With deep roots in the British motor industry the British Motor Trade Association - BMTA - was for more than 50 years a leading influence on the manufacture and sale of motor vehicles. In 1967 BMTA became a charity seeking to offer financial support to individuals with an industry background who had found themselves or their families in temporary need or distress. This work expanded into education where children were at risk of being denied a continuing education or where the home situation was difficult.
For many years BMTA grants have been awarded in support of welfare in the motor industry and support at state and independent schools. While we continue our welfare support by providing one-off grants for living items and resolving immediate need or offering a head start on a self-improvement journey for children at state and independent schools, we want to focus on young people seeking a career in the motor industry. We can provide financial support for their training and development needs.
The BMTA Trust is a small and well-funded charity. The long serving board of Trustees has a significant motor industry background, and the Trust can offer a wealth of knowledge in business management, development and training, social welfare and education.
In 2016-17 the BMTA Trust provided over £160,000 in grants to children and adults in need.
Paul Guy - Paul qualified as a Chartered Accountant with a leading firm of accountants in the City of London. Subsequently he worked in industry in a number of sectors and has been the Group Finance Director or Chief Executive of several quoted companies both in the UK and overseas. He had a long association with the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) as a main board Director and had considerable experience in both financial and general management roles. He has been a Trustee of the BMTA for more than 20 years and is its current Chairman.
Alasdair Pearson – trustee since 1990, and a former motor industry retail operations manager. Since 2002 Alasdair has been active in schools governance, with particular experience of leading change as board member and chair of primary schools in special measures or requiring improvement. Motor industry roles have included: President, Scottish Motor Trade Association, Member CBI (employment committee) Scotland, and Chair, Glasgow Training Group.
Simon Caffyn - Simon graduated from university having read engineering. After working as a Management Consultant for a number of years he joined the motor industry in 1990 and is now Chief Executive of Caffyns plc. Simon’s earliest work experiences were as a teenager working as a mechanic and serving on the petrol pumps. He believes passionately in the value of apprenticeships and is keen that he can use his experience to help others begin successful careers in this exciting industry.
David Evans - David joined the legal department of a national group of companies with extensive motor vehicle interests before moving to the Motor Agents Association (now the Retail Motor Industry) as legal adviser. As a Board member he was made Legal & International Affairs Director, Company Secretary and then Chief Executive. An early task was the promotion of the UK Code of Practice for the motor industry. David was appointed President of the European Council for Motor Trades and Repairs (CECRA) where he led lobbying resulting in the adoption by the European Commission of the Block Exemption Regulations governing the relationship between suppliers and retailers in the industry.
Kaye Humby - Kaye has been a Trustee since 2016. Kaye’s interest in the work of the Trust stems from her long career in psychiatric social work and social work education. Kaye has worked in London Boroughs as a social worker before becoming involved in teaching students who were training to be social workers. For the last 20 years before she retired Kaye worked for the Open University.
David Main - David qualified as an accountant through a finance apprenticeship with the Dunlop Group. He then held senior finance positions in the BOC Group before progressing into general management initially with BOC and then across a number of sectors including automotive, health and social care, professional services, and not-for-profit. He firmly believes in the value of an apprenticeship as the launch pad for a successful career and through his involvement with the BMTA Trust aims to facilitate this for others.