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Greg Taylor takes managing director role at Essential Fleet Services

Essential Fleet Services has announced changes to its leadership team, including increased investment and involvement by chairman Andrew Cope and the appointment of Greg Taylor as managing director.


Greg Taylor (front) and many of the Essential team at the Lincoln head office.

Under the changes, Taylor will lead the board and is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the business. He joined the business in June 2016 as commercial director with over 20 years’ senior leadership experience in the contract hire and leasing industry including as operations director at ALD Automotive.

Mark Gallimore will replace Taylor as commercial director from 3 April and brings over a decade’s experience of the contract hire and leasing industry from various roles at Alphabet including his current positions as general manager, sales.

In addition, chairman Andrew Cope has significantly increased his investment in the business and since January has been taking an active role as executive chairman. Cope was previously founder and chairman at Zenith and more recently executive chairman and owner at FMG.

The changes follow the recent departure of CEO Ray O’Toole and come as the company reports a number of major contract wins since the start of 2017, including Harlow Borough Council, Cardiff City Council, Milton Keynes Education Trust and Ayton Products.

Greg Taylor commented: “I’m really excited to be leading Essential Fleet at a time of operational transformation and growth. There is no doubt that this business is now delivering on its great potential. I’m confident that investment in our people, operating sites, technical expertise and owned rental assets will bring the continued success that we are all working so hard to achieve. Delivering value and service excellence to our customers is at the forefront of everything we do.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 14 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. Natalie works across the magazine portfolio and updates the company websites with daily news, interviews and road test content.

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