Philip Nothard elected VRA chair with Rupert Pontin as deputy
Cox Automotive’s insight and strategy director Philip Nothard has been elected as the new chair of the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA).
He succeeds Sam Watkins, who has held the role for the last two year, and has a 30-year career in the used car sector, also including key positions at Cap HPI as well as other senior roles across the automotive sector.
Nothard said: “My first job as chair is to thank Sam for the excellent work she has done over the last two years, helping to raise the profile of the VRA and guide it through what have been some unavoidably turbulent times.
“I will be looking to build on the work she has started. With the support of the board, my aim is to provide the help and advice that the remarketing sector needs as it deals with the effects of the pandemic, Brexit and a host of other issues.
Nothard said his focus would be on continuing Watkins’ and the VRA’s work to support members.
“The VRA has been very proactive over the last nine months and our members have been extremely supportive of each other, freely sharing new information and best practice. This spirit of co-operation is very important.
Rupert Pontin has also been elected as deputy chair. Currently director of insight at Cazana, his background includes senior roles at companies including Glass’s, The Car Shop and British Car Auctions, as well as running his own motor retail business.
Pontin commented: “I’m very much looking forward to working with Philip and the board. This is a turbulent time for the remarketing sector and I believe that the VRA is more important than ever in its role supporting industry professionals.”