Meet the Team

Steve Thornton, Managing Director, feels strongly about rewarding our Armed Forces, Emergency Services and teaching professionals, and ensuring that we do the best we can for these personnel that dedicate themselves to our communities.

As he outlines: “I really enjoyed my time in the Army, with 4 Regt AAX, 669 Sqn, but I found it difficult to find companies that were in support of our troops, therefore, upon leaving the Army, it became my personal mission to find, secure and offer the best possible deals and service for my military colleagues, past and present.”

But Steve wanted to do more for his community. “There is increasing pressures on our emergency services and teachers and I wanted to recognise and reward these service personnel in the same way. We successfully pioneered this programme and are now proud to offer our service to so many deserving people.”

A proud ex-soldier, whose ethos lies in serving our every day heroes.

Meet the Team

I served with 4 Regt AAC, 669 Sqn and loved my time in the Army. I initially stayed in Germany on leaving the Army, going on to set up Forces Cars Direct Ltd in 2001 and formed Motor Source Group in 2013. As an ex-soldier it is important to me to reward others with the best possible discounts and service.

Steve Thornton

Managing Director
'Stevie T'

I was a pad brat, with my father serving in the Army for 27 years. Originally born in Essex, we then moved to Germany when I was 2 years old. I spent 15 years of my childhood based in Germany at Hohne & Rheindahlen. I have worked for the company since 2003.

Laura Foster

HR & Delivery Manager

With my father having served in the RAF for 38 years and my brother also currently serving, working at FCD & MSG was a natural fit for me. I studied PR and Marketing at the University of Lincoln and have been with the company since 2005.

Zoe Critchley

Marketing & Commercial Manager

Although I have never worked in the services myself, I have had family members work in the emergency services and so I am proud to have been able to help and support personnel with savings on car purchases for over 10 years with FCD & MSG.

Graham Ireland

Dealer Accounts Manager

Proud dad to 2 footballing lads and spend most of my weekends travelling, getting wet and cold supporting them. My wife is a school Vice-Principal and I am constantly amazed and proud of how hard she and her colleagues are working during these difficult times.

Mike Defraine

Sales and Operations Director

I have worked as an Account Manager for the last 20 years within the public sector as well as the Armed forces. I love working with our partners and customers, ensuring they benefit from our 5-star service and savings. I like to run marathons.

Lisa Hamilton

Head of Partnerships and Business Development
'The Hamster'

I have family members within the emergency services and see the challenges they face everyday; this makes me proud to work for a company actively supporting and rewarding our hardworking service personnel. I love sport, following Arsenal and my local team, Lincoln City.

Richard Fogg

Sales Advisor

I have been with Motor Source Group since 2015 and love speaking with the people working in the military and emergency services who devote their lives to helping others. I have close friends and family who have served.

Lewis Chapman

Sales Advisor
'Lou Lou'

I served in the military, as have many members of my family, and my father worked in the Humberside Police Force. I have worked at MSG for a number of years and feel at home with a team that embraces and respects our services; we are all a proud bunch. Keen on rugby, football and golf.

Stephen Freestone

Sales Advisor

After 10 years of service with the RAF Police. I joined the motor trade and have been selling cars for 20 years with a broad knowledge and understanding of cars and HM Forces. I am also a Reservist with Air Training Corps Squadron as an SNCO.

Paul Harrison

Sales Advisor & Leasing Specialist

My Grandfather served in the RAF and I have friends and relatives working in the Police and NHS. Although I have not served myself, I am proud of my family history. I have worked in the motor trade for 25 years and enjoy aiding customers to find the right car for their needs.

Julian Ward

Sales Controller

Although I do not have a direct services connection myself, I enjoy working in such a caring team at MSG. Outside of work, my weekly bootcamp and my four children keep me busy, I also enjoy crocheting and all things arts and crafty.

Amy Bennett

Delivery Controller

I have a familial link to the military through my Grandad’s service with the Army and do have a soft spot for cars, so joining the MSG team has been a great fit for me.

Samantha Jarvis

Delivery Coordinator

My family have strong links with the military and emergency services, with family members serving in the Army and my Mum in the NHS, so it is great to join a company that provides a service to give back to these services. Loves sweets, new clothes and animals.

Jessica Giles

Delivery Coordinator
'Jessie G'

With military history in our family, I understand the difficulties they face, both whilst serving and after. Also, our heroes in the emergency services do us proud every day! I love travelling and cannot wait for my next sunshine holiday!

Debbie Farraway

Delivery Coordinator

I have come from a service family, with my Grandad serving in the Royal Navy and my Nana was a mental health nurse. My husband is also an advanced first aider for St John’s ambulance.

Helen Cook

Lead Administrator

With plenty of family history in the Armed Forces and Emergency Services I am excited to be a part of a company that supports these hard-working services personnel. Outside of work I play football for my local team.

Sam Brown

Lead Administrator
'Sam B'

I have joined MSG as a graduate from Lincoln University with a degree in Graphic Design and enjoy all things creative, including art, sewing and also reading detective books. My parents both work in the NHS, so it’s great to work with a company that rewards our emergency services and armed forces.

Emily Laver

Advertising Designer

I’m a typical social media man: I love learning new things and sharing them! I stay creative by writing and podcasting, drawing inspiration from films, comics and video games.

Dean McKnight

Social Media & Content Marketing

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