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 based in Crewe which includes Kindertons Accident Management, Plantec Assist, Jigsaw Law, JP Morriss, Sovereign Automotive and Crusader Assistance. 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 market 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

Non-Executive Director The Kindertons Group

Shaun Ellison

Non-Executive Director The Kindertons Group

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

Shaun Ellison
Non-Executive Director The Kindertons Group

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.


Christian Lindley

Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Christian Lindley

Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Christian is responsible for defining and delivering the overall strategy for sales

Christian Lindley
Group Sales Director
The Kindertons Group

Christian 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. Christian is instrumental in supporting the Group’s continued growth through the ongoing focus on strong client retention, market leading customer service and new customer acquisition. Christian was previously Managing Director and co-founder of Jigsaw Law which is the one of the group companies.


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.


Kirsty McKno

Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Kirsty McKno

Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Kirsty joined The Kindertons Group in 2018 as Group Recoveries Director.. Harnessing a strong strategic and technical background, she guides the Recoveries department in collecting monies owed whilst minimising insurer friction and catering for scalability.

Kirsty McKno
Group Recoveries Director
The Kindertons Group

Kirsty joined The Kindertons Group in 2018 as Group Recoveries Director.. Harnessing a strong strategic and technical background, she guides the Recoveries department in collecting monies owed whilst minimising insurer friction and catering for scalability.   A multi-disciplined leader, Kirsty has extensive and varied experience within the credit hire and personal injury sectors, and has been a qualified Solicitor for the last 19 years. For the last two years, Kirsty has chaired the Credit Hire Organisation and also sits on the GTA Technical Committee.


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.