Meet the Team

Phil Newstead

Phil Newstead

Director & Shareholder

Phil Newstead has worked in the European automotive sector for over 30 years. Having completed an MBO of the Dent Wizard business from Manheim in 2011, Phil created a team ethos that saw the Dent Wizard business grow revenue from £400K in 2011 to over £8M in 2017. This success attracted a lot of interest and the business was sold to Amtrust in 2017.

Phil had also acted as an advisor to Dan Besau for over 15 years and has been instrumental in helping Dan devise the strategy that has seen the SmartRepairs.co.uk business grow from a sole trader, to be one of the largest independent SMART repairers in the UK.

Phil invested in SmartRepairs.co.uk in 2019 and now works closely with Dan and the team, ensuring strategy and performance deliver our ambitious growth plans.

Phil can be contacted on 0113 263 0458.

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Dan Besau

Director & Shareholder

Dan Besau initially started in the SMART repair industry in January 1996 working for Dentmaster. Having worked for them for a period of 4 years then following the takeover from DentWizard USA, Dan decided to go it alone in 2000.

After 3 successful years DHMB Ltd was formed. From a sole trader in 2000, growing the company to 60 employees and a £5M turnover, it was clear there was an ever-growing demand for services and external expertise needed to be brought in.

It was then Dan teamed up with Phil Newstead following his own journey and can now proudly say Smart Repairs is the largest independent SMART repairer in the country. Smart Repairs is unique in that all our technicians are employed, ensuring consistent quality and a steady stream of new technicians can be trained internally.

Dan can be contacted on 0113 263 0458.

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Katrina Oxtoby

General Manager Central Operations

Katrina Oxtoby has worked in the Oil, Gas, Crane and Auto sectors and moved to Manheim (Cox Group) in the Midlands from Cambridgeshire in 2006.

Working with Phil Newstead, Katrina was instrumental in growing the DWV business after his MBO in 2011 from the Cox Group.

The business was then sold to Amtrust in 2017 where Katrina continued working with them until May 2020. Katrina moved from the Midlands to Leeds to work along side Phil Newstead again, Dan Besau and the team in their Smart Repairs business.

Katrina originally from Yorkshire has returned to her roots.

Katrina can be contacted on 0113 263 0458.

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Darryl Short

Head of Business

Darryl Short has worked in the retail motor trade for over 30 years and joined our business in 2018, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of both retail and trade sectors.

Having held Head of Business and General Sales Manager roles with the Mercedes-Benz brand for many years, Darryl has a great understanding of what is important to meet both dealership and customer needs. This knowledge has helped our technicians cement great partnerships with their dealerships and customers.

Darryl can help deal with your specific needs and adjust our technician allocation to ensure you have your stock ready for retail. Alongside this he would be delighted to assist with insurance work and advise on lease return standards.

Darryl can be contacted on 01132 263 0458.

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Ian Hobson

Technical Manager

Ian Hobson started in the motor trade straight from school, working at a Land Rover dealership, completing his apprenticeship and becoming a fully qualified Land Rover technician for 10 years, before moving to work on Bentley Motor cars for 4 years.

After a 12 month stint back with a local Land Rover garage, Ian joined Dan as the first employee, and trained as a Dent repair technician. From there, Dan grew the team and Ian assisted where needed, looking after the “Dent team”, allowing Dan the capacity to grow the company further; in the way of mobile wheel repair and paint repairs and further still into the static workshop facility we have today.

During this time Ian came away from the tools to help manage the whole mobile and workshop teams to ensure the customers always received the best service possible – a standard Dan has always set and has always maintained as the company grew, getting us to where we are today.

Ian can be contacted on 07500 702090.

Providing dealerships with expert support

With over 25 years of experience repairing vehicles in and around the Yorkshire area, our skilled team of 50 employees are on-hand to make sure the vehicles in your dealership are ready to be rolled out onto your forecourt for sale.

If you are a dealership looking for emergency or regular repair work, please complete the form on our dedicated dealership repair service page.