Following a long period of significant and consolidated growth, the Westover Group has made some additions to its senior management team. Designed to extend the specialist skill-set at the heart of the company, the changes see three new operational directors working alongside the existing board of directors.
All three positions have been newly created and filled through internal promotions. Andy Neill has been promoted to Group Retail Finance Operations Director; Charlotte Carpenter to Group HR Operations Director; and Simon Smith to Group IT Operations Director. Each will continue to work closely with Westover’s five long-standing main board directors – Peter Wood, Paul Dillon, Keith Martin, Mike Boyd and Paul Collins - to develop company strategies in support of Westover’s ongoing development.
“The Group now employs more than 615 people across 28 locations in Dorset and Wiltshire, so we've become a sizeable operation and a significant local employer," says Paul Dillon, Westover Group Joint Managing Director. “Whilst Andy, Charlotte and Simon have been advising us about specialist business areas such as HR and IT – albeit with less responsibility – for some time, the growth of the company and the importance of their roles called for consolidation. Strengthening the team reflects our commitment to professional business management."
Andy Neill, a Westover stalwart since 2006, oversees all aspects of financial reporting across the Group. As well as producing performance management reports and controlling banking, dealer management systems and Group accounting, he is also franchise accountant for Westover's two Land Rover showrooms. Andy was no stranger to the motoring world, joining Westover with 18 years motor trade financial management already under his belt.
Charlotte joined Westover in May 2010, having started her career in HR back in 1995 with Abbey Life Assurance in their employee relations and recruitment team. She studied at Southampton University, where she obtained her masters degree, and is a Chartered Member of the professional body for human resources and people development, the CIPD. Since joining the Group, Charlotte has established a centralised HR department, introduced Group-wide recruitment policies and procedures, and has helped to focus development on the teams working within Westover, pioneering long-service and other staff incentive schemes.
Simon Smith became Westover's Group IT manager back in November 2007 when he was first charged with keeping Westover's IT on the road. His role sees him developing and managing systems for the Group's day to day business needs, as well as controlling IT systems to assist with accounting and parts ordering functions. He also manages the integration of a wide variety of manufacturer systems and procedures, spanning the Group's 14 franchises.
“We wish Andy, Charlotte and Simon every success in their new roles and look forward to working alongside them for many more years to come," finishes Paul Dillon.
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