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Courtney and Tom Bodyshop Live 30 Under 30 Rising Stars winners
Courtney and Tom Bodyshop Live 30 Under 30 Rising Stars winners

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Thatcham Research enjoys success at Bodyshop Live awards

  • Two employees are named among ‘30 under 30: Rising stars in the sector’
  • Thatcham Research Automotive Academy is also shortlisted for top industry honour
  • Academy is recognised for delivery of world-class apprentice training

Thatcham Research, the Berkshire-based research centre that is the trusted independent voice of automotive safety, security and repair, has celebrated success in the ’30 under 30’ and ‘Educator of the Year’ categories at the annual Bodyshop Live awards event.

Two Thatcham Research colleagues, Courtney Goodall and Tom Leggett, were officially recognised at the online awards ceremony held on Thursday, 29 April, as they were named among the ’30 under 30: Rising stars in the sector’.

Courtney is a former apprentice who is now the Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET) trainer at Thatcham Research’s Automotive Academy, while Tom is a talented 28-year-old who has worked as a crash engineer at Thatcham Research for the last five years, specialising in Euro NCAP testing and assessments.

Dean Lander, Head of Repair Sector Services, said: “It’s great to see Courtney and Tom included on this list. Both are exceptionally gifted young men and are forging successful careers for themselves in an industry where they can really make a difference to vehicle safety and repair. We’re proud to count them both as colleagues.”

Bodyshop Live recognises the top performers in the automotive collision repair industry, with Thatcham Research also featuring on the list of finalists for ‘Educator of the Year’ – an award that honours training providers who are excelling at generating the skills base vital to safeguard the future of the industry.

“To be shortlisted for the ‘Educator of the Year’ award is an honour,” Dean Lander said. “We’re incredibly proud of the work we do to train the new talent coming into our industry and it’s satisfying to see our efforts recognised by those at the heart of our sector.”

Training the technicians of the future

Thatcham Research operates its world-class Automotive Academy at its headquarters on Colthorp Way, Thatcham. This facility gives upcoming vehicle repair technicians the skills they need to understand and fix the automated, connected and electrification technology that is becoming increasingly common on vehicles.

Results to be proud of

More than 1500 apprentices have graduated from the Automotive Academy since it was opened in 2004 and it has held Ofsted’s ‘good’ rating for the last five years.

It also boasts a 92% student achievement rate and could continue delivering its training during lockdown by successfully switching to an online learning platform – ensuring its 155 apprentices were able to continue their education without disruption.



Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety, security & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’, while driving standards in vehicle security.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research develops repair methods amongst a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

In addition, Thatcham Research has administered the Association of British Insurer’s (ABI) Group Rating system for the past 50 years. Group Rating is an advisory system intended to provide insurers with the relative risk of private cars and light commercial vehicles.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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Safer cars, fewer crashes...

As the UK's only insurer funded automotive research centre, Thatcham Research enjoy a wide remit at the forefront of the latest vehicle technology. Thatcham's leading work in vehicle safety and security has a vital role in shaping the designs of new vehicles, whilst the centre is also seen as a key industry player at the forefront of driving standards in vehicle body repair.

Thatcham's Crash Laboratory is the only official UK crash testing centre for consumer safety body Euro NCAP and are viewed as a centre of excellence when it comes to active vehicle safety, particularly the evaluation of new Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) which provide the foundation for future vehicle autonomy.

Enjoying an increasingly global influence in both the insurance and automotive sectors, Thatcham Research expertise is in great demand with a range of opinion leaders being regularly asked to provide their experience and know-how at high profile events and in the media, living up to their reputation as ‘Experts in Safety, Security and Crash Repair’.

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