Executive & Council Members

EXECUTIVE

President
Chris Jones M.Inst. AEA., MFIEA, MIMI MIAATI

Chris started work in the industry at the age of 16 as an apprentice technician at a main dealer in the Midlands. After completing his apprenticeship he moved into the repair of commercial vehicles and then on to body repair. He worked through the industry as a Staff Field Engineer on to his present position managing a team of Engineers at an innovative and leading insurer. Chris has always been a keen supporter of the IAEA and has been an active member of the Birmingham Region where he served as Secretary for 10 years, and where he is currently the Regional Chairman.

Chris passionately believes in the function of the Engineering Assessor, he is always eager to promote the cause of the IAEA and give recognition to the role of the Engineer. Chris is an active member of Thatcham ETC and also serves on the education group.

Past President
Adam Murray F.InstAEA, M.FIEA, AMIMI

Adam is a current leading industry figure, who progressed through the industry from panel beater to his current position of Motor Technical Manager with a leading insurer. In conjunction with fellow Institute members, Adam contributed to the design of a practical exam that later evolved to become the ATA VDA exam of today. Adam has served actively in various capacities within the Institute for over 20 years, providing a vital link to industry bodies helping to maintain the Institute's industry profile. Adam currently serves on Thatcham ETS, is a member of the Audatex Technical committee and ATA VDA steering group, where he works to raise the standards of education for engineers.

Finance officer
Trevor Sutton F.InstAEA, M.FIEA

Currently Trevor is an industry trainer, having worked in the industry for 38 years. He started his career in 1976 as an apprentice and progressed to national technical manager for a leading UK insurer. For the past ten years Trevor has been an independent engineer and training specialist providing training and examination services to leading training academies for both IAEA examinations and ATA VDA.

Trevor joined the Institute in 1990, and as well as being President he is also the finance officer, education group member and distance learning tutor.

Trevor sits on various industry panels to ensure that the Institute's views are fully represented.

President Elect
Tony Simpson M.InstAEA, M.FIEA, M.IMI, IEng, CAE

Tony started his career at the age of 15 as an apprentice panel beater with an independent coachworks in Surrey. After completing his apprenticeship and gaining more experience, he developed his career within the accident repair industry and eventually becoming a bodyshop manager within a main agent. In May 1988, he joined Eagle Star Insurance as a staff motor engineer assessor. Following Eagle Star's merger with Zurich Insurance Tony held a position within the Motor Engineering Management Team. In 2016 Tony left Zurich to set up his own company AGS Claims Consultants.

He has been attending London Region meetings of the Institute for over 30 years and holds a deep loyalty to the Region and the IAEA as a whole. He has served as the Education Liaison Officer for the Region for six years, Regional Chairman for four years and is now the current Treasurer.

He was elected to Council in 2010 and holds the position of National Regional Liaison Officer, something he is very passionate about and hopes that the Council and all Regions throughout the country can engage and work together for the further success and development of their ever-changing profession.

Secretary
Kate Carter AAT

Kate Carter is a qualified AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) and has achieved full Membership status. Kate's company, Aspen Accounting, is fully insured to engage in public practice and delivers complete accounting solutions, including a high level of accountancy - general book keeping, credit control, payroll, budgeting and forecasting, management accounts, and VAT returns, a consultancy role is also available to advise and implement new accounting software, as well as general procedures and systems across the board.

Kate works with a number of clients in very different industries ranging from Charities, including Livery companies of London (also known as Worshipful Companies), Event Management, Publishing, Recruitment, and Estate Agency to sole trader electricians, musicians and landscape gardeners. This wide range of experience has enabled Aspen Accounting to offer flexible solutions to individual business needs.

Kate became secretary of the IAEA in June 2013 when Plenham Ltd took over the administration of the Institute.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Education Officer
G Stagg M.InstAEA, M.FIEA, M.IMI

Geoff joined the boy repair industry from leaving school at 26 as an apprentice panel beater/pain sprayer with a family run independent bodyshop in 1976. His career progressed to estimator then manager with another independent bodyshop in the 1980s.

The next natural career move in the late 80s was to become an Assessor for an independent company, moving onto a Staff Engineer position and finally a Regional Motor Engineer for two large insurance companies.

With his own training company, Geoff now trains both insurance and repairer Engineer Assessors to achieve Institute Membership and ATA qualifications. He joined the Council in 2012 and is enjoying being involved in the advancement of the Institute.

Public Relations Officer
David Punter M.Inst.AEA

David has worked in the crash repair sector since leaving school in the 1980's and has operated main dealer repair centres, with experience in commercial vehicles, trailers classics and specialist vehicles alongside mainstream automotive.

A varied assessing career followed with a key position within a large UK independent group which then saw him move back into the repair sector in 2000 as Group Estimatics Manager for Howard Basford (Part of the Ford Premier Automotive Group back then).

In 2003 David joined Audatex as a Business Development Manager working with key insurers, Accident Managers and Repairer groups delivering Auda Enterprise to the first UK insurer and Accident Manager,

During 2007 he was headhunted into Glass's Information Services and operated latterly as Head of Sales for UK and export markets dealing with key customers from the insurer sector in the UK, Ireland, Malta and further afield, working wit key industry solutions such as GlassMatix and valuation products for Assessors.

David now has a number of key roles within the sector, and is working specifically with Insurtech start-ups to revolutionise the claims industry in his new venture Amber Heights Automotive Consulting and is an advocate for the IAEA and a contributor to the Assessor in the form of technology input.

Membership Officer
Les Minton F.Inst.AEA, MFIEA, MIMI, AAE

Les had 18 years' repair industry experience in the automotive sector before moving into an engineering assessing role.

He worked in an independent practive for five years, with 12 years in the role of Staff Motor Engineer/Area Engineer for an insurance company. He then became Lead Vehicle Damage Assessor Training Instructor with the Thatcham Automotive Academy.

In 2017 he set up his own company LM Automotive Solutions Ltd.

OTHER COUNCIL MEMBERS

Gary Hunt Cert CII, M.InstAEA, M.IMI, M.FIEA, CAE

Gary completed an apprenticeship as a technician at a main dealer in the Home Counties and continued to work in the motor industry gaining experience in various fields including time as a service manager before joining a major insurer as a Staff Motor Engineer in 1991.

After 20 years as a Motor Engineer Assessor Gary was promoted into the Motor Engineer Management team responsible for a tea of Engineers. Gary represents the insurer on various committees including Thatcham's Engineering Technical Committee (ETC).

Gary is passionate about the role of an Engineer Assessor and has always been an active member of the IAEA London Region, having served on the committee on several occasions and is currently Regional Chairman.

Tim Kelly MSOE MIRTE C.A.E. M.InstAEA MFIEA, EngTech.

Tim Kelly is the managing director of www.motorclaimguru.co.uk where he assists consumers by providing them with their legal entitlements and consumer rights when making an insurance claim. He also acts as an insurance expert for the HonestJohn website dealing with consumer issues.

Tim started his career as a mechanic at the age of 15 working on both light and heavy vehicles. He worked with a broad spectrum of manufacturers - Saab, Fiat Lancia, Peugeot, Mercedes, VW and Audi and gained a lot of experience.

Tim used this knowledge and experience to take on a teaching and NVQ assessing role and became a qualified assessor. Working for a both a private training centre and a college at night school, he trained young offenders and teens with learning disabilities, school leavers and adult learners.

Moving to an engineering role in 1996, he worked for a range of bluechip companies such as the RAC, Directline/RBS, Churchill and AVIVA.

He joined the Institute in 2004 and passes all four written exams and the practical by 2005 obtaining the grade of Graduate. He was subsequently upgraded to Associate and became a full Member in 2015.

He is also a full member of the Society of Operation Engineers, Member of the Federation Internationale Des Experts, and the Institute of Road Transport Engineers alone with holding the title of EngTech.

He will be looking to use his unique insight in the insurance industry to aid the Institute in educating consumers to the benefits of using IAEA qualified independent engineers.

Darren Power MBA, M.Inst.AEA, AAE, MIMI, MFIEA, AMIRTE, AMSOE, MIAATI, EngTech, APA (Personal General Insurance)

Darren is an experienced automotive assessor with Liberty Insurance. He has extensive experience in the motoring industry. He holds several automotive and insurance qualifications and most recently has completed an MBA in International Business Management, finishing with first class honours. He has served on the Irish Regional Committee of the IAEA since 2010 and has been a Council Member since 2015. In his spare time he enjoys restoration of classic cars and motorcycles, spending time with family and friends and continuous learning.

Philip Roath M.InstAEA, M.IMI, M.FIEA, Cert CII,

Philip Roath served his time as a motorcycle mechanic before moving onto an apprenticeship in painting and body repairs, undertaking roles in all areas of the family motor repair business. He has been a successful competitor in the rallying field, having written articles whilst involved in competitive motorsport for the club magazines.

Through an estimator's role at the local Ford dealership he moved into the assessing field for RSA in 2003, passing the IAEA written and practical exams in 2006. Currently a motor engineer at AXA Insurance, he is also studying part time for a qualifying law degree, is Vice Chair of the Student Law Society at Bolton University, and is working towards full Membership of the Chartered Insurance Institute.

As a member of the Council he would like to assist in the modern re-integration of the Institute into the working Assessor's agenda. On successful completion of the law degree, to then apply this and assist in an updating of the Institute's learning materials in this area. In completing this task, to bring additional relevance to the subjects of: risk assessment, current law, and liability that businesses seeking our expert opinion value our services so much for.

Brian Ross F.InstAEA, M.IMI, M.FIEA, CAE, M.SOE, M.IRTE, EngTech

Brian was first elected to Council in 1998 and has represented the Irish Region South ever since. He became a member of the Assessor Journal Committee and also chaired the Development Committee. He was elected President in 2010/2011.

Matt Taylor M.InstAEA

Matt started at an Austin Rover garage in Bristol before working at Direct Line for 13 years as a staff motor engineer. Matt is currently working for Thatcham Research.

Alan Watling I.Eng, F.InstAEA, AEA, AAE, M.IMI, M.IRTE, M.FIEA, M.SOE

Alan did his apprenticeship at the family motor business in Southend-On-Sea, Essex and worked in all departments before joining a large national general insurer as a Staff Motor Engineer qualifying as an IAEA member soon after in the mid 1970's. He set up his own independent practice, AW Automotive Consultancy in 2001, which he continues to this day, carrying out damage inspections and special investigations into mechanical failures etc for insurance or litigation purposes. He says that the best part of the professions is having 'eureka moments' when investigating motor incidents or mechanical failures and discovering compelling evidence of causation which 'bangs a case to rights'. Alan lives with his partner Jenny in Maidstone, has two grown up daughters and four grandchildren. He enjoys playing badminton, walks in the Kent countryside and travel, (but says he hates travelling).



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