Full members

Full members of the Midland Group are those working in automotive media as writers, editors, authors or other editorial content creators.

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MGMW Secretary and Membership Secretary

Robin Auchterlonie Motoring writing career started in 1981 with some well-chosen words on the Ford Cortina Crusader. Former editor of the Milton Keynes Citizen and the paper’s motoring editor. Now freelance, contributing a weekly road test and other copy to National World papers across the UK. Website at wheelwrite.co.uk.

Status: Freelance

Publications: National World titles nationwide. Managing Editor of wheelwrite.co.uk and contributor to Vale Life magazine, Media Publishing Group and Ship Management International

Circulation: National

Email: auchies@sky.com

Tel: 01908 367467

Mobile: 07748 046164


AUCOCK, Richard

Richard Aucock Wrote for classic car club magazines and a local paper, then won the 1996 IMCO Motoring Writer of the Future award and 1998 Sir William Lyons award. Joined Motoring Research in 2001, providing a wide range of copy for a variety of national and international publications. Chairman of the Guild of Motoring Writers.

Status: Director, Motoring Research Ltd

Publications: Contributor to Auto Retail Bulletin, Auto Retail Profit, Auto Italia, MSN Cars, City AM, motoringresearch.com

Circulation: National, International

Email: richard@motoringresearch.com

Tel: 01902 650154

Mobile: 07967 823529



Tim Barnes-Clay Tim’s career path in radio and television led him to freelance motoring journalism. He writes car reviews and motoring features for digital and print clients, and he is the editor of FQ Magazine. Tim also occasionally presents video test drives - and does voiceover work.

Status: Freelance

Publications: FQ Magazine (editor), Sorted Magazine (Motoring Editor), Waterfront Magazine, Arnold Clark, Regit, Lincolnshire Life, Iceni magazine, Select Car Leasing, Professional Driver Magazine

Circulation: National, international

Email: barnesclay.media@gmail.com

Mobile: 07949 106155



Alan Bradley Interested in all aspects of cars, trucks and things that go, Alan, along with Andrew Clews, started The Motoring Podcast to provide a weekly, audio automotive news roundup. The podcast won the Guild of Motoring Writers Breakthrough Award in 2017. Alan is a former product designer and combines podcasting with his career as a business consultant.

Status: Automotive podcaster

Publications: The Motoring Podcast

Circulation: National, international

Email: alan@motoringpodcast.com

Mobile: 07803 897456





Sue Cooke Sue has pursued a driving interest in cars and motoring for the last 20 years and is a full time freelance motoring journalist. She contributes road test reviews, features and comments about motoring to 39 business and lifestyle magazines and online media throughout the UK with a total circulation of almost 400,000.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Birmingham Living magazine; NOVA magazine; The Scene, Shrewsbury & Surrounds; The Scene, Wolverhampton City & Villages; The Scene Telford & Newport; Minerva Living & Lifestyle magazines

Circulation: National

Email: info@suecooke.co.uk

Mobile: 07768 178065


DUFFY, David

David Duffy Compiles road tests, news and features for Newsquest Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, and supplies road tests via Newsquest Digital Media to 200 publications. Winner of the GOMW/Mitsubishi Award for Innovation in Regional Motoring Journalism 2010, 2011 and 2012. Shortlisted for Automotive Regional Journalist in Newspress Awards 2017, 2018.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Newsquest Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. Publishers of the Oxford Mail, The Oxford Times, Oxfordshire Limited Edition, Herald Series, Witney Gazette, Bicester Advertiser, Banbury Cake and Wiltshre's The Buddy magazine. Newsquest websites nationwide.

Circulation: Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, National

Email: duffydavid@btinternet.com

Tel: 07815 603959



Mike Gould Status: Freelance Following a 30-year career at Land Rover and its predecessors, the last six in public affairs, Mike began a freelance career in 2003. Mike has written four books and contributed to a fifth. Mike was editor of Land Rover World and Range Rover World and is now a regular contributor to Land Rover Owner International.

Publications: Land Rover World, Range Rover World, BBC Radio Oxford. Contributor to The Land Rover File and author of The Land Rover Scrapbook and Range Rover: the anniversary guide

Circulation: National, International

Email: mikegould48@btinternet.com

Tel: 01235 550534

Mobile: 07780 507381


Paul Hadley Editor of Motor Verso since 2013, and has been running the publication as a full-time business since 2015. Writes on all motoring topics from car reviews to testing related products and services. Specialises in photography, producing unique images for Motor Verso.

Status: Editor, Motor Verso

Publications: Motor Verso

Circulation: National

Email: paul.hadley@motorverso.com

Mobile: 07732 089986


Bob Hickman Contributes to and publishes numerous titles aimed at the emergency services market. Editor of Firestyle magazine and compiler of regular eight-page motor supplement, and also responsible for commissioning life style articles for the magazine. Also contributes on occasions to Midland newspapers.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Narpo News, Police Review, Overdrive, Copper Wheel, Wolverhampton Lifestyle, Village Life, Shire Magazine, Worcestershire Lifestyle

Circulation: National

Email: bob.hickman@blueyonder.co.uk

Mobile: 07973 440969


MGMW Committee Member

Tom Johnston First-ever reporter on Auto Express, later news editor and associate editor, also motoring correspondent for the Daily Star and contributor to the Daily and Sunday Express. For 17 years he was PR manager for Jeep UK. Now as a freelance writer, content creator and copy editor, Tom works with websites and magazines on varied, though mainly automotive, projects. Best COTY judging panel member.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Phonebox Magazine TheCarExpert.com TheVanExpert.com

Circulation: Buckinghamshire, south Bedfordshire, south Northamptonshire, national, online

Email: tom@johnstonmedia.com

Mobile: 07715 622567


Bill McCarthy Motoring writer for Driving Force database which supplies regional titles and their websites throughout the UK. Also provides copy for Midland News Association titles and websites, plus own websites at motorstravelopinion.com and occasional motoring copy at sutton-life.com.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Pendragon plc (Stratstone, Evans Halshaw and Carstore websites), Eurekar.co.uk, Midland News Association titles and websites, motorstravelopinion.com, sutton-life.com and publications across England, Wales and Scotland, including various websites

Circulation: National, International

Email: macfive54@gmail.com

Tel: 0121 308 8677

Mobile: 07855 733220


MGMW Events Secretary

EndaMullen Motoring writer for Driving Force database which supplies regional titles and websites throughout the UK. Also works as a freelance writer, editor and copywriter covering the automotive industry and business sector.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Pendragon plc (Stratstone, Evans Halshaw and Carstore websites), Eurekar.co.uk

Circulation: National, Regional

Email: endamullen@aol.com

Tel: 0121 706 7041

Mobile: 07484 303395


NOAKES, Andrew

MGMW Chairman

Andrew Noakes Award-winning automotive journalist and editor. Former technical editor of Fast Car and editor of Classics, now freelance. Author of more than 20 motoring books. Writes about new cars, classic cars and automotive technology, and runs the unique automotive journalism Masters course at Coventry University. Former Guild of Motoring Writers chairman.

Status: Freelance, lecturer at Coventry University

Publications: Classic Cars, mgmw.org.uk, automotivejournalism.uk

Circulation: National, International

Email: andrew@pgan.com

Mobile: 07980 293539






Neil Perkins Supplies features, news and images to automotive, lifestyle and sporting publications and websites on five continents. Manages press office and editorial distribution for several rounds of the FIA World and Middle East rally championships and FIA World Cup Cross-Country events. Freelance writer in several global motor racing and rally series.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Motor sport publications globally, especially Middle East, plus lifestyle and owner publications globally

Circulation: International

Email: ndppublicity@googlemail.com

Tel: 01952 825001

Mobile: 07831 123153


Chris Russon Chief motoring editor for Driving Force, the exclusive editorial content provider for Pendragon plc which sees its news feed, used car reviews, road tests and first drives appearing on the Stratstone, Evans Halshaw and Carstore websites. Combined these have a monthly viewing figure in the region of 1.8 million.

Status: Chief motoring editor, Driving Force

Publications: Pendragon plc (Stratstone, Evans Halshaw and Carstore websites – 1.8 million viewers per month), Eurekar.co.uk

Circulation: National

Email: chris.russon@drivingforce.uk.net

Tel: 0121 234 5469

Mobile: 07590 985128


MGMW Vice-Chairman and Treasurer

Mark Slack Contributes to a number of motoring supplements in both weekly and evening newspapers, monthly lifestyle magazines and web based media. Covers new car tests, product news, features and opinion pieces.

Status: Freelance

Publications: The Luxury Report, House & Lifefstyle Magazine (Dorset & Hampshire editions), EuroWeeklyNews, South Devon Magazine Group, Accouter Design, Staffordshire Life

Circulation: East Midlands, West Midlands, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands, National and International via agency

Email: markslackmedia@gmail.com

Tel: 01773 853132

Mobile: 07769 583383






Ed Stephens Edits travel and motoring pages of the Birmingham Mail and Birmingham Post as a freelance, after 40 years on the staff. Writes road tests and news stories for both papers, Driving Force and various other motoring publications.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Birmingham Mail, Birmingham Post, Pendragon plc (Stratstone, Evans Halshaw and Carstore websites), Eurekar.co.uk, various other motoring publications

Circulation: National

Email: edwardstephens@talktalk.net

Tel: 01922 620756

Mobile: 07802 920006


Syd Taylor Taylor’s weekly road tests and motoring features spread far and wide into many titles. He also writes about motorcycles, reviews restaurants and pens pieces on security. Before turning to the typewriter, he taught in secondary education and higher education colleges. Taylor also writes as Rory Dumfries, Simon Winterbourne and Mason Tinley.

Status: Freelance

Publications: Touchbase Magazine (occasional), In and Around Magazine, In Business, numerous ‘in-house’ publications, Elite Living, Ribble Valley Life, The Hype, The Stone and Eccleshall Gazette, Totally Bromsgrove, Your Midlands, My Shrewsbury, Arnolds Publishing, Partnership Publishing, M.O.T. Professional plus evening regionals, weekly newspapers, and ‘lifestyle’ supplements via a press agency

Circulation: National

Email: sydtaylor000@gmail.com

Tel: 01902 845052


Adam Tudor-Lane Tudor-Lane developed a passion for cars at an early age, and developed that passion into an automotive media career. At 16 he arranged work experience in the Hyundai World Rally Team, at 20 he was running four French car owners’ forums. He started Carwitter in 2012 and went on to win two prestigious UK blog awards before setting out freelance in 2016.

Status: Freelance

Publications: carwitter.com, MK Pulse, NN Pulse

Circulation: National, International

Email: atl@carwitter.com

Mobile: 07745 484448