Advisory Group

Our Advisory Group

The Ennis & Co Advisory Group comprises a broad range of senior leaders from across the automotive sector who have valuable insight into industry developments.

The Group’s purpose is not to advise Ennis & Co on how to operate our business but to give us access to real-time industry knowledge in a confidential forum and to enable us to identify key skill shortages.

It’s a crucial part of our business because we learn so much from members’ experiences.

The Group, which meets twice a year, provides mutual benefits. Just as we learn about the latest industry developments, we are able to feed back to members about our own perspectives on the automotive talent market.

Member companies

Allianz, Aston Martin, AutoTrader, Bentley, BMW, CENEX, CitNow, Cox Automotive, DEKRA, Drive Motor Retail Ltd, Ford, Harley Davidson, Inchcape, Jardine Motors Group, JATO, JLR, LEVC, Marshall Motor Group, Mission Motorsport, Mitsubishi, Procter & Gamble, Splend, Toyota, Trust Ford, Vertu Motors, Volkswagen.

Previous speakers

We have had the honour of welcoming a range of prestigious speakers to our biannual Advisory Group meetings to discuss the latest developments affecting the automotive industry. They include:

James Cameron

CEO & Founder, Mission Motorsport

Having served 17 years in the Royal Tank Regiment, James returned from his last tour of Afghanistan in 2011 determined to help those impacted by military service. A Grade A race instructor, he founded the Mission Motorsport charity in 2012 to harness the power of sport to help ex-service personnel affected by their military operations.

Robert Evans

CEO, Cenex

Robert joined Cenex in 2005 after 18 years with Johnson Matthey. Cenex is a not-for-profit consultancy and research organisation with a strategic focus on supporting supply chain and market development for automated, electric, connected and shared mobility.

Rob Giles

Director, Customer Services, Toyota (GB) Plc

Rob was appointed Director, Customer Services, in January 2019 after five years as Director, HR & Corporate Operations. Having worked in automotive for 33 years, Rob regularly speaks at schools to encourage greater diversity in the sector.

Andy Goss

Chairman, Vertu Motors

Andy has vast experience of the global automotive industry. He was appointed CEO of Porsche for the UK and Ireland in 1999 before moving to Jaguar Land Rover in 2011 to lead the company’s North American interests. He was promoted to the main board of JLR in 2013.

Daksh Gupta

CEO, Marshall Motor Holdings Plc

Daksh has more 27 years’ experience in the automotive retail sector and joined Marshalls in 2008 as its CEO He was previously a franchise director for Inchcape, responsible for the Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz brands. He is vice-chairman of the UK automotive industry charity, BEN.

Clare Martin

Group HR Director, Jardine Motors Group

Clare is responsible for the people strategy for 3,500 employees at JMG. In 2018, she was the winner of Autocar’s Great British Women award in the HR category and, in 2019, she won an Inspiring Automotive Women Award.

Ian Plummer

Commercial Director, Auto Trader

Ian joined Auto Trader, the UK’s largest digital automotive marketplace, in 2017. He has more than 20 years’ experience of the automotive industry, having held senior positions across the sector spanning international OEM head offices, national sales companies and retailers.

Val Risk

Chief Commercial Officer, JATO

Val has 30 years’ experience in strategy, sales, service, marketing and transformation. She was the Times Business in the Community Gender Champion in 2018 and won the Fujitsu Global Presidents Award in 2017 for Digital Innovation. She is also a non-executive director of the NHS.