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Meet the team

Meet the brilliant team behind Auto Express magazine

The dedicated and passionate team at Auto Express have decades of experience between and they work tirelessly to bring you the latest from the world of motoring every single week. They truly are the authority on motoring, but don't just take our word for it...

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Paul Barker – Editor

As Editor of Auto Express, Carbuyer and DrivingElectric, Paul leads the high-quality team across magazine and websites. A career that started back in 2000 has included writing for consumer motoring, business and mainstream media titles including Carwow, The Express, Autocar, Auto Trader, BusinessCar, What Van? and The Evening Standard. He’s always been passionate about helping drivers make the right decisions when it comes to buying, owning, running and selling their cars, and understanding what makes motorists tick.

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John McIlroy – Editor-at-large

John started his career in motorsport, reporting on the exploits of Colin McRae and Richard Burns in the World Rally Championship. He moved across to cover road cars in 2004 and has focused on news and reviews ever since – although he often draws on a spell as a chief sub-editor when it comes to proofreading copy. A keen computer enthusiast in his spare time, John has conducted extensive research into consumer trends, proving (to his great delight) how infotainment and interfaces are becoming ever more important to car buyers.

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Richard Ingram – Deputy editor

Rich has been in the industry for over a decade, working his way through various roles to become Auto Express’s deputy editor. He’s responsible for the brand’s web and magazine content and always vows to put his readers first – aiming to communicate in a clear and concise way, covering all the latest and greatest new cars. He’s driven almost every model on sale, and while he’s a huge EV advocate, he’ll happily acknowledge there’s plenty of work still to be done!

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Andy Pringle - Chief sub-editor

Chief sub-editor Andy Pringle ensures that every word that is written in the magazine is up to the right standards week in week out. He has been writing, talking and presenting videos about cars for well over 30 years, and on the staff at Auto Express since March 2019. However, he first worked for the title back in 1992, spending five years on the road-test desk, before leaving for a career that has taken in working for the likes of What Car?, Auto Trader, Carwow and the Daily Express.

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Alex Ingram - Chief reviewer

Alex has 10 years of experience as a motoring journalist, starting first at Carwow before joining Auto Express in 2018. He has led the road test team for three years, pitting the latest and greatest new cars against key rivals in our Real World Road Tests - the most in-depth head-to-head comparison tests in the business. He’ll cover budget superminis to the most thrilling supercars - and everything in between.

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Dean Gibson - Senior test editor

Dean is our senior test editor, but with more than 20 years of experience on Auto Express, there isn't much that he doesn't know about the car market. He's part of the team that reviews cars across all classes, both on launches and in comparison tests, and is part of the New Car Awards judging panel. He also looks after our van and pick-up truck content, takes on the odd motorbike review and has written features and product reviews for the magazine, too. His first decade at Auto Express was spent working in subbing and production roles, so he knows inside out how the magazine comes together each week. He's transferred those skills to the online side of Auto Express, too.

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Darren Wilson - Creative director

Our creative director has been with Auto Express since 1993, initially working for the publication as a freelancer before becoming a full-time designer in 1995. Darren has a wealth of experience, having done numerous design refreshes and developed branding across Carbuyer, DrivingElectric, Driver Power and the annual Auto Express New Car Awards. Darren now steers the weekly look and direction of our print content while contributing towards long-term car reports and content planning. After 30 years in the business, there are very few automotive topics he hasn’t worked across.

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Steve Walker – Head of digital content

As head of digital content, Steve looks after the Auto Express website as well as those of our sister brands Carbuyer, evo and DrivingElectric. That means planning new content, growing online traffic and managing the web teams. He’s been a motoring journalist, road tester and editor for over 20 years, contributing to a series of leading print and digital titles over that time including MSN Cars, Auto Trader, The Scotsman and The Wall Street Journal.

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Dawn Grant - Picture Editor

Dawn has been at the heart of the Auto Express family for more than 30 years, and has seen plenty of comings and goings during that time - not only in the world of motoring, but also within the staff working at Auto Express. Always happy to help, Dawn goes above and beyond the call of duty almost every day to ensure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes. She oversees our photography, arranging shoots and sourcing the best imagery, while also looking after plenty of the admin that comes with running a weekly magazine. It's no overstatement that Dawn is the glue that holds Auto Express together.

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Chris Rosamond - Current affairs editor

Currently responsible for consumer and feature content at Auto Express, Chris kicked off his career in motoring as reporter for B2B title Motor Trader, before switching to consumer journalism with What Car? in the mid-1990s. A varied career has included five years as news editor of Autocar magazine, a six-year stint running a global F1-lifestyle magazine, successfully pitching original manga projects to Toyota and Nissan in Japan, leading the PistonHeads editorial team, and launching the Goodwood Road and Racing website. Chris’s freelance contributions have also appeared in a range of national and international automotive titles.

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Pete Gibson - Senior photographer

Pete is the hugely experienced Auto Express staff photographer and a large proportion of all the images in the magazine and on the website are down to his skills behind the camera.