Our Team

At Balgowlah Automotive, we pride ourselves on our ability to handle all aspects of your vehicle maintenance, using a team that combines knowledge and experience and continual development of new employees through our apprentice program.

All technicians attend regular training seminars enabling them to keep up with the latest technical data equipped on your vehicle.

Ian HillsIan

Automotive Technician
39 years’ service

Ian is a fully qualified Motor Mechanic and Auto Electrician. His amazing diagnostic skills coupled with his experience put him in the ‘elite’ category of Automotive Technicians. As Ian says, “every day is a learning day” and he always strives to keep up with the latest in motor vehicle technology. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his family, ski paddling, swimming & cycling. He is also a Patrol Captain at Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club.

Ken Miles

Workshop Supervisor/Automotive Technician
28 years’ service

A fully qualified Motor Mechanic, Ken is our Workshop Supervisor. Whether it is a simple service your car requires or a more complex problem, Ken is here to help you. His expert knowledge makes him the ideal person to contact. Away from work Ken enjoys family time, music (he plays a mean guitar!) & boating.

AshleyAshley Newton

Automotive Technician
20 years’ service

Ashley completed his apprenticeship with us in 2003 and we are very pleased he has continued his career with us. Skilled at working on a wide range of vehicles he is only too happy to take on any jobs that are presented to him. Todays cars are complex and Ashley’s great attitude is just what is required to help fix any problems. Outside of work Ashley enjoys riding his motorbike.


Mike Pasierbski

Automotive Technician
8 years’ service

Mike completed his automotive training in a GM Dealership in Windsor Ontario and then 8 years ago he decided he wanted to try life down under. Mike is skilled in all aspects of vehicle servicing, including computer diagnostics. A fitness fanatic, Mike also enjoys mountain bike riding and scuba diving.


Garth Strange

Safety Inspection Officer

Garth joined us recently and is our Safety Inspection Officer. If you need a registration inspection, globe changed, wiper blades fitted, puncture repair, or any other small job Garth will be happy to help you out


Chris Nati


Chris has just completed his HSC and has joined us to begin his apprenticeship. He is very keen on cars and how they work ! With such a great work ethic and a willingness to learn, Chris will be a valuable member of our team.


Paul Gregory

Automotive Technician

Paul recently moved from the UK to see what the ‘Aussie’ lifestyle is all about [and is loving it !]. Factory trained on Aston Martin & Ferrari vehicles he brings with him a detailed knowledge of luxury cars and is enjoying working on all makes and models. In his spare time Paul enjoys four wheel driving, camping and boating.


Dan Duckman

Automotive Technician

Having worked with Paul in the UK while completing his factory training on Aston Martin and Ferrari, the attraction of coming to Australia proved to strong for Dan and he also recently moved here. Skilled with working on luxury vehicles he is enjoying working on all makes and models. In his spare time Dan enjoys playing soccer, camping and four wheel driving.


Josh Pearson


Josh has recently joined us as a 3rd year Motor Mechanic Apprentice. A keen student he is enjoying learning about all makes and models and is proving to be a very capable Technician. In his spare time Josh enjoys working on his own car, surfing and fishing

Tony and Richard

Richard & Tony Smith


After 40 years we still love coming to work everyday and looking after your car. When Dad started the business in 1974 his main focus was Outstanding Customer Service and nothing has changed!