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Banister - Personality Profiling - Northampton, England, UK

Nigel Banister

Northampton, England, UK


I have an automotive background predominantly with Volkswagen Group in the UK.

My last seven years of 17 years with the UK Importer I was HR Manager.

Since 2001 I have run GMD with my wife and we specialise in Management Development and Managed Recruitment and latterly we have been helping people with outplacement and career development.


Personality Profiling


We use a range of profiling tools and I am a member of The British Psychological Society.

The products we can offer are:
- Occupational Personality Inventory (OPI) the most in depth profile we use
- Rapid Personality Questionnaire (RPQ) as the name suggests a quick & accurate profiling tool
- Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) gives a sense of the type of person you are
- Trait (from Aston University) a powerful tool which gives a sense of how competent someone might be in the workplace using 13 persoanity traits and 9 business competencies
- Belbin (for team profiling)
- TetraMap - uses the elements of the earth as an easy to understand tool

In addition I can offer ability testing

Work History

HR Director

Motor Industry Consultants Ltd (MIC)

January 2009 - January 2009

In addition to managing GMD, I have joined a group of automotive professionals and formed Motor Industry Consultants Ltd, abbreviated to MIC.

We offer support and advice to the retail and wholesale automotive sector and where ever we can we include other professionals who are accredited by The Institute of the Motor Industry (The IMI).

Go to to find out more.


GMD (People | Recruitment | Career Support)

January 2001 - January 2001

Welcome to GMD

We are a people focused organisation specialising in supporting businesses and individuals with:

- Management Development
- Human Resource Development
- Organisational Development
- Managed Recruitment
- Career Support (Outplacement)

Please see the links to the GMD websites above

HR Manager

Volkswagen Group United Kingdom Ltd

April 1984 - June 2001

All encompassing HR position

From 1984 - to starting my HR career I held a variety of automotive focussed positions with Volkswagen Group including:

Parts Advisor,
Senior Parts Advisor,
Aftersales Development Trainer,
Area Manager,
Customer Liaison Manager
Training Consultant

Senior Parts Adviser

Broad Street Motors

April 1983 - April 1984

Before joining Vokswagen I spent a year at this VW dealer in Banbury Oxfordshire. It has long since closed but there were some great people there.

After Sales Manager

Parkway Garage

April 1979 - April 1983

Good grounding in the motor industry at a family owned Alfa Romeo Dealer which has long since closed.


Belbin Team Types

Meredith Belbin has spent a lifetime developing his team type instrument to help people and business understand what makes a powerful and effective team and we use the instrument exactly as it is intended.

It works a treat!

Rapid Personality Questionnaire (RPQ)

Using only the ‘Big 5’ personality traits found in most profiling tools, RPQ is quick to complete, quick to administer and accurate in assessing someone especially from a recruitment perspective

In addition RPQ had the Belbin team type instrument built in

Occupational Personality Inventory (OPI)

OPI is an in depth profiling tool that gives a significant insight into a persons personality through 250 statements. They in turn measure 24 personality traits and it has a built in consistency checker to ensure accuracy of the report.

Great for recruitment and personal development


The Trait tool is really useful in recruitment and development. I find it best for external recruitment as not only does it give a good insight into someones personality - it also gives an indication of how competent the person is against nine critical business competencies.

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

I have used the Myers Briggs Type Indicator for 1:1 self awareness, but have found it more useful to help team members get to know each other better by understanding the type of people thewy work with and what their preferences are.

Qualifications & Certifications

Masters (MSc)

The Nottingham Trent University

Brackley Secondary Modern school

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