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Industry jobs: Latest roles filled at FMG, Kura and Cinch


Jason Tripp announced MD of FMG Repair Services

Redde Northgate has announced that Jason Tripp will welcome the new managing director of FMG Repair Services (formerly Nationwide Accident Repair Services).  

Tripp will lead business forward as part of the wider group, further to its acquisition by Redde Northgate in September 2020.  https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2015/08/20/fmg-accident-management-acquired-for-432m

He joins FMG Repair Services from claims management and insurance product specialist Coplus, bringing more than 20 years of experience of insurance claims and operational experience to the role.

The wholly owned network will be closely aligned to FMG Support, ta provider of fleet incident management and specialist vehicle recovery services, but run as a separate trading entity, with Tripp heading up the repair business.

He said: “I’m excited at the prospect of joining FMG Repair Services at such an important point in its history, shortly after becoming part of Redde Northgate.

“2020 was certainly a challenging year for the business and its colleagues, and I look forward now to working with the team to build towards a new future.

“The business has huge long-term potential, and its people are well-known in the industry as some of the best experts in their field. I can’t wait to get started.”

Harvey Stead, MD of Redde Businesses, who has been leading the early integration of the business into Redde Northgate, added: “Welcoming Jason as MD of FMG Repair Services marks the start of a new chapter in the Nationwide/FMG Repair Services story as we continue to plan and structure the business to best contribute to, and benefit from, being part of a group providing end-to-end mobility services for customers.

“We’re delighted to have him join us to take the business forward.”

Kura appoints new sales and marketing director

Kura has appointed Glen Hyde as its new sales and marketing director, bringing almost a decade’s experience in senior roles across the education and technology sectors, having built, developed and led teams for major businesses in these industries.

Hyde has been appointed with the remit of expanding Kura’s footprint across the education and corporate transport sectors, promoting the numerous benefits offered by shared Home-to-School and Home-to-Work shuttle transport services.

Since launching in September 2019, Kura has consistently grown both its service offering and customer base, winning multiple awards and enabling green, socially-distanced journeys for schools and businesses across the country.

Kura aims to become the leading supplier of corporate shuttle services.

Hyde said: “I’m excited to be joining Kura which matches my aspirations and ambitions for the sector.

“The business has been making waves in the education and corporate transport industries for some time now and, with the technology, infrastructure and expertise Kura already has in place, it is now poised to develop into the true market leader in this space.”

Godfrey Ryan, CEO of Kura, added: “We’ve identified the market opportunity that exists to grow our new technology only offering and create a corporate strategy to allow us to deliver that.

“Glen will be crucial in the delivery and successful implementation of these plans, allowing us to add true value to both our operator partners and the schools and businesses we work with.

“Particularly in the current climate, the way in which we transport ourselves is in dire need of new, innovative solutions that benefit all – a solution this appointment, and renewed brand focus, will allow us to provide.”

Cinch appoints new chief customer officer


Cinch has announced the appointment of Robert Bridge as its new chief customer officer.  

Bridge brings more than 20 years digital experience having held leadership roles at Yahoo, The Telegraph and Childs Farm.

At Cinch he will be focused on cinch’s marketing and customer experience activities.

At Yahoo, he was vice president of international marketing and editorial, where he had responsibility for all marketing and content in more than 20 countries.

At The Telegraph, he was the chief customer officer with a remit that encompassed marketing, brand management, subscriptions, design and UX, data and insight, and customer experience initiatives. 

Most recently he was CEO of Childs Farm, the UK’s leading children’s toiletries brand, where he led them on a digital and ecommerce transformation. 

Avril Palmer-Baunack, chairman of Constellation Automotive Group, Cinch’s owners, said: “We are delighted to have Robert join the team as we look to further our rapid growth and extend the reach of the cinch brand across the UK.”

Bridge added: “I’m extremely excited to join such a dynamic, technology-led, consumer-centric business.

“At a time when people are evermore online, cinch’s ability to deliver world class digital experiences and enable quality used cars to be bought online and delivered to your door, faff free, is ground-breaking.”  

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