Executive & Council Members


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 and Finance Officer
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.

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

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.

Alison Cairns ACII

Alison has worked within the insurance industry since the early 90s, working in various claims roles before moving into learning and development

Whilst working in learning and development and supporting staff working towards professional qualifications, Alison started to get more involved with the Institute's qualifications.

Since 2016 Alison has been working in various freelance and contractor roles as a Consultant/trainer within the insurance industry as well as with the Institute.

In August 2018 Alison was appointed the company secretary for the Institute. Alison has been a member of the education committee for a number of years, including the role of examiner for the Institute's examinations - sections 2 & 4.


Education Officer
Philip Roath LLB (Hons) DipCII Engtech M.Inst.AEA MIMI MSOE MIRTE

Philip Roath served his time as a motorcycle mechanic before moving onto an apprenticeship in painting and body repairs at PMG Panelcraft in Lancaster. Throughout the 1990's he subsequently worked through each area of the family motor repair business. During this period he was a successful competitor in both road and stage rallies whilst writing for the club newsletter.

Through an estimator's role at the local Ford dealership he then moved into the role of motor engineer for RSA in 2003, passing the IAEA written and practical exams in 2006.

Currently a motor engineer at AXA Insurance, he is a bachelor of laws with first degree honours, and holds a diploma in insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute. He serves on council for the Bolton region of the CII, was elected 2018 Chairman of the IAEA NW region, and is also Education Officer for the IAEA.

As education officer he aims to keep the Institute learning materials and format up to date as well as accessible, and to assist in the modern re-integration of the Institute into the working Assessor's agenda.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Mark Wells M.Inst.A.E.A, MFIEA, MIRTE, IEng, MSOE

Mark started his career in the body repair industry in the late 1980's, training as a panel beater and estimator for Trimoco Luton. From here his career progressed into commercial and specialist vehicles, working for Dawson Rentals as a Fleet Quality Engineer and then for Montracon as After Sales Manager. Here his knowledge of ISO quality standards , manufacturing and problem solving shone through. He then moved on to a quality and engineering role at O & H Facilities (Ambulance Conversions) and a spell back in fleet engineering at TLS TIP. An opportunity took him into Insurance, working for Direct Line and currently at AIG UK. Mark chairs the IAEA Yorkshire region and sits on Education and General Council. Outside of work, Mark has a passion for classic vehicles, owning 18 along with his partner. He is also dedicated to bringing diversity to the industry, being Co-Chair of AIG's LGBT+ Employee Group and actively supports LINK, the LGBT+ insurance network.

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Having passed his IAEA examinations in 1993 and feels his IAEA qualification has given him a firm foundation for his career progression. Commenting why he is an active member "the IAEA is imperative to the future of our industry. With the advent of AI, we must strive to be at the forefront of technology, with a firm foundation of the basic principles of vehicle engineering. It is here where the Qualified Engineer adds value not only the claims process, but the industry as a whole as being the go-to experts".

FIEA Representative
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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