AutoRaise announces new trustees

AutoRaise has announced a number of significant trustee appointments.

The new appointments were made at the first AutoRaise annual general meeting on Thursday, 27 September in Birmingham.

The meeting also agreed that founder trustee’s Hannah Crick, Karl Vella and Maria Charlton will become the charity’s first Patrons.

Commenting on the changes, CEO Bob Linwood said, ‘The growth and success of AutoRaise means the time is right to extend the breadth and depth of the trustees, whilst absolutely ensuring the charity retains the immense range of experience of its founder Trustees. We are all delighted to announce these appointments.’

After a call to industry for new trustees, the charity found itself overwhelmed with the quantity and exceptional quality of applicants. A formal selection progress followed, where the skills needed to support the charity’s vision were mapped against each individual’s application.

Shining out from every application was a passion to make a difference to the industry, utilising each applicant’s energy, experience and vast knowledge.

Each new trustee will have a role-specific responsibility, bringing to bear their own personal expertise to deliver the strategic aims of AutoRaise.

Since being incorporated in 2016, AutoRaise has successfully changed the culture, attitudes and behaviours of the sector. The charity led the successful development of the multi-skilled technician apprentice programme, now firmly established as the Gold Standard of apprenticeships, in addition to developing the first industry VDA apprentice programme.

Work Placements, schools’ engagement, attracting young talent and hosting a number of industry showcase events are just a small sample of other very successful initiatives undertaken by the team.

Chairman Dave Sargeant said, ‘These appointments of trustees and patrons are a natural progression as AutoRaise continues to grow and deliver on its strategic vision. With the support of our partners, who we cannot thank enough, together we have driven an incredible agenda of positive change that no one dared think possible. There is more to come and still much to do.’

In a short space of time AutoRaise is firmly established as the central hub of the whole industry. These new appointments will build on the phenomenal progress already achieved.

The new trustees are Michael Golding, LV=, Tom Hadfield, Circle Leasing, Marc Holding, The Vella Group, Kevin Moran, Esure, Stuart Perry, Automotive Training Solutions, and Steve Thompson, Industry Insights/Connected Solutions.

Meanwhile, new patrons are Maria Charlton, Hannah Crick and Karl Vella.

They join existing trustees and patrons Dave Sargeant, Gemini (chairman), Chris Oliver, Fix Auto Dagenham (vice chairman), Phil Coleman, Gemini (secretary), Steve Cafearo, BP, and Graham Oxborrow, Saffron Walden County High School.

For further information about AutoRaise and to support the charity, please contact Bob Linwood at