Episodes
James has spent his last 23 years in the automotive industry in a variety of increasingly senior roles with OEMs, and a global Leasing company, both in the UK and European roles, moving overseas with his family twice. For the last 6 years he has been with Constellation Automotive Group, in a variety of MD roles, running the Fleet Solutions and Retail Operations businesses. His last 3 years have been focused on online used car retailing, supporting both cinch & Cazoo in the physical...
Published 11/21/22
John is the Founder & Managing Director of jte Consulting, the global management consulting firm that serves clients in the world where transportation, consumer, connectivity, and software intersect.  As a former executive at Motorola and Global Technologist at Ford Motor Company, John led or participated in teams that built many of the innovations we see today in connected vehicles on the ground and in the air. Since then, he has helped cities and organizations understand how technology...
Published 11/14/22
In this Side Mirror episode I've shared a personal story about a role I went for and didn't get and what happened next.  It's deliberately quite detailed as I want to take you behind the scenes and share what I was thinking and what actions I was taking at that time in case it is helpful for your own decision making.  I hope you find it useful and I look forward to hearing what resonates with you.  This episode of CAREER-VIEW MIRROR is brought to you by Aquilae.  Could you use some...
Published 11/07/22
Matt has always had a passion for the BMW Group products and through optimism, hard work and a sprinkle of luck, defined a formula for success that guided him throughout his journey; enabling him to progress quite quickly throughout the wider group and ensure he was match fit for any opportunities that arose.  Starting his automotive career with North Shore BMW in Sydney, Australia, Matt moved to BMW Australia in 2013, to become a sales and product trainer. It was here he met his wife Lauren,...
Published 10/31/22
Kevin has spent his entire career to date in the automotive industry in a variety of increasingly senior roles with OEMs, service providers and the automotive practices of major consulting firms.   We talk about why, following graduation, he chose to join Austin Rover and why he ultimately chose to leave, his experiences in professional services with KPMG and the incredible customer service ethos at the RAC. He shares moments of good and bad luck that shaped his career.   Kevin is the leader...
Published 10/23/22
Peter has traversed a career in the Automotive Financial Services industry for over 18 years with BMW Group in Australia from the early beginnings in an intern program through to senior leadership roles across Finance, Operations, Risk and Sales functions culminating in C level roles as Chief Risk Officer and GM Sales & Marketing.   Peter holds a bachelors degree in Applied Science from Deakin University Melbourne a Masters in Commerce also from Deakin a diploma in Financial Planning from...
Published 10/16/22
Over the years, I've invested personal time and money to develop my own career and I've amassed a good amount of experience. In the 1:1s I have with clients and young people I mentor, I share some of the paradigms and methods that have proven effective for me and I work with them to help them take ownership of their own careers.  A little while ago I wrote down a list of the main ideas that underpin my approach. They form a sort of 13 step guide and I thought that sharing them would make a...
Published 10/09/22
Erich is an assertive and result-oriented leader. He has a history of building high performance management teams combined with in-depth understanding of the Financial Services, IT Services and Automotive industries. He has held positions with global leadership responsibility for over 8,000 employees spanning 40+ countries.  In our conversation we discuss Erich's journey from bank apprentice to Global Head of Financial Services and then Aftersales for BMW. We talk about his time on Wall...
Published 10/02/22
Nicolas is an expert in the rapidly emerging field of car subscription and connected car retailing. After spending his work life in big corporations working internationally, Nicolas moved into entrepreneurship 18 months ago.   This was initially intended to be a temporary situation but it extended beyond his expectations, in terms of duration but mostly in terms of personal discovery and growth.   A husband and father of two, Nicolas is widely enjoying his new lifestyle and discovering as he...
Published 09/25/22
Jon has spent all his working life in sales, most of it in the automotive sector. He was with the Audi network for 17 years. He started as a trainee sales exec and spent the last 10 years of his time there as a General Sales Manager for dealerships in and around Manchester in the North West of England. In 2015 he took a gamble and went to work for what was at that time a pretty much unknown, American electric car company called Tesla. Jon was initially hired to manage the new Manchester...
Published 09/18/22
My guests are incredibly gracious in sharing their stories and demonstrating vulnerability in our conversations. I owe it to them to do the same. I shouldn’t ask them to share if I wouldn’t be prepared to share myself.  At the same time, I wanted to talk about crucible moments and how they forge our character and influence our behaviour often subconsciously and sometimes indefinitely unless we seek to identify them. I wanted to prompt you to reflect on your own life journey and consider...
Published 09/11/22
After working in the corporate sector for nearly 30 years (in varying sales and marketing roles), Shona decided to take a completely different career path and step into the world of yoga.  It took her a little while to navigate the transitions, but after 8 years of teaching yoga full time, she tells me that it feels completely natural to have taken that step change that combines a vocation with a passion. She teaches a variety of different yoga styles, including: bikram, vinyasa, yin, pilates...
Published 09/04/22
With lots of people leaving roles, this episode covers how you might approach such a decision. I encourage people thinking of leaving a job to take a broad and measured view of the components that go to make up your current situation. Before you bet everything on a completely new set of circumstances, have a look at how you could keep all the best bits of your existing role whilst seeking to improve on the weaker components.  This episode of CAREER-VIEW MIRROR is brought to you by Aquilae....
Published 08/28/22
Stefan is the VP for New Markets for the Norwegian EV Charging start-up Easee. After spending the last 2,5 years setting up the Benelux market and building the foundations he is now part of a small team duplicating that effort and helping Easee expand further into Europe and beyond. Easee has two missions, Shaping the future of electricity and shaping the future of business culture.   Growing up, Stefan always had the desire to explore and move outside the comfort of his small home town....
Published 08/21/22
His passion for The Toyota Way, the Toyota production system and Kaizen evolved through multiple job rotations throughout Toyota during a 24 year tenure with the brand which included holding the position of General Manager Aftersales Operations at Toyota Motors Europe, General Manager Aftersales at Toyota Sweden and Regional Manager Sales and Aftersales at Toyota Deutschland.  He has spent over eight years with Al Futtaim Group in Dubai, three years of which were in the role of Managing...
Published 08/14/22
Julian is co-founder and CEO of MOTOM, a new technology company servicing the vehicle remarketing sector in the UK.  MOTOM is a joint venture with Flipacar of Australia and with support from three close colleagues, Julian successfully launched the business earlier this year.  He has a proven track record in the automotive, automotive finance and asset finance sectors, both in the UK and Europe but, as a school leaver, he decided to start his career in baking.  At the age of 18 he began a...
Published 08/07/22
This episode explains how with the help of an inspiring mentor, we created the Aquilae Academy and how it's possible to forge strong connection between people in a virtual environment as long as you are intentional about doing that. I hope that it encourages you to keep going and push boundaries in your own projects and reminds you how given the opportunity and the right environment, people love to help each other.  This episode of CAREER-VIEW MIRROR is brought to you by Aquilae. Aquilae's...
Published 07/31/22
This episode urges some caution in adopting wholesale hybrid and remote working practices and encourages you to be intentional in your leadership and management decisions to enable Fulfilling Performance for all team members.  I hope that you can use it to provoke a discussion about the transformation that is taking place and I look forward to hearing what resonates with you.  This episode of CAREER-VIEW MIRROR is brought to you by Aquilae. Aquilae's mission is to Enable Fullfilling...
Published 07/24/22
Ashley loves a challenge - it’s the intrinsic motivation for everything he takes on. From the physical and mental effort of ice climbing in the Himalayas as part of his Outdoor Leadership Degree, to his five years at Tesla working his way up to a position dealing directly with Elon Musk and ultimately leading Tesla’s European Delivery and Logistics Team in the launch of Model 3.  Behind it all he has developed a passion for Operations in various guises in order to meet these challenges,...
Published 07/17/22
Alan has enjoyed an international career with premium automotive brands, holding senior positions spanning 5 continents. Most recently he has embraced his passion of leadership development through his own successful coaching and consulting company.   In our conversation Alan describes his childhood experiences growing up on a dairy farm where he first came across the machinery that would ignite a curiosity that led to him starting out as an apprentice car mechanic. He reveals how that...
Published 07/10/22
Steve has a proven track record within the automotive industry in the UK.    The youngest ever production manager with Land Rover – managing over 100 personnel at the age of 21, he made the jump from manufacturing to corporate sales for Rover Group in 1997 managing the leasing and independent rental sector in the North of the UK.  In 2000, he made the move to Volvo Car UK Ltd as Southern Area Leasing and Rental Development Manager before a 2 year spell as National Sales Manager for an...
Published 07/03/22
Anirudh takes us on an international journey that sees him starting his own garment business in Mumbai, India before transitioning into a successful corporate career with BMW and then Centric Consulting. He shares the steps he took and the challenges he overcame on the way.  Anirudh is an experienced professional having 25 years of experience in Automotive Finance and Consulting. He has vast international experience, having lived, and worked in 5 countries - USA, Malaysia, South Korea,...
Published 06/26/22
When he felt his career was on a plateau David took himself to Australia to maintain momentum and after several years finally returned home to the UK when the timing was right. On his journey, he experienced corporate and personal success, significant challenge in his home life and a shock redundancy, all of which he shares openly during our conversation. I am pleased to be able to introduce you to David in this episode and look forward to hearing what resonates with you.  David is a globally...
Published 06/19/22
Simon has spent most of his life in the corporate world. He worked for Aviva for 30 years, leaving in February 2022 to set up his own pricing and data science consultancy business, Brightfathom.  In his Aviva career, he spent the vast majority of his time pricing life insurance and general insurance business.  His career breakthrough was introducing full credit score into the car insurance pricing journey. This ultimately led to him being the Chief Underwriting Officer for Personal Lines...
Published 06/12/22