Big news at GMD

GMD People Limited was incorporated in January 2001 by Nigel and Michelle Banister. Since then, the business has successfully worked with various organisations in the automotive sector to develop its management and leadership capabilities. GMD has also achieved success in the Public and Charitable sectors too, supporting management development and recruitment activities.

Long-term relationships have been created and developed with clients including British Car Auctions (BCA), Vauxhall Motors, Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz, to name a few.  During that time, a great team has been built to deliver the programmes for the clients, and their expertise and professionalism are highly regarded.

We are pleased to announce that in July 2019, Michelle and Nigel sold GMD to Paul Canning. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in retail automotive, and he has been involved in some of the delivery of current GMD programmes.

With the Automotive Industry going through significant change – electrification, Brexit, changing customer buying habits, pressures on volume targets, profitability and employee retention reducing – Paul sees opportunities to grow GMD further. The need to lead and manage change in the retail automotive sector is paramount. We know that the businesses with leaders that are able to demonstrate their ability in this area will be able to move ahead of the competition. There is a real opportunity for GMD to assist in developing these retail managers into people leaders; after all, GMD has a very successful track record of doing just this.

GMD is an approved centre for management and leadership with the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Please visit to find out more about GMD, or contact Paul direct – – 01327 831371 or 07775 993900. 

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