Having worked for Hitachi
Capital Vehicle Solutions for 25 years, Simon Oliphant has been involved with the BVRLA since joining the Leasing and Fleet Management Committee in 2001. He became Chairman of the same committee after a decade, and joined the BVRLA's Committee of Management in 2011.
"I am delighted with my new position at the BVRLA, which gives me the opportunity to put something back into the industry I have been associated with for more than 30 years. As Chairman, my first priority is to ensure we continue the excellent work that has been overseen by Peter, Gerry and the BVRLA's other committee members," said Simon.
"My career at Hitachi has given me the opportunity to work with small, medium and large companies in different roles. This makes me ideally placed to work with all BVRLA members and fully represent its diverse membership, which continues to grow across each sector."
Simon has already identified some priorities in his new position. "I'd like to develop stronger relationships with the newly-formed government around key issues such as taxation, safety, the environment and technology, enhancing the BVRLA's authoritative voice. I am also passionate about training and development, and would like to see the BVRLA play a bigger role in this."
Elsewhere in the BVRLA, Mike Potter of Fleet Drive has replaced PHVC's Paul Huxford as Chairman of the association's Leasing Broker Committee.
"It is great to welcome these new faces to the association, because we certainly have some challenges for them to focus on," said BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney. "We are also grateful to outgoing committee members whose efforts have helped steer the BVRLA in recent years."