Ian Twinley – “Keynote speaker”
Ian is our 2017 keynote speaker and will be sharing his journey up through the ranks in business in Suffolk. Ian will be sharing his marketing insights into the importance of having the right product in the right location for the right demographic.
Background on Ian:
Ian Twinley joined Ford Motor Company in 1979 as an Engineering Trainee. He finished his apprenticeship in 1983 and then held a number of appointments in Ford of Britain, Ford of Europe and Ford U.S.A.
Ian also attended a Ford sponsored Management MBA Program.
In 2002 he joined John Grose Group as Chairman. John Grose is a multi franchise Dealer Group established in 1888 with a turnover of £175 million, employing four hundred staff. John Grose has won the Chairman’s award for Customer Satisfaction 18 times, and is ranked one of the top Ford Dealers in the Country.
Ian has just stepped down from serving 10 years as a Vice President of Group1 automotive, a Fortune 500 Retailer that owns 40 UK Dealerships that includes BMW, Audi and Ford. It was a start up business that now employs over 2300 people in the UK.
Ian travelled to Afghanistan in 2008 and spent time with Suffolk based reservists serving in Kandahar and Camp Bastion. He is a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex and voluntary Chair of the East Anglian Reserve Forces REEG.
Ian was Chairman of Team Ipswich for five years and a Trustee of the Inspire Suffolk Charity for three years. He is a fellow at Suffolk New College and loves spending time motivating the students. Ian was Chairman of the Suffolk Skills Show initiative for three years, last year it attracted 4,500 students.
Both he and his wife Alison have a passion for historical buildings, for the past ten years have been renovating Crix, a Georgian parkland property in Hatfield Peverel. They are also keen fundraisers and in the past five years events at their property have raised over £400,000 for local charities. Crix is home to the Helen Rollason sponsored bike ride and Essex Dog Day.