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VRA appoints trio of new directors

The Vehicle Remarketing Association has appointed Rupert Pontin, Tim Hudson and Philip Nothard as new directors on a ten-strong board.

The trio of industry influencers – prominent figures at Glass’s, Cox Automotive UK and Cap HPI – join seven other directors, including the VRA chairman Glenn Sturley and deputy chairman Sam Watkins.

Sturley said: “I’m delighted to welcome Rupert, Tim and Philip to the VRA board and am sure that their varied and extensive experience will bring new perspectives to our general industry initiatives.

“I would particularly like to thank the outgoing directors whom they are replacing – John Davies (former VRA chairman), Rob Barr (Manheim) and Craig Purvey (BCA) who have had recent changes in roles.

“I would like to add a very special mention to Rob Barr who was a founding member of the VRA and who has contributed significantly to the association since its formation.”

Pontin, Glass’s director of valuations, brings three decades of experience to the board and is responsible for the accuracy of its information and the editorial teams that generate Glass’s base data in his day-today role. 

His range of expertise spans vehicle valuations (new and used), valuation and forecast data, market research, profitable running of business units and small and medium size business start-up.

Hudson, managing director of Inventory Solutions at Cox Automotive UK joined Manheim as UK managing director in March 2015 having been chief executive of Manheim’s Asia Pacific operations for two years, where he led a successful business transformation programme to grow Manheim in a large and important international market.

He was previously managing director of Aston Barclay and also spent eight years with leading leasing firm LeasePlan International, where he held a number of senior positions, latterly that of managing director.

Nothard, Black Book editor and retail and consumer specialist at Cap HPI, has over 30 years’ experience in the motor trade, specialising in industry insight and market commentary.

Nothard joined CAP Automotive in 2010 as Black Book Editor having managed dealerships for independents, supermarkets and large PLC groups.

This experience, combined with the wealth of data available through Cap HPI allows him to analyse and interpret data into accurate, contextual and meaningful insight.

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