Left: Tim Chandler Center: Jon Southam Right: Scott Devinny

Go Wests with Smiths Motor Group

Here at Smiths Motor Group we are very pleased to announce the arrival of the three new staff members at Smiths Renault. Previously they have all come from Wests Group both Bedford and Kings Lynn before the recent takeover. Tim Chandler, Jon Southam and Scott Devinny. Our Dealer Principal of Renault spent 20 years at Wests group. They have all settled in brilliantly and we are surprised at the amount of their customers who have found and contacted them due to their excellent customer service and well-being.

Jon believes it is "a pleasure to work with a company who have the same ethos and respected values as Wests. Smiths really care about their customers and always puts them first, making it a pleasure to work in a company as respected and reputable as Smiths are."

We caught up with them to find out a little more about them. Next time you are at Renault don't forget to say Hi if you see them about.


Tim Chandler - Sales Executive of Renault

Why did you choose to come to Smiths? - Well it is a family business with a very strong reputation around Peterborough. I really love that about the company.

How long have you been in the Motor Trade? - 30 years now - wow seems a long time when you say it out loud!

One top tip - Don’t buy on price alone, always look further into things as there could be hidden clauses.

What made you go into the trade? - I have a passion for cars, I always have done, ever since i was growing up.

Favourite car - Bugatti Veyron, fastest car in the world!

What was your first job in the motor trade? - I was a car salesman for VW, it’s clearly in my blood, I always have been a car salesman!

What was your first car? - I have only ever had company cars so sadly I have never owned my own car. However, my first ever company car was a VW Jetta.

What was your first job? - I was a car salesman. I left school at 16 and the next day I was in business selling cars, haven't looked back since.

Do you have any pets? - Yes, I have a dog called Herbie who is a Patterdale.

Outside hobbies - Norwich city football club- I am a big fan!

Describe yourself in three words - I am reliable, trustworthy and don’t forget handsome.


Scott Devinny - Sales Executive of Renault

Why did you choose to come to Smiths? - It is a reputable family business with a comfortable environment which appeals to me.

How long have you been in the Motor Trade? - 10 years at West’s Bedford. This is broken down as 4 years within the sales department and 6 year in the workshop. I know I am a man of many talents!

One top tip - Don’t go skiing 3 weeks into a new job, I broke my collar bone!

What made you go into the trade? - My father was in the trade and I am also a car enthusiast.

Favourite car - Aston Martin DB 9, you could say i am the bond of car trade.

What was your first job in the motor trade? - I was an apprentice in the workshop technician.

What was your first car? - Ford Fiesta, pink one with yellow stripes. Only kidding it was black.

What was your first job? - I was a cleaner for my Dad’s garage sweeping the floor. You can say I worked my way up in the business! I also did a paper round part time when I was at school, working hard!

Do you have any pets? - No sadly not, too busy selling cars.

Outside hobbies - Skiing, Gym and Football.

Describe yourself in three words - I am driven, passionate, confident.


Jon Southam - Dealer Principal of Renault

Why did you choose to come to Smiths? - What is more appealing than a family run environment with a lot of respect and great reputation in and around Peterborough?

How long have you been in the Motor Trade? - 21 years - I know I only look 20 however!

One top tip - “Like everything in life, you get what you pay for”

What made you go into the trade? - I completed work experience at school and this allowed me to find my passion for the motor industry trade.

Favourite car - Renault 5 Turbo, I love Renault.

What was your first job in the motor trade? - Apprentice Technician was my first ever job within the trade, I can safely say I have had a taste of different roles!

What was your first car? - My first ever car was a Ford Escort and yes, It was the bee’s knee’s!

What was your first job? - I did a paper round whilst I was at school but my passion has always been with cars.

Do you have any pets? - Do children count?

Outside hobbies - Advocate in watching and following football and, I am involved with a local grassroots team.

Describe yourself in three words - I am dedicated, confident and self-motivated.