JCT600, one of Yorkshire’s largest privately owned businesses, has promoted operations director Richard Hargraves to the position of managing director based at its Bradford head office.
Having started his career in the motor industry as a parts trainee, Hargraves moved into sales, working for a number of leading car brands.
He joined JCT600 in 1999 as a used car buyer and was promoted to sales manager within 18 months. Five years later, aged 29, he became BMW general manager, one of the youngest in the BMW network at the time.
After a five year spell with another business, in 2006 Hargraves was appointed as JCT600 brand director, responsible for the three Porsche Centres in Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield, as well as the company’s Bentley dealerships in Leeds and Newcastle and its BMW/MINI dealership in Bradford.
In 2012, he was promoted to operations director, subsequently taking responsibility for all of the company’s brands – the group represents 22 of the world’s leading car marques including Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lotus, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen.
Hargraves will work closely with chief executive John Tordoff, supporting the operations board in managing the group’s 48 dealerships from Yorkshire and the North East to Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.