I am an Account Director at Callcredit working within the Alternative Finance sales team.
For the past 4 years I have looked after a number of clients across a wide range of sectors including short term lending and Car finance.
I have assisted clients with their data, risk and affordability strategies and have helped Callcredit grow their market share in these sectors.
Jamie has a History degree from Trinity College, Cambridge and a Masters in Sustainability Leadership, also from Cambridge. He is a qualified chartered accountant and worked in Investment Banking in London as an investment analyst covering Utilities. He currently works as an Investor.
Jamie oversees a family office based in London, concentrating on asset allocation and manager selection. The office takes a long-term perspective and is interested in understanding the long-term investment implications of the technology revolution. He also specializes in technology venture capital with a focus on Clean Technology.
He is the founder of Tellus Mater, a grant-making foundation that aims to help speed the energy transition. The specific area of focus is the finance system and TM aims to help quantify the risks and opportunities associated with the energy transition.
He is the co-Founder of RethinkX, a not-for-profit think tank that analyses the non-linear nature of technology disruption across the economy and its broad implications across society. It aims to provide key decision makers (policy makers, investors and businesses) with insight and data that captures the potential and implications of these disruptions, to help society make better choices.
He also serves in a number of advisory roles in the Investment and Sustainability sectors.
Georg has more than 30 years of experience shaping financial services for leading car companies on a global scale and is widely recognized as an innovative leader in auto finance.
His most recent venture as Co-Founder and President of Fair, aims to bring fairness to the process of getting a car by giving customers a monthly payment range and allowing them to walk away at any time.
Prior to Fair, Georg built the financial services businesses for Tesla in over 20 markets in the EU and APAC.
He also served as CEO of Global Financial Services for BMW Group and was CEO of Mercedes-Benz Credit in the U.S.
David Betteley started his career in Financial Services as a graduate trainee with Lloyds and Scottish Finance (part of the Lloyds Bank Group) in Manchester in the late 70’s.
In 1989 he joined the International Motors Group (IM) to set up their in-house Finance Company in the UK to support the Hyundai and Subaru brands.
Staying with IM, he moved to Sweden in 1992 to run the vehicle distribution operations for IM in Scandinavia, Russia and the Baltic states.
In 1996 he moved back to the UK to become MD of Vauxhall Finance and successfully managed the transition from 7 branches to one central location.
In 1998 he was recruited by Toyota to insource their Financial Services operations in the UK. He went on to become a Senior Vice President when he had the responsibility for overall operations, sales and marketing and the development of new markets for both Toyota and Lexus in the Europe and Africa region. During this 12 year period at Toyota he also served as a Pension Trustee which gives him good experience to serve in a similar capacity at JLR.
In 2010 David joined Jaguar Land Rover as Global Financial Services Director, retiring in July 2017.
David now works as an independent advisor to Genpact Ltd and other companies.
His main non-executive role has been as Chairman of the Finance and Leasing Association in the UK during the period May 2007 to May 2010.
David holds an MBA from Aston Business School.
Outside work his time is mainly devoted to his family. However he enjoys the occasional game of golf and still follows closely the fortunes of Manchester City.
Dave Brown is the Senior Director responsible for FICO’s Applied Optimization practice in EMEA. He rejoined FICO in October 2016 bringing extensive risk management, price optimization and project management experience gained from performing a wide variety of roles for global software companies in many markets including the UK, USA, Europe and South Africa.
Prior to FICO, he was EMEA Customer Success Director at Nomis Solutions with responsibility to ensure clients maximized the benefits of price optimization for their retail banking portfolios
Before Nomis Solutions, Dave was EMEA Sales Director at Strategic Analytics, leading the business development and account management functions.
Dave formed his own consulting company in 2009 to provide strategic sales and marketing advice for international software companies. This was preceded by his first stint at Nomis Solutions where he was EMEA Sales and Account Management Director developing new clients and supporting existing ones including closing Nomis Solutions’ largest ever contract at the time.
Prior to his first stint at Nomis Solutions, Dave was at FICO for 12 years, initially as a Project Manager where he led many implementations of FICO’s TRIAD solution in the UK, Europe and South Africa. He then transitioned to the sales team achieving FICO’s Circle of Excellence on two occasions, managing key resellers and client relationship managers before being promoted to EMEA Sales Director.
Dave’s key areas of expertise include:
Dave has BSc in Physics from the University of Nottingham.
Nick joined Alphabet on in July 2016. His previous role was as CEO for Pre-Owned Vehicles at ALJ Group, a strategic business development role implementing an investment strategy into the used vehicle sector for the Middle East’s largest automotive group.
Nick has significant leadership experience in the UK and international leasing industry, having previously fulfilled a number of UK, pan-European and global CEO positions for Ally Financial Inc. (previously GMAC) and Masterlease Group prior to his move to Dubai in early 2013. Brownrigg also spent five years as Sales and Marketing Director for Interleasing UK Limited and currently serves on the BVRLA Committee of Management.
Since joining Alphabet, Nick has driven his strategic vision of sustainable growth and effortless customer experience whilst continually developing the business capability as a full-service mobility provider.
George, a graduate in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering, started his career at CGI managing complex IT infrastructure projects.
He joined TomTom in 2006, undertaking a variety of roles and projects, applying his knowledge in helping develop and market accurate real time and historical traffic solutions and live maps.
Having been named International Alliance Manager in 2013, George set up TomTom Telematics’ partner eco-system – currently the largest in the industry – supporting integration with the TomTom Telematics open platform and encouraging joint commercial activities.
Since 2016 George is responsible for managing and marketing the innovation around the TomTom Telematics Services Platform and the new Connected Car developments as Leader of Connected Car Initiatives.
“With our open platform we are creating exciting opportunities for our customers and partners to launch uniquely integrated products, this is a pivotal era to be involved in the telematics industry. As we help forge the future of connected vehicle technology, I’m looking forward to pushing the boundaries of innovation even further.”
Chris has been a Fleet Management Consultant for over 20 years and has always has had a strong focus on environmental fleet management and vehicle technologies. Pushing the agenda for cleaner vehicles and more efficient methods of transport has been at the heart of his time in the industry working with organisations such as The Energy Saving Trust and Go Ultra Low.
In 2015 he won the Energy Saving Trust’s Green Fleet Hero of the Year award.
At Lex Autolease, Chris set up the plug-in vehicle proposition which has resulted in the Lex Autolease plug-in fleet size increasing to over 12,500 vehicles, and the introduction of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle. He works closely with customers developing their environmental strategies, and has helped some fleets reach 30-45% of their vehicles being zero emission. In 2017 these efforts were recognised by GreenFleet awarding Lex Autolease with Green Leasing Company of the Year.
Keith joined Computacenter in 1990, holding various Senior Management roles in Finance, Supply Chain and Services.
He took control of UK Fleet Services in 2000, moving from Contract Hire and Outright Purchase to a Blended Employee Car Ownership Scheme. In 2016 he was appointed to a Group role with responsibility for Computacenter’s Global Fleet of 3,500 vehicles. His Fleet responsibilities span from acquisition to in life management and disposal, and include Fleet Occupational Road Risk and Insurance.
He is a Chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a Degree is Leadership and Professional Development.
He is also a Member of the Institute of Car Fleet Management and is passionate about the strategic role Fleet Managers have to play within organisations.
Neale is the Head of Fleet for the largest family owned Facilities Management services company in the world, OCS Group UK Ltd.
OCS operate in eight different business sectors in the UK, with a diverse fleet of 1850 vehicles including company cars, commercial vehicles and plant.
Neale’s career background is asset management in both aviation and construction. He is passionate about emission reduction and is committed to deliver OCS a fleet that is future proofed, embraces new technologies, data, financing models, driver engagement tools which is both financially and environmentally sustainable.
Josh loves cars, business, and creating simplicity from complexity.
Having spent over 10 years focusing on the latter two interests through internal and consultancy roles in the healthcare sector, Josh went on to co-found the UK’s first co-leasing service for cars, where he led the business from innovative idea to marketable, funded, revenue generating mobility proposition.
Josh is currently applying the learning from his experiences through consultancy projects whilst seeking permanent opportunities to help car companies innovate their business models.
Joanne Davis is a Partner in the London office Locke Lord LLP and Head of the Firm’s Asset, Leasing & Consumer Finance division in the UK. She is also a member of the Consumer Finance practice group in the banking and finance department, working closely with the litigation department.
Jo deals with a wide range of matters from consumer credit advisory, transactional matters, through to financial services regulation and compliance to include compliance with the FCA handbook and Consumer Credit Sourcebook implementation. She also assists clients and advises on contentious matters such as asset and motor finance asset recoveries, finance litigation and dispute resolution.
Jo advises business on new products launches and offers general regulatory advisory services to include setting up UK business that are new to regulation and financial services in the UK to include advise on corporate governance, approved persons and the senior managers regime. She has worked with a number of well-known finance providers in the automotive, asset and consumer finance and leasing industries as well as banks.
Having commenced his financial services career with part of the Midland Bank group in the UK, Ian went on to join Ford Credit, with whom he spent 30 years. During that time Ian undertook various roles from Field Sales, National F&I trainer and two Branch Manager positions before leaving the UK to become Managing Director of Henry Ford & Son Finance in Dublin from 1994-97. During that time, Ian was a member of the Irish Finance House Association and Irish Leasing Association.
Ian moved to Asia Pacific, becoming Managing Director of Ford Credit New Zealand and then as President of the Ford Credit and Primus operations in Manila and member of the Ford Motor Company operating committee in both those markets, before returning to the UK. After overseeing the development of new European point of sale systems through to launch, Ian moved to become Head of Mazda Bank Europe based in Germany for almost 5 years with a portfolio responsibility of US$3.4bn.
Leaving Ford in 2009, Ian subsequently joined BenchMark Consulting International, undertaking work globally for various asset financing organisations ranging from Automotive, Agricultural and Construction equipment as well as direct consumer lending. In 2017 he took ownership of the BenchMark business. He has completed projects and work in 27 countries.
Simon began his extensive motoring career in 1983 where he joined his father’s business, Paul Dixon Car Sales. Spending time in every department, he developed an enthusiasm and drive for the industry which propelled his career forward.
Simon created his own company, DB 700, in 1987. Starting with Daihatsu and Alfa Romeo brands, Simon grew the business adding Citroen and Mitsubishi brands to his company portfolio and employed over 70 people. In 1990, Simon’s business merged with his father’s company to create Dixon Motors, and in 1993 they oversaw floating the business on the London Stock Exchange. This process transformed the retailer and Dixon Motors PLC grew to be ranked as the 3rd largest car retailer in the UK.
Simon played a pivotal role in launching a joint venture between Dixon Motors and Direct Line in 2001 called Jamjar.com, which quickly became the leading online car retailer, selling in excess of 15,000 cars per year. Following this, Simon led the sale of Dixon Motors PLC to Royal Bank of Scotland which was successfully completed in 2004.
After 10 years out of the industry and experiencing car buying from a customer’s perspective Simon returned to the industry with a wish to deliver real innovation in the form of a technology solution. In 2012 Simon created Rockar, the world’s first digital car retailer, completely focused on the buying experience.
Rockar spent over two years developing their digital platform that would be at the heart of the business. Rockar then opened their first store in November 2014 and within weeks became one of the largest Hyundai retailers in the country. They followed with another store for Hyundai and have also now developed a platform and opened a store for Jaguar Land Rover. The key element of the Rockar platform is transparency; offering the customer as much information as possible to be able to make the right car purchase for them.
Stuart Donnelly is a Senior Executive that has spent the last 22 years designing, building and selling solution based services to the corporate fleet market.
Most recently Donnelly has been at the forefront of the development of the alternative sourcing and fleet management solution that has seen Fleet Logistics International grow its portfolio to approx. 180,000 managed vehicles across more than 40 countries worldwide.
Donnelly held various sales and general management roles In the 11 years he served Fleet Logistics, both in the UK and Internationally, most recently combining his role as International Sales Director with that of the US Market Country Manager, whilst privately studying a Masters in Business Administration.
After 11 years Donnelly left for an exciting new challenge at the end of 2017 and joined Sixt Rent A Car in Jan 2018 to represent their charge in the area of future mobility. SIxt has revenues of approx 2,4 bn Euro and has a fleet portfolio of more than 300,000 cars across more than 115 counties worldwide. Sixt SE, a stocklisted company since the 1980’s, which main shares are owned by the Sixt family, has been in existence for more than 100 years and is well renowned for its premium badge fleet, and is now heavily focused on the development of future mobility through products such as MaaS, Donnelly, whose role will be Senior Director, Group International Sales for Northern Europe and USA will be to assist Sixt in the development of their `Future Mobility’ proposition.
A strategic director with over 25 years’ experience in the automotive and fleet industry working in both multinational organisations and SMEs. Extensive expertise in product development, product management, commercial strategy and customers sales
Currently a director with ESE Consulting whose ‘proposition’ provides a refreshingly unique approach to automotive consultancy encompassing customer, intermediary and supplier expertise. The diverse experience of the ESE team enables them to examine challenges from many angles adding value and profitability.
Matt is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV). He works in designing and implementing policy changes needed to ensure the safe deployment of CAV technology in the UK, thus helping improve road safety, mobility and the UK car industry. He is currently working with the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill team; legislation to provide a framework for compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles on British roads.
Prior to working with CCAV, Matt worked for successive Transport Ministers as a Private Secretary, advising Ministers on complex policy decisions, coordinating the development of their policy remit and ensuring that Ministerial aims were clearly and fully implemented by the department.
Chris has worked in customer engagement technologies for the last 25 years providing and supporting solutions to organisations throughout EMEA in Financial Services, Utilities and Retail.
In recent years he has been responsible for the launch of the EngageOne Video platform for Pitney Bowes Software in EMEA working with both Enterprise and SME organisations to deliver Personalised and Interactive videos.
These are a new method of engaging with customers and are filling the void left by customers turning away from the more traditional channels. They deliver information concisely and personally in a compliant and repeatable way.
Chris will outline how this technology is being used by other Financial Services organisations to enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty at lower operational cost, and how this might be applied to some of the challenges of the asset finance world.
Jamie Hamilton is a Director in Monitor Deloitte’s London Office where he leads the Automotive sector strategy team. He has worked extensively with senior management teams of leading corporations to address strategic and organisational issues to improve operational effectiveness and address new growth opportunities.
Prior to joining Monitor, Jamie was a manager at the Innovation consultancy Sagentia, where he led mixed teams of business and technology consultants to help clients develop and implement innovation and growth strategies for Manufacturing and Industrial clients.
Jamie holds a PhD in Aerospace Design from Cambridge University and a Masters Degree in Mathematics from Imperial College.
Relevant projects that Jamie has led include:
Rob Haslingden is the UK Head Propositions for Experian’s Credit Services division. He is also Experian’s UK lead on Open Banking. His focus is to demonstrate how financial services organisations can maximise the benefits Experian’s consumer and business information to minimise risk, improve customer management and mitigate fraud.
In addition to working with customers, he also liaises with government, industry regulators and consumer groups demonstrating the benefits provided by Experian’s insight. He is current focus is to help clients utilise Experian’s infrastructure to share Open Banking data in association with credit information and other complementary data to facilitate digital data sharing.
He sits on the Open Banking Customer Working Group and Chairs their Consent Sub-Group that is tasked with defining best practice of consent management in Open Banking.
Andy Hinrichs is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AutoGravity and a member of its Board of Directors.
An accomplished entrepreneur and seasoned executive, Hinrichs is the visionary behind AutoGravity, building a diverse team of innovators to reinvent car financing for millions of car buyers. Throughout his 20-year financial services career in the U.S., Europe and Asia, Hinrichs has started businesses and led digital initiatives on a global scale.
Prior to founding AutoGravity, Hinrichs had profit and loss responsibilities for various Daimler Financial Services markets in Asia, where he tripled the volume of assets under management.
Previously, Hinrichs served as Vice President of Marketing for Mercedes Benz Financial Services USA. Hinrichs holds a bachelor’s degree from Pforzheim University in Germany and an MBA from the University of Louisville.
Paul is a recognised industry figure, panellist and presenter at various domestic and international conferences. He is widely regarded as an expert in MaaS/ Big Data solutions and managing business to reach the peak of their potential. He has had a diverse career, having had senior board roles within retail, OEM, Leasing, Fleet Management, fuel, mobility and technology businesses.
He has dedicated the last 15 years to the corporate fleet market. His current roles support training and development of the next generation of leaders within our industry (ICFM), while his role at TMC pushes the global market boundaries within the mobility and big data sector.
Claire has an honours degree in Business and Management and during her subsequent business career has gained significant experience in the specialist area of consumer credit and retail behavioural analytics. She has held a variety of roles including, as a senior analyst for LendingMetrics since 2012 and previously as an analyst focussing on consumer behaviour mapping in order to create web analytics for the retail sector.
Claire has worked within the credit referencing sector for over 5 years and has a proven track record in providing credit risk and professional services to customers of LendingMetrics. She manages the company’s key customer and partner relationships and is an advocate of the growing importance of real-time data and automated decisioning technologies. Her aim is to help business to make effective use of such data and technology to positively impact credit risk and anti-fraud techniques.
Currently KeeResources’ Main Board Director responsible for Manufacturer Liaison, Mark’s role includes ensuring that we work extremely closely with the Manufacturers and their NSCs , allowing us to maintain up-to-date and accurate data on the 20,000+ live units within our New Vehicle Database.
Previously responsible for our Whole Life Cost / TCO products, Mark has spent over 35 years in the Automotive Industry including 9 years in Corporate Sales Development roles with Honda, Mitsubishi & Mazda. Prior to that he spent 15 years in Fleet Sales Management roles with Lex and Inchcape.
KeeResources provides a wide range of Automotive Data & Software solutions to the Fleet Industry, including the highly scalable Fleetware Leasing platform as used by many of the UK’s FN50 Leasing companies, along with KWIKrv Residual Values, and the industry-leading KWIKcarcost Whole Life Cost software used by Fleet Operators, as well as Revaluation Services and Consultancy. Notable is the dominant UK position of the KeeResources Car Comparator & Configuration website solutions with many Manufacturers relying on our expertise and data to provide constantly innovative client facing web-applications. KeeResources are proud to supply the only inherently Model Year specific data in the UK, adding quantifiable value to all our data feeds and systems.
Martin is the COO of Castlight, a Glasgow based fintech business who aim to build a safer financial world through the use of affordability software platforms.
In the last 18 months, Martin has developed and launched Castlight’s Affordability Passport™, a digital tool which allows customers to share a real-time picture of their income, expenditure & financial capability to make fully informed credit and lending decisions. This unique approach to consumer affordability has been widely acclaimed in the market and has led to accolades from TEDx, Deloitte’s Start Up and to being shortlisted for the Scottish Financial Services Award and FT Future of Fintech 2017.
Having previously worked for both Equifax and Callcredit, Martin has extensive industry expertise in running national sales teams with a focus on affordability, credit risk and market intelligence.
Gordon Lyster is the General Manager of ODO, the newly launched SaaS disruptor in the fleet management space.
Business publisher turned marketer, Gordon began his career in automotive with EMAP Automotive, fulfilling Commercial Director roles for flagship B2B portfolios including “Fleet News”, “Automotive Management” as well as the up-scale consumer automotive market with the iconic “Car”.
He has worked with ODO’s parent company Drive Software Solutions for many years and was finally persuaded to join the business in 2017 to
launch the SaaS fleet management business ODO.
ODO is easy to use vehicle management software with a mobile interface and telematics inside. It runs in the Oracle cloud, meaning businesses can manage their fleet and their drivers on the go, using any kind of device.
With ODO, Business Owners, HR Managers, Finance Directors and even Fleet Managers can simply login, and start managing their vehicles and drivers.
Iain is the Head of Foresight within Transport for London’s Innovation Directorate, focussing on emerging transport developments, the automotive sector and new technologies. This includes international relationships with car manufacturers and automotive suppliers, electric, connected and autonomous vehicles, drones, and emerging models such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Iain represents TfL on the UK Automotive Council Technology Group and the European Commission GEAR2030 Group developing the roadmap for the deployment of automated road transport. He is also a member of a number of Advisory Boards and Panels in the Future Mobility sector.
Prior to joining TfL, Iain worked for a number of consultancies supporting sustainable travel projects for government and FTSE100 clients. Iain previously worked for DHL International and Boots the Chemist, where he was responsible for transport, security and development control at their head office campus in Nottingham. He was a Director of the Boots Benevolent Fund, as well as a Director and Company Secretary of the Association for Commuter Transport.
Rory, as Head of Asset Funding at ARI, oversees their vehicle funding solutions and, supported by the company’s continued investment in technology, ensures his customers can achieve their business goals and provide complete transparency.
Rory has 10 years’ experience in leasing and fleet management having worked for 3 of the top 10 leasing companies during this time. Rory is passionate about working with his customers to provide the best fit and has delivered funding solutions for customers across all industries and fleet sizes. With his most significant providing savings of over £2million.
Rory joined ARI, a large privately owned American Fleet Management Company, to help them support the ever-changing funding needs of its customers and deliver transparent services that give efficiency and cost gains back to the customer.
The RAC Foundation is an independent transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and motoring. The Foundation carries out independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interests of responsible road users.
Bhavin Makwana is the Foundation’s Data Analyst focused on generating insights from a variety of data sources and the management of commissioned research. With a keen interest in technology, Bhavin leads analysis in electric vehicle take up and infrastructure demands, and developments in connected and autonomous vehicles.
As well as leading analysis on the topics of road safety and highways maintenance. Bhavin has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and has worked at the Foundation for over 3 years.
Steve joined Divido at the beginning of 2017 with an extensive background in leading and developing tech, digital, retail and commerce businesses.
Prior to this, he was Co Founder of the CAD Group developing intuitive eCommerce trading platforms for b2b and b2c channels. Steve took this experience into a global marketplace, joining social commerce giant LivingSocial, originally as a sales leader in 2011, and finally as executive CEO some 4 years later, successfully selling and exiting in 2015.
A multi-award-winning leader, Steve’s career highlights progressive responsibility, excelling in demanding environments and leading national and global businesses at scale.
Nathan has over 20 years’ experience working in defence, capital markets and transportation infrastructure, while developing commercial structures, technology platforms and customer experience working with the Department for Transport (DfT), Transport for London (TfL), West Midlands ITA, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), MerseyTravel, Transport for the North (TfN) and a range of UK and US private sector companies.
Nathan has also worked with McKinsey & Co and Aon PLC, again focusing on infrastructure design, investment and development, with a focus on future mobility schemes.
Within iM, Nathan is leading sector growth across the UK and Northern Europe, supporting clients to innovate and deliver major changes to the fabric of their transportation networks by providing relevant, accessible and commercially viable services.
Nathan is committed to transforming future cities and infrastructure with iM through the introduction of new technologies such as autonomous vehicles, while improving the capacity, future management of assets and service provision of transportation.
Specifically, Nathan leads our iM work on:
• Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) (supporting projects such as Venturer and Flourish, and key clients on the creation of a commercially sustainable CAV sector, including CAV test ecosystems);
• Mobility as a Service (MaaS) (Nathan leads the Atkins MaaS portfolio and has worked extensively on multi-modal, mobile payments projects);
• Data platforms, Cyber & Artificial Intelligence (AI) (Nathan brings together physical and digital safety and security thinking to strengthen CAV and MaaS projects).
Nathan spent seven years as an Army Officer and prior to that was a professional sportsman.
John Maslen joined Asset Finance International as editor this year.
He has spent more than 20 years working as a journalist, specialising in business and motoring. He has previously edited titles including Fleet News, Fleet Van, Fleet Business Europe, Autovista Intelligence and the annual FN50 report into the UK’s largest leasing companies. He has also written a series of in-depth research reports analysing the UK’s biggest fleets and the future of the automotive market.
Jim joined Black Horse on 1 December 2016 as the Director of Customer Propositions. Jim joined Black Horse from the Insurance sector where he has gained over 20 years experience in Customer Proposition Development, Marketing and Distribution of long-term savings propositions with a number of leading UK Insurers. Jim combines strategic thinking and a strong focus on the customer with proven planning, channel optimisation and change management skills.
In his current role, Jim is responsible for developing and managing the holistic proposition for Black Horse strategic partners and end customers across the Motor, Leisure, Bikes and Fleet Finance sectors. In his previous role at Scottish Widows, Jim was responsible for developing the Scottish Widows’ long term savings proposition for customers near or in retirement. Prior to that, Jim held a number of senior roles within Proposition Development and Distribution within a number of other leading UK insurers. Jim gained an honours degree in Business Commerce from Napier University Edinburgh before completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and Chartered Insurer qualifications.
Peter has been CEO of Moneybarn (previously Duncton plc) since 2002 to the end of 2016. He has recently moved to the position of Chairman of the company. Prior to his current position and from 1992, Peter developed, managed then sold Oasis Global Systems, the first B2B transaction network for contract hire and fleet companies, connecting them with their suppliers, such as the DVLA, dealers and CRAs. Peter also, during this period ran MIM, which provided marketing support services to motor manufacturers.
Paul is a senior partner based in London and is PwC’s Head of Asset Finance & Leasing. He advises finance and leasing companies of growth, acquisitions, disposals and accounting, tax and regulatory developments.
Paul has advised a number of vehicle leasing and finance companies on acquisitions, disposals and day-to-day corporate matters. Paul’s clients include large and SME companies involved in vehicle finance. Paul has structured and advised on numerous securitisations for vehicle lessors and funders.
Paul provides regular training sessions for a number of automobile finance and leasing companies.
Paul regularly speaks at various conferences and is the author of a number of publications including the UK section of the World Leasing Yearbook.
Paul is currently advising many clients on the implications of the new accounting rules for leasing and HMRC’s options for changing the taxation of leases following the change in accounting rules.
Allison is a highly energetic executive and experienced intrapreneuer with a track record of driving strategic growth and transformation through data and insight.
At Cox Automotive, Allison has led the launch of Cox Automotive Data Solutions, helping internal and external clients use data to improve decision-making.
Previously Allison developed the entire product portfolio for LexisNexis’s new UK venture, leading to double-digit year-on-year growth while transforming the motor insurance industry.
A trained quantitative political scientist, Allison holds a BA in mathematics and international relations from the College of Wooster, and an MA in political science from the University of Michigan.
Jay read law in Bristol and completed his Solicitor’s Final Examinations in 1994. He gained extensive knowledge about the operation of government and political system working with the water regulator, Office of Water Services.
Since joining the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association in 2000, Jay has successfully led on the delivery of the three key drivers of BVRLA membership:
Jay is particularly adept at lobbying Government to help promote the benefits of the industry and consults regularly with policymakers to ensure fairer legislation is produced to support growth and jobs for the sector. Jay uses his extensive network of stakeholders and MPs across Whitehall and Westminster to help secure a good deal for the sector and negotiates hard for his members and their customers to protect them from ill-considered and ill-thought laws.
Jay also represents the industry on a range of Government led-groups and is non-executive vice chairman of the Low Vehicle Partnership and chair of Leaseurope’s legal affairs committee.
Edward Peck is a life-long publisher. He co-founded Asset Finance International in 2009, and prior to that Commercial Payments International. He acquired the publishing divisions of Lafferty Limited in 2004 – where he ran retail banking; commercial and consumer cards; accounting and wealth management newsletters reports and global conferences. In 2004 he bought VRL Publishing, publishers of Leasing Life. Prior to that he was a Director at Huveaux PLC. Former Managing Director of Dods Parliamentary Companion. He sold the family business, Nursery World, a weekly childcare magazine, to News International in 1997.
Chris has over 25 years experience in the mobility sector, having undertaken senior roles at both Transport for West Midlands and Transport for Greater Manchester, leading the development of a partnership approach within the Public Transport Industry.
Chris led the development and implementation of the West Midlands successful “Swift” Smart ticketing scheme and also led TfWM’s Intelligent Mobility team.
Chris was instrumental in bringing MaaS Global to the UK, facilitating a wide range of stakeholders to develop a pilot project in the West Midlands.
Since June of this year, Chris has been working with MaaS Global to help bring this project to fruition and is now leading MaaS Global’s UK team with the aim of making “Whim” the UK’s most successful mobility application.
Ian joined Auto Trader as Director of Manufacturer and Agency in early 2017. Sitting at the heart of the UK’s vehicle buying process, Auto Trader operates the UK’s leading digital automotive marketplace for buying and selling new and used vehicles. A 100% digital business, Auto Trader aims to lead the digital future of the UK automotive marketplace, adding new value both to the customer experience as well as to the retailers, manufacturers and finance partners.
Ian brings to Auto Trader a wealth of automotive and retail experience. Ian cut his automotive teeth at several international roles at Renault-Nissan HO in Paris prior to running his first dealership in London in 2003. This led to a regional role and subsequent senior positions, including Managing Director of the 25 Renault Nissan sites of the Renault-Retail Group, and Commercial Director of Renault UK.
In 2012 Ian joined Volkswagen as UK Sales Director, responsible for sales of more than 200,000 new cars sold to private and fleet customers, as well as the network sales of approximately 130,000 used cars. During nearly 5 years spent at Volkswagen, he delivered significant changes to the UK automotive customer journey by applying the principles of “Blended Retailing”. This merging of the digital and physical touchpoints created a seamless process strengthening the relationship between customer, retailer and brand. Blended Retailing has been proven to increase both value and volume of sales, as well as customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Those same principles also provide some of the key foundations for the development of the Auto Trader marketplace, which now allows any of its 60 million monthly cross platform users to research and search their next new or used car using the option of monthly finance.
Rupert Pontin has been a well-respected figure in the automotive industry for more than 30 years, having worked at major blue-chip organisations including British Car Auctions, Glass’s, and now, Cazana. Throughout this time, he has gained valuable experience in the management, valuation, and strategic remarketing of new and used vehicles, working with OEMs, leasing companies, and financiers. He also has considerable experience developing and implementing commercial strategies for UK businesses, and played a key role in helping Glass’s revitalise its position in the UK market during two spells with the organisation.
Today, Rupert applies his vast knowledge and experience while playing an important role implementing the growth strategy of Cazana, the largest car search and indexing engine for used cars on sale in the UK. As Director of Valuations, he ensures Cazana continue to be a highly credible voice for the analysis of used vehicles, and an industry leader when it comes to understanding residual values and market trends.
Rupert is building strategic long-term relationships with all finance & leasing companies, rental companies, dealer groups, insurance companies and OEMs and taking Cazana’s innovative data science, valuation and forecasting data to the market. The company’s realtime data facilitates greater understanding of market conditions and enables businesses across the industry to focus on improved return on investment .
Rupert’s role is not solely UK focused – he also supports Cazana’s international expansion, helping the business become the industry leader when it comes to understanding residual values on an international scale.
Cazana has an extensive database of more than 600,000 used vehicles listed at: www.cazana.com/uk and you can read more about their business services at https://cazana.com/uk/business/overview
Dale has 30 years of experience working with data management and software development organisations, performing such diverse roles as; database developer, software engineer, business analyst, system designer, consultant, project manager & director.
Dale currently holds the role of Control F1’s Product Development Director, tasked with bringing unique products and IP to market by understanding the desired market place and needs, developing use cases and business plans, conceptualising systems and functionality that can provide Control F1 with genuine IP and USPs in the relevant market, performing business analysis, and finally project managing teams to ensure successful completion of the project vision. Currently he is project managing i-Motors, an Innovate UK part funded project to develop a commercially viable platform for the connected and autonomous vehicle market.
Stephan Reeve has worked with Mazda for 11 years and is since 1st October 2016 Managing Director Financial Services for Mazda’s European business. Before that Stephan was the Senior Manager in Financial Services and prior to joining Mazda he was with Ford Credit Europe for 12 years.
He leads the Mazda Financial Services team that has managed the successful changes to Mazda’s European auto-financing relationships in 15 countries during the global financial crisis, securing EUR 2bils of liquidity for Mazda and its dealers, and developing strong relationships with a number of leading European banks and asset financiers.
During this time Mazda Financial Services has designed, built and managed its own dealer stock financing in ten European countries, with zero cost of risk, low cost of operations, competitive service and pricing and good relationships with banks, suppliers and dealers.
In many markets we operate industry unique approaches to deliver the required results on both wholesale financing and retail financing.
The team reports directly into Mazda Europe’s CFO and main board, and has both the experience and support needed to deliver a consistent way of working with banks, focused on stable liquidity and based on strong governance, low credit risk, and satisfactory return for banks partners.
Brian has over 25 years extensive knowledge as an asset finance practitioner in both the equipment and automotive finance sectors at a range of levels of seniority. Initially with Mercantile Credit and later with Barclays where he was involved in new product development.
Joined VRL Publishing in 1999 to launch Motor Finance magazine while serving as deputy editor of Leasing Life. Co-founded Asset Finance International in 2009 as editor.
Richard is a highly experienced consultant and market research professional with over thirty years’ expertise gained from the financial services and Information Technology (IT) sectors.
Richard is one of the founding partners of the specialist management consultancy Invigors EMEA LLP, providing clients with research and insight for new market entry strategies, product development, vendor finance market initiatives, competitive analysis, and market forecasting. He has also carried out research into digitalisation of the vehicle and equipment finance industry and is an advisor to both platform providers and leasing companies in the leasing technology domain.
Prior to joining Invigors, Richard was joint Director and owner of a UK-based full-service marketing agency specialising in the European IT market. He has held previous marketing and research roles with a multinational IT systems business and a UK-based financial services organisation.
Abe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dealflo, the leading provider of end-to-end agreement automation services to the financial sector.
Prior to Dealflo, Abe built and sold a series of Fintech ventures including: Proficient Europe (data analytics-driven customer engagement), Geneva Partners (technology brokerage) and Atomic (financial management tools), helping create over $1bn of shareholder value in the process.
Jonathon has 8 years’ experience working in the Fleet sector where he has spearheaded Fleet Assist’s software development and data analytics.
He is the primary architect of Fleet Assist’s analytics platform which is used by their customers to analyse £2bn in vehicle service, maintenance and repair invoices for 1.8m vehicles.
He has lead research activities into all areas of SMR data ranging from repair type frequency on specific vehicles all the way through to national labour, parts and oil pricing trends.
Paul Speakman started his career selling cars in a Vauxhall dealer in Cheltenham, 25 years saw him progressing up the ladder into senior management. In 2004 he joined Reynolds & Reynolds (Half a Car) where Paul worked with motor dealers throughout the UK and Northern America, training and consulting on trade cycle management strategy.
In 2006, the FSA hit the industry with new regulations and Paul recognised a gap in the market so, along with fellow Reynolds & Reynolds colleague Paul Guy, Automotive Compliance Ltd (ACL) was born. In 2008 ACL became directly authorised as a Principal Firm by the FCA for general insurance products. Fast forward to 2014 where ACL became the first Principal Firm working with the motor industry to gain dual authorisation for insurance products and consumer credit.
Perceived to be a confusing and burdensome task, reaching compliance without fully understanding it isn’t easy, but the risks of not being compliant in the regulatory world we have now become accustomed to can be devastating to motor dealers. With over 30 years’ experience in the motor dealer industry under his belt, Paul really understands the businesses he talks to and advises on a daily basis. He delivers the message of compliance in a clear and concise manner, ensuring dealers are able to understand and aren’t flooded with confusing compliance jargon.
Tom loves creating new and improving existing digital experiences that can make people’s lives easier, more productive or profitable.
Over the years Tom has developed customer journeys for numerous financial products and services resulting in strong growth for companies such as Barclays, Prudential and RBS. These roles included nationwide digital sales responsibility for RBS Group retail savings accounts where he introduced the UK’s first Cash ISA sales process for a mobile banking app.
Prior to moving to Intelligent Environments, Tom headed customer experience for RBS’s Mobile Banking apps. Tom lead the team that introduced Touch ID for logging into mobile banking, launched the Apple Watch app that allows customers to withdraw money from an ATM (without a card!) and the development of numerous customer-focused features.
His work resulted in elevating the NatWest mobile channel’s customer satisfaction rating to the best in the UK with the highest NPS (net promoter score) across all the banking brands.
As Head of Product Tom is responsible to drive the roadmap for Intelligent Environments’ Interact, the software platform that enables secure customer acquisition, engagement, transactions and servicing across any mobile and online channel and device.
Benji serves as the Customer Success Lead at DigitalGenius — a venture backed artificial intelligence company, transforming customer service & brand communications.
He is passionate about bringing emerging technologies to life, and their application in the Service Industry.
Benji has worked across several areas of the field, including Chatbots, AI, Product Design, and Development.
Pat Sweet is editor of Auto Finance Technology, and a regular contributor to Asset Finance International. She has 30 years’ experience of writing about innovation and the tech industry for a range of national and specialist publications, as well as covering developments in the accounting and financial services sector. Pat is also editor of the Ireland edition of the ACCA’s Accounting and Business magazine, and provides content for Accountancy/CCH Daily, the leading news platform for the accountancy profession.
Steve Taplin joined Alfa in 1997 and has more than 20 years of experience in the asset finance industry.
Steve started as a consultant and developer with Alfa before progressing through systems implementation and management roles, moving into a sales role in 2005. He gained the position of Global Sales and Marketing Director in 2010.
Along with his sales brief and Alfa management team activities, Steve takes a lead role in the direction of the Alfa Systems product, as well as authoring industry articles, presenting at industry events and working on strategic consultancy engagements.
Steve holds a PhD in Physics.
Colin has worked for Lex Autolease for 11 years, having previously worked within the Telecoms industry. He has been in his current role as Senior Pricing Manager for 4 years, with primary responsibilities being residual value and pricing database management. Prior to this, as a qualified Management Accountant, Colin spent 7 years in the Finance function, developing his career as a Finance Business Partner to various areas of the business, building sound understanding of the leasing customer journey from quote through to disposal.
Educated to degree level in Mathematics, Colin is based in the North West and is married with 2 young children.
Colin has worked for 35 years in the asset finance and fleet management industry. He has been Managing Director, AT&T Automotive Services (renamed CitiCapital Fleet); Corporate Finance Director, UFB Humberclyde (BNP Paribas); Director, Commercial Union Vehicle Finance & Fleet Motor Management; General Manager, PK Finans International; Chief Financial Officer, Armco Europe Finance and Chief Accountant, Lease Plan UK.
Colin is the Professor of Automotive Management at the University of Buckingham, he holds a Masters’ degree in Accounting and Finance from London School of Economics; he is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Certified Accountant. Colin has written many books, and writes regularly for industry publications.
James joined the BMW Group in 2001 and has held a number of diverse roles across the Manufacturing, Sales and Marketing and Financial Services divisions of the company within the UK and Europe. James was involved with launching both the MINI and BMWi brands as well as mobility services, e-mobility support products and services and alternative sales models.
For the past 3 years James has working within the BMW Financial Services division to co-create, implement and deliver BMW Group UK’s Innovation Lab program. Now heading into its second year, the Innovation Lab program has grown to encompass both entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial elements and now operates across the UK based operations for BMW Financial Services, BMW UK and MINI UK and Alphabet.
After graduating, Louise Wallis worked in a number of positions in the retail motor industry including a role as Assistant Accountant for Quicks and Dealership Accountant for Fairway Nissan. She joined the RMI as Business Development Consultant in 1996 and became Head of Business Development in 2005, adding Head of National Association of Motor Auctions (NAMA) in 2008. Louise Wallis became National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) Head of Business Management in 2011.
Louise’s main responsibilities and areas of expertise include: used cars and auction issues, dealer KPIs and performance, finance and insurance, as well as general advice to members on business issues.
Ashley Winton focuses his practice on global data protection and privacy, information governance and cybersecurity compliance. He has particularly in-depth knowledge of cyber breach response, cybersecurity in the context of payment systems, the lawful interception of data, and the conflict of laws in relation to corporate and government investigations and international litigation.
Ashley frequently represents major corporations, trade associations, charities and government entities on a range of data privacy and cybersecurity issues and he has significant experience in advising on the impact of privacy and cybersecurity law on cloud services, health care and international data transfers.
Ashley is annually recognised by Chambers & Partners for UK Data Protection, Information Law, Information Technology and by Legal 500 for Data Protection.
Ashley is a fellow of the Ponemon Institute and current Chairman of the Data Protection Forum, the leading data protection association in the UK.
Andrew has established himself as a thought leader in the Internet of Things, following a long and successful track record in telematics and extensive experience of fast-growth business strategies, turnarounds, mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to Concirrus he worked with Trimble Navigation where, as Managing Director, he expanded the business across Europe, America and Asia through both organic and acquisitive growth. He has enjoyed a career working in Europe, USA and Asia. As well as being the CEO of Concirrus, Andrew holds non-executive directorships and Chairman roles and performs regular consulting with the VC and PE industry.