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Ford Warley’s last Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Day
  • Ford press office moves location on August 19
  • Team joins all communications, customer and product teams at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre
  • Only six miles from former Ford of Britain headquarters, press office team is among 1,100 employees moving from Warley to Dunton

WARLEY, Essex, 12 August 2019  –  After 55 years in its US-styled Warley replica of Ford’s world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, the Ford of Britain press office starts a new era at the company’s Dunton Technical Centre near Basildon.

After running Warley’s last Vehicle Enthusiasts’ Day majoring on Capri’s 50th, the press office takes up its new Dunton location on August 19.

The team will be co-located alongside Ford of Britain Marketing, Sales and Service colleagues in the centre’s V-Building.  Press officers and support will be together with all external communicators including marketeers, customer advisers, fleet sales and service teams.

A full list of the team’s new landline follows – mobiles and emails remain the same.  Our postal address changes to:

Ford Communications & Public Affairs
15/GV V-Building
SS15 6EE




New landline


John Gardiner

Public Affairs executive director

01268 402117

+49 171 865 1593

Oliver Rowe

Product Affairs manager

01268  402013

07802 677983


Corporate Affairs manager


01268 402079




Dan Alcock

Press officer, CVs & Performance

01268 401995

07860 911465

Christian Brown

Press officer, Passenger cars

01268 402051

07860 913913

Len Keen

Press officer, Technical and Fleets

 01268 402052

07803 055408

Poppy McKenzie-Smith

Press officer, Corporate

01268 402146

07702 064136

Linda Craddock

Events specialist

01268 402128

07920 5771611

Steve Kular

Corporate administrator

01268 402179

07802 678036

Paul Harding

Heritage fleet administrator

01268 402190

07803 055408

Adam Kiely

Press fleet administrator

01268 402088

07702 064135

John Gardiner, executive director, Ford of Britain C&PA, said:  “The press office team has enjoyed three different locations within our Warley HQ since the building opened in the mid-1960s, but this next move to Dunton is our biggest and boldest yet.

“Ford Dunton is the home of our European market-leading commercial vehicle business which is set to play an even more significant role in our future. So we’re moving to where the action is, and we look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues at Dunton soon. Just give us time to unpack mugs and find the boiling water tap!”

Once unpacked the team will resume preparing to make the headlines with new Focus ST and the Puma crossover, as well as plug-in hybrids in Transit Custom, Tourneo Custom and Kuga.  In company news, Ford will continue promoting projects encompassing mental health, diversity and education. These include the Where’s Your Head At and #WorkWithMe campaigns, plus Greenpower inspiring young people to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through building and racing electric cars.

Ford Public Affairs’ nearby Heritage Workshop at Dagenham, E London, and Press Garage in Brentford, Middlesex, are unaffected by the office move.

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Ford of Britain has been sales leader in the U.K. for passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles for 42 and 53 consecutive years, respectively.  A Ford model has been the country’s best-selling passenger vehicle for 45 years, with Fiesta being the country’s top-selling vehicle for the last nine years. Ford is a major employer in the U.K. with significant operations, including engine production facilities in Dagenham, east London, and Bridgend, South Wales, and transmission manufacturing at a joint venture on Merseyside.  The Dunton Technical Centre in Essex is responsible for the design and engineering of Ford’s commercial vehicles, while London is home to Ford’s Mobility Innovation Office developing future mobility solutions for Europe.

Ford of Europe is responsible for producing, selling and servicing Ford brand vehicles in 50 individual markets and employs approximately 51,000 employees at its wholly owned facilities and consolidated joint ventures and approximately 65,000 people when unconsolidated businesses are included. In addition to Ford Motor Credit Company, Ford Europe operations include Ford Customer Service Division and 23 manufacturing facilities (17 wholly owned or consolidated joint venture facilities and six unconsolidated joint venture facilities). The first Ford cars were shipped to Europe in 1903 – the same year Ford Motor Company was founded. European production started in 1911.

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