David Spear is the founder owner of David Spear Commercial Vehicles and continues to play a vital role in the daily management of the business. In 1987 David Spear who always had an interest in the motor trade decided to follow his heart and create a business that specialised in selling light vans and commercials. In the years that followed those early dreams turned into reality and through hard work, dedication and a never give up mentality he created one of the UK’s leading independent LCV brands. The name is highly respected within the trade, amongst peers, suppliers, auction houses and customers across the UK. As the business continues to grow and capitalise on emerging markets David continues to lead from the front, driving forward the company’s development including the overseeing of vehicle acquisition, chairing the executive team and planning the expansion of the David Spear brand across the UK Market. Outside of work, David is a big family man spending time with his wife and children, travelling extensively and practicing his passion for sport in the form of cycling, skiing and of course golf. He is indeed an accomplished golfer and he is of course the captain of the David Spear golfing elite!
Sarah Spear is the Company Secretary at David Spear Commercials and has worked in the business since 1994. Sarah is the right hand of owner founder David Spear and understands every part of the operation from vehicle acquisition to CRM, workshop activity and indeed the sales strategy that drives the business forward. Sarah sits on the executive team and continues to have a major input into the strategic management of David Spear Commercial Vehicles, whilst also assisting in HR and the Financial Management of the company. In her spare time, she plays mum to her grown up boys, Jordan & Elliott, travels extensively, has a passion for interior design, reads romantic novels and as a self-confessed chocoholic consumes far more chocolate than some health experts would recommend!
Laurence Winmill is the Chief Executive at David Spear Commercial Vehicles. He is responsible for developing business strategy, whilst driving the company forward to achieve its goals and ambitions throughout the next stage of its exciting development. He joined the company in 2016 having previously worked in a consultancy capacity and brings to the business a wealth of experience in Sales, Marketing, Advertising and Business Management. Laurence has worked in senior executive positions in advertising, publishing and pharmaceuticals and overseen significant business growth and development in those sectors. He has also created numerous start up projects and has a critical understanding of markets, customers and business development. Outside of work Laurence is a family man with 3 children and 6 grandchildren. He’s a sporting enthusiast, trains regularly at the gym, follows Welsh rugby, is a lifelong Chelsea supporter and is currently in the process of learning how to hit a golf ball correctly!
Geraint Yeo is the General Manager at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and oversees the daily operation of the business, including managing stock, vehicle preparation and day to day showroom activity. He joined the organisation in 2014 from Black Horse Motor Finance, where he spent 13 years working on financial products for the motor trade. As area account manager covering Wales & The Midlands he gained extensive experience servicing dealerships and independent motor traders across the region. Understanding the needs of the motor trade and the financial products required for respective customers was a fundamental part of the job and Geraint’s knowledge in this area is an asset to any client visiting the David Spear Showroom, where the best financial products can be sourced in relation to each client’s specific needs. It was during his time at Black Horse that Geraint was introduced to the David Spear brand and after three years as account manager, he made the decision to make the natural move from automotive financial services directly into the motor trade and joined David Spear Commercial Vehicles as General Manager. In his spare time, Geraint is a proud dad of two beautiful young boys and a husband to his wife Claire. Geraint is also a keen rugby supporter a 7-handicap golfer and is a proud member of the David Spear golfing elite!
Sarah Thomas is the Vehicle Handover Manager at David Spear Commercial Vehicles having joined the business as recently as January 2017. The Handover Manager is a key role within the business and Sarah’s responsibility is to ensure that all transactions are processed smoothly within the relevant timescale – managing the customer’s expectation throughout. Having previously worked with large national organisations including O2, Budget and Avis, Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge and business expertise to the David Spear brand. Sarah’s professional portfolio includes a BA Honours Degree in Retail & Business Management from Oxford Brookes University. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys dog walking in the Welsh hills, playing piano, making chutneys and jam and staying fit with a regular Zumba routine at her local gym!
Stephanie Rees is the main receptionist at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and balances this key position with her other main administrative duties within the business. Her flexible role allows her to assist with the management of stock on the CRM database, organising collections and deliveries whilst meeting and greeting customers as they arrive at the main showroom. Stephanie is currently studying for a level 3 diploma in customer service, which runs parallel with her career development at David Spear. In her spare time, Stephanie is a rugby enthusiast and plays wing for her local team Senghenydd Sirens.
Jon Smith is another one of the Commercial Sales Executives at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and is part of the team that is responsible for managing and delivering on all customer enquiries. He’s been in the motor trade for 18 years, having begun his career in the workshops before qualifying as an NVQ level 3 technician and MOT Tester. Jon’s technical know-how and experience allow him to communicate and reassure customers with regards to the mechanical performance and product differences that exist across the LCV range. Having spent most of his career fixing and then selling cars in some of Cardiff’s established motoring dealerships, he moved to David Spear Commercial Vehicles in 2011 and has built up a very loyal network of customers across the UK. Jon is also “Specialist Automotive Finance” qualified and can provide customers with the best advice when it comes to vehicle purchase and finance. In his spare time, Jon is a family man, a keen cyclist and a regular at one of Cardiff’s leading casinos where he stakes his claim as one of the cities’ meanest Poker Players!
Paul Morgan is one of the Commercial Sales Executives at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and works as part of the sales team managing all customer activity from enquiry to sale. He recently joined the business after serving five years in a busy car dealership in Bridgend where he successfully sold vehicles, accessories and finance products to an array of customers along the M4 corridor. Paul originates from West Wales and is bi-lingual; his first language is Welsh and this is a massive advantage for our Welsh speaking customers who can now converse with our business using their native tongue. During his time in the motor trade Paul has had extensive training and benefited from external manufacturer led courses at home and in the USA. He is also “Specialist Automotive Finance” qualified and is ideally placed to offer customers the very best advice when it comes to vehicle purchase and finance. In his spare time, Paul works out at the gym, swims and enjoys walking his Jack Russell – Millie, in between his other main interest, which is travel.
Nick Whatley is another member of the high flying professional sales team at David Spear Commercial Vehicles. Nick is a self-confessed petrol head and his big passion is anything that’s related to engines and cars, so his affinity to the motor trade is easily understandable! Nick has also spent time abroad, selling “American Muscle Cars” to the American military personnel based in Germany, which demonstrates his appetite for a challenge and his desire to stay focused on his passion for motoring and engines. In his spare time, he’s an adrenalin junkie – a keen off-roader driving both quads and motorcycles and when it all calms down he plays the father figure and enjoys his time with his young son and partner.
James Spear is the Marketing Manager at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and oversees all marketing activity associated with the brand. Having graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Sports Marketing & PR, he moved back to Wales to take a marketing post at one of Cardiff’s leading spa hotels. In 2014 the opportunity to move into the family business with a view to develop a more integrated marketing strategy was simply a challenge that James couldn’t refuse. As the business expands and markets emerge, the challenge for the marketing team is to identify new opportunities, collaborate with key partners and work with the executive team to deliver the fully integrated marketing strategy in tune with the business plan. Outside of work James wears the No15 shirt for his beloved rugby club, walks his dog Lola and works hard at improving his golf handicap so that he can be considered for selection to the David Spear golfing elite team!
Lewis Parfitt is the Advertising & Customer Service Executive at David Spear Commercial Vehicles and is responsible for managing the advertising performance of all vehicles within the company portfolio. Digital has changed the way that vehicles are now advertised and technology allows the business to reach markets across the UK and Ireland via sophisticated digital platforms. Vehicle photography, video and management of all advertised stock via the CRM and digital portals are an essential part of his job. Lewis joined the business in 2015 and is a great example of the career opportunities that exist at David Spear. He began life as a part of the valet team, quickly progressing through to trainee sales and has recently taken over the responsibility of advertising, whilst retaining a customer service focus in the main showroom. In his spare time, Lewis is an all-round sportsman and represents his local teams in football and cricket; he is also big into entertaining and retains an ongoing title as community and work’s based jester & comedian!
David Gill is the Workshop & Preparation Manger at David Spear Commercial Vehicles. He has over 38 years’ experience as a motor mechanic and prides himself on his professionalism and attention to detail. David’s motto is “Safety Comes First” and will never compromise his standards. He’s experienced every foreseeable challenge during his time as a mechanic and has an inspiring knowledge about the mechanics associated with commercial vehicles. David’s entire qualification portfolio in this area is simply too long to list, but they include City & Guilds Automotive Mechanic Levels 1,2 and 3, an MOT Inspector’s Certificate and a Degree in Fuel Injection Systems. He certainly is an essential part of the quality reputation that drives the David Spear brand and he demands that same quality culture throughout the workshops and the vehicle preparation team. Outside of work David spends most of his time with his family and his cockerpoo – Alfie. He is also a keen sportsman with specific interests in Squash and football.
Andrew Jones is a Vehicle Technician at David Spear Commercial Vehicles, where he has been employed since 2009. He has a passion for engines and anything automotive and holds an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering. Andrew embraces the safety ethos and the need to deliver vehicles that reflect the quality that is synonymous with the company brand. Andrew lives in an historic part of Wales close to the world heritage site of Blaenavon famous for its part in the industrial revolution and the history linked to iron and coal. In his spare time, he’s a family man, but he also enjoys the rugged surroundings and uses the challenging landscapes to test his endurance in running and mountain biking.
Shami Lelinski has been at David Spear Commercial Vehicles for over 9 years and is another member of the highly skilled workshop team. He is a fully qualified Electrical & Mechanical Engineering Technician who prides himself on his knowledge and understanding of motor vehicles. Originally from Poland he is married with two young children and is enjoying every moment of his time in the United Kingdom. Shami is also a DIY enthusiast and is currently working on his own self build housing project.
David Davies is another member of the Valet Team at David Spear Commercial Vehicles, having joined the business in 2015. David is an experience Valet having worked in the industry for many years and brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the Valet Team. Outside of work David is a family man and he also enjoys exercising at the gym and following his other passion, which is rugby
Ryan Canniff is a member of the Vehicle Valet team at David Spear Commercial Vehicls and has been employed within the business since 2013. Presentation is everything when it comes to showcasing vehicles and the valet contribution is a huge finishing part to the whole process. Ryan is an experienced and conscientious member of a tight knit valeting team who work as a unit to ensure that the vehicle conveyor belt is constantly moving. Outside of work Ryan is a father to his young son, enjoys motorcycling and keeps fit by playing football for his local team in Ebbw Vale.
Lloyd Davies is the youngest member of the David Spear Valet team, but with his youth comes tremendous energy and enthusiasm which is reflected in the quality of his workmanship. Lloyd is a dedicated Valet who is constantly looking to achieve the best finish in every aspect of his daily job. In his spare time, Lloyd is a gym enthusiast and a keen socialite at the many gin and café bars that exist in his local town!
Chris Morgan is the longest serving employee at David Spear Commercial Vehicles having been employed in the business since 1990. He’s seen the business evolve from very humble beginnings and stood alongside the owner and his family throughout, watching the business grow and develop into one of the UK’s leading LCV Independent Dealerships Loyalty is a big factor in any business and Chris demonstrates this in abundance and continues to deliver great service playing a key role with vehicle logistics and preparation.
Scott Essex is the final part in the jigsaw of the David Spear Valet Team and has many years’ experience in vehicle valet and preparation. Scott has a keen eye for details and assists in the logistics of vehicle movement throughout the preparation process. Scott is the proud father of twin daughters and has very little time outside of work to focus on anything else other than baby management at present! His other passion is off-road motorcycling, and has many aching bones as evidence of his participation in this adrenalin sport.