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
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.

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.


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

Geoff joined the body repair industry from leaving school at 16 as an apprentice panel beater/paint sprayer with a family run independent Bodyshop in 1976. His career progressed to estimator then manager with another independent Bodyshop in the 1980's.

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, specialist vehicles alongside main stream 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 with 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 Magazine in the form of technology input.

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

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

He worked in an independent practice 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 on this own company LM Automotive Solutions Ltd.


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

Tim Kelly M.InstAEA, M.FIEA, EngTech, CAE, MSOE, MIRTE

Newly elected (May 2017). Tim Kelly is the managing director of the website, motorclaimguru.co.uk. The site aims to assist consumers in 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 and VW and Audi - and gained a lot of experience.

He used this knowledge and experience to take on a teaching and NVQ assessing role and became a qualified assessor. Working for 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 passed all four written exams by 2005 obtaining the grade of Graduate. He passed the practical exam in 2006 and was subsequently upgraded to Associate and became a full Member in 2015.

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


I'm 30 years of age from Dublin, Ireland. I'm married with three children and work as a Staff Engineer for Liberty Insurance Ltd formerly Quinn Insurance Ltd. I started with Quinn Insurance in January 2010 having worked in the Motor Industry since I finished school. I have worked in various roles in the industry from entry level to management.

I started working towards Membership of the IAEA in 2007 in DIT and became involved in the Irish Region Committee in 2010 after passing my written exams. I passed the practical examination December 2012 and was elected full member in January 2013. I was treasurer of the region for two years and have also been Chairman for two years.

I am very active in the region and have seen both the committee and region develop significantly since joining. I have worked hard since joining the committee and have submitted articles and regional updates for publication in 'The Assessor'. I would like the opportunity to serve on council to get more involved in the institute.

Philip Roath M.Inst.AEA, MIMI, MFIEA, 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.FIEA, M.SOE, M.IRTE, CAE, EngTech, M.IMI

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

Brian is currently a committee member of Irish Region and also of the SOE/IRTE Ireland South committee, and was employed by the Automobile Association in Dublin until his retirement. Brian is now self employed.

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 profession 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 grand children. He enjoys playing badminton, walks in the Kent countryside and travel, (but says he hates travelling).

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