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Speaker line-up revealed for VRA’s ‘2020 Vision’ seminar

Next month’s ‘2020 Vision’ seminar from the Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) will boast a top line-up of speakers to help fleet and automotive industry delegates deal with coming challenges.

Paul Marchment, SME development manager at Arval

Paul Marchment, senior business manager at Arval, will talk on How Hydrogen is Developing

Already at capacity, the event will see around 150 plus industry professionals attend The Slate at Warwick University on Wednesday 27 November.

The day will start with a talk from Justin Benson, UK head of automotive, KPMG, on The Economy in 2020, followed by Rob Severs, VP data and insight, iVendi on How Online Motor Retail Will Develop in the Year Ahead, and Louisa Bell, general manager UK, Avis Budget Group on From Ownership to Usership.

Nora Leggett, head of member services, BVRLA will speak on The Latest Thinking on Inspection Standards; Paul Marchment, senior business manager, Arval on How Hydrogen is Developing; and Paul Jennings, lead for connected and autonomous vehicles, WMG on Future Mobility, The Opportunities and the Challenges.

They will be followed by Max Stolton, industry manager, Google, on Consumer Buying Behaviour and Matt Freeman, managing consultant at CAP HPI Consulting on EV and Hybrid Volumes in the Next Five Years.

Finally, there will be two head-to-head debate sessions with David Bailey, Professor of Business Economics at Birmingham Business School and specialist motor industry journalist Neil Winton looking at Brexit – Opportunity or Disaster? The second debate will examine the question, Auto Retail in 2020 – Potential Minefield or Unique Opportunity?

Sam Watkins, chair at the VRA, said: “The used car and van sectors are facing levels of change and disruption that have been not been seen for many, many years – perhaps ever. In the short to medium term, there are the effects of Brexit and possible recession to consider, the rise of EVs and mobility, and greater use of online retailing. Looking further ahead, there are hydrogen cars, autonomous vehicles, new charging technologies and more.

“We have speakers covering all of these subjects and more during 2020 Vision in a format that is designed to be fast and informative, providing as much information as possible within a day to our members and other delegates ranging from fleets to manufacturers and dealers to leasing companies. It should be a fascinating day.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.