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At Rivervale, we are extremely proud of our professional and ever growing team. We all have one thing in common - we strive to provide the very best service to all of our customers. If you have a question regarding car leasing, van leasing, minibus leasing or vehicle sales, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Neil Chapman - Chief Executive Officer

Neil Chapman
Chief Executive Officer

Joined: 2005

Profile: I Joined the Endeavour Group in 2005 and became Managing Director of Rivervale Cars in 2009. When I first met Vince Pemberton I knew that Eagle Oak would be a great fit in the Group. It became very apparent to me that with the right investment (which Rivervale could provide) this business would go places. We are all excited at the prospect of moving into a brand new 3 storey building for Rivervale Leasing which will be ready for occupation in Autumn 2016. I am looking forward to working with Vince and his talented team to grow this great brand.

Hobbies: My passion is watching cricket. I would also love to be able to play better golf. I also like to spend as much time as I can with my ever expanding family.

First car: Austin Mini Countryman

Dream car: It has to be a Bentley – I’m old fashioned like that

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Vince Pemberton - Chief Operating Officer

Vince Pemberton
Chief Operating Officer

Joined: 2001

Profile: I first started Eagle Oak Vehicle Contracts in 2001 with my Dad and I have to say that without his input the current business would not be in existence today. We ran with a team of 5 up to January 2009 when we officially became a part of Rivervale again having enjoyed working for Mr Sopwith previously. Since then the business has grown year on year and I am very proud to head up a team which is now 30 strong and growing.

Hobbies: I enjoy watching all sports really and I follow West Ham United which gives some of the guys in my office a great deal of pleasure.

First car: Mini (I love Mini's)

Dream car: Either a classic Mini Cooper S or a Porsche 911

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Simon Fuller - New Vehicle Director

Simon Fuller
New Vehicle Director

Joined: 2005

Profile: Having originally joined Eagle Oak Vehicle Contracts as a partner in 2005, I have experienced the complete journey with the integration to Rivervale in January 2009. Having seen the business grow from the original four people into the business we have today has been immensely satisfying. My role has changed significantly over the years, and I currently spend much of my time liaising with our chosen vehicle manufacturers and leasing company partners. These relationships are instrumental in driving the best deals for our customers, and in maintaining the success and growth of the business.

Hobbies: Formula One, Music and Films

First car: Renault 5 1.1 TL 3dr

Dream car: Jaguar E-Type

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Jeff Nailard - Used Vehicle Director

Jeff Nailard
Used Vehicle Director

Joined: 2011

Profile: I started with Rivervale back in 1985 as a workshop cleaner and sales trainee, working my way up to Sales Executive in 1987. In my first 3 years as Sales Executive I achieved the highest amount of sales within the Group, which by that time included Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Nissan. In 1990 I was appointed Deputy Sales Manager of Rivervale Mercedes-Benz of Brighton, and then subsequently appointed Sales Director in 1997. In 1999 I was awarded “ National Sales Manager” of the year. Following a reorganization in 2010, I joined Vince and the Rivervale group as a Director to oversee and develop the Used Vehicle side of the business.

Hobbies: Football (an avid Liverpool fan), Athletics (watching) and Golf (trying to play!!). In fact all sports interest me.

First car: Mini. It was a customized car with Recaro Seats and a very noisy exhaust system that did not improve its performance…..

Dream car: Aston Martin DBS Coupe or Convertible. Mercedes-Benz GT Coupe.

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Simon Sayers - Group After Sales Director

Simon Sayers
Group After Sales Director

Joined: 1987

Profile: I joined Rivervale in 1987 as a Mercedes Benz apprentice, where the passion for Mercedes Benz cars was introduced in the factory at Stuttgart. During my time at Rivervale I have had the opportunity to work in all departments which has allowed me to expand my knowledge and progress my career at Rivervale. In 2005 I became the parts manager for the four brands that Rivervale represented, and in 2015 I was promoted to the after sales manager for the new direction Rivervale was undertaking and subsequently appointed Group After Sales Director.

Hobbies: I am very much a family man, my now grown up children have always kept me busy. I also have two dogs which myself and my wife enjoy walking.

First car: Mini

Dream car: Lambo

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Andrew Rivett - Financial Controller

Andrew Rivett
Financial Controller

Joined: 2017

Profile: I joined in February so am very much the new boy. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant at what became KPMG I have had a number of Head of Finance roles in entrepreneurial SMEs including a company with a garage in the group and a number of construction companies. I enjoy developing management information and working as part of a team and am delighted to have this exciting opportunity. I gained an MBA from London Business School in 2000.

Hobbies: Reading, Theatre and Rambling.

First car: Fiat

Dream car: Rolls Royce

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Duncan Stocks - Sales Manager

Duncan Stocks
Sales Manager

Joined: 2011

Profile: I joined Rivervale in Feb 2011 when the business consisted of just the original four members of staff, since then I have enjoyed being part of the fast growing and changing team. My role has evolved from account manager to key account manager where I am now privileged to look after Rivervale’s larger clients, building on relationships and maximising their fleet efficiency. Hobbies: Out of work I enjoy mountain biking and spending time out with family and friends.

Hobbies: Out of work I enjoy mountain biking and spending time out with family and friends.

First car: Peugeot 205

Dream car: Ferrari

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Richard Hart - Group Remarketing Manager

Richard Hart
Group Remarketing Manager

Joined: 2016

Profile: I joined Rivervale in October 2016, having spent the last four years working for Autotrader, helping to develop a car-market data product, and the previous thirty years in various management positions in prestige Motor Dealerships. At Rivervale, I am responsible for the acquisition, current market pricing and disposal of Used Car stock, drawing on all of my previous experience. My work ensures that we are able to constantly offer top-quality, value-for-money cars.

Hobbies: When I’m not working, I like to watch Football, keep as fit as I can, and dream about old cars!!

First car: A Triumph Dolomite Sprint, for those old enough to remember!

Dream car: Rolls Royce Wraith

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Bud Johnston - Marketing Manager

Bud Johnston
Marketing Manager

Joined: 2015

Profile: Having spent 10 years as a professional sportsmen both in the UK and overseas, I found my feet and retirement from Basketball close to home. Originally coming into contact with Rivervale as a customer I built a solid relationship with Vince. An opportunity arose to lead the Marketing side of the business andI haven’t looked back since! Looking forward, I am tasked with putting the Rivervale name and brand firmly on the map.

Hobbies: Basketball, Mountain biking and Golf, both competing and watching. Playing guitar and percussion. All things digital.

First car: 1996 Vauxhall Tigra, blue.

Dream car: I'd love to bespoke design a car from scratch!

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Josh Seymour - Digital Manager

Josh Seymour
Digital Manager

Joined: 2016

Profile: Joining Rivervale as a Pricing Analyst my role is to take charge of the pricing on the leasing website and make sure that it’s as accurate as possible. The aim in mind is to get Rivervale Leasing known for being the best and most accurate for its pricing online.

Hobbies: I am a bit of a nerd so I like my games and gadgets. Also a huge fan of Game Of Thrones! My other distraction is music, discovering new music and seeing it live at gigs and festivals.

First car: Fiat Cinquecento – The Inbetweener’s car!

Dream car: Tesla Model S

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Dean Smith - Service Manager

Dean Smith
Service Manager

Joined: 2014

Profile: I've been with Rivervale for just over 2 years now. Working with a great team makes it very enjoyable. As Service Manager I get to work face to face with many people which suits me perfectly.

Hobbies: I spend most of my spare time doing CrossFit, or playing/writing music

First car: VW Golf MK3

Dream car: DB9

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Jim Mercer - Administration Manager

Jim Mercer
Administration Manager

Joined: 2015

Profile: I have been in the industry for some years and was given the chance to come on board with Rivervale in 2015 when the team was still growing. My previous roles have consisted of sales, marketing and admin so I have a good knowledge of how the industry works. My role as Admin Manager means I look after the team of staff here, maintaining customer service and I also still do a bit of sales to existing and previous customers too!

Hobbies: My interests outside of work? (I’m not talking about cars) I’d say they mainly consist of being told what to do by my 8 year old daughter, bit of fashion work, tattoos are of interest to me, football (playing and managing) and when I can, socialising

First car: Vauxhall Astra 1.8SXI 3dr

Dream car: Mercedes SLR McLaren

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Elisha Pemberton - Executive Assistant

Elisha Pemberton
Executive Assistant

Joined: 2011

Profile: I’ve been involved and grown up with Rivervale since I was very young due to being part of the Rivervale family. In 2011, I joined full time as a Sales Administrator, but in 2016 I officially became Executive Assistant to Vince Pemberton and Neil Chapman. My job is to assist them in whatever they need and every day is different!

Hobbies: I LOVE to sing! Occasionally I gig and record in the studio, along with producing CD’s to raise money for Rockinghorse.

First car: Vauxhall Corsa

Dream car: After visiting the Goodwood Breakfast Supercar Sunday, it has to be an Aston Martin Vantage GT8!

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Rob Semple - Account Manager

Rob Semple
Account Manager

Joined: 2011

Profile: I joined Rivervale in June 2011 working from an annex office based in Shoreham-By-Sea, I moved over to the main office in 2012 where I have seen the company grow not only in staff numbers but also in stature as we are very active in the local community and business sectors. I have taken great pride in working for Rivervale and all that it stands for both in a business sense but in also giving back where we can. I try to give my very best to my customers’ accounts as they should expect nothing less.

Hobbies: Out of work I enjoy both playing for & managing a local football team who are striving for county league status, I enjoy playing golf with friends when the time is there and rounding the weekends off with some great food and wine with close friends.

First car: Triumph Spitfire 1300L Convertible

Dream car: Porsche ... ANY PORSCHE!

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Jake Zeegen - Account Manager

Jake Zeegen
Account Manager

Joined: 2015

Profile: I joined Rivervale in January 2015 when I was offered the opportunity to join the leasing side of the business. Having never worked in the industry, most of my first year was spent working with different departments to develop my knowledge. My role now involves supplying vehicles on various contract methods to new and existing customers.

Hobbies: Most of my time outside of work is spent seeing friends and family and playing or watching football.

First car: Vauxhall Corsa

Dream car: Mercedes AMG GT Coupe

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Paul Wilson - Account Manager

Paul Wilson
Account Manager

Joined: 2012

Profile: I joined the Rivervale team in 2011 as a full time Account Manager with the task of looking after existing clients and gaining new accounts for personal and business vehicle leasing. Having previously spent 10 years working within various sales roles, I fancied a change and an opportunity to join the Rivervale team came at the right time for me.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching various sports, socialising with friends, watching live music, plus travelling when I can.

First car: Vauxhall Astra MK1

Dream car: Porsche 911 Carrera S

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Jordan Nailard - Account Manager

Jordan Nailard
Account Manager

Joined: 2012

Profile: In 2012 I joined Rivervale to help out part time with the Marketing. I then started to learn how the motor trade worked under my dad (which was an experience!) on the Used Vehicle side of the business. Having gained experience from both the Marketing as well as Used Vehicles I moved into leasing as an Account Manager in 2013.

Hobbies: I am a massive lover of football and a big Liverpool fan so I try and go to as many games as I can. I also enjoy holidays/city breaks and going out for nice meals

First car: VW Polo

Dream car: Aston Martin DB9

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Matt Jones - Sales Executive

Matt Jones
Sales Executive

Joined: 2015

Profile: I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to join Rivervale in March 2015 due to the growth of the company. I am currently working alongside Jeff in the used car side of the business, selling a variety of cars and vans from our forecourt.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching various sports, including football, golf, skiing (at the right time!), socialising and trying out different restaurants.

First car: Citroen Saxo 1.0 (Beauty!)

Dream car: Mercedes-Benz SLS

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Abbie Cashman - Account Manager

Abbie Cashman
Account Manager

Joined: 2016

Profile: I joined Rivervale in September 2016. I previously worked in the car leasing industry for a few years so am familiar with the job. I enjoy speaking with different people everyday and building relationships.

Hobbies: Out of work I enjoy spending time with family and friends and going on holiday (when I can!)

First car: Ford Fiesta

Dream car: Porsche Macan

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Mark McNeill - Workshop Manager

Mark McNeill
Workshop Manager

Joined: 1999

Profile: I have been with Rivervale for 17 years, during this time I've gained qualifications to diagnostic technician for both Mercedes-Benz and Smart, I also manage the workshop. Rivervale is like a second family, great place to work and great people - hence the 17 years!

Hobbies: Motorsport and equestrian with my niece as we own 2 horses

First car: Mini

Dream car: Lotus Carlton

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Marcus Khan - Marketing Executive

Marcus Khan
Marketing Executive

Joined: 2016

Profile: I recently joined the Rivervale team to assist Bud and Natalie with their ever growing tasks in the marketing department and to help with the transition to the new purpose built Rivervale showroom. Having previously spent 5 years working in Commercial and Business Development with Brighton and Hove Albion, I recently opted for a change in career and hope to be able to help in promoting the Rivervale brand and ensure it maintains its reputation as the number one car leasing and used vehicle supplier.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy playing and watching too much football, spending time at the pub with mates, and more recently the occasional round of golf.

First car: Peugeout 306

Dream car: Mercedes Benz CLA 45 AMG in matte grey

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Karis Arghiros - Showroom Hostess

Karis Arghiros
Showroom Hostess

Joined: 2016

Profile: I joined Rivervale in October 2016 when the new showroom opened. My role entails looking after new and existing customers that walk through the door, day to day enquiries, assisting the Rivervale team as much as I can and ensuring the smooth running of the showroom.

Hobbies: My hobby is my family, any free time I get is spent with them.

First car: Ford Fiesta Titanium

Dream car: Land Rover Defender

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Kevin Hayes-Framer - Logistics Manager

Kevin Hayes-Framer
Logistics Manager

Joined: 2013

Profile: I started with Rivervale about 20 years ago and have been back about 3 years now. I've always been in the motor trade, apart from a brief spell as an apprentice Heating Engineer. I love being part of a small team with a big future.

Hobbies: In my spare time I love riding my Triumph Daytona but with two boys and a new house to sort out, that's a rare pleasure, I also enjoy watching MotoGP, playing badminton, cycling and getting out in the fresh air as often as possible .

First car: Hand painted Mini van

Dream car: Ken blocks 1965 Mustang or a Mercedes SLS

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Laura Sayers - Sales Administrator

Laura Sayers
Sales Administrator

Joined: 2012

Profile: They call me Mother, or Tea-Lady, because I keep the kitchen well stocked with everyone’s favourite cuppa! My role as part of the Administration Team for both Business Car Contracts and Rivervale Leasing is to keep the process flowing from order through delivery to payment, whilst keeping the sales team happy along the way!

Hobbies: Going to the theatre, visiting the V&A museum (shoes exhibition FAB!), growing vegetables in my garden; member of “Down the Pub” book club.

First car: BMC Mini

Dream car: SLK AMG Sport in Purple!

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Natalie Faughy - Marketing Executive

Natalie Faughy
Marketing Executive

Joined: 2014

Profile: I spend the majority of my time at work writing blogs to keep our customers up to date with the latest news from Rivervale and the motoring world, as well as making many cups of tea! The thing that annoys the rest of the Rivervale staff about me the most is, no matter how hard I try to listen I nearly always get customers names wrong when I pass on messages … Sorry Rivervale team!

Hobbies: Yoga – a type of exercise that involves slow movements and minimal sweating is perfect for me!

First car: Nissan Micra I called Minnie

Dream car: Bright yellow Nissan Juke

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Charlotte Sayers - Sales Administrator

Charlotte Sayers
Sales Administrator

Joined: 2015

Profile: I was involved with Rivervale 3 years before I finally found my full time position within the company. I work within the used vehicle team and my main role is making sure the process and paperwork is complete and correct before the customer takes delivery of their new vehicle. I enjoy being a part of my close knit team, and the atmosphere of all departments.

Hobbies: Out of work I love to travel and get away to a new country at any given opportunity. I also love socializing with my friends and family.

First car: Ford KA

Dream car: Mercedes GLC Coupe

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Tony Jones - Valeter/Detailer

Tony Jones
Valeter/Detailer

Joined: 2015

Profile: Everyone here is an absolute joy to work with and talk to. Vince and Jeff are the best guys I have ever met, and gave me an opportunity to change my life through my job. I like to think I repay them greatly with hard work, reliability and honesty.

Hobbies: Lifting weights, eating thousands of unnecessary calories and intense cardio.

First car: Peugeot RCZ

Dream car: Nissan Skyline R35 GTR Nismo in pearlescent white

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Umit Hassan - Valeter/Detailer

Umit Hassan
Valeter/Detailer

Joined: 2013

Profile: I have been in the valeting game for almost 15 years now. Prior to Rivervale I worked for a car body shop for 5 years and learnt all the tricks of the trade like bringing paint work up and getting small scratches out, and just generally making cars look like new. After being made redundant in my last job I was fortunate enough to get asked by Jeff to come and help do some valeting work for Rivervale and I haven't looked back since and love every minute of working here.

Hobbies: I enjoy playing pool at the pub, I played in a league and won trophies. I also enjoy listening to music and I like watching football and support Liverpool.

First car: RS Turbo

Dream car: Mercedes C63 AMG

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Marta Hankiewicz-Pianka - Bookkeeper

Marta Hankiewicz-Pianka
Bookkeeper

Joined: 2016

Profile: I joined Rivervale in Feb 2016 with experience in Sales Administration and Bookkeeping. At present my role fluctuates between supporting the Sales Team and working on Accounts, so I can understand the Company’s procedures. In the future I am hoping to develop my position more into Accounts.

Hobbies: In my spare time I enjoy; travel, art, literature, interior design & décor, cycling.

First car: Mazda 2

Dream car: BMW x1 Xline

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Steven Wilson - Website Developer

Steven Wilson
Website Developer

Joined: 2011

Profile: My role at Rivervale is to maintain our website and ensure customers can find us when they perform a google search. Not all of my time is devoted to Rivervale, I also help other companies with their website needs.

Hobbies: My hobbies are skateboarding and going to the gym.

First car: Vauxhall Chevette

Dream car: Audi Q7

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Jonny Pople - Technician

Jonny Pople
Technician

Joined: 2012

Profile: I started back in 2012 working at Victoria road service & mot (another company within rivervale) and have recently moved over to rivervale now, I work within the workshop as a technician & mot tester, within the small time being there I've really enjoyed working as a team and looking into the future with more prospects and training to always improve my knowledge within the motor trade

Hobbies: I enjoy playing football most weeks with a majority of people from rivervale, playing games consoles, spending time with friends and family and always finding time to chill out where possible

First car: Vauxhall Corsa

Dream car: Koenigsegg One:1

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Simon Catford - Mercedes-Benz Technician

Simon Catford
Mercedes-Benz Technician

Joined: 2014

Profile: I have worked for Rivervale for the past two years and have enjoyed every minute of it. Right form the start I was made to feel part of the close Knit team where we have always looked to help one another out. I had previously worked for Mercedes and Peugeot where I gained Master Technician status for both brands.

Hobbies: I am a passionate Liverppol FC and Formula 1/Lewis Hamilton fan. i like most sports but enjoy watching tennis and althletics. Health and fitness is a huge part of my life and I regularly go to the gym and eat well. I am a qualified personal trainer and

First car: Vauxhall Nova

Dream car: M6

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