• Key Staff

Key Staff

Contechs’ people are central to its business success. The company has a flat management structure with a close-knit team that have worked together for many years. The senior management comprises: -


Peter Jarvis


Managing Director and company owner


Peter heads the business, shaping its strategy and leading the concept design, engineering and delivery of turn-key design and engineering programmes for many of Contechs’ prestigious clients.

He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and an MSc in Design & Engineering from Coventry University. He also received the university’s Numerical Science Award.

He served an apprenticeship with BAe and prior to joining Contechs he worked as a Chief Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover with responsibility for taking vehicle designs from concept through to launch.

Outside work he is a keen sportsman, enjoying football, golf, fishing, walking and gym training.


Ian Brookes


Commercial Director and company owner


Ian is one of the founders of Contechs. He is responsible for all financial, commercial and legal matters and is involved in the top-line business strategy. He also leads management of general operations and compliance issues.

Ian studied Business & Marketing at the University of Hertfordshire and has worked as a design engineer in the UK and Germany. Prior to founding Contechs with colleagues in 1997, he was a director of Interior Innovation & Design and APX International.

Outside work Ian enjoys classic cars, motorcycling, boating and watching his sons play rugby.


Yogi Carpenter


Business Development Director


Yogi joined Contechs in 1999 and has been central to the development and growth of the business. He has hands-on involvement in both the provision of design & engineering services and recruitment & technical resourcing. His responsibilities further extend to Projects & Operations management and client relationships.

Prior to joining Contechs, Yogi completed engineering & technical apprenticeships in the machine tool industry together with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Coventry University. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the automotive industry in design, engineering and consultancy roles for leading manufacturers. Subsequently he lead the CAD and design operations for MSX Europe and established MSX’s India engineering operations.

Yogi is married with three children and enjoys family time, travel and golf.


Ian Roberts


Managing Director CONTECHS Deutschland


Ian joined the company in 2014 after Contechs strategically acquired his German based consultancy, he is now the Managing Director of Contechs Deutschland

Ian started his career securing a Ford Technical Apprenticeship, which then led him to work with some prestigious Engineering & Design consultancies in the UK, Germany and Australia.

Ian founded his consultancy in 1996 and successfully grew the Design and Engineering business for 18 years prior to joining Contechs. His role with Contechs is to develop and grow the European business for the company as well as
strategically support the UK business development team.

Ian is married with 2 children and enjoys classic cars, fishing and travel.


Alan Yee


Engineering Director


Alan has joined the company to head up the Engineering Department, with special emphasis on Automotive Body Systems and Product Lifecycle Management.

Alan holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and has over 35 years’ experience in the transport industry, Inc. 15 years as an Engineering Department leader for a global Tier 1 supplier of automotive body systems.

Outside work he is a keen cyclist and rides 100 mile events for charitable causes.


Stuart Wakefield


Operations Director, Contechs Trimming


Stuart is responsible for the day to day running of the Trimming division of Contechs including production, engineering, trim development and purchasing.

He holds an MSc in Engineering Business Management and prior to joining Contechs in 2007, he worked at Jaguar Land Rover. During that time he held a number of roles covering a wide range of engineering and production management disciplines, including Dimensional Control, Manufacturing APQP, Supplier Technical Assistance and Team Value Management.

In his spare time Stuart enjoys Mediterranean travel, foreign languages, theatre and fine cuisine and wines.


Dante Vaghi


International Business Director


Dante joined CONTECHS Deutschland GmbH in October 2016 as International Business Director, based in the Munich office. He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry and has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.

He has a talent for directing strategic activities and will be the driving force for Contechs expansion and increasing our corporate competitiveness in European markets; developing automotive OEM’s and first tier suppliers.

Dante will be responsible for the development and implementation of new business relating to expanding CONTECHS Deutschland GmbH involving studio concepts, design and engineering.

Dante is also responsible for the management and development of expanding the Munich recruitment team, supporting executive design and engineering requirements for local clients.

Dante has a real passion for football, enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with his family.


Steve Edwards


Head of CAD and Technical Operations


Steve is responsible for program delivery to clients and in particularly those for Ford Motor Company. He manages CAD & Engineering teams both at Contechs’ offices and on-site with clients, and is responsible for developing Contechs’ strategy for working with overseas engineering partners.

Steve has worked in automotive engineering for more than 25 years, gaining extensive experience in body structures, powertrain and chassis engineering, working with suppliers in the OEM arena.

Outside work Steve enjoys cycling and playing squash.


Mandy Rounce


Head of Technical Resourcing


Mandy has a key role in overseeing the work of the entire recruitment team at the Basildon site. Mandy ensures all the consultants are fully versed in the latest employment and recruitment law and Government initiatives, maintaining continuous improvement of the company’s service to its clients and candidates. Mandy also has a hands-on role as a MIRP and CertRP qualified recruiter, continuing to successfully secure the right people for the right positions.

As well as an honours degree in Business Studies, Mandy gained extensive experience in automotive recruitment in four successful years working as a technical recruiter for MSX International prior to joining Contechs in 2004.

Away from work Mandy enjoys regular cinema trips and never misses an episode of Top Gear.


Lisa May


Business Developement Manager


Lisa May has gained over 15 years’ experience in the automotive sector, who now joins the Senior Management Team at Contechs in 2014; as a Business Development Manager located in Contechs Warwick Offices.

Responsible for the development and implementation of new business relating to studio concepts, design & engineering and key strategic initiatives, such as Contechs design academy to support all our Clients requirements for training and development of specialist studio & design resources.

Lisa also has responsibility for the management and development of the expanding Warwick Recruitment Team, supporting executive design & engineering requirements for our clients in the UK and Europe.

In her free time Lisa enjoys travelling and shoe shopping.


Chris Innes


Business Development Manager


Chris assists with the ongoing growth of Contechs ensuring solutions are found for customer requirements.

With 30 year’s experience in the industry he has worked within major Automotive Tier Ones in Senior Commercial and Programme roles as well as driving startup businesses.

Chris is a keen swimmer and enjoys regular visits to his family in France.


Jeremy Green


Chief Engineering Specialist


Jeremy joined the company to add Cockpit Architecture and Passive Safety expertise to an already strong and established team.

Jeremy has over 30 year experience working with Premium OEMs and Tier 1 Suppliers completing many successful Interior Modules from concept to production meeting all Customer, EU & NAS requirements. Jeremy will lead Interior Design & Development including Passive Safety & Performance. Passenger Airbag Systems & Design for Manufacture being particular areas of expertise.

Away from the ever increasing pace of Automotive Engineering Jeremy retreats to his family home in the Lake District.


Hannah Hunter


Commercial & Legal Manager


Hannah joined Contechs commercial team to assist and advise all Legal and Commercial aspects of the business.

Hannah has over 9 years’ experience working in Law firms and is qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEx) having studied whilst working in law. Hannah worked in a dispute resolution team prior to joining Contechs and has wide ranging experience of commercial and contract disputes, property litigation, insurance litigation, insolvency litigation and appeared behind Counsel in a matter which progressed to the Court of Appeal.

Outside of work Hannah enjoys tennis and live music.


John Govey


Manager, Contechs Materials Handling


John has overall responsibility for the Materials Handling Division, including technical sales, project management, client liaison and the design, manufacture and delivery of the racking systems.

John served a full apprenticeship at Ford, gaining an HNC in Production Engineering. He worked as a Component Engineer and CAD Designer before specialising in Materials Handling from 1995.

John enjoys golf, cricket, rugby, skiing and spending time with his family.