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.
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.”