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 Hills

Automotive Technician
41 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. He is always learning and striving to keep up with the latest in vehicle technology.


Ashley Newton

Automotive Technician
23 years’ service

Ashley completed his apprenticeship with us in 2003 and we are very pleased he continued his career with us. He has since qualified as an Auto Electrician. Ashley is very experienced and skilled at working on a wide range of complex vehicles and is now classed as a Master Technician.


Mike Pasierbski

Automotive Technician
10 years’ service

Mike completed his automotive training in a General Motors Dealership in Windsor, Ontario and then 10 years ago he decided to move down under. He has been part of our team ever since. Mike is a Master Technician, skilled in all aspects of vehicle servicing including computer diagnostics. He is also qualified as an Auto Electrician. Mike enjoys working on all vehicles but specialises in Volkswagen and Audi vehicles.


Garth Strange

Safety Inspection Officer
5 years’ service

Garth is a qualified Automotive Technician and responsible for all Rego Checks both Pink and Blue Slip Inspections.

If you need a registration inspection, globe changed, wiper blades fitted, puncture repair – Garth will be happy to help.


Josh Pearson

Automotive Technician
4 years’ service

Josh completed his Mechanic Apprenticeship at Balgowlah Automotive. He is an energetic and positive part of the team and is always happy to help. He is highly skilled and knowledgeable and adds great energy to the workshop team. He drives a Nissan Skyline R34.


Coby Aplin

3rd year Apprentice Mechanic

Coby is passionate about cars and enjoys learning about and working on all types of vehicles.

He drives and loves his Lexus LS 400.


Jade Brennan

Car Washer


Jade is responsible for washing your vehicle. This extra service is enjoyed by all our customers.

Rain or Shine Jade will be working away with a smile.


Mike Clempson

Workshop Manager

Mike joined our team in late 2021 and has seamlessly become a valued and integral member of the team. He ensures the workshop runs efficiently and that every customer’s car is given the individual treatment it deserves.


Charlie Smith

Service Advisor

Charlie joined the Office team as a Service Advisor in 2022. Charlie is Richard’s eldest son and is proud to be involved as the 3rd generation of the Smith family in the Balgowlah Automotive business.


Tony Smith



Richard Smith


Balgowlah Automotive will be celebrating 50 years of Operation in 2024.

Tony and Richard very much enjoy coming to work every day and looking after you and your car.

When their Dad – Doug Smith – started the business in 1974 his main focus was outstanding customer service and that still is our focus today.

The Office Reception Team

The team are happy to help with all your needs – WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU.

  • Booking in for Service or registration Checks.
  • Paying your green slips and Registrations on line.

Lee Gray


Teresa Hills


Kat O’Doherty


Sarah Smith


Oscar Smith