Management Team

Neil Cunningham

Group CEO

Neil Cunningham

Group CEO

Neil has a strong background in automotive logistics and vehicle rental.

Neil Cunningham
Group CEO

Neil leads The Kindertons Group which includes Kindertons Accident Management, Plantec Assist, Jigsaw Law, JP Morriss and Sovereign Automotive. Neil reports to the Board of Directors. Neil has a strong background in automotive logistics and vehicle rental. Immediately prior to joining The Kindertons Group in January 2016, Neil was at Hertz for 19 years where he was responsible for the UK business as well as a number of European enterprises. In 2013, Neil acquired a significant Credit Hire business for Hertz that was successfully merged with its rental business. Neil holds a BA Honours degree in Economics from the University of York.


Shaun Ellison

Founder
Kindertons Accident Management

Shaun Ellison

Founder
Kindertons Accident Management

Shaun established Kindertons in 1993 in his hometown of Middlewich in Cheshire.

Shaun Ellison
Founder
Kindertons Accident Management

The Group benefits from Shaun’s extensive experience in the sector and his active involvement in the various challenges the industry has faced over recent years. This includes the recent Competition & Markets Authority investigation into Private Motor Insurance. His role within the Credit Hire Organisation and member of the ABI GTA Technical Committee, which helps govern the day to day running of the protocol agreement between insurers and CHO’s, is highly influential.


Nigel Ward

Finance Director
The Kindertons Group

Nigel Ward

Finance Director
The Kindertons Group

Nigel joined the senior management team at The Kindertons Group in February 2014.

Nigel Ward
Finance Director
The Kindertons Group

Nigel is a qualified Chartered Accountant. After leaving practice back in 1993, he has progressed through a variety of different senior roles with a number of market leading blue chip organisations, including GE Capital, where he was European CFO for the Leveraged Finance Business.


Dan Athorn

Operations Director
Kindertons Accident Management

Dan Athorn

Operations Director
Kindertons Accident Management

Dan has a strong track record in business delivery, customer service and relationship management.

Dan Athorn
Operations Director
Kindertons Accident Management

Dan has overall responsibility for the Claims Operations for Kindertons Accident Management based in Crewe and the 250 claims handling staff within this area. He joined the business in 1998 and has worked in a number of different business functions in addition to claims during his time, playing a key part in the business growth.


Janice Cadden

Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Janice Cadden

Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Janice holds a BA Honours degree in Business Economics and Marketing.

Janice Cadden
Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Janice is responsible for defining and delivering the overall strategy for sales and marketing across the different sectors in which the Group operates. A highly successful senior leader with a strong track record in sales, customer service and general management, Janice is instrumental in supporting the Group’s continued growth through the ongoing focus on strong client retention, market leading customer experience and new customer acquisition. Janice holds a BA Honours degree in Business Economics and Marketing. She started her career as a college lecturer before moving into the contract hire and automotive industry. Janice spent 20 years in this sector during which she held a number of senior sales and leadership roles, latterly as Board Sales Director with Lex Autolease. Janice joined Kindertons Group in January 2016 as Group Sales Director.


Dan Hayes

Group IT Director
The Kindertons Group

Dan Hayes

Group IT Director
The Kindertons Group

Dan joined Kindertons in June 2016 as Group IT Director.

Dan Hayes
Group IT Director
The Kindertons Group

Dan joined Kindertons in June 2016 as Group IT Director. He has overall responsibility for Application Design & Development, IT Infrastructure and End User Technology/Support. Dan is responsible for setting and delivering the IT strategy to ensure that the IT function is able to underpin the future growth of the group in its chosen markets. With a strong track record in delivering IT change projects, IT Service Delivery Management and Information Security, Dan will be key to the growth of the group by ensuring that we leverage competitive advantage via our use of technology to support the overall business strategy. Dan holds a BSc Honours Degree in Business Information Systems and has further specialist professional accreditations in Information Security, Project and Program Management as well as IT Service Management. Dan has spent his career in highly customer centric market sectors such as retail where he was
IT Manager at JJB Sports and Technical Director at Cybertill before moving into the
automotive industry with Kindertons.


Ed Jones

Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Ed Jones

Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Ed is responsible for the delivery of the Recoveries function on behalf of the Group.

Ed Jones
Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Ed is responsible for the delivery of the Recoveries function on behalf of the Group. Harnessing a strong strategic and technical background, he guides the Recoveries department in collecting monies owed whilst minimising insurer friction and catering for scalability. A multi-disciplined leader, Ed has extensive and varied experience within the Debt Recovery Sector, managing complex recoveries on behalf of a number of FTSE100 companies and public sector organisations. He has a strong track record of combining people, technology and process-engineering to succeed in challenging business environments; gained from 12 years with 1st Locate, serving as a director for 6 years. Ed joined Kindertons Group in October 2016 as Group Recoveries Director. Ed holds a BA Honours Degree in Management and other relevant technical certifications.


Christophe Leemanyan

Fleet Logistics Director
The Kindertons Group

Christophe Leemanyan

Fleet Logistics Director
The Kindertons Group

Christophe is responsible for the Group’s fleet funding, procurement and logistics.

Christophe Leemanyan
Fleet Logistics Director
The Kindertons Group

Christophe is responsible for the Group’s fleet funding, procurement and logistics. He has also been heavily involved in the integration of a number of acquisitions made by the Group, including Plantec Assist and Sovereign Automotive. Christophe originally joined Kindertons in 1997 when the credit hire industry was in its infancy.


Wendy Roberts

HR Director
The Kindertons Group

Wendy Roberts

HR Director
The Kindertons Group

Wendy is a successful HR Professional with a strong track record in both business and Human Resources

Wendy Roberts
HR Director
The Kindertons Group

Wendy is responsible for defining and implementing the people strategy that supports the Group’s strategic goals. Wendy is a successful HR Professional with a strong track record in both business and Human Resources. Wendy supports the Group’s continued growth by ensuring delivery of the best colleague and customer experiences. Wendy holds a post graduate degree in Human Resources and is a chartered member of the CIPD. In her early career Wendy worked in accident management services and ran a customer service contact centre. She has 14 years strategic HR experience within contract hire and financial services. She joined The Kindertons Group in May 2016.