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Marshall Leasing MD becomes new BVRLA chairman

The role will see Cakebread actively involved in representing the interests of all members – both large and small – and helping to ensure the future health of the industry. He takes over from Hertz’s Neil Cunningham, who has stepped down after completing his two-year term.

Cakebread brings a career in the leasing industry spanning more than 30 years and has been a Committee member of the BVRLA for over 10 of those. From 2007-2009 he was chairman of the Leasing and Fleet Management Committee, before becoming BVRLA vice-chairman in May last year.

He commented: ‘The industry is regularly being bombarded with new demands and regulations from the Government, some of which have the potential to be quite damaging. This is where the BVRLA has a vital role to play – lobbying the government in order to represent members’ interests and drive forward change.

‘Marshall Leasing itself is one of the association’s smaller members and so I’m very aware of the challenges, as well as the opportunities, that smaller companies in the industry are facing at the moment. I want to ensure that large and small members, across both rental and leasing, have their needs recognised and are supported by the association.’

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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.