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    Paul Jones

    Paul graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has over 30 years of experience working in the North West’s automotive industry.

    He commenced full time employment with Greater Manchester Buses as an Assistant Engineer in the Central Engineering Department.

    Two years later, in 1988 he joined Foden Trucks in Sandbach as a Design Engineer.  Paul spent the next 12 years in a range of Design, Development, Project Management and Operations roles with increasing responsibility, including assignments in the USA and Netherlands.  Ultimately, he had responsibility for the design and development of all heavy trucks between 17 and 150 tonnes gross weight.

    In 2000, he joined Bentley Motors in Crewe, initially as Chief Program Engineer for the new Continental GT and later as Project Director for the complete Continental and Flying Spur vehicle lines.  In 2010, he was promoted to Director of Product Management with responsibility for all future product strategy and planning, which included the introduction of the Bentayga SUV.  From 2012 he also held the dual role of Product Line Director for the Continental, Flying Spur and later the Mulsanne vehicle lines.

    He left Bentley at the end of 2018 to work as an independent consultant.

    He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently Chair of the Automobile Division Board.

    Paul’s experience is varied and covers; new product introduction, program management, business leadership, product and business strategy and planning.

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