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New head of fleet for VW Group UK

Volkswagen Group UK has appointed Martin Barrow-Starkey as head of group fleet services, effective 1 March, replacing Patrick McGillycuddy who moved to a new role at the start of February.

Martin Barrow-Starkey

Martin Barrow-Starkey, head of fleet at Volkswagen Group UK

Barrow-Starkey takes the position having joined the Group in 2011, previously serving as head of parts operations and head of sales operations at Skoda. Most recently, he headed the Volkswagen Group Retailer Learning Services team for the last two years, where he is said to have delivered record numbers of apprentices and qualified staff.

Reporting to Alistair Shields, group commercial services director, his new role will include ongoing development of Group Fleet, including bolstering the brand-specific fleet teams and rolling out the new demonstrator programmes and Business Centre Contracts.

Shields said: “I’m looking forward to seeing the successful development of this key element of our UK operations.”

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Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.