Ray Sommerville joins Cox Automotive UK

Ray Sommerville joins Cox Automotive UK as non-executive director

Ray Sommerville has joined Cox Automotive UK as non-executive director, bringing considerable automotive retail experience into the group, to help drive business growth across all of its brands.

Cox Automotive brands in the UK include Manheim, Motors.co.uk, NextGear Capital UK, Dealer Auction and Movex.

With more than 25 years in the sector, Ray was most recently chief executive of Perrys, where he helped to grow the dealer group over a 14-year period, more than doubling its turnover and delivering a pre-tax profit of £11 million.

Ray was honoured with Car Dealer magazine’s ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award in 2013 and was celebrated as ‘Business Leader of the Year’ at the AM Awards in 2015, the same year he received a Special Recognition Award from the National Franchised Dealers Association.

On his new role with Cox Automotive UK, Ray said: “I’m really looking forward to working with the fantastic brands within the group. It is a great opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with a connected business that is uniquely positioned in providing automotive solutions right around the vehicle lifecycle.”

I’m delighted that Ray will be working with us and am confident that all of our brands will be able to benefit from the wisdom he brings from his significant industry experience
- Michael Buxton, CEO of Cox Automotive UK and Manheim UK