James Brearley

CEO, Inchcape


James Brearley was appointed CEO, Inchcape UK in January 2017. He joined the company as Special Projects Director in 2016, assisting with development and implementation of various aspects of the Ignite strategy, particularly regarding Used Cars. James has over 30 years’ experience in the volume and premium automotive industries, most recently as Managing Director of Stratstone for Pendragon PLC, a role he held from 2008 to 2015. With strategic responsibility for a wide range of premium brands, including JLR, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, James managed a £1.6bn turnover business with 2,500 employees over 130 sites.

James’ participation has been made possible through Speakers for Schools partnership with the UK Automotive 30% Club and his school talks will include a focus on inspiring girls to consider opportunities in the automotive sector and encouraging all students to aim high.