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Manheim appoints new managers for its South-East auction centres

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Manheim team members Dean Ashworth and John Fletcher

Manheim has announced two new appointments to its auction centre management team.

The Cox Automotive business has welcomed Dean Ashworth and John Fletcher as General Managers of its auction centres in Colchester and Wimbledon respectively.

Ashworth joins the business after an 18 year career with Inchcape Retail, where he held a number of roles as Head of Business and General Manager, representing brands including Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi.

At Manheim Colchester, Ashworth will take responsibility for the leadership of Manheim’s four-lane auction centre and its 200 strong team. As Manheim’s largest auction centre, Colchester holds three regular auctions per week as well as a number of stand-alone events, and sells more than 6,000 vehicles a month. 

Ashworth commented: “Manheim is a great place to work with a highly attractive heritage and culture. I’m excited to join the business as it advances its digital strategy, and I look forward to working with the rest of the leadership team to deliver an innovative, blended approach that will offer more flexibility to our buyers, and great results for our vendors.”

Fletcher joins Manheim from Kwik Fit where he held the role of Regional Manager, responsible for 15 of the business’ largest volume centres.

Having joined the automotive industry as an apprentice motor mechanic, Fletcher began his management career with Ford, and has also held management roles with Halfords Auto Centres and Euro Car Parts.

As General Manager at Wimbledon, Fletcher is responsible for building on the centre’s strong reputation in the South-East and delivering its ambitious growth plans.

Speaking about his new role, Fletcher said: “In joining Manheim, I’ve found a business that shares my personal values.”

“At Wimbledon, our customers range from small independent dealers to remarketing managers for large dealer groups and fleets. The auction centre plays an important role in the success of all these businesses, and I look forward to helping our customers achieve their remarketing goals.” 

Peter Bell, MD at Manheim, added: “I am delighted to welcome Dean and John to our auction leadership team. Both have a wealth of experience in senior roles within automotive, and I’m extremely pleased to have them on board as we focus on ensuring that we continue to deliver a high-quality experience, tailored to the needs of new and existing Manheim customers.”

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