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INCHCAPE Toyota has made three new appointments. Des Graham becomes franchise director for the nine Toyota dealerships. He joined Inchcape in 2004 and has performed similar roles for other high volume dealers.

David Walker becomes general manager for Toyota Burton. He has been with the company since 1981 and recently oversaw the integration of Nottingham Mercedes into Inchcape.

Finally, Kelson Campbell takes over management of Toyota West Bridgford. He arrived at Inchcape last year and will continue to oversee Toyota and Lexus Nottingham.

  • GARY Brench has been hired by vehicle tracking firm ClaimWatch. Brench, formerly a chief engineer at MMA Insurance, will support ClaimWatch’s insurance work by introducing insurance and repair firms into the business.

  • LEASING firm Masterlease has appointed Martyn Pointer as head of corporate sales.

    His job involves building a new business sales team following a restructure to make it more ‘customer-centric’. Pointer has more than 17 years’ experience in sales management, most recently as field sales director at Trafficmaster. He also spent five years at Lloyds TSB autolease in various management roles, including head of regional business development.

  • THE repairers’ trade body MVRA has appointed Richard Lawrence as its health and safety adviser for the south east.

    Lawrence, who is NEBOSH qualified (National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health), will be responsible for ensuring all MVRA-registered repairers become, and remain, fully health and safety compliant.

    His NEBOSH qualification aside, Lawrence worked as an auto electrician in both bodyshops and mechanical repair shops across the south east. Prior to joining the MVRA, Lawrence worked as the personnel, environment, health and safety manager for Ambrosetti UK, a large de-fleeting centre in Kent.

  • COLIN McDonnell has been appointed national sales manager for e-trading platforms at fleet software firm epyx. He takes responsibility for all UK sales of the company’s five 1link e-commerce packages.

    McDonnell joins from global commercial insurance specialist ACE Europe, where he spent five years. His experience also includes 12 years with Lex Vehicle Leasing and Lex Service Group.

  • AFTER 14 years with Nissan Motor GB, UK sales director Simon Thomas is joining Nissan Canada. Thomas will become vice president, sales and marketing, responsible for Nissan and Infiniti brands, from April 1. He will be succeeded by Vincent Wijnen. Wijnen has been with Nissan Motor GB as aftersales and quality director for the past two years.
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