Lookers director of group operations takes ‘trip’

Lookers’ director of group operations Paul Bentley has revealed that he’s taking “trip” to pin-point his subsequent problem after departing the AM100 automotive retail PLC.

Bentley ended an 18 12 months stint at Lookers on Friday to pause what has been a 40-year profession within the motor trade.

Taking to LinkedIn to share information of the transfer, he mentioned: “I made a decision to take a while out and do some travelling earlier than deciding what I’ll do subsequent.

“I’ve labored with superb folks, each inside and out of doors of Lookers and I’ve indubitably discovered a lot.”

In sharing information of his departure Bentley revealed a picture of a Manchester Night Information article detailing his appointment from GE Capital Woodchester again in 2004.

He was initially appointed as finance and insurance coverage director after labored with the automotive retail group.

Lookers, profiled by AM earlier this 12 months, final week introduced that Robin Churchouse had been appointed chair of the board of its subsidiary Lookers Motor Group Ltd.

In an announcement issued through the London Inventory Trade it additionally introduced adjustments to its PLC board.

Whereas Paul Van der Burgh and Sue Farr stay on the board, Victoria Mitchell and Deborah Sherry will step down on the finish of the 12 months, Lookers mentioned.

An announcement issued by Lookers, in relation to Mitchell and Sherry’s departure, mentioned: “The Board thanks them each for his or her contributions to Lookers and needs them the perfect for the longer term.”

Lookers not too long ago posted a greater than anticipated first half (H1) of the 12 months efficiency with underlying revenue earlier than tax reaching £47.2 million.

This was down by 5.6% year-on-year from £50m, though the group mentioned the identical interval in 2021 benefited from £12.7m of Authorities assist.

The consequence additionally outperformed Lookers’ personal H1 2022 expectations again in June, the place it mentioned it was anticipating to put up a earnings of round £45m for H1 this 12 months.

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