Meet the Team

Steve Thornton, Managing Director, feels strongly about rewarding our Armed Forces, Emergency Services and teaching professionals, and ensuring that we do the best we can for these personnel that dedicate themselves to our communities.

As he outlines: “I really enjoyed my time in the Army, with 4 Regt AAX, 669 Sqn, but I found it difficult to find companies that were in support of our troops, therefore, upon leaving the Army, it became my personal mission to find, secure and offer the best possible deals and service for my military colleagues, past and present.”

But Steve wanted to do more for his community. “There is increasing pressures on our emergency services and teachers and I wanted to recognise and reward these service personnel in the same way. We successfully pioneered this programme and are now proud to offer our service to so many deserving people.”

A proud ex-soldier, whose ethos lies in serving our every day heroes.

Meet the Team

I served with 4 Regt AAC, 669 Sqn and loved my time in the Army. I initially stayed in Germany on leaving the Army, going on to set up Forces Cars Direct Ltd in 2001 and formed Motor Source Group in 2013. As an ex-soldier it is important to me to reward others with the best possible discounts and service.

Steve Thornton

Managing Director
'Stevie T'

I was a pad brat, with my father serving in the Army for 27 years. Originally born in Essex, we then moved to Germany when I was 2 years old. I spent 15 years of my childhood based in Germany at Hohne & Rheindahlen. I have worked for the company since 2003.

Laura Foster

HR & Delivery Manager

With my father having served in the RAF for 38 years and my brother also currently serving, working at FCD & MSG was a natural fit for me. I studied PR and Marketing at the University of Lincoln and have been with the company since 2005.

Zoe Critchley

Marketing & Commercial Manager

Although I have never served myself, I am proud to have been able to help and support our military community with savings on car purchases for over 10 years with Forces Cars Direct. My father also served in the Second World War, based in India.

Graham Ireland

Dealer Accounts Manager

Proud dad to 2 footballing lads and spend most of my weekends travelling, getting wet and cold supporting them. My wife is a school Vice-Principal and I am constantly amazed and proud of how hard she and her colleagues are working during these difficult times.

Mike Defraine

Sales and Operations Director

I have been with Motor Source Group since 2015 and love speaking with the people working in the military and emergency services who devote their lives to helping others. I have close friends and family who have served.

Lewis Chapman

Sales Advisor
'Lou Lou'

I served in the military, as have many members of my family, and my father worked in the Humberside Police Force. I have worked at MSG for a number of years and feel at home with a team that embraces and respects our services; we are all a proud bunch. Keen on rugby, football and golf.

Stephen Freestone

Sales Advisor

My Grandfather served in the RAF and I have friends and relatives working in the Police and NHS. Although I have not served myself, I am proud of my family history. I have worked in the motor trade for 25 years and enjoy aiding customers to find the right car for their needs.

Julian Ward

Sales Controller

Although I do not have a direct services connection myself, I enjoy working in such a caring team at MSG. Outside of work, my weekly bootcamp and my four children keep me busy, I also enjoy crocheting and all things arts and crafty.

Amy Bennett

Delivery Controller

My family have strong links with the military and emergency services, with family members serving in the Army and my Mum in the NHS, so it is great to join a company that provides a service to give back to these services. Loves sweets, new clothes and animals.

Jessica Giles

Delivery Coordinator
'Jessie G'

 My husband and dad are both in the RAF! I love escape rooms, horror movies & crime programmes, anything pink, sparkly or leopard print. Hate cheese, love ice cold water - the colder the better!

Claire Scott

Delivery Coordinator

Born into a family of military heroes: Nan, the Army's culinary maestro; Grandad, a Grenadier Guard; and a stepbrother in the RAF. A proud University of Lincoln Media Studies grad, car enthusiast, Disney lover, love to travel, and chocoholic.

Samantha Carr

Marketing Account Executive

I have come from a service family, with my Grandad serving in the Royal Navy and my Nana was a mental health nurse. My husband is also an advanced first aider for St John’s ambulance.

Helen Cook

Lead Administrator

With plenty of family history in the Armed Forces and Emergency Services I am excited to be a part of a company that supports these hard-working services personnel. Outside of work I play football for my local team.

Sam Brown

Lead Administrator

Close to our heart

We are proud to work in partnership with several Police and Prison Service organisations to further support our Emergency Services.

Find out more about these partnerships by clicking the logos below.