Management

David Spear

Founder/Owner

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

Company Secretary

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

Chief Executive Officer

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

General Manager

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!

Marketing

James Spear

Marketing Manager

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!

Daniel Parfitt

Advertising & Customer Service Representative

Daniel Parfitt is the man responsible for digital advertising as David Spear Commercials. This is a key role within our business with up to 300 vehicles being advertised on any given week.

This job requires organisation - he must be organised with camera, keyboard and copywriting skills in abundance to create the impact needed for our vehicles to get noticed in a very crowded marketplace.

Daniel has a host of qualifications including 12 GCSE’s, 3 A Levels and spells at Swansea and Cardiff university where he studied Sport, English and creative writing.

In his spare time, he’s a keen sports enthusiast playing football for his local team and supporting Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.

Dan is also a musical whizz and strums a mean tune on his lead guitar including some iconic tunes from legendary American rock band – The Killers!

Sales

Nick Whatley

Senior Sales Executive

Nick Whatley is the Senior Sales Executive here 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.

Lewis Parfitt

Sales Executive

Lewis Parfitt is another member of our sales team at the David Spear Commercial Vehicles Tredegar site.

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 the Advertising & Customer Service Executive role before moving to the sale team where he regularly hits targets.

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!

Ian Duggan

Sales Executive

Ian Duggan is part of the Davis Spear sales operation at our Cardiff site and has been involved in the motor trade for over 20 years. He began life as a motor mechanic before transferring his knowledge of vehicles into the customer facing sales environment.

During his time in the trade Ian has worked for various main dealers including Ford, Volvo and Vauxhall and as an experienced buyer he also helps with vehicle acquisition for our business via his extensive network.

In his spare time Ian enjoys motor sport and various water sports including sailing.

Customer Service

Amanda Taylor

Handover Manager

Amanda Taylor is the Vehicle Handover Manager at David Spear Commercial Vehicles having joined the business in June 2017.

The Handover Manager is a key role within the business and Amanda’s responsibility is to ensure that all transactions are processed smoothly within the relevant timescale, managing the customer’s expectation throughout. This includes clearing of finance documents, vehicle administration, customer feedback, aftersales and vehicle logistics across the UK.

Amanda worked previously as a PA and office manager for a successful franchisee and some of the household brands linked to that role included telecommunications specialist O2 and coffee favourite Starbucks. These brands focus heavily on customer service and that same focus has been transferred into her new role at David Spear Commercials.

In her spare time, Amanda spends time with her family in her adopted town of Neath and enjoys healthy food, great movies and practicing her favourite stress buster – Yoga!

Paul Morgan

Business & Handover Manager

Paul Morgan is the Business & Hangover Manager at David Spear Commercial Vehicles based at our Cardiff site.

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.

Stacie Rees

Receptionist

Stacie Rees is the main receptionist at David Spear Commercials and balances this job 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, helping with advertising copy preparation for online marketing, whilst meeting and greeting customers as they arrive at the main showroom.

Previously Stacie worked as a beauty therapist and has an NVQ level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy & Customer Service.

In her spare time, Stacie enjoys retail therapy and wining and dining around Cardiff and beyond.

Workshops

Stephanie Rees

Operations Controller

Stephanie Rees is the Operations Controller at David Spear Commercials managing the data that controls the workshops that in turn integrates with our main accounting system.

Her role allows her to control work schedules and manage the costs associated with vehicle preparation. It’s a pivotal job within the business and the hub that controls the flow between front end sales and the successful management of the vehicle through the busy workshops.

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.

David Gill

Workshop & Preparation Manger

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.

Shami Lelinski

Vehicle Technician

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.

Andrew Jones

Vehicle Technician

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.

Jamie West

Vehicle Technician

Jamie West joined David Spear Commercials from a Vauxhall main dealer and brings a wealth of experience and professionalism to the role.

His time at Vauxhall taught him about service and standards, whilst also providing a terrific opportunity to learn the skills required to become a professional motor technician.

Jamie is well qualified with an ATA Service Technician qualification plus an NVQ level 3 in Mechanical engineering.

In his spare time Jamie enjoys Motocross racing, DIY and great days out with family and friends.

Zack O’Neill

Vehicle Technician

Zack O’Neill is one of the younger members of the workshop team, although his qualifications and experience are impressive.

Zack is a talented fitter and technician plus he has an impressive record in tyre and exhaust fitting. His qualifications include a National Diploma in Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair and NVQ Level 3 in Mechanical Apprenticeship.

Zack brings energy and focus to the workshops, skills that also reflect his outside interests in rock climbing, calisthenics (bodyweight training), weight training and finally hiking – energy to burn!

Logistics

Christopher Morgan

Logistics Operative

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

Logistics Operative

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.

Mike Harris

Logistics Operative

Mike Harris is our Logistics Operative at our Cardiff site.

Mike has work in the Automotive industry for over fifteen years and has experience in many aspects of the business including sales, marketing and site management. Prior to David Spear, Mike performed the role of Company Director for two separate automotive businesses.

Outside of the industry Mike is a property entrepreneur with a small portfolio to his name. He also enjoys computers and console gaming and plays a vital role in the video production of vehicles at David Spear Commercials.

Valet

David Davies

Vehicle Valet

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

Vehicle Valet

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

Vehicle Valet

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!