Dave Reece, Vizion academy manager and founder of School of Thought

Dave started his career in the automotive industry in July 1967 as a trainee motor mechanic. After completing an indentured apprenticeship, he became a partner in an independent garage in Coventry, moving on to work for Inchcape as a Jaguar/Rover/Triumph specialist technician. This led Dave into an operational role, opening one of the first dedicated fleet preparation centres in the UK. 

Dave has been fortunate to work in most sectors of the industry in roles ranging from technician to general manager. He was part of the first Ford Local Business Manager programme, and for twenty years took part in the Ford of Britain Collision programme. 

He has developed and delivered bodyshop improvement programmes for the Middle East, India, Asia and South America and has been part of various groups supporting the industry, working closely with the IMI, BSI, SMMT and Thatcham. 

Dave now works as part of the exciting team at The Vizion Network as the Training Academy manager.

He was very proud to receive the bodyshop Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Dave also founded the School of Thought project to join the education and automotive sectors together and promote automotive industry career opportunities to young people in school, colleges and local communities.