Our Leadership

Our executive team has a wealth of business intelligence publishing experience and they are passionate about helping our customers succeed.

Ben Smith

Director of Tax & Treasury

Ben has worked in tax for more than 18 years and has a broad range of experience including treasury, legal, pensions and property. His previous roles were typically working with small teams at a senior level across various sectors including manufacturing, logistics, product-testing and international tax. 

At Autovista Group, Ben is responsible for tax, treasury and corporate legal. This includes ensuring that the structure of the Group - from a corporate, a legal and a debt perspective - is fit for current operations and global laws and that it remains on strategy.

Giles Catron

Chief Finance & Strategy Officer

Giles has a track record of driving commercial success and developing high performance teams. Before joining Autovista Group in 2015, Giles was COO for the Business Intelligence division of Informa plc. His experience includes leading international technology, client retention and finance teams and responsibility for commercial roles across complex industries such as pharmaceuticals, maritime, transport, law and financial services. He has driven high-profile international projects including outsourcing, ERP implementations, and major acquisitions. Prior to Informa, Giles held a variety of finance and operational roles with News Corp UK.

Kelly Furneaux

Chief People Officer

Kelly joined Autovista Group in 2015. She has 25 years’ B2B media experience and more than 10 years as MD of high-margin international businesses where she specialised in acquisition integrations and building performance-driven, agile teams that are fully aligned to the company’s commercial objectives. 

At Autovista Group, she has focused on building a community of managers that know how to get the best possible performance from their teams to ensure they retain, develop and empower our talent while never losing sight of our commercial goals.

Laurence Jacobson

General Counsel

Laurence is responsible for leading the legal team in the provision of expert advice and guidance on legal matters, managing legal risk and ensuring compliance with laws and other requirements, and protecting our brands and other intellectual property. His role includes being a trusted advisor, managing legal risk, anticipating problems and issues in the business before they arise and helping ensure that activities are aligned with our commercial and strategic objectives.

General Counsel

Lindsey Roberts


With 30 years' experience in media and business information, Lindsey has worked in diverse, global environments and has considerable experience building quality, digital subscription businesses in complex commercial sectors. Prior to joining Autovista Group in 2014, Lindsey was CEO for Informa's Business Intelligence division, managing across a range of formats and markets. Her expertise includes moving legacy print businesses to digital with a specific focus on successful cultural change. She has led 20 acquisitions worth over £1.5bn - many of them across several jurisdictions.

Paul Dunkley


Paul Dunkley is one of the most successful and highly-regarded entrepreneurs involved in the automotive sector. Paul led the Management Buy-Out of Camden Motors Limited from Barclays Bank PLC in 1996 and has successfully led the growth of a number of outstanding businesses including Allen Ford (UK) Limited, Car Shops Limited and Camden Ventures Limited.

In recent years, Paul's ventures have diversified and now include commercial activities outside the automotive world.