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CV: Martin Shaw, Specialist Cars MD

Name: Martin Shaw
Company: Specialist Cars (John Clark Motor Group)
Job: MD
Age: 53

How did you get into the automotive business?
My father was a Ford dealer in Glasgow in the 50s and 60s so I was destined for the motor trade before I could walk or talk.

What does your job entail?
To make sure I have the best performers in the industry, working together as a team driving the business forward.

How will your job change over the next few years?
Less involved operational issues as my colleagues become more experienced and more involved with manufacturing partners’ changes in processes and procedures. I will eventually become more involved with succession planning.

Other jobs?

What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
Join a company or group that can offer a clear career path planned around each colleague.

What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Associate director for a recruitment company.

And the best?
John Clark Motor Group as MD Specialist Cars.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Working for the John Clark Motor Group.

Favourite book
The Hunt for Red October.

Favourite holiday
Sailing round the Scilly Isles.

Favourite film
The Assassin.

Favorite music
Eric Clapton Unplugged.

First car
Ford Escort 1.6 RS Sport.

Dream car
Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 Altitude – I drive one most days.

Luxury item
Riva Corsaro.

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