Trevor Parkes is the owner/operator of one of Melbourne’s largest, modern, progressive body repair shops. His workshop is equipped with three car benches, two auto robots, three baking ovens, and two auto quote computer systems. He is second generation in a business that has been established over thirty years.
He has a background in accounting and commerce and travels the world frequently to acquaint himself with the latest trends and topics in body shop management.
He is an active member of the body repair division of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and has served in the capacity of Executive Committee Member, Metropolitan Council Delegate, and as a member of the Board of Investigation and Conciliation. He is a past chairman of both the Parts and Material Committee and the Ethics Committee of the Body Repair Division of the VACC.
He is a member of the society of Automotive Engineers of Australia, and has recently retired as a Director of Panelcare Victoria.
He has an accurate, and often sought after, active working knowledge of the motor car act, insurance law, and the federal vehicle repair and service act.
Trevor has been the recipient of two government grants, via the small business development corporation, to travel overseas to study fleet crash repair management and body shop technology.
In 1983 Parkes Body Works received the ANZ Banks' nomination for the small business award for outstanding achievement.
During 1983 he was asked to present a report for inclusion in the sectionalised repairs task force commissioned by the Ministry for Consumer Affairs, which has now been adopted as an industry standard.
Trevor Parkes has been a registrant at the world crash repair conference in New York, Stuttgart, Vancouver, Tokyo, Las Vegas and Adelaide. In May 1987 he was the Australian delegate at the Tokyo World Conference and delivered his prologue in Japanese.
In 1994 he was the recipient of the prestigious Auto Quote repairer of the year award.
He is a guest lecturer at the Richmond College of Technical and Further Education and is often called on as an industry spokesman. He is amongst the pioneers of jigs, baking ovens and computers in Australia's smash repair industry.
He is internationally recognized as a contributor to major international trade journals.
In November 1995 he was the only repairer invited to address the Tokyo Metropolitan Government on the need to legislate for Post Accident Inspections of Damaged Cars.
In 1995/1996 he successfully completed both the Certificate and the Advanced Certificate of Automotive Business Management conducted by the VACC at the John Batman Institute of TAFE. In 1998 he successfully completed the Diploma of Automotive Business Management.
He is an honours graduate of the elite Masters School of Autobody Repair Management of Santa Barbara, California.