Name: Neil Hipkiss
Company: XPart (A division of Caterpillar Logistics UK Ltd)
Job Materials: Director
How did you get into the automotive business?
As engineering apprentice at British Leyland, Longbridge.
What does your job entail?
Among other things, sourcing OE spec parts for MG Rovers.
How will your job change over the next few years?
Oursourcing from China is increasing and this will continue.
Numerous management roles in accounting, treasury and finance within the various incarnations of BL, JRT, Rover Group and MG Rover up to 2004.
What advice would you give to young people joining the industry?
Don’t be afraid of change, embrace it.
What’s the worst career move you’ve ever made?
Some have been better than others, but all experience and learning builds character.
And the best?
Hopefully, the next.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Looking back over the previous 10 years and thinking “I have made a positive difference”.
Any travelogue by Paul Theroux.
Cottage in Cornwall, Dorset, Isle of Wight or Northumberland.
Master and Commander.
Classic rock (1965-1975) and classic classics (Mozart, Bach, Scarlatti).
A Princess 1800 I inherited from my father, very 1970s.
Jaguar XK120, drophead coupé, silver paint, red leather trim, chrome spoked wheels.