British, Thai based MD in Car Insurance sector seeks challenge

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 26637
(04/03/1969, male)
Skills keywords: automotive, business development, insurance risk expert, managing director, operations director
Short Bio:

Dennis Means
Managing Director.
Thatcham Thailand.

Dennis started his working life in 1985 and spent many years working for Ford in the UK. Dennis was a fully qualified engineer with a national craftsmen award by 1992.
Dennis Joined Thatcham as a project officer in 1993 and worked on the production of repair times for the UK insurance industry. Over time Dennis built up relationships with vehicle manufacturers that saw Thacham not only produce the repair times and methods for the insurance indu

Current location: Thailand - View on map
Nationality: British
Preferred Sector of Employment:  General Management, other
Spoken languages: english, Thai
Location I am interested in working: africa, Asia, Dubai, Thailand, United Arab Emirates

Skills and Qualifications


  • International Business Management
  • Product Development and Launch
  • New Business Set-Up
  • Global Strategic Alliances
  • Risk Management
  • Staff Leadership and Retention
  • Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Strategic and Tactical Planning
  • Operational Leadership
  • Commercial Management
  • PR/Public Relations
  • Engineering

Professional Qualifications 

Professional: PMI – PMP
Professional: Supervisory Management Degree, Institute of Supervisory Management
Diploma: National Craft Certificate, Institute of the Motor Industry

 Also this week I have started a part time executive consultancy position for an insurance company called Thaivivat.

I have also started a Thai speaking course this week as I think this is also an issue with the lack of the local language. 

Career History

Part Time Executive Consultant

Thaivivat, Thailand

 Leveraging extensive industry expertise to provide executive consultancy to a Thai insurance organisation, bringing to the fore outstanding working knowledge of the automotive insurance market, products and services.

Managing Director

Thatcham, Thailand

Tasked with establishing and leading a new business for the company, widening reach across South East Asia. Heading up operations and providing strategic direction with full accountability for P&L, KPI setting and achievement, long and short-term planning, product development for the Asia Pacific Market and software development and implementation. Senior level role reporting to the UK CEO and Board Members. Recruiting and managing a local workforce, providing comprehensive training and ongoing support. Leading all activities relating to the installation and ongoing service delivery of infrastructure systems, LAN, WAN and data networks. Developing and maintaining relationships with all major vehicle manufacturers in Asia to provide ongoing engineering consultancy. Responsible for all pricing decisions, and monthly performance. Undertake extensive travel around the region to R&D centres, securing engagement for core strategies with vehicle manufacturers.

Major achievements include:

  • Spearheaded the establishment of the first overseas office in the 40-year history of the company, personally recruiting and training all staff to realise a sustainable, successful business unit
  • Through astute negotiation delivered Thatcham Thailand’s first contract with the General Insurance Association
  • Defined, designed and implemented a vehicle rating system, the first of its kind in the insurance industry
  • Utilised extensive experience to define and open new marketing channels and create strategic alliances across the region, designed and launched new products for international markets with proven success
  • Continued to develop a network of stakeholders including government organisations, that supports ongoing business expansion to other S.E. Asian countries
  • Sat on the Asean Ncap panel

UK Vehicle Security Project Manager

Thatcham, UK

Leveraged experience in the industry to provide consultancy and engineering expertise to vehicle manufacturers in their international research and development activities. Contributed to testing in the UK for key motor vehicle security parts. Undertaking extensive travel to conduct vehicle security testing and consultancy on areas such as ease of vehicle theft. Prepared reports and submitted data to company star rating system. Maintained personal working knowledge of vehicle technology and theft methods.

Major achievements include:

  • Developed excellent working relationships with international manufacturers across US, Asia and Europe to provide expert advice relating to vehicular security provision
  • Collaborated with country insurers to reduce societal motor vehicle theft
  • Liaised with the UK Police Force to develop key theft reducers

TTS Project Engineer

Thatcham, UK

Oversaw the process for insurance crash repairs to ensure all repairs were completed within the defined 12-week parameter, maintaining all vehicle data on software systems. Collaborated with vehicle manufacturers to provide vehicle repair data for franchised repairs.

Major achievements:

  • Participated in the development of the Thatcham Times System (TTS) the company’s database for all repair and insurance data
  • Utilised new software (Coral Draw) to realise greater accuracy, efficiency and professionalism in the completion of TTS projects
  • Established a positive working partnership with Jaguar/Land Rover which lasted over ten years and was a precursor to the Escribe product
  • Key contributor to the development of processes and procedures to create effective solutions relating to crash repair data times and methods
  • Created robust procedures that in time led to the development of BSI Kite Mark Standard methods that are currently in place

Motor Vehicle Department Engineer

The Henley College

 Led activities of the motor vehicle department for the college, preparing vehicles for students and delivering training to meet requirements of the college.

Motor Vehicle Mechanical Engineer

Nias of Newbury Ltd

Motor Vehicle Mechanical Engineer

Gowrings (Newbury) Ltd