Our Patrons help inform the public about our work with the military family and emergency services and help raise much-needed funds, which make a massive difference to our clients lives.
Gary Lindsay is the Managing Director of AutoFlow, the market leading Automotive software company, specialising in Car body repair and insurer claims systems.
His working life has been within the Accident repair market. Sales and product innovation are Gary’s strengths and great success has been achieved not only in the UK, but also in EMEA. Under his stewardship AutoFlow has produced award winning products and services, recognised throughout the Industry
Gary is very much a family man, married for 32 years and having a daughter studying at Central St. Martins. A lifelong supporter of Manchester United, and an avid collector of anything Marc Newson, for relaxation Gary enjoys walking the family dog Tallulah (crazy Boxer), gardening, Power Kiting and as many holidays as possible.
Left school at 15 in 1967 and started my career in the automotive industry as an indentured apprentice mechanic working in a small garage in Warwick. After completion of a four year apprenticeship worked as a BMC technician and eventually started a business in Coventry.
Moving on eventually to become a Jaguar/Rover specialist technician for a then large group BEWAC Motors and then in 1979 started one of the country’s first fleet preparation, de-fleet and crash repair center in Coventry for British School of Motoring leaving there in 1991 I took a 3 month break to be with my eldest son and then returned in a managerial role for a national parts distribution company specializing in the bodyshop sector.
Over the next few years I operated in various positions in dealer networks new dealer support programs with Ford Motor Company and Renault. The next few years were challenging and again changing direction to manager Light Commercial Vehicle centres for Renault and Volkswagon.
In 2000 I joined the Ford Collision team as a business development manager eventually taking over as program manager which is one of my current roles. I also create and deliver various business improvement programmes globally including in India, South Korea, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and South America.
In the UK I am deputy chairman of the SMMT and work in conjunction with Training organisations including Ford Motor Company and the IMI on industry accreditations and apprenticeships. I have also been part of the industry expert working group responsible for the British Standard for the collision repair sector.
I was part of the Ford team that won the Manufacturer of the Year Awards presented by Bodyshop Magazine and the Autobody Professionals Club (ABP) and in 2014 I was honored to be presented with a Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.
I have a partner Sue who puts up with me, a Daughter Olivia who has provided me with three fantastic grandchildren, Natasha, Jack and Cooper. Natasha is in her final year at Derby University. Two brilliant sons. Richard is now in the industry working and doing well and my youngest Tom is in his final year at Coventry University studying Sports Marketing and had an internship with Birmingham City although he is a Leeds United supporter.
Over the years I have been involved in coaching with my sons junior football teams and used to play badminton, football and squash to a reasonable standard.
Giving back is something I have endeavored to do over the years and have completed endurance cycle rides to raise funds to take youngsters to football competitions, Raised money with various challenges for Help for Heroes and took part in the Ford Ranger Great Lakeland Challenge raising over £10,000 for worthy causes and in my younger days completing marathons, half marathons and fun runs – before the joints gave out.
I am honored to asked to be a patron for Save Our Soldier and looking forward to working on our exciting new project.
Ollie is an energetic and a highly motivated former UK Special Forces operative with extensive experience in various international missions. Ollie is a cornerstone of the team that brought the Special Forces into the public eye with the Channel Four series SAS: Who Dares Wins. Ollie and his team are the UK’s first former UK Special Forces members to talk openly to media and to reveal their true identities.
Ollie’s military career began at the age of 18 when he joined the Royal Marine Commando’s and toured operationally in Northern Ireland & Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Upon his return to the UK Ollie was recommended for SAS Special Forces Selection after five years service with Commando’s. Upon completion of the grueling 6 months selection process Ollie was one of 7 candidates to pass selection from an initial 250 that started the course.
On completion of SAS selection Ollie then joined the Special Boat Service, (SBS) to undergo further training to qualify as a Special Forces Combat Frogman.
During his six years in the SBS he undertook a number of high profile missions in a variety of locations both on land and sea. Ollie’s missions included hostage rescue, counter narcotics, counter terrorism, homeland security, counter insurgency operations and humanitarian efforts. Ollie also qualified as a pilot of the Submersible Dive Vessel (SDV), a mini sub used to insert Special Forces Combat Soldiers behind enemy lines.
After leaving the Special Forces Ollie initially worked in Iraq as a private security contractor for American TV crews, which saw him saving 12 members of his vehicle convoy from armed attack whilst driving his vehicle at 140kms/hr en-route to Baghdad. He spent seven years as a Country Project Manager in the Middle East for major infrastructure projects, responsible for employing and training a 2000 strong Iraqi guard force. Ollie is a Special Forces bodyguard instructor with extensive military and corporate experience for private projects and government officials.
Ollie then headed to South East Asia using his incredible military training to benefit the lives of those less fortunate whist working for a charity. He was lead command of a three-man team bravely infiltrating child trafficking rings. One such mission saw the rescue of 22 children destined for the sex trade and sweat shop labour. The largest and most controversial mission the organisation has witnessed. Those children were taken to safe houses and are now being educated and live happy lives in a loving caring environment.
Upon Ollie’s return to the UK in 2014 after 13 years overseas he started developing a concept to allow his training and experience to benefit others. BREAK-POINT provides leadership and development courses to the public and corporate sector also supporting veterans suffering the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD. This continues to operate alongside his newly established television career.
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