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
40 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.

AshleyAshley Newton

Automotive Technician
22 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
10 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
10 years’ service

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

4th year Apprentice

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.


Josh Pearson

4th year Apprentice

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!