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Overton Automotive – Celebrating women in the auto recycling industry

In March, we have celebrated Women’s History Month, and Overton Automotive would love to recognise and honour the women in the auto recycling industry who have made significant contributions to the field.


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Despite being a traditionally male-dominated industry, over the years, women have been shattering the stereotypes and barriers to succeed and excel in various roles, including management, sales, and technical positions.

Overton Automotive is lucky to be made up of many skilled and experienced women, each of whom brings unique perspectives, skills, and experiences to the industry. It’s safe to say that each of Overton’s female employees has played a vital role in the growth and development of not only the company, but the auto recycling industry as a whole.

In particular, they want to highlight the incredible work of two inspirational figures at Overton Automotive. Sarah Allan and Debbie McPherson have been with the company for many years now, and have each made such a positive impact.

Here’s what they had to say about working at Overton Automotive:

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Sarah Allen and Debbie McPherson at Overton’s Christmas Party

Sarah Allan

“I started in 2002 fresh behind the ears as the office apprentice. Just two years later, I took over the main Logistics Manager role. Then in 2007, I became the office manager, and in 2011, I joined our parts department to help for 2 weeks due to a staff shortage. This turned into nearly 8 years! I started out in the parts department as a parts advisor, then quickly progressed to team leader. Eventually, I became manager of the parts department.

I think my main attribute is that I have had experience working in every department within the whole building, including the stores, vehicle collation and inspection. I progressed to sales manager in charge of all parts, store, yard and stripping bay staff. I’ve used my experience to help set up and integrate procedures at our two other sites we acquired. This has been an excellent opportunity for me to utilise those skills and see the other yards take shape with my input.

Although I have worked here for over 20 years, it feels like a flash in time as my role has always evolved. The industry changes daily and no two days are the same. I absolutely love the varied roles and responsibilities, and (as much as I can sometimes complain about it) I enjoy leading all the staff and looking after them.

We have a great family atmosphere, and all work together really well. I’ve formed some lifelong bonds, which has made it an excellent place to work in my eyes.”

Debbie McPherson

“I joined the company in December 2011 as an Admin Assistant in the Logistics office.  Due to business growth and expansion, I had to quickly gain the experience needed to progress to the role of Logistics and Purchasing manager, overseeing 4 lorry drivers and 2 members of staff. The role is busy and extremely varied! No two days are the same, and it feels like I have been working here for moments, not decades.

With the acquisition of our new yard in Lincoln, this meant another career promotion which involves the main office staff, vehicle logistics, admin, auction department, 4 drivers and their daily workload, which is generated from my office, which is the central hub. My job is busy and testing at times but very rewarding.

I like to think we work in a busy but friendly environment. It can sometimes be stressful, but my great singing voice always brings a smile (or possibly a grimace) to fellow workers.”

Sarah and Debbie go above and beyond in everything they do to enhance the company and the industry as a whole. So this month, and always, they celebrate and thank all the women who have made a positive impact at Overton Automotive.


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Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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