Trustees and Officials

The AMHT is governed by a Board of Trustees and supported by Officials who provide counsel.

Alan is a Chartered Accountant, holds an MSc from the London Business School and is a member of the UK Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

Most of his career has been spent in the investment management sector with large and small businesses in Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer roles, starting in London and New York with a final full-time role as COO of a global institutional capital placement business.  In 2016, he founded Global Investment Management Services to recycle his extensive experience by offering consultancy services to small and medium-sized financial services businesses.

Alan purchased his first Aston at about age 8 (a toy DB2) while on holiday in the Isle of Wight.  It took a while before he could buy his first full-sized car: a DB6 in 1985, subsequently sold in the ‘90s.  Currently the owner of a DB9.  Member of the AMOC since 1981.  Treasurer of the AMOC since 2022.

Spare time is spent enjoying motorsport, 20th-century history and family, including 2 dogs.

For six years, Tamalie was the Director and CEO of Brooklands Museum, a 32-acre, historic site in Surrey. Brooklands explores how people shaped motorsport and aviation in the twentieth century at the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit. The award-winning museum supports young people in taking up STEM careers through the Brooklands Innovation Academy. It hosts over a hundred apprentices each year with Heritage Skills Academy and has been the subject of two series of the TV show Secrets of the Transport Museum.

Prior to her role at Brooklands Museum, Tamalie was the Executive Director of the Association of Independent Museums (AIM). She also led the fundraising and capital project management for The Lightbox, an award-winning museum and gallery.

She has worked as a consultant for ‘A Different View’, set up a literacy project for offenders in the probation service, been a Trustee and Chair of Dance Woking and a school governor.

Her spare time is spent boating, scoring cricket matches and with her family.

Trustee Steve Waddingham headshot

Steve is the Historian for Aston Martin Lagonda (AML), initially a part-time position that became full-time in 2020. Steve first joined AML in 1990 and has served in various roles throughout the business, including working with heritage car parts, marketing and a stint with works service. He is renowned for his many years of hosting factory tours for customers at Newport Pagnell, Bloxham and Gaydon.

A true classic car enthusiast, Steve is well known for his diverse taste in historic vehicles and passion for preserving automotive and transport history.

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Mike became a Trustee of AMHT in 2019, shortly after retirement, by answering a plea in AM News magazine for volunteers. Previously he worked for many years within Group Headquarters at AB SKF: a Swedish-based multinational engineering company.

He has been an Aston Martin fan since his schooldays, when he had a cigarette card (remember those?) with a picture of a beautiful sports car: a DB2. Mike applied for a job with the company on leaving school but was turned down because he didn’t live locally (an unusual recruitment policy!)

Undaunted, Mike kept his keen interest in the marque and has since owned several Astons; initially a 1985 V8 Lagonda. He joined the AMOC in 2006, and soon afterwards trained as a Concours judge, which helped him to win twice with his own cars: the V8 Lagonda and a 2005 V12 Vanquish.

Mike is currently overseeing the Trust’s relocation project, having worked in property management previously at SKF. The next stage of this project is a fundraising program, to enable us to move our museum and headquarters to a more suitable site.

Headshot of trustee Tom Westley

Tom is the owner and chairman of a group of foundry companies and a plastics company, built up since the 1980s. Currently Chair of the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership and liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Founders.

He is a complete “petrolhead”. Having attended 1960s motor shows with his Dad, who was a big Jaguar fan, his aspiration always extended to Aston Martins, then and now. (Jensen, although locally made in West Bromwich, were discounted as not completely British…)
He restored his first car (a 1954 MG TF) at age 16, ready for when he had a driving licence.

As a Chartered Engineer and an engineering graduate of Imperial College, Tom’s interest in motor racing and motor cars was honed by frequent visits to Brands Hatch as an undergraduate, when F1 took place at Brands and one could get to see the cars and drivers quite easily, in those good old days.

Tom has owned Aston Martins since 1976 (mainly V8s). In the early days, these were always second-hand older cars, which were affordable at the time. He has continuously owned different Astons since then. Today, he is fortunate enough to have a 1971 DB6, 1971 DBS V8 with original FI, 2008 DBS. All great cars, fully fettled and enjoyed regularly.

He helps to organise and participate in AMOC concours events since the 1980s – plus an AMOC Committee of Management Member since 2013 and was elected Deputy Chairman in 2022.

Other interests include sailing, shooting, skiing and family holidays.

Trustee Mark Gauntlett headshot

Born to a mother who was disembarked at hospital by a father who was enroute to Newport Pagnell to sign the papers to become majority owner and Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda. Many will know that a love of motorcars is regarded as ‘highly infectious’ but coupled with this particular start in life it was perhaps preordained that Mark would one day join the company. He did so in 2003.

Mark is Head Of Special Project Sales at Aston Martin, responsible for the commercial aspects of some of the company’s rarest, high-performance sports/hyper cars including the road legal,  Formula One inspired Aston Martin Valkyrie.

Involved from conceptual stage throughout the whole development, launch, communications, sales, specification, production and final delivery, Mark maintains relations with some of the company’s highest profile and longest standing customers around the world.

He is involved in the ‘current and future’ of AML with a passion for its heritage and the preservation of same  – thereby appointed Trustee in 2011.

Trustee Tim Cottingham headshot

Tim has been our registrar of cars since 2008 and has been a trustee since September 2014. His interest in Aston Martins goes back to the mid-1970s when he was dazzled by the wedge-shaped Aston Martin Lagonda. Since then, his enthusiasm for the marque has never diminished.
His aim as Registrar is to be able to answer every Aston Martin question put to him so his thirst for knowledge will never be quenched. Yet he diligently collects and records information on the cars from wherever he can in his never-ending quest. Tim is one of the few people authorised by the DVLA to run the V765 scheme to retrieve lost registration numbers for Aston Martins.
Outside of his role with AMHT, Tim works in the online sales department of a charity shop and relaxes by operating and developing his model railway.

Trustee Garry Taylor headshot

Appointed as the Treasurer and Trustee in 2019, Garry was previously the financial bookkeeper from 2015. He’s currently serving an interim role as Operations Trustee.

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988, he is experienced in taxation, accounting and financial management, covering a wide variety of industries from start-ups to financial management of larger companies. Previous achievements include being the Financial Controller of a prestigious London health and fitness club from business plan to the grand opening.

Garry is an unapologetic car enthusiast with Aston Martin resonating from an early age. He attended motor show press days throughout Europe and interviewed many Aston Martin executives and CEO’s for magazines including for the AMOC. Garry has also managed car tours and events for attendance at CarFest, Silverstone Classic and Le Mans 24hours race.

Garry lives in the Southwest and enjoys motoring in a V8 Vantage S and Cygnet. When the time is right and he takes a brave pill, he intends to go motor racing.

Trustee August-von-Joest headshot

A Trustee of the AMHT since February 2013, and appointed Vice Chair in November 2022. August has considerable experience in industry, corporate finance and private equity.

For many years, he was a Partner at Odewald & Cie., Berlin, one of the leading German private equity firms. Prior to that, he was Managing Director at Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance & Recovery in Berlin and London. His earlier career included BMW, Coutinho, Caro & Co., Michael Thomas + Partner, including six years in Korea, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia.

August is Chairman of the advisory boards of Join Capital VC Fund, Berlin and Einstein – Industries Ventures VC Fund, Berlin, focusing on the European Industry 4.0, IoT and New Space sectors.

He also pursues numerous honorary activities and holds a number of non-executive posts. Aston Martin always had great fascination for him, having owned several over the years. With his DB MkIII, he participates in rallies, regularities and more.

August lives in Berlin and represents the AMHT on the European continent.

Trustee chair John Warden head shot

John has been Chair of the Board of Trustees since August 2022 and a Trustee since 2018. Following a career in the Royal Navy as a nuclear submariner, John has worked in the civil nuclear industry in a number of senior roles including Chief Executive of the Nuclear Institute, the professional and learned society for nuclear specialists. He now works as a consultant developing and financing nuclear projects around the globe, specialising in advanced reactor technology. He also runs a small photography business, mainly concentrating on equine and automotive commercial images. He is a member of the UK Government’s Engineering & Manufacturing Route Panel advising on technical education and apprenticeship standards.He also coaches photography apprentices. John is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist and Licentiate of the Master Photographers Association. His current drive is a manual DB7 Vantage, but he is also considering adding a Pre-War when the time is right.