Meet the Vantage Toyota Team in Birmingham

Centre Principal: Gary Phipps


Sales Manager: Vacancy


Aftersales Manager: Andrew Westbury​

​Business Development Manager: Jess Hodgkiss

Jess Hodgkiss

After working for 11 years in the Automotive industry Jess Hodgkiss joined the vantage team over 9 years ago, and is now the Business Development Manager for Lexus and Toyota in Birmingham.

Jess enjoys many aspects of her job at Vantage but the best part for her is seeing one of her customer's business grow from strength to strength over the years and being able to supply their duel branded fleet of Toyota's and Lexus' all the way through.

Outside of the work environment Jess enjoys spending time with her 2 year old daughter and her horses.

Motability Specialist: Julie Spooner

Julie Spooner

With over 15 years' experience in Motability sales, our specialist from Toyota Birmingham Julie Spooner has a wealth of knowledge to help all of her customers find the perfect car for them.

Julie enjoys meeting new customers and works hard to build a close relationship with returning customers who are buying another car from the Toyota Birmingham team.

In her own time, Julie enjoys getting outside as much as possible and taking her dog for walks. Not many people know that Julie is a Black Belt in Judo and is fully qualified in first aid.

Motability Specialist: Paul Woodward​

Paul Woodward

Paul Woodward, a Motability Specialist at Toyota Birmingham, has been in the motor trade since 1979 and has worked in the Parts Department, Service Department and even selling HGV vehicles. He loves the industry because he is a huge fan of cars and a bit of a petrol head! He has worked for Toyota since 2012 and really enjoys working for the manufacturer because the vehicles are extremely reliable and the quality of the engineering is impeccable.

He has been trained in Motability since 2001 and loves his job because he enjoys the satisfaction he gets from ensuring his customers are 100% happy with their vehicle and he also enjoys helping people to achieve the independence that we can take for granted.

His favourite Toyota vehicle unfortunately isn't available on the Motability scheme but he loves the GT86 because it's the fastest and sportiest!

In his spare time, Paul enjoys flying his Microlight Aircraft and watching Motorsport with his wife, who is also a huge Motorsport enthusiast.

Motability Specialist: Steve Dean

Steve Dean

Steve Dean, another of our Motability Specialists at Toyota Birmingham, joined the motor industry almost 40 years ago due to his huge passion for cars and meeting new people. He recently joined Toyota, in 2013 because he loves the variety of the model range and the incredible Hybrid models on offer.

Steve trained as a Motability Specialist 19 years ago and loves his job because it means he is able to help people choose the perfect car for themselves and their needs.

His favourite Toyota model is the Verso because it is incredibly 'verso-tile' and suits many different peoples requirements!

In his spare time, Steve enjoys going out and socialising with friends as well as watching the F1.