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Meet the team

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Craig McDermid

CEO

Craig and Kathie McDermid took over ownership of South Canterbury Toyota in July 2008 from original owner and friend Peter Swaney. Craig originates from Dunedin and has been in the motor industry or subsidiaries for many years, including owning a service station in Christchurch before taking ownership of Blenheim Toyota in 1990. Craig splits his time between Blenheim and Timaru, just as well he enjoys driving!

Branch Manager

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Mark Patterson

Branch and Vehicle Manager

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.

New Cars

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Mark Patterson

Branch and Vehicle Manager

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.
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John Neale

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Kieran Farr

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Hamish Brader

Vehicle Consultant

Hamish is originally from the Wairarapa where he was around cars from a young age, with his father in the industry and being heavily involved in motorsport. Hamish continues his father's passion for people, cars and motorsport. Hamish and his wife moved to Timaru in 2013 after spending 7 years in Melbourne in the industry. Hamish looks forward to an ongoing relationship with his customers and getting on the road and meeting clients, making their next Toyota purchase as smooth as possible.

Used Cars

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Mark Patterson

Branch and Vehicle Manager

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.
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John Neale

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Kieran Farr

Vehicle Consultant

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.
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Hamish Brader

Vehicle Consultant

Hamish is originally from the Wairarapa where he was around cars from a young age, with his father in the industry and being heavily involved in motorsport. Hamish continues his father's passion for people, cars and motorsport. Hamish and his wife moved to Timaru in 2013 after spending 7 years in Melbourne in the industry. Hamish looks forward to an ongoing relationship with his customers and getting on the road and meeting clients, making their next Toyota purchase as smooth as possible.

Service

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Gareth Heywood

Service Manager

Gareth joined us in 1997 as an apprentice technician. He has steadily moved up the ranks becoming our workshop foreman in 2011 and then in 2017 Gareth became our Service Manager. He is also our first Toyota New Zealand Diagnostic Master Technician. Gareth is a very busy man! He is motorsport mad and spends time in a crew for a motorsport team, is part of our mountain bike team, Mr DIY on his property and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
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Ashleigh Lowe

Service Advisor

Ashleigh joined the team in August 2016 after moving to Timaru from Christchurch. She has rejoined the team in May 2018 after taking 10 months off on maternity leave. She is happy to be back & loves spending time with her partner and daughter.
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Beth Milliken

Service Advisor

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.
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Jess Golding

Service Advisor

Jess started with us in June 2017 in our Service Department. She enjoys playing sport and is looking forward to the new challenge within South Canterbury Toyota.
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Toot Tozer

Service Assistant

Toot is very much our Jack of ALL trades. There doesn’t seem to be much that Toot cannot deal with. His role includes delivering customers and vehicles to and from the dealership, doing repairs and maintenance around the dealership, and fashioning up anything that we require. In a previous life Toot was in the Merchant Navy, builders’ labourer and worked in warehouse sales.
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Russell Gutschlag

Service Assistant

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.
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Ross Dransfield

Service Foreman

Since starting with us in 2006 as an apprentice technician, Ross has moved up to a senior technician and in 2017 became our workshop foreman. Ross is currently working towards becoming a Toyota New Zealand Diagnostic Master Technician. When not working Ross enjoys crewing for motorsport teams and photography.
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Kieran Wingfield

Technician

Kieran was born in Wellington and moved to Timaru when he was one. Kieran attained his one year Pre-Trade Certificate at Aoraki Polytech and as part of this, he completed his placement at South Canterbury Toyota. Kieran completed his apprenticeship in April 2017. Some of Kieran’s interest include motorsport, travel and socialising.
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Stephen Campbell

Technician

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.
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Glenn May

Technician

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.
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Zayne Day

Technician

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.
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Dean Skeats

Technician

Dean joined our service team as a technician in April 2018. He has been a technician for about 20 years since he was 15 years old! In his spare time he enjoys fixing classic cars & motorbikes, enjoys 4WD’ing and spending time with his wife and two kids.
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Ben Ashby

Apprentice Technician

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.
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Isaac Porter

Apprentice Technician

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.
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Jeremy Kartolo

Apprentice Technician

Jeremy has completed the level 2 Automotive course at Aoraki Polytech and joined us in 2016 to continue his studies of the motor industry by becoming an Apprentice Technician. Jeremy enjoys playing the piano & wishes to continue his studies in music. He also enjoys working on cars & watching drift formula.

Parts

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Jason Fowler

Parts Manager

Jason has had over 20 years of experience in the motor industry and started at South Canterbury Toyota in July 2012. He enjoys skiing &mountain biking. He also does a great deal of DIY.
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Rik Simpson

Parts Representative

Rikki joined us in August 2015 with previous parts experience. He enjoys spending time with his son and working on his numerous car projects. Rikki watches motorsport and enjoys gaming.
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Hayden Kirk

Parts Representative

Hayden has been with us in our parts department since February 2016. He enjoys days out on his dirt bike and the odd building job.

Grooming

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Paul Hewlett

Groomer

Paul has been a part of the grooming team since 2002. Paul gets great pleasure out of seeing the results a little TLC can do to vehicles, especially the used commercials. Paul has also worked in the general cleaning industry, service stations and tyre shops. He is a keen fisherman specifically, West Coast Blue Cod.
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Daryl Hunt

Car Washer

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.
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Marlene White

Groomer

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.
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Aaron Dennison

Groomer

Aaron started with us in August 2017 in the grooming department. Aaron completed a Motor Industry pre-trade course in 2015 at Aoraki Polytechnic & his interests are motorsport, travel & food.

Tyres

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James Carroll

Tyre Manager

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.

Finance, Insurance & Toyota Care

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Alicia Bradley

Business Manager

Alicia joined our team as Business Manager in April 2017 and comes from a finance and insurance background. Her aim is to help customers achieve their dreams by customising quick and easy financing solutions to suit their budgetary needs. If you want the car of your dreams now – contact Alicia today and make that dream a reality.

Administration

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Alana Neighbours

Administration Team Leader

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.
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Naomi Scott

Senior Administration

Naomi started at South Canterbury Toyota in 2005 as our Receptionist. She later became our Administration Team Leader and as of July 2018 is enjoying her new role as Senior Administration. Her interests include roller skating, shooting and spending time with her family.
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Emma Ellen

Receptionist

Emma joined us in December 2013 as a full time groomer. In July 2017, Emma joined the administration team as our full time receptionist. Prior to this, Emma worked as a Life Guard at CBay. Emma enjoys being in the great outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
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Talei Dickson

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.

Customer Relations

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Chris Ward

CRM

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.
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Sharon Wood

CRM

Sharon has been with South Canterbury Toyota since 1999. During that time Sharon has worked as a Service Advisor, Parts Manager, Warranty & Administration & is now part of the Customer Relations Team. In 2008, Sharon won the Toyota New Zealand Service Advisor award & won a trip to Japan. In her spare time Sharon loves car racing, baking & getting out to pound the pavement as well.