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Peter Lawton joins SMMT as aftermarket development manager

Lawton brings nearly 15 years’ experience as an automotive journalist of which he spent the last three years as editor of CAT (Car and Accessory Trader) magazine.

Chief executive Mike Hawes said: ‘The aftermarket is one of the most diverse and dynamic business areas we have in the UK automotive industry. Peter's existing relationships with the sector and knowledge of the issues it faces will allow SMMT to enhance its aftermarket activities and offer an ever-improving service to our members.’

Peter Lawton said: ‘I'm thrilled to be joining SMMT and look forward to helping the sector go from strength to strength. While I'm sad to be leaving CAT, I'm very pleased that I'm staying in the aftermarket and relish the opportunity to continue working with its fantastic people and businesses.’

Lawton replaces Wendy Williamson who is joining the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) as chief executive.

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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.