DSA gets new chief
THE Department for Transport has appointed Rosemary Thew as the new chief executive of the Driving Standards Agency (DSA). The appointment follows an open competition. Thew has been West Midlands field director for Jobcentre Plus since 2001 and will take up her new appointment at the end of September.
She is a career civil servant whose previous roles have included management, policy and employment project work. She has also been regional director of the Employment Service.
Thew succeeds Gary Austin, chief executive of the DSA since 2000.
Trafficmaster launched its in-car information system Smartnav in 2002, but has suffered from a 5% drop in yearly new car sales, increased competition from portable navigation products and a debt of £563,000 from the collapse of MG Rover. Teletrac, on the other hand, has seen sales rise 60% in the first half of this year.
Berman will now concentrate on bringing new products to the market. These could include a pay-as-you-go insurance policy from Norwich Union, based on Smartnav mileage information.
Whittaker spent many years at CitiCapital Fleet and its predecessor companies. He will be responsible for improving purchasing terms and manufacturer liaison. Pyke’s start in leasing came with Black Horse Vehicle Finance, where he was latterly responsible for all servicing, maintenance and driver support services. His remit for JCT600 Contracts is to lead the team which looks after the needs of drivers from the day they first accept their vehicle until the day its contract ends.
All team members will now report directly to Brian Ruddock, the company’s key accounts and marketing director.
EurotaxGlass’s managing director Paul Jarvis said: ‘We have developed a new structure that places greater emphasis on serving the needs of key automotive markets, allowing us to introduce a more focused and dedicated account management approach for the benefit of customers.’
Mike Owen is now in charge of the RMI’s Motorcycle Retailers’ Association and Motorcycle Rider Training Association. A life-long motorcycle enthusiast, Owen is taking on the role alongside his existing responsibilities as head of aftermarket and used car sales within the RMI’s independent membership division. Previously with the Motor Industry Training and Consultancy (MITAC), Owen has been working in the sector in dealerships, consultancy and training for 36 years, in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.
Owen has been appointed to the role following an internal restructure. Previous incumbent Frank Finch has been appointed RMI director of standards.
As account director at National, Ali will be working with some of National’s largest fleet accounts. Her experience will be used to help her grow existing business and identify new business opportunities.