Within this section you will get to know a little more about the team who makes Windrush the first choice for car storage, and the people who work hard to gain and maintain our coveted ISO9001 status.
Tim EarnshawFounder and Managing Director
How long have you worked at Windrush? From the first car we stored (mine) in 2004.
What did you do prior to Windrush? Managed logistics for Ferrari in Formula 1 and Ducati in Moto GP looking after the in-paddock hospitality units for title sponsor Philip Morris (Marlboro). As chief problem solver, it was stressful!
What does your job entail? Looking after the WCS team, our clients, and their cars. The buck stops with me.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? I love making people happy. Whatever it takes.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Fixing things, problem solving is in my DNA. Also, driving a tractor or digger where I allow myself to ‘zone out’ and chill.
Favourite work memory? That’s a tough one as I honestly love what I do and have so many. I know it sounds corny but honestly if the client is happy and the team are happy I am happy. Gun against my head I would say probably the day I decided to leave London and make it a full time ‘job’ in 2009 – still feels like a dream now.
What was your first car? 1974 Land-Rover Series III. Marine Blue. No radio, diesel and cruise control was a wooden stick, at a mighty 55 mph (yes arctic trucks cruised past at 56mph on the motorway).
Current car? VW Golf R, love it. Does everything really well. Fast, great handling, 4wd, comfortable and adaptive suspension. Acceptable anywhere.
What is your dream car?
McLaren F1. Man, I love these. The technology back in 1995 was like a spaceship, gold plating in the engine bay, but somewhat understated in design when compared to some of the exotic supercars of today. This is the modern holy grail of the automotive world.
Charlotte EarnshawHead of Accounts
How long have you worked at Windrush? Since its birth, some would say that’s too long when working with your husband.
What did you do prior to Windrush? People find it hard to believe I was a city banker structuring commercial property finance for nearly 10 years before quitting and heading to work on an estate in Oxfordshire. I enjoyed going back to my country roots, but later joined Windrush.
What does your job entail? Numbers, numbers, and more numbers!
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? Being able to raid Lachlan’s treasure cove of goodies for my truck… and of course, working with a fun team.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Dogs! Anyone who knows me well will know I’m never far from my black labs.
Favourite work memory? Probably having my truck fully detailed by the Windrush team was a special moment…she has never looked so sparkly.
What was your first car? Peugeot 106 Mardi Gras in electric blue… looking back at her she really was like a Baked Bean can on wheels, but she had a sunroof, happy days.
Current car? VW Amarok, absolutely love her.
What is your dream car? Mercedes G-Wagon AMG in matt black.
Alastair MainLondon General Manager
How long have you worked at Windrush? 4 years.
What did you do prior to working at Windrush? I spent my time moving paper (rather than cars) behind a desk at a large City firm...
What does your job entail? Managing all aspects of our London operations, as well as new client enquiries and on-boarding.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? Meeting the range of interesting and diverse people who use our services and dealing with probably the finest collection of cars in the UK. I also enjoy working with such a close-knit and professional team across the business.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? I spend time with my partner and our three little girls. We enjoy eating and drinking, travel, and spending time with our families in the New Forest and East Sussex. I am also a keen cyclist and member of my local CrossFit gym.
Favourite work memory? There are so many. But some lovely early morning drives across London having collected a client's beautiful Ferrari 365 2+2 springs to mind.
What was your first car? Citroen Saxo (with a massive 60 bhp no less).
Current car? Range Rover Sport for family duties and a rather tired Rover 75 for commuting and street parking. The fact I commute in such a car seems to amuse the clients.
What is your dream car? A mint B7 RS4 Avant with ceramic brakes, or if I didn't have to be practical, a Porsche 911 C4S (996).
Jean ChalmersCommunications and Logistics Planner
How long have you worked at Windrush? 4 years.
What did you do prior to working at Windrush? 16 years in the retail/hospitality sector – a great lesson in first class customer service.
What does your job entail? Client communications and logistical planning. I also oversee quality management of our ISO 9001 status. I excel in efficient client communication and ability to chase suppliers when needed.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? Definitely the relaxed atmosphere and the close-knit team.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Netflix, having fun and going to car shows with my Saab 9-3 convertible.
Favourite work memory? When Charlotte took us on a girls night out in Cheltenham… I can’t say any more than that.
What was your first car? Nissan Micra K10 with the reg - ‘J578 ONC’. It was my wee baby ‘JONC’!
Current car? Saab 9-3 Convertible 2L Turbo with a stage 1 map tune - 230 bhp with a fancy new audio upgrade. Suns out, hoods down, tunes up.
What is your dream car? A white Austin Healey Sprite - it’s always smiling… like me!
What, in your opinion, makes Windrush the best in car storage? The team. We go above and beyond for our clients, from that first phone call enquiry to assisting in total car management through the whole Windrush journey.
Victoria BondAccounts Department
How long have you worked at Windrush? 2.5 years.
What did you do prior to working at Windrush? I was lucky enough to secure an accounting apprenticeship at a bespoke tailors’ on Savile Row aged just 16. I worked there for a couple of years, gaining an accounting qualification, before moving to the beautiful Cotswolds.
What does your job entail? I deal with accounting, including trade and client communications.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? We have fun and all get on very well. I also love the rural location of our Cotswolds facility; it makes a pleasant change from the dreadful London commute.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? I often read classic literature and enjoy learning about history. Otherwise, I’m out on long country walks or visiting pretty Cotswold villages & antique shops. I’m very much an old soul at heart.
Favourite work memory? When we went out for a game of bowling and crazy golf in Cheltenham. Our Christmas dinners are lovely too.
What’s one truth about your job that no one usually expects? There’s only 2 of us in the office. Sometimes people assume we work in a big office, but we are a small and agile team which allows us to get to know our clients very well.
What was your first car? A lovely orange Nissan Micra K12 - what a great little motor that was. I had her for almost 4 years and unfortunately she got written off earlier this year… absolutely gutted!
Current car? 2005 Toyota Aygo - it gets me from A to B, but I miss my Micra dearly.
What is your dream car? Definitely a Nissan 300ZX Twin Turbo. Japanese cars every time.
What, in your opinion, makes Windrush the best in car storage? Our customer service, it’s what we pride ourselves in. With such a small team, the communications remain very personal and in doing so we build great relationships with our clients.
Lachlan ChalmersCotswolds Team Leader
How long have you worked at Windrush? 7 years.
What were you doing prior to Windrush? I ran my own detailing business in Scotland for 7 years. One day an agency called to discuss a position at a prestigious car storage facility, I drove to the Cotswolds for my interview and started a job at Windrush within a week.
What does your job entail? Cotswold Operations Team Leader.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? The banter between the staff. We all get on very well, the environment is great and it’s a very pleasant place to work.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Working on my own cars and pampering them every weekend.
Favourite work memory? My stag-do with Windrush owner Tim. He looked after me well that night.
What’s one truth about your job that no one would expect? That I don’t actually own the place, I’ve been here so long and know so many clients.
What was your first car? Ford Orion.
Current car? 2 Saabs - one is a daily driver and the other is a Concours Saab 9-5 Aero Estate.
What is your dream car? I own it!
Nick MunroTransport and Cotswolds Operations
How long have you worked at Windrush? 3 years.
What does your job entail? Transport and Cotswold Operations.
What were you doing prior to Windrush? I used to work on and offshore oil and gas processing sites to provide asset integrity and detailed reports to the client.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? Driving the Land Cruiser around the country and getting to meet many of our suppliers and clients.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Work on my cars drift my BMW. I like to dress up in my sports jacket and cravat to visit Jeremy Clarkson’s farm shop! I also like to take my two beautiful pugs for long walks with my girlfriend.
Favourite work memory? When we had a staff day out for breakfast in the Cosy Club and played Crazy Golf / Bowling.
What was your first car? Volvo 240.
Current car? Volvo 240 , Saab 9-5 (daily driver) and BMW E36 (drift car).
What is your dream car? Volvo 240 (I still have it).
Stewart BickelLondon Operations
How long have you worked at Windrush? 2 years.
What did you do prior to Windrush? Before joining Windrush I worked as an inspector/driver a Logistics company, assessing, and collecting vehicles for big leasing companies. I learned a lot about vehicle condition reports, defensive driving, customer handling and rural bus timetables…
What does your job entail? Vehicle inspection and preparation, delivery and collection of vehicles for clients, and logistics for MOT and maintenance work.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? Helping real enthusiasts live the dream.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Drumming, cooking, and driving.
Favourite work memory? Delivering a Series 1 E-type to The Savoy on a sunny Saturday and feeling like a VIP with all the attention.
What was your first car? Hillman Avenger with a shot head gasket. My car buying judgement hasn't improved much since.
Current car? 2008 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
Mark HironsLondon Operations
How long have you worked at Windrush? Almost a year.
What did you do prior to working at Windrush? I worked as a service manager for a Land Rover specialist, prior to that I was a software analyst. I lived in Sydney for 8 years then in 2019 bought a camper van and did a trip around Europe (luckily before Covid).
What does your job entail? Keeping all vehicles we store in tip top condition.
What’s your favourite thing about working at Windrush? The staff are excellent. The cars are pretty impressive.
What do you like to do when you’re not working? Trial bike riding, attempting to play the guitar and going to see live music.
Favourite work memory? Driving a James Bond spec Aston Martin DB5 and everyone giving me a wave.
What was your first car? A turquoise Citroen Saxo, unfortunately.
Current car? I currently own an Audi S3, Volkswagen Campervan T4 and a Honda CBR250RR motorcycle.
What is your dream car? Probably an E46 BMW M3 CSL or a BMW E30 M3.
What is your dream car? Official: Ferrari 575 (manual). Unofficial: 1965 Buick Riviera GS.