Workbench Logo
Workbench Logo
Workbench Logo
Workbench Logo
Workbench Logo

Fleet industry pioneer Bryan Phillimore passes away

Bryan Phillimore, credited as a pioneer in the fleet, used car and leasing industries, has died aged 82 following a lengthy illness.

Bryan Phillimore, former MD of Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA), has died following a lengthy illness

Bryan Phillimore, former MD of Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA), has died following a lengthy illness

Phillimore was the former MD of UK motor industry consultancy Aplin Phillimore Associates (APA) and helped launch brands including Network Q, Ford RapidFit and Network Rentals over a 20-year period.

APA is also said to have played a leading role in popularising leasing as a preferred funding option for major fleets, and set up and ran national VM Contract Hire and leasing businesses for PSA, Opel, Forward Trust/Fiat-Lancia, Iveco Trucks, Ford Credit/Ford.

APA also formulated the UK motor industry standards for national local business user and national fleet programmes and assisted VMs in setting up many national dealer networks including Renault, Austin-Rover, Fiat/Lancia, Peugeot and Vauxhall.

Born in east London, Bryan was an ex-Royal Marine who saw active service in Suez and also spent many years at Ford before his work at APA.

Former APA chairman Tony Aplin said: “Bryan was a one-off and whilst a low-key guy, was a top-class long term strategic thinker who was also a brilliant refiner of new innovative ideas and early stage concepts. People like Bryan Phillimore are rare indeed.”

For more of the latest industry news, click here.

Related Post

Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.