Our team
of experts


Lee Knappett Director

After completing a degree in Automotive engineering, Lee started his career on home turf in the UK with the illustrious Roush engineering. Working on several of their racing development programs as well as military contracts whilst repairing and racing Lotus cars in his spare time, Lee gained valuable industry experience before relocating to Australia. He then founded Simply Sports Cars and the rest is history!


Lee Knappett
Richard Gibbs

Richard Gibbs Director Sales & Strategy

Richard brings to the team over 20 years of sales & senior level management experience. Holding senior roles in sales, customer management, director and chief operating officer he not only brings to the team a wealth of experience but owns a Lotus as a daily driver.

Mark O'Conner Melbourne Car Dealership Manager

Much like a dentist, Mark doesn't really like to show his face as typically it is behind a helmet and on a race track. Google Mark O'Conner Lotus and you will discover years of video and photo footage of Mark's exploits on a race track hustling Lotus sports cars around circuits like Mount Panorama Bathurst, Sydney Motorsport Park Eastern Creek and other places.

If you are a driving enthusiast that has a desire to try your hand on the race track then buying a sports car from our Melbourne Dealership gives you a ticket to the wealth of experience and knowledge that Mark has.

Mark O'Conner Melbourne Car Dealership Manager
Richie Kearney

Richie Kearney Lead Mechanic

Richie's experience as a Race mechanic could rival almost anyone. Originally from the UK rich travelled the world working as a #1 for teams in A1GP, Formula Nippon, Formula Holden & V8 Supercars to name a few. Now calling Sydney home his eye for detail is still second to none & he won't stop until the job is race ready.

Harley Boskovic Engineer

Young, passionate and able to articulately describe nearly every part and function on a sports car. Harley is one of our Engineers who has helped develop a lot of the SSC parts and upgrades being used on cars around the Country.

Stuart Mak

Nick Ray Data Engineer

With a degree in Mechatronic Engineering and a wealth of experience in engine management system design, Nick joined SSC to head the design and development of SSC's range of Plug In Performance engine management systems. With an eye for detail and experience across several ECU platforms Nick is our in house guru on engine management, data analysis and telling us when it's lunch time.

Steven Cruise Mechanic

There are rumours Steven models part time but all we know is he is one of hardest working mechanics who loves to get out on the weekend in one of our demo cars with an infectious enthusiasm and big smile. Steve helps a number of our owners with trackside support and is heavily involved with our motorsport vehicle preparation.

Alastair Noble

Youngest member of the SSC family, Ali is learning the ropes about the Lotus world and does it with joy and enthusiasm. He labels himself as our in house 'stud' and backs it up with his mechanical knowledge, 4 years of robot engineering & creative solo DJ work. A great all rounder who helps the older team members remember their inner child.

PJ Slingerland Logistics and Resources Manager

Possibly the most enthusiastic Lotus owner around, PJ shipped himself and his Elise (an orange one, unsurprisingly) over from Amsterdam to Australia in 2004. Initially one of the first SSC customers, PJ made the leap while SSC was expanding and reinforced the team to manage our events, marketing, on-line presence and our ever more substantial inventory in the parts room.

PJ Slingerland
Gemma Gibson

Gemma Gibson Accounts

The rose amongst the thorns, Gemma keeps us all in line and keeps the accounts up to date. Just make sure you don't owe us money and you'll get along fine!