Movers & Shakers

Name: Brian Lavery

Brian Lavery

Company: SMP Europe

Role: Sales Director

SMP Europe has appointed Brian Lavery as Sales Director at the company.

Lavery brings over 25 years’ experience in automotive, engineering and product development, having previously worked for companies including Delphi, Snap-on and Ford. He will be responsible for directing the strategy of the UK, export, and tier one sales teams, and  help to build and strengthen customer relationships.


Name: Mike Carter

Mike Carter

Company: Launch Tech UK

Role: Technical Manager

Diagnostic tool supplier, Launch Tech UK, has announced the appointment of Mike Carter as Technical Manager to help the company deliver key product support and technical training.

As the new Technical Manager, Carter’s role will involve providing technical support and demonstrations to customers, sales support and producing educational content for YouTube. Carter had previously worked  in training roles for a number of automotive businesses including ATS Euromaster and ProTyre.


Name: Mark Raines

Company: Klarius

Role: Associate Marketing Director

Mark Raines

Klarius has appointed Mark Raines as Associate Marketing Director. Raines started his career in 2005, spending the first six years working in industrial consumables sales, before having the opportunity to move into a marketing role for the same business. In 2014 he joined Bosch Power Tool Accessories in Switzerland where he worked with a team of product managers, development engineers and key account managers looking after a globally sold, multi-million Euro portfolio. After building strategic experience and involving himself in market research, competitor analysis and user experience projects, Mark returned to the UK in 2020 as Head of Marketing at C.K Tools, building an agile in-house marketing team there.


Name: Sean Palmer

Company: Point S

Role: BDM

Sean Palmer

The Point S Tyre & Autocare Network has appointed Sean Palmer as Business Development Manager for the South East.

Palmer brings more than 40 years’ experience in the automotive industry to his new position, having worked in a variety of roles managing garages and fastfit operations. Palmer has also held management, sales and business development roles for major motor factors and parts manufacturers across the UK. His appointment follows the recent addition of Nigel Hampson to the team, with Hampson having assumed responsibility for the South West region.


Name: Tony Valentine

Company: Point S

Role: Fleet Manager

Tony Valentine

Sean Palmer’s (above) appointment was made possible by existing BDM Tony Valentine being promoted to the role of Fleet Manager. He will be responsible for establishing and growing the firm’s presence in the fleet market. This will involve building close relationships with fleet managers and working closely with network members to develop the proposition.

Previously, Valentine has held senior sales and operational roles at the likes of Yokohama, Goodyear, ATS Euromaster and Dunlop Tyres.



Name: Claire Tonks

Company: PCL

Role: BDM

Claire Tonks

Replacing Olly Shortland, who had been Development Manager at Pneumatic Components for 15 years, Claire Tonks joins the company having gained experience in similar roles from firms including Limesquare Vehicle Rentals, ICD Energy and Sheffield-based Airflow Group.





Name: Ian Matthews

Company: KMT

Role: General Manager

KMT, the machine tool division of exhaust manufacturer Klarius, has hired Ian Matthews as GM.

Ian Matthews

Matthews has previously worked for a number of high-profile engineering firms, including  aircraft component producer Hans Lingl UK. Later, he joined Broxap Ltd in 2005 eventually becoming Head of Design.  Next, Matthews moved to Westgate, a manufacturer of industrial partitions, joining initially as Technical Manager, before quickly progressing to become General Manager in 2018.



Name: Peter Johnson


Role: Chairman (Stepping down) 


Peter Johnson

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) Chairman, Peter Johnson, has announced his retirement and stepped down from his duties at the RMI Board Meeting.

Peter Johnson has been RMI Chairman since June 2015, having previously been NFDA Chairman from July 2011.

Over 10 years working within the RMI sphere, Peter has played a key role in the progression of the Retail Motor Industry, particularly through difficult times such as COVID-19 and Brexit.

Peter Johnson commented: “I wish my successor and the RMI team all the best for the future.”



Name: Gareth Newbery

Company: Reparify UK

Role: National Sales Manager

Gareth Newbery

Gareth Newbery has been promoted to national sales manager for Repairify UK, responsible for building the sales team and driving growth of the asTech and Red Digital ADAS products. Newbery joined the group in 2019 initially working on the Red Digital side of the business.

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