Autotech Recruit Appoints Graham Palfery-Smith

Autotech Recruit Appoints Graham Palfery-Smith

This article was originally published on 12 November 2018

Graham Palfery-SmithWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Graham Palfery-Smith as a non-executive director of Autotech Recruit. The move follows unprecedented demand for Autotech Recruit to fill temporary placements with skilled technicians in garages and car dealerships nationwide.

With almost 40 years of recruitment industry experience, Graham Palfery-Smith is an accomplished, and highly experienced, strategic senior manager who has run a wide range of specialist recruitment businesses internationally, including HW Group, Robert Walters, Faro, and FiveTen Group.

Established in 2010, in a bid to help plug the skills shortage in the UK’s automotive industry, Autotech Recruit is the country’s only recruitment agency dedicated to placing MOT testers and vehicle technicians on a temporary or permanent basis into the motor trade.

Today, our Buckinghamshire based agency retains the largest network of automotive contractors in the UK, supplying many of the car dealerships, national retail groups, independent garages and government organisations across the country. Adopting an ‘inch wide, mile deep’ approach, Autotech Recruit has embedded itself within the automotive industry in just eight years, launching training and apprentice opportunities in a bid to fuel recruitment into the motor trade. Most recently, our agency has forged partnerships with several automotive manufacturers in the UK, including Volvo and Ford, supplying their dealer networks with temporary technical staff.

While the founding members of Autotech Recruit originate from the automotive industry, the appointment of Graham, who brings with him a wealth of recruitment knowledge, is set to help drive the agency forward as they continue to thrive.

“We are delighted to have Graham on our board,” Gavin White, MD of Autotech Recruit explains. “Demand for temporary vehicle technicians within the UK’s automotive industry is significantly gaining in traction and we are confident that Graham’s knowledge and experience will not only enable us to grow as a company but help shape recruitment within an industry which is rapidly evolving.” 

“After almost forty years in recruitment, it is perhaps strange that I still have the capacity to be surprised at the rich and diverse nature of the industry. I had no idea there was a leading specialist recruiter in the field of MOT testers and Vehicle Technicians!” comments Graham.

“Meeting Gavin and the team at Autotech Recruit made me realise that their area of special expertise and knowledge was a genuinely rich niche and that with a lot of effort, and a bit of imagination, they could increase the value of their business in every sense and that of their stakeholder communities, including contractors, staff, and clients. This is a very exciting opportunity with an amazing business that is going to really make an impact on their market.”

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