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Shell-backed appoints ex-Carphone Warehouse CEO as chairman

Date: 04-Apr-2019

The UK’s largest online garage and car repair marketplace has appointed a new chairman who will assist the marketplace in continuing to scale its operations. The new chairman was previously chief executive and chairman of Carphone Warehouse and is currently also chairman of online estate-agent, HouseSimple. In summer 2018, secured £4 million from investors including Shell Ventures, Sir Trevor Chinn, Active Partners and Venrex Investment Management.

The UK’s leading online marketplace for car servicing and repairs has appointed a new chairman. announced that Andrew Harrison, a former chief executive and chairman of Carphone Warehouse, has joined its board as chairman from March 26th – he is also investing in the company, and joins existing shareholders: Shell Ventures, Active Private Equity, and Venrex Investment Management. announced in August 2018 that it had brought in £4 million of new capital into the business.

Sir Trevor Chinn will step down as chairman but will retain his seat on the board. is an online marketplace connecting more than 12,500 garage and repair centres with drivers around the UK.  The site has processed over 1.5 million repair requests from UK drivers and receives over 60,000 new job requests every month. Al Preston, co-founder of, said, “Andrew has led and grown some of the UK’s best-known companies and understands the transition from tradition retail to platform-driven digital consumers. We are extremely excited to be bringing him on board on the back of another record quarter for the business.”      
Sir Trevor Chinn, investor, former chair at and other automotive companies, such as the AA, Kwik Fit and RAC, said, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Andrew to the team – his experience in scaling successful businesses and understanding customers is invaluable. As well as running large, listed companies he has real passion for supporting fresh, new business models such as”
Andrew Harrison is also a founding partner at Freston Road Ventures, alongside Sir Charles Dunstone and Roger Taylor. Its investments include, Five Guys, Mod Pizza, and HouseSimple.  Freston Road Ventures also has exposure to via its investments in Active Private Equity’s investment funds. 
Andrew Harrison said, "I’m delighted to be joining the board at  Platform businesses represent fascinating opportunities with often only one or two players coming out on top in a given vertical.  The team have done a wonderful job in building the foundations of a valuable business and I intend to throw my support and experience behind them in this next phase of growth.” who are headquartered in Newcastle and have offices in London and Kiev are quickly emerging as one of the most interesting tech businesses in the region.

Ian Griffiths, co-founder of, said: “Last year we were excited to bring investors such as Venrex and Shell ventures to the region.  Appointing Andrew, a well-known and respected business builder, as Chairman is another fantastic step in the growth of our business here in Newcastle.”

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