FordRetail Meet the Board
Chairman & CEO
Stuart Kerr has extensive experience in vehicle retailing, including the successful launch of distributorship and dealerships globally. He is recognised in the industry as a proven achiever, with a deep knowledge of the sales and Marketing aspects of the industry.
Long term strategy of Ford Retail, shareholder relationship with Ford Motor Company, provides dealer voice into Ford operational and strategic management.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Steve worked for two years with a multinational manufacturing company and seven years with Avis Car Rental. Since 1985, he has worked in senior management positions for a number of vehicle retailing companies including Lancaster and Dutton Forshaw before joining Ford Retail in October 2007 as Finance Director.
Financial management, control and reporting, IT, insurance and purchasing.
John began his career as a parts apprentice, working his way
up to managing Commercial Vehicle Operations. He
joined Ford Retail as Regional Director for Yorkshire in April 2005,
subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the
Operational management, development and sales results of retail, commercial vehicle, Aftersales and bodyshop operations.
Managing Director- @first Parts
Jon has a wealth of experience of parts businesses and the automotive industry, having worked in every role within the parts department during his 30 year career. He began his career with Unipart, after which he spent 4 years with Fiat and Alfa Romeo before joining Ford Retail. Having worked across a number of franchises, and with a track record of success, Jon brings his experience and ability to apply best practice to our @first Parts business and Ford Retail.
Growth and development as well as operational management and control of @first Parts.
Managing Director - Aftersales
David’s career has focussed on multi site management within retail and latterly the motor industry. During his time in the motor industry he has worked in operations, product development and most recently as the Group Product and Service Director for Kwik-Fit, where he led a team to identify and implement growth strategies across the group’s European business.
Developing the business strategy and direction of the after sales business; including the implementation of group best practice, standards and customer service.
Marketing & E-Commerce Director
Célia’s background includes extensive multi-channel brand management and marketing experience. She previously held senior roles in high growth online businesses and multi-national organisations across a variety of industries, including FMCG, gambling, hospitality, travel and technology.
E-commerce strategy and website development, contact centre operations as well as all aspects of marketing; including brand strategy, PR, customer relationship management, social media and on- and offline advertising.
John's career has focused on multi site management in high street, out of town stores and pub retailing. He has worked in operations, marketing and predominantly HR and joined Ford Retail as HR Director in May 2007.
Business Strategy and Planning; Ensuring development and implementation of group HR strategy links to broader business strategy; Line responsibility for HR, Pay and Benefits, Training and Health and Safety.
Business Development Director
Tim joined Ford Motor Company in 1995, undertaking a range of roles, culminating as a member of the Ford team that set up joint ventures with a number of leading UK and European dealer groups. He moved to work directly for the Polar joint venture in 1999, which became Ford Retail in 2004 when Ford bought out the joint venture partner.
Long-term business planning and strategy, property, pensions and legal matters.
Paul Mac Niven
Non-Executive Board Director
Paul is presently Controller, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe. Before taking this role, Paul was most recently Director of Programming and Distribution for Ford of Europe. He has also worked in a variety of Finance roles during 25 years at Ford, including positions in Product Development, Profit Analysis and Treasury, and as Controller of P.A.G. (Premier Automotive Group).
Paul represents Ford Motor Company as the owner of Ford Retail. He is responsible for shareholder oversight of the business and facilitating the relationship with Ford Motor Co.
Non-Executive Board Director
Angus spent 42 years creating, building and managing automotive parts businesses within both the vehicle manufacturer and aftermarket sectors. He has 25 years experience of Ford and other marques within automotive plcs. Angus joined Ford Retail in 2004 with the objective of making it the No. 1 Ford parts distributor in Europe.
He retired from Ford Retail in December 2011, but remains on the Board as a Non-Executive Director.