Meet the team
Our team are integral to our vision and we value each contribution they make. All staff undertake regular training and attend relevant trade shows and conferences.
Owen Forrest (Director)
Owen trained at a Renault franchised dealership for seven years gaining workshop experience and completing industry standard training for diagnosis and repair. He started Kent Car Craft in March 2007 aged 24. Owen has taken the company to where it is today; from a one vehicle lock up-to a 6 bay vehicle repair workshop. Owen can now be found front-of-house where he is dedicated to excellent customer service.
Richard worked with his dad before leaving school,when he built a production class rally cross car. He started his apprenticeship with Invicta Ford Ramsgate at 16, before moving on to Bodyline Autos. He then took a position at Kings Garage in 1994 where he trained as an MOT tester and Workshop Foreman. In 2001 Richard gained a position at St Georges VW where he completed several training courses while working towards Mastertech. St georges closed 2009 so Richard moved to East Cliff Garage as a Workshop Foreman.
Steve started his career at Kings Garage in Ramsgate where he completed Levels 1-3 City & Guilds qualifications in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. In 2003 he joined Euro Canterbury as a Technician and after 4 years moved to Toyota Canterbury. where he stayed until he joined the Kent Car Craft team in early 2014.
Front of House team
Sophie joined Kent Car Craft in January 2017 as a Business Administration Apprentice. She recently left school and has only had a small amount of work experience but she has coped very well with a full time role whilst studying.
Leanne has brought with her a wealth of experience from a previous Marketing and Communications role. This has allowed her to overhaul the branding for Kent Car Craft, designing new uniforms, branded stationery and promotional materials. Leanne has also designed and implemented a new website with improved responsiveness and due to her extensive knowledge of CMS systems and social media platforms she has created a significant online presence for the business.
She is married to Owen and they have a daughter, Mila.
Owen’s father Doug ran sister-company Classic Car Craft from 2008-2014; specialising in British and American classic cars up to the mid eighties. Doug, who worked as a generator engineer for 20 years, has always had a keen interest in classic cars. He has an eclectic car ownership history including Jaguar, Chevrolet and Dodges.