We’re Building On Our Market-Leading Position By Getting Ahead Of The Game Where It Matters

The Right Conversations, With The Right People, At The Right Time

The Direct Affinity Approach

Systems and service must go hand in hand for a truly effective solution and that’s why we pride ourselves on the team we’ve assembled.

From strategy to execution, the DIRECT AFFINITY EUROPE LINE-UP is made up of individuals with a diverse but complementary array of skills and attributes, all united by a passion for the customer journey and “doing the right thing for the consumer”.

We think our people are uniquely curious and that comes from years of industry and commercial experience and it’s this desire to question and the need to understand all the moving parts of our clients’ businesses, that is the hallmark of our approach to successful client relationships.

We also take seriously our responsibility in being an extension of our clients’ customer-facing teams and understand how critical it is to have the right people in place. They say you can’t train for attitude and we’d agree…

Meet The Leadership Team

Out of school, apart from the family, it’s all about Everton FC. The high point? Seeing this Holy Trinity win the championship over 50 years ago!

Phil Williams

Director

Phil is driven by a desire to add value and exceed customer expectations. He has been providing consumer-focused services since he cut his teeth with a North American Finance House way back in the mid-1980s.

He blends both sales and operational expertise to provide objective analysis for clients, to help them maximise their business opportunities. He asks questions, listens with an intent to understand, and builds teams that provide best-in-class solutions.

Phil is also not afraid to pioneer new ideas. The hugely successful relocation of our Outsourced BDC services from the UK to Tenerife is a testament to that. He saw the customer service opportunities that could be derived from the fantastic employee pool of skilled and mature, ex-pat professionals residing on the island.

Away from work, Sam’s happiest trampling over the moorland of East Lancashire.

Sam Gildert

Director

20 years of automotive experience has given Sam a unique insight into most aspects of the industry and he’s able to use that experience to support and advise our clients. Having started as a sales executive, he moved through retail management positions before taking central roles on the executive board of UK Car Group.

Sam has worked with Direct Affinity for over 8 years in a client-facing capacity, planning and managing the delivery of our full range of services. He’s harnessed his passion for the sector to deliver a best-in-class experience for our clients and their customers.

During Steve’s international rugby career – he did his bit to help cement Anglo-Scottish relations.

Steve Bainbridge

Sales Director

Steve has combined the personal discipline needed to be an international rugby player, (representing both England and the British and Irish Lions), with the business focus to carve out a highly successful career in the automotive sector, spanning some 35 years.

He started his career in retail sales, then spent 10 years in international automotive consultancy in the US and Europe and most recently 18 years in sales development at board level with Lookers Motor Group. Each role has required adaptability and has allowed Steve to develop a comprehensive but differing skill set and an impressive range of problem-solving capabilities

His move to Direct Affinity Europe allows him to build on this and to focus on his particular passion; opportunity recognition and how to help retailers and brands capitalise on it, through a process of detection, diagnosis and solution deployment.

In his spare time, Paul is an enthusiastic apiarist (bee-keeper) – we had to look it up too!

Paul Flood

Chief Technology Officer

Paul has over 35 years of experience in technology. Designing and developing secure high availability technology solutions in the telecoms, defense, finance, and logistics sectors.

He started his career working in the defense sector in Manchester, programming computers the size of an average terraced house, and has worked through the technology revolution of the past 30 years.

Working with the Direct Affinity Europe team, Paul looks to drive technology and innovation within the business leveraging the vast knowledge and experience of the group.

Masochism comes in many forms – for Dan, it’s in the shape of his 33 year-old Jag!

Dan Pitt

Marketing Director

Dan is a true automotive retail marketing specialist having worked in this area for 25 years with brands such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Mazda, BMW, and MINI.

He also has a wealth of advertising experience in the wider automotive and financial services sectors, having worked with leading London agencies for 15 years, before joining his last agency and heading up their automotive division for over a decade.

His move to Direct Affinity Europe allows him to focus on his particular passion; the brand to retailer omnichannel customer journey and how to improve it.

Say Hello To The Tenerife Management Team

Apparently, it’s okay to look but Fiona can get prickly if you touch it – let alone drink it!

Fiona Westwood

Manager

Fiona learnt all about customer service the hard way, working her way up in the hospitality sector from receptionist to hotelier and restaurateur, running her thriving business for 26 years jointly with her husband. On moving to Tenerife full time, Fiona joined us in 2017 knowing very little about contact centres or cars but soon found herself enjoying the whole process and being part of a great team. Fiona moved up through the ranks before becoming manager in 2020.

All the gear and no idea!

Trevor Johnston

Training Manager

Trevor has worked for several large organizations including Standard Life, Europcar and the Sixt Rental Motor Group. He has a real passion for better customer service, active listening and problem solving, all skills that stand him in good stead at Direct Affinity Europe. Trevor has been with us for 3 years moving up quickly through the ranks to take on the critical role of training co-ordinator, delivering the high-quality instruction, mentoring and coaching we require, to ensure we can maintain the appropriate standards for our clients, delivered by the most motivated and engaged team possible!

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend never owned a dog (let alone two…)

Steph O’Hanlon

Management Assistant

After a holiday to Tenerife Steph loved the weather so much, she decided to leave the UK and her work in supermarket management job to live the ex-pat life here instead.

Joining Direct Affinity Europe in 2017 a number of promotions followed, leading to Steph’s current role covering everything from IT issues, to maintenance, to floor and team training support. I’m not sure where we’d be without Steph!

The other love, apart from my job (obviously)

Sheena Macauley

Training Supervisor

After years of holidaying on the island Sheena moved to Tenerife in 2008 from Scotland, where she’d enjoyed a career as an Airport security manager (we don’t mess around), so when she joined us in 2017 it was a real change of scene!

Like many of the management team, she moved up quickly through the ranks before being promoted to Training Supervisor. Sheena enjoys her role at Direct Affinity Europe because while very different from her previous career, she still gets a buzz from interacting with and helping people.

This is the mighty Portsmouth FC back in 2008 when we actually used to win games

Alex Docherty

Training Supervisor

Alex has worked in customer-facing roles for a number of years, starting his career in the casino industry with the Rank Group, where he took on the responsibility for the training of staff. He utilises the skills he learnt there to great effect in his current role of Training Supervisor with Direct Affinity, bringing an enthusiasm for getting the best out of the team, thus helping everyone to deliver on behalf of our clients.

Finally, The Wider Team

Dan
Derbyshire

Yearly trips to Wembley with City and Wolves!

Tom
Dutton

Tom reckon’s he doesn’t get up to much out of the office, apart from the Bungee jumping…

Craig
Dutton

As a counter to Phil with his Everton fixation, we had to have at least one Liverpool supporter in the fold.

Emma
Pickering

Usually trying to find somewhere new to explore, and this is one of them.

Lottie
Williams

The kit doesn’t quite fit anymore, but nothing else has changed.

Mike Buckley

Mike’s a keen (bordering on fanatical) lycra-ist.

Emma Abbott

No caption required for this one!

Judith Beney

Judith: another one of our grape aficionados.

Gill Clarke

Part time Mountain explorer by the look of this shot.

Ruth Alexander

A keen abstract artist; her latest piece titled “two sun loungers and a patio door”

Julie Humphreys

No, me too, absolutely no idea what’s going on here…

Nikki Wagstaff

No fear of heights or vigorous exercise.

Ramona Geri

Ramona likes nothing better than chillin’ with her fur baby on a Sunday.

Sharon Edens

When a love of music and creativity collides in the kitchen.

Simon Phillips

Misses Hot Air Ballooning, it’s not an advisable hobby surrounded by sea and winds.

David Crosbie

Loves the arrows! One hundred and eighty.

Gemma Miller

No-one takes Gemma on in the “who can hold their breath for longest” game…

Jade Barron

Jade’s world

Paul Rowley

Bliss, beats and Buddha, makes the soul shudder -apparently…

Paul Macadie

A long-suffering Boro  fan, this is how he feels most weekends as a “Smoggie” supporter.

Paul Thomas

It would be boring if we all liked the same thing and at least the roof goes down

Bill Taylor

Bill’s been with the Tigers through thick and thin (and it’s been more of the latter recently)

Chris Steward

I try very hard to hit a small ball with a stick… thank heaven for the 19th hole!

Sarah Clifton

Live life, Laugh plenty and Love those close to you.

Bill Woolbridge

You might have a problem getting one of Bill’s beach sculptures back in your hand luggage…

Jane Neal

In her spare time, Jane enjoys being an Avid crystal (joss stick) collector.

Louise Armstrong

A variation on the wine fancier’s theme from Louise here.

Danny Nash-Reeves

Life’s a drag!

Tracy Hanlan

Scottish sun protection in Tenerife. Either that or the latest installation at the Tate Modern.

“Go See, Ask Why, Show Respect”

Detect
We detect the issues using a variety of tools and processes including our Digital Audit Programme that uniquely maps the digital path to purchase by looking at what happens through the eyes of the consumer.
Diagnose
We diagnose the problem by analysing the data available to use from all sources (quantitative and qualitative). Because of our unrivaled sector experience, we’re able to interpret what the data tells us, quickly and concisely.
Deploy
Then and only then do we deploy a solution, using our best-in-class Tech, Team and Tools.

A Strategic Partners To The Automotive Retail Sector

It’s easy to make a claim but to ensure you can deliver on it each and every time takes real precision and requires different solutions. For example, we saw that there was an opportunity to tap into a high quality and skilled pool of talent in enclaves popular with ex-pats. So, in 2016, after a huge amount of research we successfully migrated our entire outsourced Business Development Centre (BDC) to Tenerife. And we haven’t looked back!

The move has helped further enhance the company’s reputation as not only a trusted service provider but also as a key strategic business partner for many automotive clients.

We Work Harder So You Don’t Have To

Browse Our

Tools

Digital Audit

Contact Edge

Loyalty Plus

Re-Engage

Aftersales Plus

Out of Hours Plus

Sales Drive