Senior recruitment drive at Close Motor Finance leads to four key appointments

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Close Motor Finance, part of Close Brothers Group plc, has announced the appointment of four new senior management personnel as part of a major investment in its UK and Ireland operations. 

The company has hired Richard Parr as senior head of marketing, John Kelly as director of analysis and decision support, Andrew Sproston as director of partnerships and Sean Mayman as director of national sales.

From the company’s Doncaster, UK, headquarters, the four appointments will manage and promote the growth of Close Motor Finance, continuing to build its network of dealers across the British Isles.

“These are strategic appointments that underpin our ambitions for growth,” explained Paul Kaye, sales and marketing director of Close Motor Finance.

“The increased appetite for motor finance throughout the UK and Ireland is driving our plans for growth and recruitment, and we believe that this ongoing investment in our business will continue to set us apart from our competitors.”

In his new role Richard Parr will be responsible for developing Close Motor Finance’s marketing strategy and further improving communication channels between the company, their dealer partners and consumers.

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Richard Parr

As director of analysis and decision support, John Kelly will design and implement business programs, assessing the impact of new regulations within the industry and managing the company’s plans for business performance.

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John Kelly

Andrew Sproston, the company’s new director of partnerships will identify opportunities for growth and service improvement, focusing initially on the successful Close Brothers Military Service team and First Auto Finance, a partner of Close Motor Finance in the Republic of Ireland.

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Andrew Sproston

In his position as director of national sales, Sean Mayman will manage the company’s performance targets, overseeing income and profit schedules, and he will also work to ensure Close Motor Finance’s dealer partners receive increased support throughout the updated FCA permissions process.

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Sean Mayman

Kaye added: “Richard, John, Andrew and Sean offer an unrivalled level of experience in their respective fields and there’s no doubt that their expertise and knowledge of the motor finance industry will be a benefit to both the company and to our dealers and customers.”

The jobs announcement follows the launch of Close Motor Finance’s dedicated motorcycle division in 2014, another significant investment aimed at further improving the service provided to the company’s motorcycle dealer partners.

The company now employs 400 staff across 15 sites in the UK and Ireland. It provides finance for new and used cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles in partnership with over 8,000 dealerships across the UK.