Christopher Baker M.I.M.I. Dip Ed. - Managing Director

Chris founded the business in 1986 after working his way up through the ranks of the motor trade. He started his career as an apprentice with a landrover sub dealer, where he became one of the youngest MOT testers in the country. From there he went on to work for two years in a business specialising in the repair of plant, agricultural and marine machinery. This was followed by two years as technician, service supervisor and service manager at a local Vauxhall dealership before starting his own business which he has built up over the last 28 years. Chris’s motto is; “its not only my job but my hobby” and feels that when this motto no longer applies it will be time to retire! To compliment his vast experience within the industry he also lectures part time in the automotive and marine sections at South Devon College.

Michelle Booth - General Manager, Company Secretary

Michelle came to Western Garage in 1998 on a modern apprentice scheme, via the Paignton Sec Info Tech, as a trainee secretary. She rose to this challenging career change with drive and determination, and apart from a few weeks away to get married and a few years away to raise her son, has worked for Western Garage ever since.
Michelle is in charge of accounts and administration and thoroughly enjoys her work within the motor trade. She has gained vast experience in the industry and along with Chris was responsible for setting up both the class one, two and four MOT bays.

Alex Wilson – Workshop foreman, Light vehicle and Motorcycle MOT tester

Alex joined us during school holidays and Saturdays, prior to commencing a full time apprenticeship with us in 2005. He qualified at level 3, went on to work for us as a vehicle technician and mot tester until he left to further his career in the army in spring 2012. Alex re-joined us in spring 2013, as workshop foreman.