LEADING automotive retailer Hendy has made two key operational board appointments in a milestone year for the company.
Hendy, which is marking 160 years in business in 2019, is now a £1billion turnover company and has 2,000 members of staff running 26 franchises from 83 outlets in the south.
Chief operating officer Simon Bottomley said the appointments of Sarah Martyn and Pete Walker would reinforce the operational board as the company continues to develop and expand.
He said: ‘People are at the very heart of our operations and we are delighted to have Sarah and Pete as part of the operational board.
‘Their expertise complements that of existing Hendy members and puts us on an extremely strong footing for the future.’
Sarah joins Hendy as people director after enjoying a career as a senior HR leader for almost 20 years. She says her experience in a wide range of different sectors gives her a good background for the future of Hendy.
‘With more than 2,000 colleagues in the business, it’s important to build people capability for the future of Hendy as the group continues to evolve,’ she said. ‘There is a strong connection between colleagues and customer experience and building on this will be integral to my new role.’
Pete joined Westover in 2004 and was its group operations director for service, parts and quality before this appointment to the role of group service director for Hendy. Hendy’s acquisition of Westover was completed earlier this year.
‘I’m really enjoying ensuring the whole company is integrated in its approach, processes and achievements,’ he said. ‘Everyone takes tremendous pride in their work and we are all committed to being an industry leader.’