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Work experience

Aug 2008Present

Managing Director

Head Start Education Consulting

As co-founder and Managing Director of Head Start Education I was responsible for:

  • Developing a successful business model
  • Sourcing start-up funding
  • Recruiting key personnel
  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations
  • Exceeding sales targets
  • Maintaining steady growth
Jul 2007Aug 2008

Global Marketing Manager

MG (NAC MG)

After Nanjing Auto had acquired rights to MG and shipped the Longbridge plant to Nanjing I was bought in as Marketing Manager for all territories excluding Europe and Mainland China.

Responsible for:

  • Contacting and negotiating with potential distributors worldwide.
  • Advising the local marketing team
  • Representing the brand at Motor Events in China

I was interviewed by BBC Midlands today and showed the crew around the Nanjing Plant. I was also in an ad for the MGTF, driving one across a bridge over the Yangtze River!When Shanghai Auto (SAIC) took over the company and merged operations into their Shanghai offices I accepted voluntary redundancy and decided to set up my own company in Beijing (Head Start, see above)

Aug 2004Jun 2007

Account Manager

Gilt Edge International Ltd
  • Contacting and setting up sales meetings with potential expatriate clients
  • Selling off-shore savings and investment plans
  • Successful sales record, consistently beating targets
Jan 2000Jul 2004

Fleet Sales Representative

All Electric Garages PLC
  • Managing key fleet accounts e.g. HSBC Vehicle Finance
  • Coordinating fleet vehicle sales for all group products inc. MG, Mistubishi, Hyundai, Skoda, Seat etc.
May 1998Jan 2000

Sales Representative

Bristol Street Motors Ltd

  • Excellent sales record for new and used Ford cars.
Sep 1995May 1998

Customer Services Representative

Bellitas Ltd

Education

Sep 1992May 1995

BSc

University of Sussex
Sep 1985May 1992

King Edward VI Camp Hill Grammar School

  • 4 A-levels, Maths, Physics, Geography, General Studies

Skills

IT (General Office)
Adobe Photoshop
Mandarin Chinese

Profile

15+ years sales and marketing experience including:

  • 8 years living and working in China
  • Operating a successful start-up business in Beijing
  • Education, Automotive and Off-shore Finance experience
  • Fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Interest

  • Family; I am happily married with 3 children, all boys, aged 3 months, 3 and 6. Nothing gives me more pleasure than spending time with them.
  • Literature; I am pretty well read in many genres but Dostoevsky and Hemingway are particular favourites.
  • Hiking/mountain climbing; I have completed the 3 Peak's Challenge and climbed to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
  • Sports; a keen fan of Aston Villa FC, England Cricket and Rugby.