Motor Trader Industry Awards Judges
Martin Gurdon

Martin Gurdon is a motoring journalist. He writes for the Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard and Octane magazine. A Motor Trader contributor since 1993, he has been an Awards’ judge for the past decade.

Rupert Pontin
Director of Valuations

Rupert Pontin has been a well-respected figure in the automotive industry for more than 30 years, having worked at major blue-chip organisations including British Car Auctions, Glass’s, and now, Cazana. Proficient in the sales, management, valuation, and strategic remarketing of new and used vehicles, he has worked with key partners in all areas of the automotive industry. He also has considerable experience developing and implementing commercial strategies for UK businesses involving business restructure and organisational transformation to the digital era. Today, Rupert applies his vast knowledge and experience in playing an important role helping implement the growth strategy of Cazana, the newest and most dynamic provider of real-time retail based valuation and forecast data on a global scale. Using state of the art data science and unique modelling, Cazana’s unedited factual data enables businesses across the industry to focus on improving return on investment and enhancing profit. As Director of Valuations, he ensures Cazana continue to be a highly credible voice for the analysis of used vehicles, and an industry leader when it comes to understanding residual values and market trends. This is further enabling Cazana to realise its international expansion plans, and continue to be the industry leader when it comes to understanding residual values on a global scale.

Stephen Latham
Head of Operations
NFDA Truck and Van Division

Steve joined the NFDA in 2008 as Senior Operations Manager. Following this, Steve has also now been appointed as Head of the NFDA’s Truck and Van Division which represents the interests of commercial vehicle dealers and repairs. Steve has a close and successful working relationship with the DVSA, DfT and DVLA, often providing guidance on operational issues faced by both car and commercial vehicle franchise dealers and workshops. Prior to joining the NFDA, Steve had worked in the retail motor industry since 1972 in both sales and service roles and then progressed to become an owner and Director of two Vauxhall franchise dealerships in the South West of England. Steve’s contributions to the industry lead to him being granted a Fellowship of the Institute of the Motor Industry in 2000.