AW strengthens Group Operations Team

AW Repair Group has made a new addition to its management team with the appointment of Ian Pearson as Group Operations Support Manager.

Ian joined the crash repair industry as a multi skilled apprentice in 1979 and leaned towards his forte as a panel technician. He progressed into management in 1998 holding several assistant and general manager positions.

He joined AW in 2007 as general manager of the Denaby South Yorkshire site and was later instrumental in setting up the Chesterfield site in 2014 which he has been running to date.

Ian, whose alternative career option was to become a maths teacher, has now joined the operational team as Group Operations Support Manager where his love of figures and statistics, combined with his wealth of industry experience, puts him in an excellent position to analyse best practice across all departments.

Managing Director Andrew Walsh commented: “I’m delighted to welcome Ian into the ops team. His work will be wide ranging across the whole business providing support to the Operations Manager James Dunn. Ian has a wealth of knowledge and this was an obvious choice in our succession management programme.”

Added Ian: “I am ready to take on any challenge to improve processes and best practice. And I’m delighted to be the management mentor for our training and apprenticeship academy. Bringing new skill into the industry and guiding the development of our young people is very satisfying and a part of my own career that I recall very well.”

Ian’s position as General Manager at Markham Vale has been taken up by Johannes Hattingh who has been production manager since 2017 after joining the AW team three years earlier as an experienced prestige manufacturer trained MET technician.