Our small team is headed up by Father, Son and Daughter team, Peter, Rob and Laura
Rob has worked in the business from being an apprentice aged 17, following in his Dad Peter's footsteps. He completed his mechanic apprenticeship in 2005. In 2014 he became Managing Director of the group.
Day to day, Rob manages the Short Term Fleet, Long Term Vehicle Contract Hire and Leasing, Sales and Service. He is based at Peter Watson (Skipton) Limited, Otley Road, Skipton.
Founder of both Peter Watson Skipton Limited and Skipton Self Drive Limited, Peter started working for himself over 50 years ago as a motor mechanic and body repairer. He's been hiring out vehicles since 1978 and subsequently formed Skipton Self Drive Limited. In 2014, Skipton Self Drive moved to it's own site and Peter came too!
He can be found mainly on the car wash and in the workshop, preparing vehicles for hire.
Laura first started working for the business age 14 doing admin every Saturday morning! After a Uni degree in Business and Management Studies she went on to study Management Accountancy. After five years working for large businesses, she realised that her heart was back in Skipton working as part of the family firm and moved back to the firm in 2012. Laura now manages the Skipton Self Drive site along with her Dad Peter and Brother Rob.
Gavin joined us in 2017. You'll find him managing the front desk and mucking in with all sorts at busy times! He has a background in vehicle leasing and contract hire, and management of a small hire fleet.
He's a very keen golfer (if he's not talking about golf, he's usually playing it!) and is Dad to two young boys Freddie and Arthur.
Sam works part time with us on the rental desk and the rest of her time is spent at Peter Watson's, Otley Road. She is responsible for accounts and admin but also manages all customer needs in terms of vehicle collections, returns and enquiries. Her past experience managing customer relationships shows in the excellent customer service she offers to our customers. She too has a young family; two girls, Anya and Eliza.
Steve has been with us since 2013. He is responsible for managing the fleet, preparing vehicles for hire and checking vehicles in and out.
Scott is our newest member of the valeting team. He joined us in 2017. He too is responsible for making sure vehicles are well prepared and handed over to rental customers.
Andrew is definitely now part of the furniture here at SSD! He's been part of our valeting team for more than 10 years. He's the first here in the morning and works hard in the background to ensure vehicle are ready for those early collections.