About Us

Please see below to find out more about our Board of Directors. For more information about NCI Vehicle Rescue PLC please view our Corporate Brochure.

The Board of Directors 

Drawing upon a wealth of experience and expertise across the group we combine industry and specialist knowledge with strong leadership to ensure the ongoing success of NCI Vehicle Rescue Plc.

C Richard Jackson MBE, Group Chairman

Group chairman Richard Jackson is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. Formerly executive chairman of Nidd Vale Motors and managing director of Centaur Clothes Groups, Richard currently sits on the board of a number of successful businesses, charities and councils and has been a successful property entrepreneur for more than forty years. As a keen sportsman and marathon runner, Richard supports a number of worthy charitable causes, including St John’s Ambulance, and in 2002, Richard was awarded a well deserved MBE for his services to charity.



Neil Richards-SmithNeil Richards-Smith, Group Managing Director

Managing Director and founding partner of the Group, Neil Richards-Smith, has over 25 years insurance industry experience and has developed a broad and in-depth knowledge of different insurance markets. Neil’s broking experience and natural business acumen has helped steer the Group into a strong financial position, earning an excellent reputation within the insurance industry. Never one to rest on his laurels, Neil is passionate about achieving the Group’s full potential and is a key driving force behind achieving its business objectives.




Craig AstburyCraig Astbury, Group IT Director

Group IT Director, Craig Astbury, has over a decade’s experience in developing and supporting leading-edge web and office based I.T. systems, having worked with a number of leading UK Insurance intermediaries. Craig successfully manages and maintains the Group’s business systems and data security. Keeping up to date with the latest developments in the IT world keeps NCI one step ahead in this competitive market and Craig continually researches, investigates and develops new and improved systems to ensure fast, effective and leading edge service is maintained.




Richard SharmanRichard Sharman, Group Sales Director

With over twenty years spent working in the Insurance industry, Richard brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the group and heads up sales. Working together to achieve our goals, we bring knowledge, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to all that we do. Our passion is evident in all that we have accomplished and in all that we intend to achieve.





Paul BarrettPaul Barrett BA FCA, Group Financial Director

Paul worked at KPMG from 1985 to 1994, where he specialised in Insurance, and SMEs. After leaving KPMG, Paul worked for Bradford Pennine Insurance as Finance Manager, before taking the position of Finance Director at a West Yorkshire manufacturing company from 1995 to 2002. After working for a couple of UK subsidiaries of large French Groups, he took up Finance Director position, with a local Insurance Broker in 2008. Paul now works as NCI’s Financial Director and is helping the company through this period of rapid growth.