WHO WE ARE ...
Lawrence Tomlinson is the founding Chairman of the LNT Group which employs over 2000 people across its five diverse core businesses; Ideal Care Homes, LNT Construction, LNT Software, LNT Solutions and Ginetta.
Whilst he made his name through the care home business, Lawrence has long-since held a deep love for motor racing, helped largely by his background in engineering, and in 2005, he acquired the British car marque Ginetta.
An accomplished racing driver in his own right, in 2006, Lawrence won the famous Le Mans 24 hour GT2 race and was perfectly poised to enable significant growth to the company, so much so, that Ginetta now employs over 70 people at its state-of-the-art factory in Leeds and exports GT winning race cars all over the globe.
Lawrence’s business, entrepreneurial and engineering achievements were recognised in 2011 when he was awarded two separate honorary doctorates by Yorkshire universities. 2011 also saw Lawrence being announced as Yorkshire Director of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and recognised as one of the top 10 most influential leaders within the healthcare industry.
Away from the office Lawrence enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children at their home in Harrogate. He also finds the time to compete in European GT races in the new-for-2012- Ginetta G55 GT3 car.
Simon Finnis caught the racing bug at just 11 years old after his parents moved close to Oulton Park Circuit in Little Budworth, Cheshire. By the age of 16 he had enrolled on a City and Guilds apprenticeship as a motor vehicle technician and, when he wasn't studying, he could be found helping out local racing teams all over the region.
On finishing his studies, a 20 year old Simon set up John Holmes Racing Team before moving to Norfolk to take up the role of race mechanic and then engineer at the prestigious Van Diemen Racing. Here the newly qualified engineer worked alongside some of the biggest names in driving including Eddie Irvine, Paul Tracey and Allan McNish in Formula Fords and later Darren Turner in Formula Renault. Simon also gained extensive International Formula 3 and 3000 experience during this period.
In 1999, having made a real name for himself in the world of motorsport, Simon moved to top Sheffield team Manor Motorsport where he would spend the next 8 years running top level drivers such as Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikonnen, Paul Di Resta, Rob Austin and Oliver Jarvis.
He joined Ginetta in 2006, joining Team LNT immediately following their GT2 win at Le Mans, having already run Rob Bell and Warren Hughes to class victory in the Le Mans Series in the same year. Simon now heads up the entire Ginetta operation as General Manager.
Mike Simpson was introduced to Lawrence Tomlinson by former company MD, Richard Dean. Richard recognised Mike’s potential as a driver and with his engineering and project management background, believe he would be the ideal candidate to manage the development of the G50 race car to turn it into a road car. Whilst the project was a success, the project was not viable, and from 2009, Mike moved to Head of Sales at Ginetta cars.
Mike has long-since held a love for motorsport, having started karting at eight years old before expanding his racing CV to include cars in 2004; winning a number of British and World Championships throughout his sporting career.
When Mike left school, he decided against pursuing A-Levels, instead opting to study an advanced modern apprenticeship at BAE SYSTEMS (British Aerospace). He excelled in his first year, and was moved from a Craft apprenticeship to a Technical apprenticeship. After five years, Mike had attained mechanical/aeronautical/electrical engineering qualifications and a vast range of skill in project management, which he put into practice as he worked for four years in Project Management at BAE SYSTEMS managing the full life cycle of aircraft production for the Indian Air Force.
As the key point of contact for Ginetta’s road and race car customers, Mike sells on average 80 cars per year all over the world. On a day-to-day basis, Mike will assist Simon Finnis with the managing of the company, and makes sure that all manufacturing lines are managed correctly, to ensure the cars are delivered on schedule.
Mike also tests and races the Ginetta cars, and thanks to some impressive performances, he was given the additional role of Ginetta’s official factory driver; racing with Team LNT alongside Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson and also supporting a number of customers in different races. A key role is the testing and development of Ginetta race cars to optimise performance and in doing so, improving the cars for the customer.
Andrew has been with Ginetta for over a year now, after being introduced to the company through MD of Ideal Care Homes, Mark Greaves.
Having studied for a National Diploma in Business and Finance at Huddersfield Technical College and HND Business and Finance at the University of Huddersfield, Andrew trained as an accountant before moving to a leading independent practice in Leeds for a number of years. During this time, Andrew gained extensive audit and financial reporting skills, heading up the practices biggest audits.
With over 10 years’ experience working in all aspects of Accountancy & Finance, Andrew jumped at the opportunity to work in the motorsport industry and in doing so, ensures the smooth running of the finance arm of three Ginetta companies.
Andrew enjoys the challenge of life at Ginetta, as each day is never the same; he can go from day to day tasks, to presenting the numbers the board. Away from work, Andrew enjoys socialising with friends and family, enjoys all sports and is a playing member at Halifax RUFC.
Max joined Ginetta in June 2008, after completing a degree at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is the main point of contact for all Ginetta competitors and is responsible for the running and organisation of Ginetta’s three single-make championships; the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Junior Championship and Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
Max has been involved in motorsport all his life and comes from a family with a strong motorsport pedigree: Max’s Uncle, former MD of Ginetta, Richard Dean, is a previous Le Mans 24 Hour winner, his grandfather raced and won in Can-Am during the 1970’s, amidst a career which spanned five decades. His step father spent many years successfully racing single-seaters and tin-tops and his brother raced at world-level karting, progressing on to Formula Ford in South Africa and in the UK.
Ruth Harrison joined the Ginetta team in January 2012 after moving from her role as music editor of a top UK website. Ruth is the main point of contact for media enquiries and is responsible for all press coverage on behalf of Ginetta, as well as the day-to-day running of Ginetta.com and social media sites.
With a degree in Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire, Ruth’s love for motorsport was ignited when she moved close to Oulton Park racing circuit in Cheshire. From there she spent many weekends writing blogs about her experiences at the track and interviewing drivers on site.
After meeting Lawrence Tomlinson at Autosport in 2012, she moved into LNT Group HQ, where she can be found writing press releases, planning events and liaising with the media during the week, before she heads off to various tracks around the UK at the weekends to report on the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Junior Championship and Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge.