Derek Swann, a non-executive director of Aquilo plc, is also retiring. Karl Vella, managing director of Karl Vella Autobody Repairs, joins the Aquilo board as non-executive director.
Aquilo’s controversial acquisition of the ABS repair network, of which Hodgkinson was chief executive and Swann chairman, was completed in January.
Hodgkinson says: “The last year has been a particularly taxing time but now the acquisition is complete and the handover has been successfully completed, I believe it is a good time to go.”
After paying tribute to the efforts of Hodgkinson and Swann, Nicholls adds: “We are very pleased to see Karl join the board. He will form a key link between the 240 ABS repairers and the management of Aquilo.
“Our first task with him will be to establish the ABS repairer council, which will ensure repairers have a strong voice in the running of the company.”