About Our Team

Managing Director – Steve Russell

For the last 25 years Managing Director Steve Russell has been working with Audi & Volkswagen cars. His experience is second to none. He is renowned as one of the best in the trade and being picked as one of the first and original Audi Master Technicians, Steve has solved many problems – where others have failed. According to The Institute of the Motor Industry in 2007 Steve was one of the Top Technicians in the entire UK, and is still as passionate and dedicated in offering exceptional customer service.

Steve has mentored many apprentices and technicians over the years who have gone on to become Master technicians.

Steve has qualified as both an Audi and Volkswagen Master Technician, and opened up his very own Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and Bentley garage in Kingsbury, North-West London in 2007.

Steve is a keen member of the gym and enjoys running marathons for charity.

Steve is well known as being one of the best Audi/VW Master Technicians and is often called apon by other garages for help and advise.

Director – Jane Russell

Jane Russell has a BA (HONS) degree in Media and Communications and left university to embark on a successful career in television broadcast. After the birth of her first child in 2004, Jane established a home search and relocation company based in Hertfordshire and serviced corporate clients and private individuals including professional sportsmen. Jane also established and successfully ran two women based networking groups in North London and Hertfordshire and is still heavily involved with business networking.

In 2007 Jane and Steve set up Russell Automotive Centre and split the business so that Steve runs the garage whilst Jane runs the company.

Jane lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Steve; their two children and Poppy the dog.

Service Manager – Sudesh Patel

Sudesh joined the team in early 2011 and brought with him 24 previous years worth of management experience at a main dealer level.

Sudesh has an outstanding customer service, personally overseeing his customer needs are fully met whilst their car is in our care.

Prior to the management aspect of his career, Sudesh trained as a technician and Mot tester and has a full technical understanding as well as a welcoming smile!

Sudesh is an avid squash player and regular bike rider and keen gardener. He lives in London with his wife and son.

Caner Edip A.K.A. ‘J’ Technician, MOT Tester and Quality Controller.

Caner has always had a passion for mechanics and eagerly started as an apprentice at a VW main dealer in 1999. It was here that he qualified and then continued to work as a technician and gain the experience and knowledge that he carries with him today. Cars are a big part of Caner’s life; both in work and play, and he has a huge interest in performance cars and enjoys going to Aston Martin race meets!

Caner joined Russell Automotive Centre at the beginning of 2011 where he qualified as an MOT tester. Caner is a big gym addict, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. He loves travelling and can’t get enough of New York which is where he goes as often as he can.

Caner lives in North London with his family.

Stefan Karakolev - Technician

Stefan joined the team in 2011 having trained and worked at the biggest Volkswagen dealwership in Bulgaria. His methodical working is an asset to the workshop.

He lives in Middlesex with his girlfriend.




Angel Shilev - Technician





Eddy the driver

Eddy is our full time collection and delivery driver.

If you can’t come to us then Eddy will come to you.




Hilary Laing - Financial Director

Hilary has held the position of Finance Director with Russell Automotive Centre since 2009 and her corporate bluechip background and experience has been advantageous to the growth of the company.   Hilary has a head for figures and keeps her own very trim by her passion for cycling.  She regularly participates with hundreds of other competitors in cycling challenges and does rather well! Her most charitable moment is cycling 300 miles in three days in June 2012 for the organisation Right To Play UK.

Hilary lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children.


The keeper of the books!





Poppy the dog – Garage Mascot

Poppy is a breed called a Cockapoo, she is half Cocker Spaniel and half Poodle.
She does not molt and is hypoallergenic which means she will not trigger any allergic reactions.
She is very very friendly will want to say a friendly hello when you see her in the reception area.

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