Published: 02 Apr 2014

‘Girl power’ is taking hold at Jennings Motor Group, where a loyal and dedicated female member of staff has recently been promoted to service manager.

June Appleyard, 46, from Jarrow, has taken on the new role of service manager at the group’s Ford and Kia service department on Parsons Road in Washington.

The promotion will entail June overseeing the day-to-day running of the service department, in addition to being responsible for a team of 16 members of staff including service receptionists and advisors, technicians and drivers.  Part of her role will also include ensuring the highest possible service is continuously delivered to customers, making sure customer’s vehicles receive service and MOTs within the allocated time scale and recruiting new members of staff.

June said; “This is an absolutely excellent opportunity for me and a challenge I am very much looking forward to.”

June’s career with the company started in 1997 when she was appointed as a part-time driver at the group’s Ford Direct dealership on Newcastle Road in South Shields.

Two years later, after also gaining experience working on the service reception desk in addition to the marketing department, June transferred from South Shields to the group’s service department in Washington where she started working as a full-time service receptionist.  Later, June was promoted to senior service advisor, prior to taking on her new role as service manager.

Commenting on June’s recent promotion, Brian Johnston, group service and bodyshop manager, said; “June has worked exceptionally hard over the years.  She is a dedicated and committed member of staff and the perfect candidate to lead the service team at Washington.”

The group’s service department at Washington is located near to Jennings Kia’s showroom which sells the entire new Kia model range that is available with the manufacturer’s peace of mind 7-year warranty package.

For more information about the range of products and service available at Jennings’ service department in Washington, customers can call into the Parsons Road dealership, contact 0191 4619140 or visit

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