Meet The Team

The Directors

The Marriott Motor Group was established to satisfy a demand for specialist Volkswagen and Audi dealerships in East Anglia. As a family company, the Marriott Motor Group is owned and run by the Barnard family. Managing Director Paul Barnard (centre) is supported by Steve Bridges (Finance Director) and Ian Woodward (Operations Director) in continuing the family tradition of providing a friendly and efficient motoring facility.

We believe in exceptional customer service based on core values such as personal relationships, expertise and honesty. Our team of staff are experienced, knowledgeable and passionate about Audi and Volkswagen.

They will take the time to understand exactly what you are looking for so they can offer you expert advice with information on finance options and service plans to give you peace of mind when it comes to purchasing your next new or used car.

Brand Director Volkswagen, Robert Rolfe

Robert began his career in the motor industry way back in 1988 as a Trainee Sales Executive. His affinity with cars along with his approachability gained full Sales Executive status, allowing him the opportunity to learn his trade.

His move to Wolsey Volkswagen (now known as Ipswich Volkswagen) in 2000 created a partnership that has proved to be successful for both Robert and the Volkswagen Brand. After five years as Sales Executive followed by four years as the Sales Manager he secured many successes; in particular twice achieving a top 50 position within the Volkswagen Sales Manager Excellence ratings.

In 2009, Robert was promoted to the position of Brand Manager at Bury St Edmunds Volkswagen where success has again followed him. In the last two years his Bury St Edmunds Volkswagen team have achieved a Top 20 position within the One Business Scorecard standings and just missing out on this three years ago when they finished 22nd.

Although spare time is of a premium, Robert enjoys a round of golf where, we are told, he also enjoys some occasional success.


Group Management Accountant, David Ling

David’s seventeen years and counting motor trade experience has all been gained with the Marriott Motor Group. Starting in 1997 at Barnards as the Dealership Accountant, he then moved on to Northgate Volkswagen and Audi in Bury St Edmunds, as the assistant Group Accountant. During this period the Marriott Motor Group continued to expand, therefore David was able to move onto the role of Audi Brand Accountant, covering the centres at Bury St Edmunds Audi, Ipswich Audi and Kings Lynn Audi. Moving on to take up the responsibilities of his current role, Group Management Accountant, David is now overseeing all three brands, (Audi, Volkswagen and Volkswagen Commercials) for the Marriott Motor Group.

Football is a major part of David’s spare time. He is an active committee member of Henley Athletic FC. Both his sons play local football, (requiring ‘Dad’s taxi’) and that’s not to mention that he turns out for the local veterans’ team now and again. You’ll not be surprised that cycling, jogging and going to the gym also eat into his spare time.

Finance Controller, Mick Wright

Mick joined the Mann Egerton group in Norwich in 1986 as part of the accountancy team, later moving on to Waveney Rover where he became the Accountant. When the change of ownership to the Marriott Motor Group in 1992 occurred, he continued in this role with the company, moving to Princes Street in Ipswich then onto Sproughton Road, Ipswich in 1994. Mick later accepted the role as Group Accountant for the expanding Marriott Motor group, moving on to become our Finance Director in December 2009.

As a married man with two children, Mick spends most of his free time with them, except on the odd occasion when he enjoys being a sports spectator.