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Industry jobs: Roles filled at Daimler Fleet Management, FleetCheck, Trak8 and Menzies Distribution

Lesley Slater has joined Daimler Fleet Management (DFM) as chief commercial officer.

Slater joins the UK fleet and leasing arm of Daimler Mobility AG and brings with her over 25 of fleet and leasing experience following roles at LeasePlan, including UK board since 2014 as operations and business development director and brand director.

Lesley Slater, chief commercial officer at Daimler Fleet Management, said: “Joining DFM as CCO at a time where there is such a focus on its brand and growth strategy is the perfect opportunity for me to continue my career in the leasing and fleet management sector.

“I am looking forward to working with the team to deliver great service to our customers and grow our UK business.”

DFM is a top 20 FN50 passenger car and commercial vehicle leasing company, that partner with both public and private sector businesses to procure, fund and fleet-manage company fleets.

Barrie Wilson appointed to commercial fleet consultant at FleetCheck (pictured below)

Barrie Wilson has been appointed to the newly-created position of commercial fleet consultant at FleetCheck.

He will be responsible for ensuring the company's products are developed to offer further enhanced functionality and relevance to commercial vehicle users from small vans to trucks, as well as providing advice and guidance.

Previously, Wilson has held roles at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) over a 14 year period, including membership relations manager and tachograph and driver hours contract manager, as well as developing the small fleet Van Excellence programme.

During recent years, he has worked extensively with initiatives that involved the FTA and FleetCheck, including the introduction of online Van Excellence audit tools and an innovative pre-use app for drivers.

Barrie Wilson, commercial fleet consultant at FleetCheck, said: "I’ve always found FleetCheck to be an innovative, forward thinking company with a great team and a proactive attitude towards helping operators to run safe, compliant and efficient fleets. With my experience in the sector and network of contacts, I look forward to complimenting an already great team and product.”

Wilson has also held the position of transportation and compliance manager at H.Sivver and holds the National Freight Certificate of Professional Competence from OCR.

Peter Golding, managing director at FleetCheck, said: "More and more, we are seeing our customer base become weighted towards operators commercial vehicle fleets of all types, which is why this role has been created at this time.

"Barrie is very well-known to us and brings a skillset that will enable us to build extensively on our existing expertise. We’re very pleased to have him on board and are sure that he will prove a considerable asset to the company."

Trakm8 appoints Penny Searles as first female non-executive director

Trakm8 has made 'a significant investment into its insurance telematics offering', with the appointment of Penny Searles as a non-executive director.

The appointment further bolster's Trakm8's senior team and will see Searles help lead the strategic vision and commercial growth of the West-Midland's-based business.

Bringing over 25 years experience within the insurance and financial services sectors, Searles is well-known across the industry for founding a number of FinTech companies.

The first, Wunelli Ltd, went on to be purchased by LexisNexis in 2014, while her SmartDriverClub start-up was acquired by Calamp earlier this year.

Penny Searles, non-executive director at Trakm8, said: "The business has seen some impressive growth across the past few years, and I’m looking forward to developing this further.

 “As part of my new role, I will be applying my extensive experience across both motor insurance and telematics to identify new commercial opportunities for Trakm8, and to help the business further sharpen its market-leading offering.”

John Watkins, executive chairman at Trakm8, said: "The appointment of Penny Searles as a new non-exec director at Trakm8 is a real statement of intent for our ambitious growth plans for the business. Penny is a formidable name in the industry, having founded – and led – some of the sector’s most innovative and exciting start-ups.

“It’s an exciting time at Trakm8, with a number of high-profile contract wins and new product launches, and Penny’s appointment is very much a part of that. This appointment also furthers our diversity at board level, with just 15% of AIM companies’ Directors being female.”

Menzies Distribution appoints Stuart Warriner as new strategic advisor to the Board

Menzies Distribution has announced the appointment of Stuart Warriner as a strategic advisor to the Board.

Warriner will be responsible for helping Menzies drive it's growth strategy both through acquisitions and organically.

He brings a wealth of experience to the role having spent over 30 years in corporate finance at PwC, with 18 of those as a partner across the Leeds, Manchester and London offices.

Warriner is now a managing director at GCA Altium and holds a number of non-executive director positions.

Stuart Warriner, strategic advisor at Menzies Distribution, said: "I am excited by the opportunity to work with Menzies Distribution. The Board have developed a really interesting buy and build strategy as part of their growth plans and I look forward to helping with those plans."

Greg Michael, chief executive at Menzies Distribution, said: "Stuart brings a wealth of M&A knowledge and experience at an exciting time for the business, demonstrating our shareholder commitment to our buy and build strategy that we are actively pursuing to deliver a truly national capability in our chosen newstrade, retail logistics and parcels markets."

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