Who are The Surgery

Who are The Surgery

John Stevenson-Galvin

Owner / Director

In 2017 Mike passed the “wheel” to me. It was no easy task to take over a business and reputation that spanned more than 30 years. As the existing owner of other automotive businesses and previous experience as a project manager in the VFX industry for over 12 years, I couldn’t wait. From there we have grown many facets of the business, expanding our services and laying the road for the future ahead. Passion for all things automotive runs deep in our workshop.

Sarah Stevenson-Galvin

Owner / Accounts

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Highly experienced, dedicated team of craftsmen

Our experience of over 30 years in the classic car restoration and repair industry is yours to be called on. We will empower you with detailed costings of your project, so that you can make informed decisions. During your car restoration project, we will take photos of the work that needs to be done, update them as the work progresses and email them to you, so that you are in the picture at all times. Our services are completely personalised, and you will be kept in the loop on a regular basis throughout the entire project. We’re happy to undertake projects ranging from small, specific areas requiring rust repair, partial restoration, full restoration, to one off design and build projects. The team at The Surgery prides itself on a unique mix of creative and innovative abilities, combined with sound Kiwi practicality and a “can do” attitude.

Our Team

Mike Baucke

Operation Manager

Mike Baucke is a qualified coachbuilder, as was his father and his grandfather before him. Mike has been in the business for over 40years specializing in classic and exotic car restoration. Mike (and his partner Irene) passed The Surgery over to John in 2017, but Mike just can’t stay away because classic cars are in his DNA!

Ray Foot

Workshop Supervisor / Spray Painter

I joined The Surgery in 2018, after relocating to Wellington from Blenheim. My love of all things automotive started while helping my father at the age of seven, do a full mechanical and exterior restoration of a 1976 BMW. Working on cars is in my blood. I’ve worked in the automotive industry in Blenheim for many years before joining The Surgery. The Surgery has helped me perfect my painting skills and progress on to workshop foreman, helping the next generation develop their skills.

Leela Tasker

Office Manager

Leela has been at The Surgery since October 2019, is a mum of a busy 4-year-old, she works with us part-time in the mornings – Monday to Thursday. Her love of cars started in 2006 when she moved to Wellington and joined the local car clubsport scene with her partner Aaron. Auto-Cross’, grass-khanas and a few runs at Manfield – 175km – whoohoo, in her caged Toyota Corolla!

Ben Hutchinson

Panel Beater

In South Taranaki born and raised. In the shed was where I spent most of my days. Cuttin’ out paintin’ waxin’ all cool Shootin some spray guns all over old school cars. When a company in Wellington who were up to all the good. Started advertising in my neighborhood. I got in my 76″ Mitsubishi colt and my mom got scared. She said ‘You’re movin’ to Wellington to start your career!?’ That was about 15 years ago and the rest is history.

Maurice Lindsay

Panel Beater

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Nathan West

Panel Beater

I am a twenty-three-year-old car enthusiast. I have been working at the surgery since 2018 and I am 2 years into my apprenticeship (collision repair) with the help of the team at the surgery. I have spent much of my young adult life working on my own cars as well as my friends’ cars teaching myself new skills as I go. I am very passionate about everything I get to do and what opportunities lay ahead in the future.

Gareth Aldridge

Panel Beater / Spray Painter

I’m a Brit, and avid tea drinker, the only thing I love more than working on classic cars is my doggo.  I got fed up with Brexit negotiations so I bought myself a plane ticket to NZ. Before working at The Surgery, I worked for a private collector in the UK for 5 years focusing on full restorations of classic British cars, jaguar, Aston Martin, AC with American and Italian classics too!

Chris Wallis

Panel Beater / Detailer

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Killian Baker

Panel Beater

I started working at the surgery in March of 2020. I grew up in the South Island, around classic cars and I started working on them in my early teens. For as long as I can remember working on vehicles and building things has always been a passion of mine. When I’m not messing around with vehicles I spend my time producing music and building my skills as a digital artist.

Georgia Fletcher

Office Administrator

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