All About This Company

All About This Company
  • Originally Howard Anderson Auto & Marine Upholsterers, this business was bought by Stephen Broad on Howard's retirement in 2009.  
  • The company continues the traditions Howard established with the main focus still on marine and vehicle upholstery.  
  • In recent times we have branched out into supplying and fitting Rhino-Rack roof racks and become more involved with furniture restoration.  
  • And of course we still love restoring classic cars!

Stephen Broad - Owner

Stephen Broad - Owner Stephen had worked for Howard since leaving school in 1992 gaining his Trade Certificate in Motor Trimming in 1997.  He now has more than 25 years experience in the trade.  Since buying the business from Howard in 2009 he has had to spend more time on paperwork but still finds that he is in the workshop most of the day.

When not working Stephen spends his time as a Boy's Brigade leader, going boating. fishing, and tramping.  After sponsoring the Speedway for a number of years he has decided to give it a go himself and his first race will be in October 2018.

Jonny Low - Senior Upholsterer

Jonny Low - Senior Upholsterer Jonny joined the company when he left high school in 2002.  He has more than 16 years experience in a job that he enjoys, in part, because of the wide variety of work carried out (although these days he mostly works on the marine side).  He likes to complete a task from design, through manufacture to the finished product.

Jonny and his wife have two children aged 10 and 7.  He is a former soccer player but is now spending more time on house renovations and his furniture project.

Connor Ford - Trainee Upholsterer

Connor Ford - Trainee Upholsterer Connor joined us in May this year to learn the upholstery trade.  Although only at the beginning of his career he already enjoys seeing the variety of work that comes in which makes each day different from the last.

A big Holden supporter, Connor is really into his cars and enjoys going for a drive with friends on a sunny day, playing pool and socialising.  He is also the father of a toddler and enjoys spending as much time as he can with him.


Trish Douglas - Office Manager

Trish Douglas - Office Manager Trish has worked in offices since leaving school.  In 2002 she was employed by Howard Anderson to work part time and when Stephen bought the business in 2009 she stayed on as sole office person working five days a week.

She spends much of her spare time with her husband, parents, and younger sister but her greatest interest these days is singing.  In 2013 she joined the Foveaux Harmony Chorus, an a capella group singing in four-part harmony and competing nationally as part of the world-wide organisation of Sweet Adelines.
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