and has been in the motor industry ever since. Glenn is one of the most active members of staff being involved in 4 wheel driving, amateur radio, search and rescue, table tennis and tramping.
Peter returned to South Canterbury Toyota in 2019 as a Senior Technician. Peter has over 30 years experience in the automotive trade. He is heavily involved in motorsport & has been from an early age, most likely due to his grandfather being Ernie! He enjoys spending time with the family & cycling in his spare time.
After completing a pre-trade course at Aoraki Polytechnic, Isaac moved to Auckland for 6 months before returning to Timaru and joining our team as an Apprentice Technician. Isaac enjoys working on cars & going to the track to watch motorsport.
Ben completed an Aoraki Pre Trade course in Mechanics Level 3 prior to joining South Canterbury Toyota as an apprentice. He has previously enjoyed rugby and played for the 1st IX for Timaru Boys High. Ben enjoys working on his cars, spending time with family and friends and watching motorsport.
Evan (known as ET) started at SC Toyota in 1985. He started here as an apprentice, left and came back as a Technician, moved into Service Manager & left again and has now returned to finish off his career where he started, as a Technician. In his spare time, ET enjoys cruising in his RX3 and spending time with his family. ET has finally returned home.
Gary started with us in June 2021. He brings with him 22 years of experience, 19 of which were in the UK. Gary enjoys mountain biking and playing golf in his spare time. Being a typical Pom, he is also a mad football fan.
Michael joined the service team In September 2021 after spending 4 years in Australia. He brings with him 26 years of experience. He has come from an auto trans background. In his spare time he enjoys fishing.
Hannah joined our team in December 2020 as an apprentice technician after completing work experience with us through the year while at Timaru Girl High School. Hannah enjoys motorsport, drifting & go karting.
Jacob started with us in June 2021 as an apprentice. He loves the outdoors and 4WDing.
Stephen moved to New Zealand from South Africa 3 years ago. Him and his wife are expecting a baby which will soon take up a lot of Stephens time! Before starting as an apprentice with us in January 2022, Stephen worked for us for 3 months as an accessory fitter. Fishing and cars are his passion.
Harrison started with us in January 2022 coming straight to us from Timaru Boys High School. Harrison did some work experience with us in 2021 and loved it so much he wanted to join the team. In his spare time he enjoys 4WDing, hunting and fishing.
Jody joined our team in July 2020 bringing his vast knowledge of the Holden Franchise with him. Jody started his career as an apprentice mechanic and has worked his way up to Gold Certified Technician and has now taken on our Parts Manager role alongside the rest of our friendly & helpful parts & service teams. Jody spends his spare time riding his mountain bike and chasing his son around the country side with various biking activities. Jody is also a very well respected mechanic in motorsport spending time in Australia and the USA over the past few years.
Having over 18 years experience in the automotive trade, the last 5 years as a sales rep for BNT Automotive, Danny enjoys working with a team to provide customers with the best service possible. Danny is a sports mad father of two boys who follow in his footsteps. He has been involved in coaching football at representative level for the last few years but has now taken up a new passion of lawn bowls.
Sammy recently moved to Timaru from Tauranga and joined us in January 2022. She started in the motor industry in 2013 and has worked for a few different brands as a parts & service advisor. Since she has moved to Timaru, Sammy has done a lot of exploring with her partner and their little Husky dog. She thinks the South Island is beautiful. In her spare time, Sammy enjoys hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.
James is the Manager of our in house Bridgestone Tyre Centre. He enjoys talking to customers and fitting the right tyre to meet their needs. James was with Firestone Church Street for 9 years prior to joining us in 2007. James enjoys mountain biking (which has ultimately caused a few broken ribs) and has been part of our winning corporate team at the 12 hour mountain bike race.
Ethan was born and raised in Timaru & has always has a passion for cars. After driving for dominos for 3 years, he made the change and joined the tyre game. In his spare time, Ethan works on his cars and bikes at home, plays airsoft, practices the guitar and is involved with the Drama League.
Regan joined our team in February 2022. He has worked in numerous fields of work with 15 years experience in the dairy industry and previous experience at 2 different tyre companies as well as car sales. Regan is married with three children which take up a lot of his time. He also enjoys the art of distilling fine spirits in his spare time.
Alana started working with us in August 2013 as a Service Advisor. In October 2016, Alana joined the administration team and in July 2018 she was promoted to our Administration Team Leader role. Alana enjoys travelling, sports and getting out in the outdoors.
Administration & Health and Safety Representative
Coming from a varied work history, Stacey is excited to be joining this fun, friendly and vibrant team. Stacey has recently taken up an interest in knitting and gardening, but also enjoys being social and spending time with family, friends and is an animal lover. Other interests are playing guitar, cooking, renovations, enjoying time outside with a BBQ and drinks at home or at friends, or down at the river or beach with the kids and partner on a nice day. She also enjoys going on road trips and enjoying our beautiful country.
Administration & Receptionist
Donny started working with us in December 2018 as our Receptionist/Administration. She has worked in the motor industry for nine years in various roles. Donny’s interests include travelling, catching up with friends and family and listening to music.
Marlene joined the grooming team in Feb 2017. Originally from South Africa, she married a Timaru boy and moved to New Zealand in 2001. Marlene has a keen eye for detail and her feathers do not ruffle easily. Marlene is very artistic & she is a very good baker who makes & decorates custom cakes.
Dallas came to us in February 2021 from a hospitality background. In her spare time, Dallas enjoys spending time with her 2 children.
Daryl has been with us since 2004 and seems to be the fittest staff member, never running out of energy to keep our cars clean at a million paces. In Daryl’s spare time he expends more energy on his bike, and he likes golf and having a drink with his work mates.
Group General Manager for Used Vehicles
Andy has a tremendous amount of experience in the Motor Industry beginning in the summer of 1990! After relinquishing the reigns of Branch Manager at South Canterbury Toyota in August 2018 he has taken on the well-deserved challenge of Group General Manager for Used Vehicles for the McDermid Group. This entails managing the used vehicle inventory for Blenheim, Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Ashburton and Timaru branches. Andy and his wife Helen have a very full social life which includes spending a great deal of time with their four grandchildren.
McDermid Group Admin Manager
Originally from a hospitality background Talei moved to South Canterbury in 1996 from Wellington. She had a brief stint at Lake Tekapo before joining our team as our Business Manager. She then moved into admin in 2004. In 2015 Talei became our Group Admin Manager when Rangiora & Ashburton Toyota joined our group of South Canterbury & Blenheim Toyota. In her spare time Talei doesn’t enjoy running but Chris Ward & Sharon Wood make her do it from time to time. She does enjoy water and snow skiing, sewing and spending time with her daughter.
Chris was born and raised in Timaru before heading on a rather extended (12 year) OE. After seeing most of the “other side of the world” Chris returned to Timaru in 2006 and joined our team 3 days later! Chris’s background before joining South Canterbury Toyota was mainly in the banking sector. She enjoys skiing, running, cycling, travelling overseas and spending time with her daughters.
Paul has been in the Motor Industry since 2003 and comes from a background in Finance. Living in Kaiapoi, he and his family enjoy Waimak Football, camping, boating and the outdoors. Classics cars are also a time consuming and expensive passion.
HR and Payroll
Born and bred in Ashburton, Samantha started with us in 2015 as a member of the Ashburton admin department. Samantha took a couple of years to start her own wee family but remained a familiar face as over the years she has covered for staff on annual and parental leave. In her spare time, she likes to go hunting and explore new places with her family.
CRM and Marketing
Sandra joined the McDermid Auto Collective in 2020, when she relocated from Auckland to Blenheim. Originating from South Africa, she has a wealth of knowledge in communication and marketing having worked across many different sectors. Outside of work Sandra enjoys running, mountain biking, exploring Marlborough with her husband and dogs, and the occasional round of golf, when time permits.