The Team

Meet the team that make The Test Centre OFFICIALLY the most successful MOT Testing station in the UK.

MOT Test Ian Wills

Ian Wills - The Boss

Ian opened The Test Centre 20 years ago, starting out with simply one arch and one testing bay.  Over the years he has slowly added arch by arch to create The Test Centre as we see it today.

Ian is especially proud of the pit that we added in 2014 which enables us to do Class 7 and Class 5 testing.

Ian is still on hand daily, to oversee the everyday running of the business and is often found interfering in the reception area.

Ali Ayub – Senior MOT Tester

Ali has been with The Test Centre for the last 14 years and has seen many staff and customers come and go over the years.  Ali is our most experienced and most valued team member and brings all his knowledge and wisdom of every type of vehicle ever made.  His experience is invaluable to us.

MOT Tester Ali Ayub
MOT tester Mr. Singh

Mr. Singh – MOT tester

Mr. Singh has been with The Test Centre for almost 10 years and is our most popular and well liked team member.  He has a great personality and loves to laugh and joke with the customers.  Yet underneath that winning smile he has years of experience with MOT testing and mechanics.  He is a well valued team player and boy does he make the best TEA!

Jeni Farlam - Receptionist

Jeni is one of our new members of staff that we head-hunted for this job. Jeni has been with the team since early 2017 and has been in the MOT industry for the last 13 years. She always welcomes everyone with a smile. Jeni is learning quickly about the day to day running of The Test Centre and has proven to be a great communicator with all types of customers. She has a great way of making everyone feel at ease and is clear and helpful when explaining any problems or information to customers.  She helps greatly with our mission of Approved Female friendly Garage for London and the South East.

MOT centre receptionist Jeni Farlam
MOT test centre administrator Lucy Taskin

Lucy Taskin - Administrator

Lucy has worked in admin since leaving school and has recently joined us to help market our expanding company. She is always friendly and her positive attitude and productivity are invaluable. This comes from years of working in the hospitality industry, where hard work and dedication are key.   

Carl McFarlane - MOT tester

Carl has been an MOT tester for around 25 years and has gained vast experience in testing all ages and styles of vehicles.  He is a real people person and is well liked by each and every customer. Carl brings with him years of experience in classic and vintage cars which we see a lot of here.

MOT Centre Tester Carl McFarlane
MOT Centre Tester David Smalley

David Smalley – MOT tester

Many of you would recognise David AKA ‘littlun’, as he has been with us at The Test Centre for almost 10 years, he started out as our MOT Assistant and has grown up with us always wanting to become an MOT tester.  When he finally qualified as an ATA technician and passed his driving test, we fast tracked him to pass as an MOT tester. He has been testing since the summer of 2014.  We couldn’t have been happier for him and love to see one of our team moving through the company.

He is putting into practice the many years of experience in the garage environment and is proving a strong MOT tester with a multitude of skills when it comes to equipment maintenance and anything computer related. He is a great asset to the daily running of the garage and a loyal team member.

Colin Wills – MOT tester

Colin has been an MOT tester since spring 2014, after gaining his ATA technician accreditation and going on to become a tester. Prior to this Colin has  worked as part of the driving team for 2 years and has a great knowledge of the company and also of MOT testing.  Colin also happens to be another Wills! He is Ian’s older (Ian told me to point that out) brother.

MOT Centre Tester Colin Wills
MOT Centre Tester Elle-May Wills

Elle-May Wills – MOT tester

Elle is our youngest MOT tester and a girl!  She happens to be The Bosses daughter and has the same testing style as her Dad.  Elle is currently the youngest qualified MOT tester in the country and has taken the record off of her Dad by 3 months! Being only 19 years and 3 months when she qualified and her Dad was 19 years and 6 months.

Elle has been brought up in the garage and has years of experience. She has proven to be a great asset to the company, not only does she have good knowledge but she has commitment and a passion for The Test Centre. Elle is not only also involved in the day-to-day running of the garage but can often be found helping out on Reception.  Elle is a great role model for not only girls but also for a younger generation, she shows commitment and determination in an industry that is male dominated and extremely hard work!

Alex King – MOT tester

The most recent addition to The Test Centre family, Alex is our third female tester and helps to continue our mission of being a female friendly operating garage. Having recently passed the MOT Tester course here at the centre she is proving to be a valuable member of the team. Her smile, hardworking attitude and friendly ways have already won much praise from both customers and colleagues alike. Welcome to the team Alex!

Alex King Mot Tester
MOT Test Centre Susan Totham

Susan Totham - Receptionist

Susan works part time on our reception desk, the busy hub of The Test Centre. She spends her time answering your queries, taking bookings and directing our drivers and testers. Susan has the rare ability to remain unflappable even in our busiest periods. When the pressure is on we are fortunate to have a cool head like Susan to assist customers professionally and cheerily. Her composed persona ensures business runs like a well-oiled machine. You will never be afraid to ask with Susan, as she will quickly put all our customers at ease with her friendly nature.

Matthew Westrip – Receptionist

Matthew has been with The Test Centre since January 2014 and works part-time supporting the management in the office.  Matthew is mostly known for his love of literature and perfect spoken English! He is a great personality and a much loved Team member. Not many people know that he is actually a beautiful singer and well accredited actor when he is not at the garage. Matthew’s knowledge of cars and MOT’s has grown tremendously since starting with us and he is now a genius at jump starting cars when they break down!

MOT Test Centre Matthew Westrip

Seb Hagau – Motorbike tester and driver

Seb began his career in the HGV industry, driving lorries across Europe. His sharp style and aptitude for automotives lead him to the luxury sector where he worked for a chauffeur company for many years. Chauffeuring VIPs around London has given him excellent understanding and respect for luxury and classic vehicles in particular. We managed to headhunt Seb in July 2015 to advance his career with us. Since recruiting him to The Test Centre MOT team we have fast tracked Seb to become a motorbike tester, whilst having ongoing training to become a car tester soon.

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This is by far the most professional MOT centres I have been to.

January 2015 Tola Swifty

Went to get my car MOT yesterday at The Test Centre.... my word...what level of professionalism. .... well done guys.

October 2014 Michelle Donna

I have been coming here for 4 years now. Keep up the good work guys.

October 2014 Jeniece Case

Well done team, quick and simple

June 2014 Patrick Eduzor

These guys are the best!

October 2013 Bao T Chu

Awesome garage. Professional, knowledgable staff at a decent price. I can't recommend this place more highly.

February 2014 Nick Illingworth


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