WHO’S IN THE JAGUAR DRIVERS’ CLUB

Roger Kemp - Register & Area Liaison

Roger Kemp

Director & Club Chairman
Register & Area Liaison

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Roger Kemp - Register & Area Liaison

Roger Kemp

Director & Club Chairman
Register & Area Liaison

Email: roger.kemp@jaguardriver.co.uk

I joined the JDC in 1985 when I bought my first Jaguar – a Series 3 E-Type. I have been an active member for most of the intervening years and, today, wear a number of hats including that of Club Chairman. I also organise many of our JDC tours and make regular contributions to our excellent monthly magazine, Jaguar Driver. I initiated and still help to maintain the JDC’s enviable Facebook presence and I have been chairman of the Club’s South Staffordshire Area 41 since 2002.

I am passionate about the Jaguar Drivers’ Club and committed to ensuring it meets the needs of our members for many years to come. Working with my fellow Board members, I have helped introduce a number of innovations. As well as a magazine that stands head and shoulders above those of most car clubs, we have a new and user-friendly website and you will soon see improvements in our merchandise and member services.

Since acquiring my E-Type, I have added an XJ Coupé to my collection, while my daily driver is an XJ X350. I attend most JDC events and many classic car meetings, too, so if you see me, please come and say hello!

Bryan Mander - Concours Liaison

Bryan Mander

Director
Concours Liaison

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Bryan Mander - Concours Liaison

Bryan Mander

Director
Concours Liaison

Email: bryan.mander@jaguardriver.co.uk

My enthusiasm for cars began at an early age with Corgi models in the 1950s. By the age of 17, I owned my own vehicle and then worked my way through a variety of cars that were definitely old but not considered classics at the time.

I graduated to Jaguars in 1990 when I bought a 3.8 Mk 2 manual/overdrive. I joined the Jaguar Drivers’ Club and met Harold Mayer, who kindled my interest in concours. He enrolled me in the Mk 2 Register, I joined the committee and have been an active member ever since, offering technical advice.

Over the past 20 years, my work has taken me all over the world, on business improvement projects of various types. I have always driven Jaguars and have had five in total, four of which I still own. In recent years, I have become more involved with the Club, supporting many of the main events. I joined the JDC Board in October 2018 and, as a Director, I have taken on the role of concours liaison and am applying my managerial skills to the business administration of the Club.

My stable of Jaguars consists of a Mk 2, my daily drivers – an X300 Sovereign and an X351 XJL Portfolio – plus a Series 3 E-Type 2+2, which is currently being restored.

Craig Mitchell - Social Media Communications

Craig Mitchell

Director
Social Media Communications

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Craig Mitchell - Social Media Communications

Craig Mitchell

Director
Social Media Communications

Email: craig.mitchell@jaguardriver.co.uk

I have been around Jaguars most of my life. I grew up in Coventry and had family members who were not only Jaguar owners, but employees of the company. I have owned a number of Jaguars myself over the years – as well as an XJ40 and an XJ X350, I was one of the first to have an XF at its launch. I also have a 1975 XJ Coupé, which I am currently ‘making my own’ through restoration.

Professionally, I am an international consultant specialising in business efficiency and improvement using digital technology. I have worked with big international names across a number of sectors, with particular expertise in telecommunications.

I was appointed a Director in 2019 with a view to harnessing my business skills and to help make the Club more agile and effective in meeting the challenges of the future and attracting younger members. I also write regularly for Jaguar Driver magazine on motorsport and the business performance of Jaguar Land Rover, in which I take a keen interest. I am a key member of the Club’s Facebook admin team and lead the content on the JDC’s Instagram feed.

I am always keen to hear from Club members with new ideas and welcome anyone who cares to get in touch.

Terry Birt - Financial Director

Terry Birt

Director
Financial Director

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Terry Birt - Financial Director

Terry Birt

Director
Financial Director

Email: terry.birt@jaguardriver.co.uk

I have loved Jaguars since I was a young man and have owned several of these fine cars over the years, including a 3.8 Mk 2 which reached the finals of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club’s Champion of Champions concours twice at the NEC. I currently own two Jaguars – an X300 and an XK8 – both modern classics.

Following an engineering apprenticeship, I joined a production engineering company where I remained for the rest of my working life. I rose to become Group Managing Director, a role in which I gained a wealth of experience as a business manager. One of the companies in the group supplied parts to Jaguar Cars.

I have had around 10 XJ6s over the years and it’s still my favourite model. I joined the Jaguar Drivers’ Club in 2004 and developed a particular interest in concours. I became Chairman of the Mk 1 & 2 Register and, over the past five years, have also worked closely with my fellow Directors, attending JDC events, enrolling new members and selling merchandise on the Club stand. I joined the Board in October 2018 and, as Financial Director, I have put my years of management experience to good use for the benefit of the Club and its membership.

Michael Byng - Event Organiser

Michael Byng

Director
Event Organiser

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Michael Byng - Event Organiser

Michael Byng

Director
Event Organiser

Email: michael.byng@jaguardriver.co.uk

Having retired from the family business in 2003, I bought my first Jaguar – a Series 3 E-Type – and joined the Jaguar Drivers’ Club. Since then, my passion for the marque has become such that I am now the proud owner of 11 classic Jaguars. My most recent project has been the restoration of a rare 3.6 manual XJS Lynx Eventer.

My first introduction to the social side of the Club came when I joined Area 1 in Hampshire. I later become Area Chairman and held the position for 10 years. Throughout this time, the membership grew and, in recent years, we have had 40 to 50 people attending monthly meetings and taking part in events and tours. I have been a Director of the JDC since 2015 and served as Chairman until 2019. I am responsible for organising events and look after the Club van, travelling all over the UK, setting up the JDC stand at major venues such as the NEC and JDC National Day.

One of the achievements of which I am most proud, besides actively trying to increase our membership, was being instrumental in the successful purchase of Spares Day. This prestigious event, held at Stoneleigh, is one of the leading international sales venues for Jaguar parts and, held twice a year in March and October, it attracts buyers and sellers from all over Europe.

John Burton - Technical Advisor

John Burton

Director
Technical Advisor

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John Burton - Technical Advisor

John Burton

Director
Technical Advisor

Email: john.burton@jaguardriver.co.uk

Cars are in my blood and I probably caught the bug from my father, who had three cars in the mid-60s. Like me, he was very hands-on where cars are concerned and you are more likely to find me in the garage than sat in front of the TV.

It was my huge regard for Sir William Lyons that inspired me to build up a collection of Jaguars over the past 42 years, most of them coming to me either broken or in need of serious repair. They have taken me on many road adventures and are part of the family – bringing babies home from hospital, attending end-of-school proms, weddings, and other special occasions.

I have been a member of the JDC for as long as I have had Jaguars and for more than 30 of those years, I have been Chairman of the Club’s E-Type Register. We run an E-Type anniversary tour to Geneva every five years, organise track days at Goodwood and an annual E-Type Day at Prescott Hill Climb, where we hold the concours. The E-Type Register also hosts regular workshops, where I talk about the technical issues of running and maintaining these magnificent cars.

Nic Drukker - Tours Organiser

Nic Drukker

Director
Tours Organiser

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Nic Drukker - Tours Organiser

Nic Drukker

Director
Tours Organiser

Email: nic.drukker@jaguardriver.co.uk

I grew up with Jaguars and have been involved with the JDC since I was in my teens. In the late 1970s I joined the SS Register committee and was instrumental in promoting the first SS tour. I subsequently became Chairman of the Register – a post I still hold, alongside that of news correspondent for both SS and XJS Registers. I became a Director in 1995 and, in November 2015, was elected Chairman of the Board – a position I held until October 2017.

I still organise tours for the SS Register and, more recently, the XJS Register and, until a few years ago, I was the principal organiser of JDC National Day and of the popular annual Road Rally. This attracts dozens of entries from members driving everything from early SS models to the latest F-Type.

I have been closely involved in liaison with JDHT and take a close interest in the development of the Areas and Registers. My legal background has proved useful to the Board and I am always happy to lend my expertise when needed.

For me, office is not just a reward but a challenge and the biggest challenge is to maintain the traditions and prestige of the JDC, while driving it forward with innovation and new ideas.

Gaynor Cauter - Jaguar Driver Magazine

Gaynor Cauter

Editor
Jaguar Driver Magazine

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Gaynor Cauter - Jaguar Driver Magazine

Gaynor Cauter

Editor
Jaguar Driver Magazine

Email: editor@jaguardriver.co.uk

I joined the JDC in the early 1980s and was a Director of the Club for a number of years. My background as a senior editor on leading motoring titles, including Autocar and Classic and Sports Car, made me the obvious candidate to take over as Editor of Jaguar Driver in 2018 and since then, I have broadened the scope of the magazine and overseen its redesign. I also played a key role in rebranding the Club in 2019.

My love of cars goes back to my childhood, driving across America in 1958 with my parents and travelling all over Europe in the family Mk 2s. However, it was a trip to Earls Court in 1961 to see the E-Type being unveiled that sealed my future relationship with Jaguars. My late husband Jim and I had a ropey old Series 2 E-Type and a number of XJs, but the car that stole my heart was BOO – the white Series 1 roadster he bought in 1980. It is still my most prized possession and these days it shares a garage with my XJ8 and my 420.

Apart from editing the magazine, I act as Communications Officer for the Club and assist with the website and Facebook pages. I attend most major Club events and am Chairman of the Classic S-Type Register.

Roger Knight - Media, Advertising & Merchandise

Roger Knight

Advertising
Media, Advertising & Merchandise

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Roger Knight - Media, Advertising & Merchandise

Roger Knight

Advertising
Media, Advertising & Merchandise

Email: advertising@jaguardriver.co.uk

I joined JDC back in 1992 and have enjoyed being part of this great club since then. I became the E-Type Register correspondent in 2016 and am an active committee member of Kent Area 4.

I am delighted to work with the JDC Board on the production of the ‘Jaguar Driver’ JDC magazine, as well as overseeing the advertising, media and merchandise.

As a boy of 10 years old I caught sight of the XJ6 series 1, that started a lifelong love affair with Jaguar. I have owned 12 Jaguars, my first jaguar was a 1986 Series 3 XJ6 Sovereign.

Currently I own a 1961 Mark 2 3.8cc MOD, 1973 E-Type Series 3 5.3cc OTR, 1976 XJC 4.2cc, 2003 XKR 4.2cc Convertible, 2007 XJR 4.2cc Portfolio and 2009 X-Type 2.2cc Sports Premium Estate.

You will find me at Goodwood FOS, Revival, Members & E-Type track day, Le Mans 24 & Classic, Silverstone Classic plus many other shows and events. I am always interested in hearing your Jaguar stories, so look me up at a show, or send me your details.