Vertu Motors recognises exceptional colleagues

Vertu Motors’s colleagues who have performed exceptionally and delivered the highest levels of leadership have been recognised in its prestigious 2023 CEO Management Awards.

Nominations are made by the CEO committee, and support centre senior directors to identify colleagues who have delivered both an outstanding level of personal performance, and championed company values.

This year’s winner of the Tom Fairgrieve Company Person of the Year Award was Doug Whitefoot, divisional warranty manager, Ford Division (pictured).

His nomination noted his level of commitment to the business alongside his willingness to coach and develop others and was ahiled as ‘the unsung hero of the division.

Like all the Management Award winners, Doug received a call from the Robert Forrester, chief executive to congratulate him on his achievement, thanking him for his dedication to the company.

Forrester said: “As the group continues to grow, it is increasingly more difficult to win one of these awards – just being nominated is a great achievement.

“To single out so few individuals was incredibly hard, but the winners have all delivered a stand-out performance to demonstrate the unteachable values we strive for at Vertu Motors – talent, drive, energy, attitude and character.

“We are a big group, but individual performances can make a significant difference to how well we do. Great teams are built by great individuals and it’s important we recognise this, which is what these awards do. I’d like to congratulate them all; they can be rightly proud of their achievements!”

The winners for 2023 are:

General Manager of the Year – Kevin Orridge, Vertu Honda Doncaster

The Tom Fairgrieve Company Person of the Year – Doug Whitefoot, Divisional Warranty Manager, Ford Division

The Bill Teasdale Accountant of the Year – Laura Machin, Vertu Toyota Chesterfield

Sales Manager of the Year – Anthony Pearson, Vertu Jaguar Land Rover Exeter

Service Manager of the Year – Ben Williamson, Vertu Honda Exeter

Parts Manager of the Year – Scott Chapel, Vertu BMW Teesside

Business Manager of the Year – Aaron Smith, Bristol Street Motors Gloucester Renault

Workshop Controller of the Year – Kelly Blunden, Bristol Street Motors Stafford Ford

Accident Repair Centre Manager of the Year – John Jones, Vertu Accident Repair Centre Teesside

Central Services Manager/Director of the Year – Steve Robinson, Group Service Support Manager


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