Nigel Base

Nigel Base

Work History

Work History
Apr 2009 - Nov 2009

Aftermarket Director

Volvo Truck & Bus London

Volvo is one of the world’s premier automotive manufacturers and service providers.

  • Turnaround and P&L responsibility for £40m service and parts operation
  • Designed and implemented business recovery project
  • Restructured and re-motivated team
  • Increased parts sales from 20% below target to 2% above
Mar 2008 - Nov 2008

Managing Director

Commercial Vehicle Auctions

CVA is the market leader for commercial vehicle remarketing.

  • Turnaround, development and P&L responsibility for under performing £30m business
  • Restructured team
  • Introduced modern management practices and controls
  • Introduced new systems
  • Designed and implemented new sales and marketing strategy
  • Successfully opened new operation in Northern Ireland
Apr 2005 - Nov 2007

Managing Director

http://www.azuredynamics.com/

AIM listed developer of electric and hybrid electric drive systems for commercial vehicles.

  • Start up, sales, management and P&L responsibility for new UK business unit including design and implementation of sales & marketing plan
  • Initiated and managed new customer relationships e.g. GKN, Tesco, Rolls Royce
  • Initiated and managed relationships with Government, Media and City Investors
  • Recruited, managed and coached new sales, aftersales and engineering team
  • Ensured UK operation fully integrated into global logistics and accounting systems
  • Successfully led team that achieved ISO9002 compliance and certification
Aug 2002 - Mar 2005

Business Development Director

Europe Assistance

EA is one of the worlds leading insurers and providers of emergency vehicle breakdown services.

  • Sales, management and P&L responsibility for business area
  • Designed and implemented new sales and marketing plan
  • Exceeded all targets and doubled size of business area over 3 years
  • Managed relationship and won new business with major account (£2m)
  • Restructured business unit, exited from underperforming account and restored to profitability
Aug 1988 - Mar 2002

Business Development Director

Scania

Scania is one of the world’s premier automotive manufacturers and service providers.

  • Sales, management and P&L responsibility for business unit that took company into new market area: designing and implementing sales and marketing plan
  • Recruitment and leadership of multi-disciplinary team of 40
  • Developed innovative solutions in financing, vehicle design and aftersales support
  • Achieved short-listing for a long-range £800m vehicle and support contract
  • Successfully initiated and managed media relationships

General Manager

  • Sales, management and P&L responsibility for new contract hire business that exceeded all targets and helped increase group sales by 600%
  • Designed and implemented new sales and marketing strategy
  • Recruited, trained and mentored multi-disciplinary team (50) through stressful high growth years
  • Implemented business change programme for UK dealer network including IS/IT strategy
  • Project management of capital investment program

Branch Manager

  • Sales, management and P&L responsibility for £15m vehicle dealership
  • Doubled market share from 7% to 15%
  • Successfully introduced new IS/IT system and management controls, increased workshop productivity by 30% and improved cash flow to best in group
  • Recruitment, management and development of multi-disciplinary team of 20 staff
  • Identified new premises and led relocation on time and under budget
Sep 1972 - Jul 1988

Various

Early Career

Branch ManagerExel Logistics

Workshop Supervisor / InstructorVoluntary Service Overseas

Vehicle Apprentice / TechnicianDunstable Motor Company

Education

Education
Sep 1997 - Jul 1998

Post Graduate Diploma

University College Northampton
Sep 1994 - Jul 1995

Post Graduate Certificate

Nene Management School
Sep 1983 - Jul 1985

HND

Bolton Institute

Skills

Skills

MS Office

Summary

Who I am

An ex boss once said “Nigel your operation in the UK is the most professionally run part of the whole global business”.

An experienced business professional I started my career literally on the shop floor repairing punctures in a local garage. An enormous capacity for hard work, a determination to shake off poor school achievement and a focus on making a better life I rose steadily up the corporate ladder.

My entire career (so far) has been about building and improving businesses as an employee. But the time has come to change this and do it for myself: The best is still too come. I want to make money and have fun, and the best way for me to achieve this is to combine my business skills with my passion for sport. Just for the record that’s participating not spectating.

What am I good at?

·Unusually wide business knowledge

·Very strong relationship building skills

·So organised I’m only ever truly happy with a list

My business experience

·Started two new businesses from scratch

·Turned around two underperforming businesses

·Implemented UK wide business change programmes including IS/IT strategy

·Business relocation; under budget and on time and all the staff came along to

·Handled relationships with media, academia and city investors

·Member of a team that negotiated and won the largest order in company’s history

·Travelled extensively with significant exposure to international and multicultural environments: I lived in Bangladesh for 2 years and it doesn’t get much tougher

·Recent experience includes low carbon sector which is a real favourite of mine: we should all get on our bikes or let the train take the strain

Out of hours?

·Focused and competitive sportsman: mountain biking, fitness training, water and snow skiing.

·Follow current affairs via quality media.

·Reading political and scientific history.

·Member of local charity Executive Committee.

Want to know more then check out my CV or get in touch.

Interest

Focused and competitive sportsman, water-ski to international level, mountain biking, fitness training and snow skiing. Follow current affairs via quality media; and reading political and scientific history.