Clive Willis

Clive Willis

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Berks, Surrey,
West Sussex

07855 413801

 

Clive started his motor trade career when he joined Renault UK as a Sales Executive. His career quickly progressed to Sales Manager and then General Manager of a Surrey Renault dealership by the age of 27. He then spent a number of years with a Volkswagen Audi dealer group where he became Group Operations Director. From there he ran a worldwide tax free car sales business representing ten different manufacturers.Having always believed that the most important part of any business is the people who work in it, Clive established his own recruitment business in 2001. With a sound knowledge of the local market in Surrey and West Sussex, the business grew quickly and it is now an exciting time for Clive and Vantage Auto Recruitment with the business continuing to expand across the UK and into new market areas.

Mark Downing

Mark Downing

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Essex, Kent,
SE London,East Sussex

07770 921121

 

Mark joined the Automotive industry 24 years ago initially selling cars and quickly moved into Business and Sales Management. He became a General Manager at 33 looking after a Contract Hire and Leasing business and then moved into his first Dealer Principal role with Ford, then BMW with Sytner, then as a Retail Operator for Vauxhall. Mark moved up to Regional General Manager roles, having responsibility for several sites, with Toyota and then again with Ford.His career has involved him working with some great companies and Manufacturers which has enabled Mark to understand what qualities are needed for an individual in a specific role and how to grow and develop key people in the business. Mark has worked in Kent, Essex, South London and Surrey and his extensive knowledge of these areas will benefit both clients and candidates alike.

Martin Oakley

Martin Downing

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Dorset, Wilts, Hants

07557 100982

Martin started his career with a Volvo dealership in Hampshire in 1981, where he built up a healthy database of loyal customers. He was then promoted within the group to Sales Manager of their BMW dealership, before progressing to a larger operation.
With the lure of Volkswagen and Audi looking for growth within the market, Martin then joined a newly formed Group and was soon appointed Dealer Principal of their Audi dealership at the time when Volkswagen Group were instigating brand separation. During this time Martin was chosen as one of the few Dealer Principals to be offered a place at Cardiff University to take a block release degree course in Automotive Retail Management, something he passed at a high level. This was an initiative set up bythe Manufacturers and Dealer Groups within the UK.
He then went on to run Volkswagen dealerships for fifteen years, during which time he received the coveted Gold Pin award from Volkswagen AG in recognition for consistently achieving high results.
Martin brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, which will enhance the Vantage Auto Recruitment team.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

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Glos, Herefs,
Worces, Wilts,
Somerset, S Wales

07768 958106

 

Mike has extensive experience in both the Retail and Manufacturer environments and joined the Motor Industry in 1977 at the age of 22. He started by working within the Manufacturer / Distributor side of the industry, firstly with Fiat Auto UK, working within their Distribution and Production division and later moving to BMW (GB) Ltd where he worked within the Sales and Marketing division firstly, he was responsible for Dealer Network liaison then as their UK National Field Sales Manager / BMW Approved Used Car Manager.
He had long held a strong desire to work within the Retail sector of the industry and in 1990 was offered the opportunity of a General Managers position within a BMW business in the South Wales area and later on in his career becoming a General Manager within a Jaguar business.
In 2005 Mike joined the world of Recruitment and with his broad knowledge and experience of the Retail and Distributor side of the industry he has been able to assist many Clients and Candidates with successful job placements, which have generally led to effective and profitable results for both parties. Mike is very much a people’s person, with a strong passion for the motor industry and a firm belief that business only succeeds when you have the right people in place, an objective that he takes very seriously when matching candidates to the client’s specific requirements.

Richard Bull

Richard Bull

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West Midlands,Shropshire

07970 083085

Richard is a highly polished professional individual with over 30 years experience gained in various Customer Service genres.
Previously working for financial institutions, such as Lloyds Banking Group, he entered the automotive arena via the Finance & Insurance sector.As a Business Manager for a major Ford Franchise, he then moved on to Sales within a prestige environment with BMW and worked his way through the ranks, being involved with both New and Used Car Sales and Management in two of the Midlands top BMW Dealers.

In 2003, he was part of a team that won BMW Group ‘Dealer of the Year’, a coveted title that is still regarded as very prestigious.

Having spent over a decade in the Middle East, including United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Richard has experienced General Sales management with other brands such as Volvo, Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge and has also pursued several interests in the overseas property and hospitality industries.

Recently returning to what he knows and loves, he is now our Regional Director covering the Midlands and Shropshire regions.

Dawn Downing

Dawn Dawning

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Essex, Kent,
SE London,East Sussex

07866 963912

Dawn has joined the Vantage Automotive recruitment team bringing with her a wealth of Sales and Recruitment experience.
For the past 10 years she has successfully owned and run her own retail business employing 18 staff, offering high profile training programmes, making the business very well recognised within its industry. Dawn has also worked for a major Plc as a Sales Trainer, covering Southern England, supporting 30 plus employees and meeting company standards and targets required.
Dawn also had many years experience with Reed Employment as a key account manager controlling temporary and permanent placements as well as bringing large contracts on board. Her knowledge and understanding of staff requirements and specific client needs will be an additional asset to Vantage Auto Recruitment.
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Russell Symes

Russell Symes

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Oxfordshire, Berkshire

07721 695662

Russell Symes has worked all his life in the Motor Trade starting off as an apprentice and then as a Technician before he moved into Car Sales, Russell spent 7 good years selling VW/Audi before being promoted to Sales Manager where he also spent 7 successful years before then being promoted to General Manager, Russell then moved to run a large Ford Dealership as General Manager for 12 successful years before a short spell with Vauxhall and Jaguar, Russell has spent a Total of 40 years in the Motor Trade and through his time has made many good contacts and enjoyed a successful career. Russell has been married for over 30 plus Years and has 3 Children and 2 Granchildren and enjoys watching Football and Ice-Hockey.

James Coombs

James Coombs

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Berks, Surrey,
West Sussex

07809 215366

 

James joined the motor industry in the late nineties as a sales executive and has gained some sixteen years of experience in car sales. He has worked with several brands including Honda and Lexus, but predominantly with BMW and Porsche working directly for the manufacturer within the Porsche Retail Group.
His determination and drive have won him many sales awards and he was the top salesman in group for several of the years of his employment with PRG.
James fully understands how the industry works and being a people person he also knows the vital importance of marrying the right candidate to the right dealership in order to fulfil a strong and lasting relationship. James's key working areas are Surrey, and part of West Sussex where his strong local knowledge comes to the fore.

Bryan Cackett

Bryan Cackett

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Devon and Cornwall

07714 621011

 

Bryan joined the motor trade in 1985 as an apprentice Vehicle Technician for a Ford Dealership. He progressed quickly through the ranks to become Service manager for Volkswagen in Kingston where he gained recognition from Volkswagen for taking customer satisfaction to a new level.
He then spent a number of years with Volkswagen in Camberley which was, at the time, a pilot Dealership for new and improved systems and procedures. Bryan helped implement a new ‘hours of business’ programme covering 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, operating two shifts, this became very successful and was then implemented across the VW brand.
Volkswagen’s Brand Separation from Audi involved setting new standards and audited Processes where Bryan consistently achieved High levels of success. Bryan also successfully completed a comprehensive Management Training programme with Volkswagen. Managing various Dealer Aftersales departments, Bryan has gained vast experience and backed with his Technical expertise will surely enhance the team at Vantage Auto Recruitment.