Meet our team
Many years ago, a young man named Paul had a dream of owning his own car dealership and in 2008 A1 Ortos was born. After his experience in several main dealerships he learned a lot of key skills which have been refined to do things differently, the right way, the A1 Ortos way! We believe everybody should get the opportunity to buy the right vehicle, at the right price, without the old pushy sales tactics, as buying a car from us is a very special moment in your life and should be treated accordingly.
All of our staff come from a customer service background which is displayed in the real family atmosphere created. Regardless of the amount of money being spent we strive for the same professional yet friendly and comfortable buying experience for every single customer. Making sure our cars leave at the highest possible level is important to everybody at the A1 Ortos family and we make sure no corners are cut in any way, as Paul has always said 'if a job is worth doing, its worth doing properly!' After all, buying a used car with a new car feeling is a very good feeling!
Paul The Boss
Our illustrious leader who built the business from scratch. Ever the perfectionist in all walks of life and takes great care that this quality is translated to the business. If he's not working to make sure we're not beaten on the price of our cars, you'll find him on the badminton court making sure he's not beaten there!
The long-suffering wife of Paul and our fantastic accounts manager. Behind every good man is a great woman and that goes for at home and work here, always diligently working behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly. Always on hand with a welcoming smile and doubles up as the in-house fashion and make up specialist, a sometimes-underappreciated skill working in a team full of men!
The A1 Ortos veteran having been with the company since 2008 its fair to say Marc lives & breathes A1 Ortos. With a background in banking if Marc can't make the finance deal work for you it can't be done! A huge football fan so when you've had all the tips on the cars, he will always give you a tip for your weekend accumulator too!
Always goes above and beyond and makes sure no stone is left unturned for every customers needs. After spending over 6 years serving the country with HM Forces, he has translated that hunger and enthusiasm to serving our valued customers. Always quick to find a positive in any situation & constantly keeps team morale sky high!
The Youngest member of the team but by no means to be underestimated, if there is a deal to be found Dilan is your man! Cars run in the blood for Dilan with his grandfather also having a car showroom out in Zimbabwe. You won't find a better cup of coffee when you're buying a car than the one you get off this man after his years as a barista. Working for many years out in Australia for some reason he has traded the gold coast for Oldham, but Australia's loss is A1 Ortos' gain!
The family man, always working hard to make sure when he is not working, he can take the kids to watch his beloved Burnley FC! Having over 20 years' experience in the motor trade Jay knows the job inside out and uses his expertise to tailor any deal to suit the customer. If Jay isn't patiently working through enquiries, you'll be likely to find him patiently sat waiting for the fish to nibble by the sea in Blackpool brushing up on his fishing skills.
Without doubt Darren is one of the most outgoing and animated people you are ever likely to meet. Luckily for A1 Ortos he translates this personality to make every customer feel as special and important as they should. From a main dealer background what Darren can't tell you about the Jaguar Land Rover brand and vehicles you could fit on the back of a postage stamp! However he also has an extensive knowledge across all of the prestige brands we pride ourselves upon selling here at A1 and is always on hand to assist all of our buyers needs.
Lee Service Manager
Our pivotal service manager making sure all the cogs turn smoothly managing over 70 years' experience in the workshop and ensuring only the best level of quality across the vehicles. Lee carries this high level of standards to the badminton court too and is a formidable opponent on and off the court to anybody below only the highest standards.
The project specialist, there is no job too big for Mark as he attacks every job with unwavering enthusiasm. Mark is one of the old school and is at his happiest with a spanner in hand under his ramp. With over 30 years' experience working on cars he still can't get enough of them and even runs his own race series in his spare time! Always smiling Mark well and truly eats, sleeps and drinks cars!
The on-site German car specialist, after a number of years in main dealerships Andy has brought all his know how and expertise to A1 Ortos. What Andy doesn't know about German cars simply isn't worth knowing. When he takes a break from making sure all his cars are going swimmingly, he turns into a pool shark and is quite the technician with a cue in hand!
With over 28 years' experience the knowledge Carl adds to the team is invaluable. You can count on Carl to turn in every day and carry out his work to the highest standard, no ifs, buts or maybes. Then to burn off his extra energy he climbs onto his push bike! Carls enthusiasm isn't exclusive to engines as he enjoys his road bike and has carried out a number of charity bike rides!
James Vehicle Preparation Manager
The cars we sell aren't brand new, but you really wouldn't know after James's team have finished with them! James sets the bar high for our vehicles and manages the valeting workload to perfection to exceed even the most demanding customers expectation! When his team have completed a vehicle James then takes an extensive photoshoot for each one making sure we can showcase our quality cars. A tireless worker at A1 Ortos who is equally as tireless at the gym lifting weights, a real Duracell bunny!
A Key cog in the A1 Ortos machine, the machine simply wouldn't work without Tom. Tom has had a number of years' experience in vehicle preparation and takes great pride in his work which shines through. The only job Tom carries out to an even higher standard is his job as super dad!
The final piece in the jigsaw puzzle, Paul has given more than 8 years' service to A1 Ortos and knows nothing but the best is accepted. When he is finished with his premier league standard cars, Paul must lower his sights slightly to watch his beloved Oldham Athletic!
Last but by absolutely no means least is Cheryl who does an impeccable job of keeping all aspects of the showroom in tip top condition! Always happy and smiling as she caries out the unenviable task of tidying up after twelve men, just don't step on her freshly mopped floor!