Our Team

Ian Quest

Ian Quest

Founder + Managing Director

Ian’s first job was washing cars at the local Lotus garage and the second was helping restore Triumph TR’s. It was only a matter of time and means before ownership began with a mini cooper and went on to small collection of classics now.

A mechanical engineer by training, after time at Rolls-Royce working within their civil aerospace programmes in a variety of roles, Ian spent 12 years with Newton Europe helping grow the business from 4 to 180 and leading much of their work with Large Engineering programmes, including shipbuilding, rail, aerospace, subsea and automotive.

Whilst continuing to use this experience within the Automotive sector, with NSH Ian is returning to lifelong passions for both old cars and innovation. With his brother he also runs a car restoration business and occasionally gets his hands dirty again.

ian@nextstepheritage.com
Ben Blomerley

Ben Blomerley

Co-Founder

A relative newcomer to the car scene, Ben is now the proud owner of a Triumph Herald. But what he’s most passionate about in the classic car scene is the idea that there is so much engineering and technical know-how around, and an opportunity for younger people to learn about it.

Creativity happens when two really disparate ideas are brought together – and who knows what might happen if we were able to harness the amazing technical ability from the classic car club scene, together with enthusiasm and new ideas from young people.

At Next Step Heritage Ben has his fingers in lots of pies from a strategic sense, from social media strategy to technical execution and business direction.

ben@nextstepheritage.com
Richard Sams

Richard Sams

Technical Co-Founder

Rich’s first car was a classic – a Ford Capri, and boy-oh-boy does he wish he’d kept it! – and he’s only ever really driven classics (a 1999 BMW is still a classic!), from an Opel Manta and a Hillman Hunter in New Zealand, to his two current passions – Julia the Mk3 Escort and Herald the … Triumph Herald. Classics are in Rich’s blood, and so when the opportunity came to join Next Step Heritage, there was no doubt at all.

Rich is our technical co-founder, working closely with our development team and our clients to build solutions for the challenges facing the classic car industry, with the aim of making owning and enjoying classics more fun and more accessible to everyone.

rich@nextstepheritage.com
Khalid Rafique

Khalid Rafique

Product Development

Khalid came to Next Step Heritage with a background in technology and creative arts.

Having lived in London all his life, he’s the only member of the team without a driving licence – with his knowledge of classic cars limited to hazy childhood memories of his Dad working on a succession of unreliable old 80s bangers.

At Next Step Heritage, Khalid helps prototype and develop new digital services and products for our clients.

khalid@nextstepheritage.com
Andrew Coles

Andrew Coles

Automotive Journalist

Andrew learnt to drive at age 12 in his Father’s Alfa Romeo at the local race track, and has been heavily involved with classic and sports cars ever since. He is a firm believer that any excuse to get behind the wheel of something fun is a good one, and takes any opportunity to do so.

He still has his first car, a ’79 Fiat X1/9, and recently finished a 10 year project of rebuilding it for track days and Sunday morning blasts. He occasionally competes as a co-driver in tarmac rallies, and dreams of one day owning something fitted with at least four Weber carburettors.

A recent move to London from Australia means that his X1/9 is sitting under a cover in his father’s shed back at home, but he one day hopes to ship it to the UK for continental adventures. He is on the hunt for some local wheels, but is discovering that car ownership in central London is somewhat unpractical.

At Next Step Heritage, Andrew is a journalist and photographer.

andrew@nextstepheritage.com
Gemma Salter

Gemma Salter

Assistant

Profile coming soon…

gemma@nextstepheritage.com
Jayson

Jayson

Position

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jayson@nextstepheritage.com
Chaydon

Chaydon

Position

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chaydon@nextstepheritage.com
Matt

Matt

Position

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matt@nextstepheritage.com

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