Managing to keep it in the family

Andy and Roger Wells
Andy and Roger Wells

For father and son, Roger and Andy Wells, the phrase ‘keeping it in the family’ is very appropriate, with the pair having worked together in the motor industry for more than eight years.

Kettering-born Roger has been the MasterFit Service Centre manager at Wellingborough’s Vauxhall dealership York Ward and Rowlatt for the last five years, and since his son Andy joined the dealership in March 2010 the pair have worked side-by-side. However, their working relationship has now come to an end after Roger took early retirement last week.

But it’s not the end of having a Wells in charge at the retailer in St John’s Street, as 33-year-old Andy has since stepped into his dad’s shoes and taken over the helm of the MasterFit Service Centre.

General manager Nick Hughes said: “The baton has well and truly changed family hands. We’re very sad to see Roger go as he’s a much loved member of the team, but we’re also excited to see Andy take the reins as he follows in the footsteps of his father. We wish both of them all the very best in their new ventures.”

Roger, from Rushden, said: “I’m taking early retirement to spend quality time with my family; it’s a bit of a daunting prospect to not have a job to go to every day, as I’ve been in work since I was 18, but I’m really looking forward to all the new experiences it will bring.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working at York Ward & Rowlatt; the people are great and I shall miss them very much. I’m sure Andy will do a great job heading up the Vauxhall MasterFit offering at the dealership; nevertheless, I’ve done my best to set the bar high.”

Andy started his career as a service receptionist and went on to become aftersales reception manager. Now stepping into the position of MasterFit manager, he is keen to embrace the new challenge.

Commenting on his experience of working alongside his dad, Andy said: “There was certainly never any favouritism, but there was always a lot of friendly banter between us. I shall miss having dad around but I’m looking forward to getting stuck into my new role and making it my own.”