Everyone at Auto Trader is crucial to what we do

Meet our board and leadership team

Board

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Chairman

Ed Williams

Ed has been a Non-Executive Director of Auto Trader since November 2010 and Chairman since March 2014. He was founding Chief Executive of Rightmove plc, serving in that capacity from November 2000 until his retirement from the business in April 2013.
Rightmove pls was floated on the London Stock Exchange in February 2006. Prior to Rightmove, Ed spent the majority of his career as a management consultant with Accenture and McKinsey & Co.
Ed holds an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Anne's College, Oxford.

Appointed to Board:
November 2010
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Independent: Yes
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
Nomination (Chairman)
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Chief Executive Officer

Trevor Mather

Trevor joined Auto Trader as Chief Executive Officer in June 2013. Previously, Trevor was President and CEO of ThoughtWorks, a global IT and software consulting company. Trevor joined Thoughtworks in 2001, to kick start the UK branch of the Company and then took responsibility for all international operations before becoming CEO in 2007. He helped oversee the business grow from a 300 person North American Company to a 2,200 person global business with operations in 29 cities around the world with a particular personal focus on helping businesses become truly digital. Before his time at Thoughtworks, Trevor spent almost ten years at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) focusing on e-business solutions. Trevor holds an M.Eng. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Southampton University.

Appointed to Board:
June 2013
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Independent: N/A
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
N/A
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Chief Financial Officer

Sean Glithero

After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, working within both the audit and corporate finance departments, Sean worked in the telecoms industry and for FTSE100 company BPB plc, before joining Auto Trader as Group Financial Controller in 2006. He has since held various group and divisional roles in the business, helping the business reshape through acquisitions and disposals as well as aiding the transition online through restructuring and realignment programmes. Sean was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2012 and has led two major re-financings and also has responsibility for customer security, legal services and procurement. Sean holds a B.A. (Hons) in Accountancy from Exeter University.

Appointed to Board:
September 2012
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Independent: N/A
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
N/A
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Non-Executive Director

Jill Easterbrook

Jill was appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the Board on 1 July 2015. Jill is currently the CEO of Boden, following her appointment in February 2017. Jill was previously a member of the Executive Committee at Tesco PLC where she was most recently the Group Business Transformation Director. She joined Tesco in 2001 and held a variety of strategic and operational leadership roles. She has run a number of multichannel businesses within Tesco including UK and ROI Clothing and the Developing Businesses division. Jill started her career at Marks & Spencer in buying and merchandising and also spent time as a management consultant with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young.

Appointed to Board:
July 2015
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Independent: Yes
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
Remuneration (Chairman), Nomination,
Audit
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Non-Executive Director

David Keens

David was appointed as a Non-Executive Director, and to the Audit Committee of Auto Trader on 1 May 2015. David was previously Group Finance Director of NEXT plc (1991 - 2015) and its Group Treasurer (1986 - 1991). David’s previous management experience includes nine years in the UK and overseas operations of multinational food manufacturers Nabisco (1977 - 1986) and prior to that seven years in the accountancy profession.
David is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Appointed to Board:
May 2015
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Independent: Yes
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External appointments:
J Sainsbury plc
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Committee memberships:
Audit (Chairman), Nomination,
Remuneration
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Independent Non-Executive Director

Jeni Mundy

Jeni was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 1 March 2016. Jeni is the Enterprise Product Director for Vodafone Group and is responsible for the strategy, delivery and lifecycle management of the Business product portfolio worldwide. Jeni started her career as a Radio Engineer with BellSouth in New Zealand and has been with Vodafone since 1998. Her roles have included five years as Chief Technology Officer (‘CTO’) in New Zealand managing IT and the mobile network, five years as the Vodafone UK CTO and a year leading the Northern Europe Sales team for multi-national customers. Jeni holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering from University of Wales.

Appointed to Board:
March 2016
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Independent: Yes
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
Remuneration, Nomination,
Audit
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Chief Operating Officer

Nathan Coe

Nathan was appointed to the Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO) in April 2017. Nathan joined Auto Trader in 2007 to oversee the transition from a magazine business to being a pure digital company. He was responsible for launching a number of new business areas, and led the company’s early entry and subsequent growth in mobile and online. For the past two years, Nathan has been the joint Operations Director, sharing responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the business.

Prior to joining Auto Trader, Nathan was at Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications company, where he led Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Development for its media and internet businesses. He was previously a consultant at PwC, having graduated from the University of Sydney with a B.Com. (Hons).

Appointed to Board:
April 2017
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Independent: N/A
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External appointments:
None
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Committee memberships:
N/A
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Operational Leadership Team

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Audience & Brand Director

Naomi Hahn

Naomi is jointly responsible (with Nick) for the audience and brand functions within the business focused on growing both consumer and customer audiences and maintaining a strong sense of brand both internally and externally. She joined Auto Trader in 2007 to build the display advertising sales team; taking sales in-house resulted in significant growth and a market leading programmatic strategy. In 2015, Naomi moved to head up the marketing team leading the brand strategy and influencing new product development. Prior to Auto Trader Naomi worked for advertising.com, a display advertising network where she held various sales leadership roles working with agencies and direct clients on display, ppc and email campaigns, before leaving the Company in the summer of 2007 to take part in the BBC TV show, The Apprentice. Naomi graduated from UCL with a BA in modern European studies with French and Spanish.
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Audience & Brand Director

Nick Gee

Nick is jointly responsible (with Naomi) for the audience and brand functions within the business focused on growing both consumer and customer audiences and maintaining a strong sense of brand both internally and externally. He joined Auto Trader in 2010 to develop Auto Trader’s mobile strategy focusing on audience growth, product innovation and monetisation of the mobile platform. Nick’s vision helped drive multiple mobile awards for innovation and B2B applications, including - Effective Mobile Marketing 2011 and AOP Product Team of the Year 2012. Since 2012, Nick has held overall responsibility for Auto Trader's consumer marketplace across platform and devices, with a focus on user experience, search and editorial. Nick holds an MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and BA (Hons) from the University of Western Australia.
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Customer Experience Director

Marc McNeill

Marc joined Auto Trader in 2013 to champion customer experience. Marc works with Alison Ross leading Customer Experience and Operations, focused on the continuous improvement of processes, systems and touch-points, to enable effortless interactions with Auto Trader and simplify the way we do business with our customers. Prior to joining the Company he worked for uSwitch where he led a digital marketing and development team to build personal finance solutions, including a new car insurance proposition. Marc was also a consultant at ThoughtWorks where he built the Global Experience Design Practice, helping clients build products that their customers love. Marc’s digital career began at Accenture where he helped set up and run the Interactive Design Group and he has previously worked for DfID in Ghana, improving technology transfer to rural communities. Co-author of the book Agile Experience Design, Marc holds a PhD in Human Factors.
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Customer Experience & Operations Director

Alison Ross

Alison joined Auto Trader in 2002 and led technology and operations teams responsible for business systems and the website infrastructure throughout the transition from print to online. Alison now works with Marc McNeill leading Customer Experience and Operations, a cross functional team bringing together technology, operations, service and sales expertise to focus on the continuous improvement of processes, systems and touch-points in order to promote effortless interactions with our customers. Alison also works with Jason Biffin to shape the progressive culture and environment at Auto Trader, ensuring the attraction, development and retention of a talented, engaged and diverse workforce is second to none in the industry. Alison serves on both the Board and on the elected council of Manchester Digital, the independent trade association for the thriving digital sector in the North West of England.
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Technology Director

Chris Kelly

Chris is responsible for technology at Auto Trader and has worked for the Company for the past 17 years. A software professional, Chris joined Auto Trader in 1998 as a developer in the small team working on the first Auto Trader website. Chris has since been an integral part of the product and technology division throughout the successful transition from print to a fully digital business. He remains passionate about software, and leads a team of architects as well as product development and operational teams. Chris holds a degree in Genetics from Leeds University.
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Data & Insight Director

Richard Walker

Richard looks after Data and Insight at Auto Trader, overseeing the Company’s Enterprise Data Warehouse and Real Time Data Capability, both of which are used to present performance data to customers through Auto Trader’s Dealer Portal. He is also responsible for the analytics function that analyses data in order to share insights and recommendations that lead to improvements and opportunities for product and sales teams as well as our customers. Having been with the business for 20 years Richard has a range of experience, which includes roles in the UK overseeing the organisation’s research activity, and heading up the Market Intelligence function. Following early involvement in the initial launch of Topmarques.co.uk and autotrader.co.uk he moved into the international division of GMG working in a small team that launched the digital operations for the non-UK automotive classified businesses in several European countries. Richard holds a BA (Hons) in Business Information Management from Leeds and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
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Digital Advertising Director

Chris Ward

Since joining the Company in 2013, Chris has been responsible for overseeing the Company's display advertising business, his team manage relationships with the automotive manufacturers and their media agencies. Prior to Auto Trader, Chris was European Managing Director of the advertising technology business, Kenshoo. In this role he set up operations in several new markets including Germany and France and worked with some of the biggest digital brands across the region. Prior to Kenshoo, Chris spent 13 years at Microsoft helping to develop their MSN business, first as Content Director and later as Commercial Director. Before joining Microsoft, he spent 10 years working as a journalist on newspapers including the Daily Mail, Sunday Times and Daily Express. Chris holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Kent and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Manufacturer & Agency Director

Ian Plummer

Ian joined the Company in 2017 and is jointly responsible (with Chris) for the Manufacturer and Agency area of the business. With 20 years of automotive experience with several brands, he is responsible for building meaningful relationships with all UK automotive manufacturers and their partners to enable the development of solutions to drive new value and revenue to them, in both the new and used car space. Previously Ian worked at Volkswagen, where he was Head of Sales Operations in the UK, responsible for all UK Volkswagen passenger car sales as well as the franchise management and commercial programmes. Ian was also the former Managing Director of Renault Retail Group responsible for 25 Renault and Nissan dealerships, and prior to that held various international marketing, after-sales and e-business roles at Renault’s headquarters in Paris. Ian holds a BA (Hons) from Loughborough University in Economics, Politics and French, and an MBA from Theseus Institute in France.
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Deputy Finance Director

Mark George

Mark joined the Company in 2017 and is responsible for financial control, reporting, insight, tax, treasury and procurement. Mark has 20 years of experience in Finance, Strategy and Commercial roles, most recently as Commercial Finance Director of online fashion retailer, ASOS plc. Prior to ASOS Mark held a number of director roles at Tesco plc across Finance, Investor Relations, M&A, Strategy and Digital. Mark started his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company after completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University.
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Retailer & Consumer Product Director

Jason Biffin

Jason is jointly responsible (with Karolina) for all consumer and retailer products and services at Auto Trader, overseeing product and technology teams. In addition Jason is also responsible for Culture and Environment at Auto Trader. He joined the Company in September 2001 as e-commerce manager, taking responsibility for the brand’s early expansion into the e-commerce market. Jason has since worked in a number of senior commercial roles across the business playing a key role in the Company’s full transition to online. Previously, Jason was with HMV Media Group, working as commercial manager for Waterstone’s Online with responsibility for driving online book sales and traffic to both web and mobile. His track record also includes 10 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, where he played a central role in the launch of natwest.com.
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Retailer & Consumer Product Director

Karolina Edwards-Smajda

Karolina is jointly responsible (with Jason) for all consumer and retailer products and services at Auto Trader, overseeing product and technology teams. Karolina joined Auto Trader in 2008 having just been awarded a distinction for her MA in Business Management. She joined the Company as a market analyst and within two years became head of data analysis with responsibility for the automotive sector trends and digital market insight for the business. Since then she has held several managerial and director level roles in the strategy and product and technology teams.
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UK Group Sales Director

Darren Moon

Darren is jointly responsible (with Le Etta) for the Group’s sales function leading the sales and service teams in their pursuit of becoming trusted partners for our 13,000 independent, supermarket and franchise customers. With over eight years’ experience, Darren joined the Company in 2008 to consolidate the print business before supporting the business in its successful transition to a solely digital business. He works with OEM’s, independent dealers and franchise groups. Prior to joining Auto Trader, he worked in various publishing businesses.
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UK Group Sales Director

Le Etta Pearce

Le Etta is jointly responsible (with Darren) for the Group’s sales function, leading the sales and service teams in their pursuit of becoming trusted partners for our 13,000 independent, supermarket and franchise customers. Le Etta joined AutoTrader in December 2014 as Digital Relationship Director, having previously been responsible for heading up the retail division at Manheim.
Her automotive experience ranges from working with retailers, manufacturers and specialist software solution providers, with a track record of driving performance improvement in aftersales and new/used car sales.
Le Etta holds a BA (Hons) in Marketing; Media and Advertising from Bournemouth University.