Press Release

Matt Dyer named as new BVRLA chairman

Release Date: 
18/05/2017

The BVRLA is pleased to announce Matt Dyer as the new chairman of the association. He takes over from Hitachi Capital Corporation’s Simon Oliphant, who has stepped down to the position of vice-chairman after completing a two-year term.

Matt has been with LeasePlan for over 20 years including roles with LeasePlan Corporation and LeasePlan International. He joined the BVRLA’s Committee of Management in August 2014, and was appointed to the position of vice-chairman in May 2016.

Commenting on his new position, Matt said: “As the new Chairman of the BVRLA, it is an honour to be in a position to drive positive change within the industry I have been associated with for more than 20 years. The BVRLA has been dealing with changes in the industry already with thoughtful and innovative ways and I will endeavour to help contribute to the purpose and vision of this group.”

“My first priority is to ensure we continue the excellent work that has been overseen by Simon, Gerry and the BVRLA’s committee members. The association has really grown in its presence in recent years, developing stronger relationships with government, enhancing its authoritative voice and growing its diverse membership.”

Matt has already identified some key aims in his new position. “I am looking forward to helping the association and our members navigate the dynamic mobility landscape we work within. We will be at the heart of the discussion on the big issues of the day – and whatever’s on the horizon; from the challenges surrounding air quality and emissions, to the opportunities surrounding connected data. Informing our members and helping them to understand the positive impact the sector can have underpins everything we do.”

Matt’s new role officially came into effect following the BVRLA’s AGM, which took place today. As BVRLA Chairman, Matt is responsible for leading the BVRLA Committee of Management – essentially its board of directors – which gained one more appointee today. Ian Tillbrook, Fleet Director at VW Financial Services, is now Chair of the BVRLA’s Leasing & Fleet Management Committee.

Elsewhere in the BVRLA, Spencer Blake of Wessex Fleet has replaced Fleetdrive’s Mike Potter as Chair of the association’s Leasing Broker Committee.

“I’m pleased that Matt is stepping up as Chairman of the association,” said BVRLA chief executive, Gerry Keaney. “His enthusiasm and experience will greatly benefit the BVRLA as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We must also acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Simon and all our outgoing committee members. Their efforts have helped steer the BVRLA in recent years, and we are very grateful.”