Our People

Since our establishment in 2006 we have been continually growing in order to meet and exceed the growing expectation and demand of our client base.

Because of this apd now has a fantastic team with a great combination of skill and expertise in the automotive industry.

apd has dedicated departments with specified roles thats allows us to extract the most out of our potential and enables us to provide a better service for our customers.

Jim Tyrrell

Jim Tyrrell

Group Chief Executive
 
Jim Tyrrell has 30 years experience in the Auto industry. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1985 after studying Modern Languages at Durham University. During fifteen years with Ford, Jim held a number of positions in Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, including: Manager Service Marketing, Ford of Britain; Field Operations Manager, Ford of Britain; Marketing Manager Ford of Britain and Director of CRM and New Media, Ford of Europe. Following this, Jim was Marketing Director, Mazda Motors Europe. In 1991 Jim completed an MBA at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France. In 2000, Jim took over as Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK. In that role Jim oversaw the turnaround of the business from heavy loses into significant profit and dramatic sales growth. Following the sale of the business to Mitsubishi Corporation, Jim stepped down from the position of Managing Director in 2009. He has subsequently made a number of investments, including a majority stake in the apd Group.
Derek Knight

Derek Knight

Non-Executive Director
Business Management Division
Derek entered the motor industry in 1976, working in the contract hire industry before joining Renault UK as a Regional Fleet Consultant. His 10 years at Renault provided a wealth of experience of the operational running of a dealership through working as a Zone Sales Manager and other "hands on" roles, finally returning to his roots in accountancy when he took on the role of National Franchising Manager. This role involved the restructure of the entire dealer network, recruitment and setting up an average of 20 new businesses each year. After leaving Renault, Derek joined the much-respected Mitac organisation, later acquired by R L Polk, firstly as a Business Management Consultant providing dealership financial management training and consultancy services to OEMs and their dealer networks. He was latterly Director, Business Management Services, responsible for the growth of the company's composite, business planning and training and consultancy businesses. Derek founded apd business management following the withdrawal of R L Polk from the Business Management area of their business and remains a member of the Board and shareholder to this day.
Barry Crisp

Barry Crisp

Chief Technology Officer
Business Management Division
Barry has over 14 years' experience in managing the development of global composite systems across multiple international automotive manufacturers. Initially from an accounting background, the majority of Barry's career has been spent working within automotive Business Management technology field and he has been the leading figure in numerous composite system platform migrations and developments. Barry's role in apd is to lead the company's technology and product strategy, managing the development of our products to ensure that apd deliver market-leading Business Management products and services to all our clients. Working with colleagues and clients alike, Barry's in-depth understanding of the technical and commercial requirements of the composite process continues to prove invaluable in the Business Management Division of apd.
Jonno Francis

Jonno Francis

Operations Director
Business Management Division
With a background in economics and accounting, Jonno has spent a number of years gaining experience in both general accounting and financial composites. He has over a decade of experience working with clients to develop, deliver and manage global composite systems around the world. Jonno’s role within apd centre's around the clients and their experience of our products; leading the Operations teams in working with clients to develop and deliver bespoke, innovative, comprehensive and accurate Business Management products/solutions, in-line with the individual needs of each client and their dealer network. Jonno's commercial experience, combined with his technical knowledge, drive the operations of apd today and contribute to the advancement of apd's products for the future.
Rahul Gupta

Rahul Gupta

Technical Architect
Business Management Division
With over a decade of experience in analysis, design, development and implementation of enterprise database, web and desktop applications specializing in Microsoft Technologies, Rahul is the lead senior systems developer responsible for the onward evolution of apd's respected products and services. From a background as lead solution developer within a number of globally operating software development agencies servicing blue chip clients around the world, Rahul's breadth of experience is leveraged directly ensuring apd are at the forefront of technology and solutions to meet the demands of our global client base.
Dan Williams

Dan Williams

Project Manager
Business Management Division
Dan, a Computer Science graduate, joined apd in 2010 from a Business Process Outsourcing company working on behalf of a major UK energy supplier. Bringing his background of systems engineering and his experience of Data Analysis and Reporting together, Dan swiftly built up a detailed knowledge of the underlying system infrastructure. As Project Manager for R&D, Dan is always busy developing ideas in the "apd lab" that will result in delivering the next generation of exciting apd products to our end users. Outside of the project lab, Dan is a keen golfer and enjoys keeping fit.
Richard McLaughlin

Richard McLaughlin

Systems & Database Engineer
Business Management Division
Richard spent 11 years as a Database Administrator and Network Engineer with Siemens VDO and Mix Telematics who were the leading service providers of real time vehicle tracking systems providing Asset Management and Fleet Management systems to transport industry. Working on the development, implementation and on-going operation of the Datatrak System and Tachograph Internet Service. Before that he spent 12 years as an engineer for Remsdaq supporting integrated command and control systems for Fire Services in the UK. Richard's role is centred around managing the security, resilience, efficiency and growth of apd's server and database technical infrastructure. Proactively monitoring system performance and implementing improvements, ensuring the technical resilience that apd's state of the art systems demand. In addition to the other elements of his role, Richard's technical knowledge and experience, is invaluable in apd's product design and future technology strategic planning.
Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Network Administrator
Business Management Division
Over 4 years experience in a helpdesk/network administrator role, skilled with a broad range of Microsoft operating systems, Office platforms, Active Directory, VMware virtual environments and network based storage solutions, Mark ensures the smooth running of the internal systems infrastructure whilst supporting all staff. Keeping abreast of technology trends and developments, Mark is usually busy implementing continuous improvement to the business. In his free time Mark likes to spend time with his expanding family and friends, playing 5 a-side football once a week and online gaming.
Peter Weatherhead

Peter Weatherhead

Software Developer
Business Management Division
Peter has a broad range of software development experience across both desktop and web applications gained over the past 10 years. With a degree in Advanced Computing, Peter is passionate about engineering the best products possible. When he's not busy coding, Peter is a keen amateur sailor regularly out braving the elements on his dinghy.
Rajesh Kumar

Rajesh Kumar

Senior Software Developer
Business Management Division
Rajesh has an academic background of Master of Computer Applications and over 11 years of experience in analysis, design, development and implementation of Web and Desktop applications in Microsoft .Net Technologies including leading techincal teams. Rajesh has worked with a number of global clients for web solutions spanning various business types. Always ready for new challenges with a hope to learn something new. Rajesh loves to play cricket & table tennis and enjoys reading Bollywood news.
Teri Baines

Teri Baines

Operations Project & Implementation Manager
Business Management Division
Teri is both an accountancy and computer science graduate, and, having studied for the two degrees in France, is also fluent in French. Teri first joined apd on a work experience programme and quickly transitioned through to her data analyst role, giving her exposure to apd’s product suite. Teri has extensive project management experience for various sectors including Defense, Retail and Civil Service. Along with these skills, Teri brings service delivery and business analysis knowledge to the Operations team. As part of her role, Teri is responsible the day to day operations management through service delivery and product enhancements for both internal and client facing projects. Additionally, she acts as Business Management Consultant for our French speaking markets with on-site assistance of dealerships through the launch and integration of the apd composite system. While on the other side of the office doors, Teri enjoys training and competing in triathlons, rock climbing and anything on two wheels.
John Shepherd

John Shepherd

Lead Configuration Analyst
Business Management Division
John's skills in Excel, VBA, SQL & HTML play a key role in the configuration, development and maintenance of our composite product sets for customers. When not in the office John continues his personnel development studying for his degree in Computing & IT and learning Spanish. John likes to spend his free time with DIY, gardening and multiplayer computer gaming.
Gabriela Lasai

Gabriela Lasai

Configuration Analyst
Business Management Division
With a background in customer service and application support within a multi-national organisation, Gabi brings a wealth of B2B support experience to the SDAC team within apd. Handling numerous configuration change requests to ensure the ongoing delivery of the products and services offered to customers. Fluent in Romanian, French and English, Gabi supports our customers across Europe where her positive attitude helps her deliver an excellent level of service. Gabi loves to travel, exploring every inch of the UK, and she continues to develop her cultural awareness and language skills as she explores new countries.
Matt Tydeman

Matt Tydeman

Production & Support Leader
Business Management Division
Matthew brings to apd 10 years of Customer Services experience within a number of business sectors (both commercial and financial). His 4 years prior to joining apd were spent gaining experience in report writing and analysis within a large multi-national production and distribution organisation, his main clients including BT and Universal Pictures. Since joining apd in 2009 his key responsibilities have included composite support, production and publication for all of our UK and Australia based automotive clients. This experience contributes considerably to his role of overseeing the production and support provided by the composite team to ensure an efficient and accurate composite delivery service.
Mike Lucas

Mike Lucas

Product Support Analyst
Business Management Division
With a degree in Engineering, and a wealth of experience in a variety of technical disciplines, Mike brings to apd a broad range of commercial expertise gained from a career spanning business startups to large multinationals including the financial services, healthcare and the automotive industry. Most recently Mike spent a number of years developing and supporting the technology backbone within car dealerships of the Mitsubishi franchise. At apd, Mike is responsible for the testing and support of the ProfitPlanner Business Planning system.
Miguel Lopez

Miguel Lopez

Service & Account Coordinator
Business Management Division
Fluent in Galician, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and English and with a background in Finance and Accounting, Miguel is able to offer a broad range of support to customer users of our business management products. With a strong work ethic and high attention to detail, Miguel ensures composite production is accurate and on-time, every-time. When not busy with composite customers across Europe, Miguel enjoys spending time cycling in the fresh countryside air.
Renate Palmer

Renate Palmer

Service Coordinator
Business Management Division
After spending a number of years developing her international customer support and analytical skills within a number of large multi-nationals, Renate brings to apd a wealth of customer skills that facilitate the smooth production and support of a number of key composite accounts. Fluent in German and English she specialises in supporting our major accounts in Germany and UK.
Glynis Hunter

Glynis Hunter

Office Administrator
Business Management Division
Ensuring a busy office runs smoothly is not an easy task but Glynis makes it run like clockwork. Whether it's facilities, equipment, catering, travel or parties, Glynis has it covered. Glynis is a big fan of travelling and is amongst the most well-travelled of the team.
Paul Bidgood

Paul Bidgood

Commercial Analyst
Business Management Division
Paul has 15 years of experience working in a dealership accounts department working for a range of franchises including BMW, MINI, Mercedes Benz, Nissan and Porsche, at many of which as the dealership accountant responsible for all aspects of the dealership accounts function, including the submission and analysis of the monthly composite. Paul's detailed knowledge and solid understanding of the workings of a dealership provides an excellent basis for commercial interpretation of composite data.
Stephen Yates

Stephen Yates

Commercial Analyst
Business Management Division
With over 10 years' experience in the Motor Trade, at Dealership Accountant level for various prestige manufactures including Mercedes Benz, VW/Audi, Toyota and Hyundai, Steve has an in-depth understanding of Motor Trade Accounting. As a passionate believer in high quality and accurate financial results, Steve takes responsibility for the quality and commercial integrity of a number of major composite clients across UK and Europe.
Marta Joanna Wass

Marta Joanna Wass

Account Manager
Business Management Division
Fluent in Polish, German, English and Spanish, with a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics and experienced in account management and multilingual technical support for highly respected companies including Dell and Deutsche Bank. Marta has a detailed knowledge of apd products and services and ensures a strong and smooth relationship between our customers and our products in the Business Management team across Europe. Marta's experience and language skills contribute significantly to achieving our high quality service levels across our UK and European clients and users.
Nick Gane

Nick Gane

BM Consultant
Business Management Division
Nick has been involved in the financial accounting area of the motor industry for more than 20 years at dealer, OEM and service/consultancy level. His roles have included Ford Main Dealer Accountant, Business Management Advisor with Citroen UK and Product Manager with responsibility for developing, marketing, training and supporting business planning products across a number of automotive franchises. Nick's "grass roots" experience means that results are gained through having a sound proactive commercial approach with a full understanding of business accounting and business management within the automotive industry environment. He is a highly organized, highly motivated individual who is able to demonstrate total commitment, energy and enthusiasm in all aspects of business management, by using in-depth knowledge and experience gained in a commercial environment. Nick's vast experience with accounting and business management best practice is key to the on-going successful development, coaching and support for our products.
Peter Alcock

Peter Alcock

Business Planning Manager
Business Management Division
A Business Management Consultant/Trainer with the specialist area of used car business development/coaching. Has extensive global experience within the fields of strategic planning, business analysis, used car development and Training. Responsible for providing market suitability studies and strategies, from inception to the successful launch and development of Pre-Owned/Approved Used Car programmes including Business Management and Planning, Train the Trainer and Training programmes across many global markets for international motor manufacturers.
John Sturrock

John Sturrock

Business Planning Specialist
Business Management Division
A senior level Motor Industry Professional with 30+ years experience in the Retail Motor Industry, John is very experienced in all aspects of dealer operations, business management, profit improvement, viability planning, budgeting and analysis of results, with the ability to identify what it takes to put it right. He has also worked as a Dealer Principal, held strategic roles with two Major Importers, and spent many years as an Automotive Consultant in the UK, Europe and wider Global industry. With his roots embedded in the very nuts and bolts of the motor industry, John easily identifies with Dealer and Manufacturer staff at all levels and harnesses his wealth of experience to motivate and lead by example to manage change. Gaining great personal satisfaction from his job, there is nothing John likes better than to take a "deep dive" behind a set of results (e.g. Composite, Management Accounts, KPIs etc.) and identifying tangible improvement actions to practices and procedures which, when implemented, drive forward both operational and financial rewards.
Jan Kidacki

Jan Kidacki

Business Planning Manager
Business Management Division
Jan has over 28 years' experience in the automotive sector. During this time he has worked for manufacturers and in consultancy and training. He graduated from the London School of Economics and subsequently obtained a post graduate qualification in accounting and finance. The early part of Jan’s career was spent in Business Management and particularly in financial planning, investment appraisal and business management composite development. Jan has also worked in the area of strategic planning and marketing, and with some of the most famous brand names in the industry having been employed by Mercedes Benz, Volvo, Porsche and Toyota and Lexus. At Lexus he was UK Head of Marketing and Strategy and prior to that, General Manager Network Development. Since leaving Lexus, Jan has worked as a consultant for Logica PLC where he was Head of UK Consulting, Automotive. Jan also worked with JATO Dynamics, the world's leading provider of product and volume data to the global automotive sector, where he held the position of Vice President of Sales for Europe. At apd, Jan is Business Planning Manager for Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, leading a team of Business Management consultants, and is responsible for the overall dealership profitability and three year planning.
Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Business Planning Specialist
Business Management Division
Scott is a Chartered Accountant with a Post Graduate Degree in Management and has worked in the Auto industry for over 30 yrs with a number of major brands : Ford / MAN / Volkswagen & Nissan in a variety of roles both in the UK and Europe. His early career experience was in the Head Office Accountancy and Financial/Business Planning functions, latterly moving into a Business Management Field Role. He has also worked extensively in Franchising and half his career in Sales Operations in both the UK and manufacturer European Head Offices covering Sales Planning, Budgeting, Reporting, Modelling and Forecasting. Now working as a field based Business Planning Manager directly with the Nissan GB dealer network focusing on actions to improve Dealer Profitability and individual site Capacity Planning to manage future growth potential. Away from work his interests include sailing / tennis / walking and classic cars.
Gerrit de Weerd

Gerrit de Weerd

Business Management Consultant
Business Management Division
A consultant within the automotive industry for over 40 years, specialising in business management and accountancy best practice, Gerrit has supported dealers and manufacturers at all levels across Europe. Native to the Netherlands, Gerrit is fluent in Dutch, German & English, leading performance improvement group workshops and running tailored dealership improvement programmes.