George C Ballard Motor Assessors is supported by a highly qualified team who are dedicated to their car inspection jobs.
The team is continually gaining new qualifications and constantly learning.
George Ballard is the owner and founder of the Motor Assessors. This is a family company that was established in 1988. George began his career in 1961. He was an apprentice mechanic at the time. However, once he completed his training, he entered the priesthood for four years. In 1969 he went back to his original career and became the head mechanic for Wimpey’s, with his work taking him to Manchester, Lisburn and even Dubai as a transport manager.
In 1976, George became the Service Manager with the Transport Services Ltd. At this time he also lectured at Motor Engineering in CIT (Cork Institute of Technology), from 1982 – 1984. He has trained some of the top mechanics and engineers in Ireland.
In 1984, he began his career in Motor Assessing. He worked with F.J. Foster Ltd until 1988. After this he started his own company, George Ballard Motor Assessors, which has gone from strength to strength ever since.
George has taken part in a number of radio and television programmes to promote road safety, as this is something he feels very passionate about. He studied law and has membership in many societies & institutes, including;
The Institute Automotive Engineer / Assessors (IAEA)
The Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) (and former chairman and secretary of the Munster branch)
The Society of Operations Engineers (SOE)
The Institute of the Motor Industry (MIMI).
George has established great relationships within the legal profession and he is always sourced as a professional witness in all levels of court throughout Ireland and the UK.
He is also very community based, having received the honour of becoming a Peace Commissioner. On a personal level, he enjoys golf, travelling, reading and mountaineering (he learned this in his 40th year of scouting).
George has years of experience in the industry, dealing with all types of vehicles. He works with private clients, commercial, plant & industrial. George and his dedicated team are available to offer a friendly professional service.
Stephen Ballard began his career in 1993, serving an apprenticeship as a Motor Mechanic in Commercial, Domestic & Plant vehicles. He attended Davis Technical College in Mallow and received his qualification as a mechanic in 1997.
After this, Stephen went on to study Irish Law in Griffith College, Dublin and Management in Cork Institute of Technology. He received membership of The Institute of the Motor Industry (MIMI).
Stephen began working with George Ballard Motor Assessors in 1998, where he has been the senior engineer for over 23 years. He is a valuable asset to the company, due to his vast knowledge, gained though his studies and his hands-on practical experience. Stephen is a professional witness and is very well respected by the Legal profession. This is down to his competency and ongoing success.
Stephen is an (SQI) Suitably Qualified Individual providing engineers reports on taxis, campers, HGV and LGV, LPG, vehicle conversions, etc and his areas of expertise include crash and damage assessment & estimation including scene investigations, forensic fire and collision investigation, pre and post purchase examinations, electronic diagnostics, vehicle certification, negotiation, Electric Vehicles and hybrid vehicles.
Outside of George Ballard Motor Assessors, Stephen has become a member of the Institute of Automotive Engineers and Assessors (IAEA), Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) Society of Operations Engineers (SOE) where he is now Chairman of the Ireland Munster Centre. He has become a member of Institute of Traffic Accident Investigators (ITAI). He is a member of the Fire Investigators Association of Ireland (FIAI) He is also a member of the Institute of the Motor Industry (MIMI). He is also a member of the Federation Internationale des Experts en Automobile (FIEA).
Stephen has also become a technical lecturer with the RSA providing technical presentations to students.
Stephen feels that the Independence that he and his colleagues at George C Ballard LTD have achieved and have maintained throughout their career has been second to none and is fundamental in the success of this family business.
Keith became an apprentice mechanic in 1997, working with Mitsubishi Motors. Afterwards, once he qualified, he worked on a vast array of vehicles, including 4 x 4s. He was awarded with a National Craft Certificate in 2003.
Keith also studied Business Management, Law & Accountancy in Cork Institute of Technology and Garage Organisation. He received a Certificate of Management and membership of the Institute of Motor Industry (MIMI).
Keith began working with George Ballard Motor Assessors in 2002. He has vast experience and wide range of knowledge on all things related to the Motor Industry.
Keith is also called upon as a professional witness, being widely respected in the Legal Profession. More recently, Keith has become a member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers. (IRTE Eng Tec)
Outside of his work and studies, Keith is a keen participant in Motor Sport. He is also a Chief Service Technician for a rally team, on a full works powered rally car. He also competes in Auto Grass Racing, winning driver of the year in 1999. He also enjoys golf and travelling.