The objective was to streamline in some areas, and strengthen management in others, laying a foundation for future growth. There are now five board members, with nine general managers beneath them.
“Lean margins mean a lean cost base is essential, and so is a board that can react dynamically and implement new initiatives as the business requires,” says Lamb.
Kheng Lim is the new finance director after spending six months reviewing the group’s management reporting processes. He has also overseen the upgrade of the Kerridge dealer management system, with further improvements to be implemented by next spring.
Lim replaces Mike Hyatt, finance director for six years, who becomes director and company director. Hyatt will focus on ensuring compliance with the group’s legal and financial requirements.
David Dillon, director and dealer principal, has left the group. He was responsible for two Toyota dealerships and now each has its own general manager. They are, at Chesterfield, Andrew Hartley (who previously worked for Pentagon Toyota in north Sheffield), and, at Sheffield, Allen Slater.
Matthew Butcher, former general manager at Renault Oldham (part of the manufacturer-owned Reagroup UK), is the new general manager of Lamb’s Renault and Nissan operation in Chesterfield. He takes over from Stephen Lamb, who had temporarily added the job to his other responsibilities.
From October 1, Gordon Lamb Cars, the trading name for the two Toyota sites, disappears. The outlets will be transferred to Gordon Lamb Ltd, part of Gordon Lamb Holdings.
Gordon Lamb Ltd also operates franchises for Toyota, Land Rover, Honda, Saab, Renault, Nissan, Škoda and Mitsubishi.
It is looking for open points with these brands.