Meet the Vantage Toyota Team in York

Centre Principal: Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant

Ian Marchant, Centre Principal at Toyota York, joined the Vantage family in January 2016 as part of the New Year acquisitions. With 32 years in the industry, Ian is certainly a valued and extremely knowledgeable addition to the team. He thoroughly enjoys working for Toyota because he believes they are a great brand as well as a fantastic team to work with.

In his spare time, Ian is a very proud father and enjoys watching his daughters compete. His eldest daughter Amy rides horses in Competition and his youngest daughter Katy is a Sprint cyclist for SKY and is currently an impressive UK Number 1 and World Number 6. Ian is looking forward to watching Katy ride in the 2016 Olympics as part of Team SKY GB!

A lot of people don't know this, but Ian successfully raced motorcycles and won three British Championships! Welcome to the team!


Sales Manager: Tom Wash

Tom Wash

Tom is the Sales Manager at Toyota York. Having been part of the Vantage family for over six years, and with collectively 20 years experience in the motor trade you can be sure you're in safe hands when buying a car from Vantage Toyota York.

Tom firmly believes that working with such a reputable manufacturing partner such as Toyota helps ensure that his customer's remain completely satisfied. And that this, coupled with a passion to please, keeps his customers happy.

Even with working in such a busy role, Tom finds the time to help his local community including helping a local primary school to create their very own dream playground complete with mud bath and Guinea pig area! When he has some spare time, Tom loves to keep active taking part in 10k runs, half marathons and regular bike rides.



After Sales Manager: Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman is the After Sales Manager at Toyota York working for Vantage since they acquired the site. Mark also known as Chappy has 18 years' experience working for Toyota meaning he is our resident expert for all you're motoring needs.

His favourite Toyota is the GT 86 as it is so enjoyable to drive. For Mark working at Vantage is enjoyable thanks to the great staff who have become friends and the brilliant customers who make an effort to say thanks to the team when they have done well.

By working with such a happy team at York Mark believes that this rubs off on the customers who visit the centre and enables his team to create great relationships.


Transaction Manager: Dave Blease​

Dave Blease

Our Transaction Manager at Toyota Scarborough is David Blease who has 12 years' experience working in the motor trade. He started his journey with Vantage in York back in May 2004 and has also worked in the Knaresborough and Scarborough centres.

David enjoys that fact that every day at Vantage is different, even after 12 years. He spends time with the customers every day and they always bring new stories, challenges and news for him and his team. After spending so long at Vantage he says he has many customers who have actually become friends after coming back 2,3 or even 4 times to buy a car from the company.

Outside of work David enjoys nights out with his friends whether it be to grab a bite to eat or to head out for some drinks and a catch up. Not many people at Vantage know but David is actually a trained Barista.


Motability Specialist: Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor is our resident Motability specialist at Toyota York with 7 years' experience working for the Toyota brand, joining Vantage in 2012.

Working for Toyota gives Mark reassurance in the cars which he is selling, he believes Toyota don't just think about the first customer who will buy the car but they build a car that will be a great car for the fourth, fifth and sixth owners too.

When Mark is not in our York showroom he can often be found hurling himself down mountain sides on his bike, or in the kitchen cooking for his friends or loved ones.