Marshall Motor Holdings has a credible management team with many years of experience in both the automotive retailing and automotive manufacturing industry. Such experience and dedication has enabled the group to evolve since it strategic change in 2008.

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Daksh Gupta

Daksh Gupta (aged 45)

Chief Executive Officer

Daksh has over 20 years’ experience in the automotive retail sector and joined the Company in 2008 as its Chief Executive Officer. Daksh was previously Group Managing Director for Ridgeway Group and the Chief Operating Officer of Accident Exchange Group PLC in 2007. He was also Franchise Director for Inchcape for seven years where he was responsible for the Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes-Benz brands.

In July 2015 Daksh was named as CEO of The Year by Motor Trader magazine and in January 2016 the same industry renowned publishers also named him as the 4th most influential person in the automotive industry.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry (FIMI) and Vice President of BEN, the charity for those who work or have worked in the automotive and related industries. His dedication to BEN was recognised in July 2011 when he was presented an outstanding achievement award for services to the charity and also for turning around the performance of Marshall Motor Group. Daksh is also a Freeman of the City of London.

Mark Raban

Mark Raban (aged 49)

Chief Financial Officer

Mark has 25 years’ of general retail experience, including three as the finance director of Inchcape Retail Limited. He spent three years as chief financial officer for the UK and Ireland for the Borders Group and was the interim financial director at Selfridges Retail Limited. Mark has also held senior finance roles at public companies such as Safeway and Burton. He joined Marshall Motors as a consultant in 2014.

Jamie Crowther

Jamie Crowther (aged 53)

Head of Operations

Jamie has 28 years of industry experience, including 17 as operations director at Reg Vardy and eight as the managing director and commercial director at Peter Vardy. Jamie joined the Company in 2014.

Peter Cakebread

Peter Cakebread (aged 56)

Managing Director of Marshall Leasing

Peter has 34 years of experience in the contract hire industry. He has led Marshall Leasing for 24 years, seeing its funded fleet grow from 415 to over 6,000 vehicles. Active in the industry, Peter is a recognised and respected figure. He is currently chairman of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), the trade association for the industry and was recently inducted into the Fleet News Hall of Fame.

Helen Burrows

Helen Burrows (aged 51)

HR Director

Helen has 19 years of industry experience including 17 at Inchcape, latterly as head of HR for Inchcape Retail. She also spent six years as HR director for Selecta UK & Ireland, a vending services business and joined Marshall Motors in 2013.

Stephen Jones

Stephen Jones (aged 41)

Company Secretary

Stephen is a practicing Solicitor and spent eight years as a corporate lawyer at Eversheds LLP. He also spent eight years as group counsel and company secretary at Automotive and Insurance Solutions Group Plc.

  • Daksh Gupta
  • Mark Reban
  • Jamie Crowther
  • Peter Cakebread
  • Helen Burrows
  • Stephen Jones
Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson (aged 68)

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter has over 40 years’ experience in the automotive sector, spending 30 years in senior roles in retail and distribution with the Rover group, Inchcape and Marshall. After previously leading the Marshall retail business between 1990 and 1995, he joined Inchcape, heading up its retail operation. He was then appointed to run Inchcape Motors International and in 1999 was made the chief executive of Inchcape plc. During the period between 1999 and 2005, working alongside Alan Ferguson, Daksh Gupta and Mark Raban, Peter oversaw the group’s growth in market capitalisation from around £250 million to over £1.5 billion.

In addition to being the Company’s Chairman, Peter is currently a non-executive director of MCHL, however, he will resign from the MCHL board with effect from Admission. Peter has served on the Bunzl Public Limited Company board from 2006 to date as its senior independent director and chairman of its remuneration committee. He also chaired Rank plc from 2007 to 2012 and served on the Wates Group Limited board from 2003 to 2013. Peter is due to be appointed chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation in June 2015.

Alan Ferguson

Alan Ferguson (aged 57)

Non-Executive Director

Alan is a non-executive director of Johnson Matthey PLC, Croda International Plc and The Weir Group PLC. He chairs the audit committees of each of these companies and is the senior independent director of Johnson Matthey. Alan was chief financial officer and a director of Lonmin Plc until December 2010. Prior to this, he was group finance director of the BOC Group plc until it was acquired by the Linde Group in 2006. Before then, Alan spent 22 years in a variety of roles at Inchcape plc, including six years as its group finance director from 1999. Alan is a chartered accountant and sits on the Business Policy Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Christopher Sawyer

Christopher Sawyer (aged 69)

Non-Executive Director

From 1991 to 2006, Christopher led Deltron Electronics plc, initially leading the buyout, then developing it into a strong European group with ten European locations and representative offices in China and Japan. Deltron Electronics was quoted in 1996 and sold to ABACUS Electronics Plc in 2006. In 2007, Christopher became chairman of the Lorien Limited group and led the portfolio reorganisation of that group, in particular developing its engineering and resourcing businesses substantially before the subsequent successful sales of both businesses. Between 2006 to 2013, he was chairman of the parent of Bearmach Limited, a global distributor of Land Rover parts. Christopher has been a non-executive director of MCHL since 2008 and currently chairs the audit committee of MCHL.

Sarah Dickins

Sarah Dickins, née Burgin (aged 44)

Non-Executive Director

Sarah has over 20 years’ HR experience across a broad range of sectors including retail, utilities andfinancial services. She spent 16 years at Asda, five of those years as an operating board memberresponsible for people operations and customer service for 150,000 colleagues. Sarah joined Provident Financial Group in 2012 as its executive people director.

Francesca Ecsery

Francesca Ecsery, previously Ecsery-Merrens (aged 52)

Non-Executive Director

Francesca has 19 years’ directorship experience in both blue chip companies and start-ups in the digital, retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and leisure industries. She is a Harvard MBA, fluent in five languages and has special expertise in multi-platform consumer marketing, branding and commercial strategies. Francesca is also non-executive director of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc, Share plc and Good Energy Group plc, all of which are listed on AIM or FTSE. Her previous executive experience includes McKinsey, PespiCo, ThornEMI, Thomas Cook, STA Travel and many other consumer brands.

  • Peter Johnson
  • Alan Ferguson
  • Christopher Sawyer
  • Sarah Dickins
  • Francesca Ecsery