GEA Chief Executive
IMI Chief Executive
Steve Nash joined the motor industry on graduating in 1977 and has held a variety of roles on both the manufacturer and retail sides of the business.
As a long term member and Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), Steve became formally involved with the IMI 10 years ago as a non-executive Director. He went on to serve a 5 year term as Chairman of the IMI’s Group Board, followed by 3 years as President, then became Chief Executive.
Dave Garratt is currently the Chef Executive of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) However; he started work on the tools as a motor technician working at VL Churchill for 10-years before moving into the technical training field.
He's produced technical training videos and DVDs for VW, BMW and Rover, so Dave’s background is certainly Motor Vehicle Technology. This helps enormously in his current position and has led him to sit on various European working groups, many who are dealing with future systems such as the connected car.
The Automotive Aftermarket Liaison Group (AALG) is a coalition of Trade Associations in the automotive aftermarket arena. Being the largest representative bodies in our individual sectors, The AALG work together to stabilise the industry and deliver a unified quality level of service through our individual associations for the benefit of businesses and consumers.
Our associations represent Independent garages, parts manufacturers, parts wholesalers and distributors, tyre retailers, engine remanufacturers, tool and equipment manufacturers, and, therefore, directly touch every business and almost every individual who owns a car. Meeting regularly but informally to discuss matters of common interest, they increase the effectiveness of their activities and often find means of achieving a common end without costly duplication of effort.
Over the first 16 years of its existence, the chairmanship and secretariat of the AALG rotated between different associations. That role is now assumed on a meeting by meeting basis between the core members of the group.
Broadly the objectives of the group are:
A coordinated lobbying position directly to government affecting the aftermarket
Facilitate the exchange of information between associations/groups on subjects affecting their members
Forum for discussion with third parties whose activities affect the independent aftermarket
Address issues on which collaborative action on behalf of the independent aftermarket would be more successful than individual uncoordinated action by each association/group
Share research carried out on future threats affecting the sector
HEADS OF ASSOCIATIONS
IAAF Chief Executive
Wendy Williamson is an experienced Director who has specialised in the independent aftermarket sector of the automotive industry over a period of 20 years. As chief executive she heads up a trade association that promotes the sector to government, the EU, allied trade associations and the press to secure the future of the independent automotive aftermarket.
From humble beginnings as an apprentice motor technician, Stuart James has worked across many areas of the motor industry over 35 years, from the AA to Carter & Carter.
He is now responsible for the largest automotive trade association in the UK, and is motor industry through and through.
Sandy started his Motor Industry career journey as an apprentice mechanic on the SMTA scheme with Datsun in 1972! Progressing through his apprenticeship, he moved on to selling Ford, Volvo and Subaru before setting up his own business. He then went on to join the Ford Motor Company Dealer Development Scheme, buying Ford out in 1994. He sold his group of 6 dealerships (2 Ford and 6 Peugeot) to a larger group in 2004.
A seven year stint with The IMI culminated in Sandy being appointed as the Chief Executive with the SMTA in 2015.
Stefan is Chief Executive of the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) having joined the Association in January 2014. He has worked at senior level with, and for, trade associations and representative bodies for the past 21 years and prior to that worked operationally in the private security sector. (“What?” I hear you cry. “He doesn’t look old enough!!!”)