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The Vertu Group Fleet team is made up of fleet professionals from across the Vertu Motors Group. We have pooled a wealth of experience from manufacturers, large UK dealer groups and major funding companies. 

So for businesses with fleets of over 25 vehicles, we can connect you with the right team to support your strategy and allow you to focus more of your time on the other areas of your business.


Jonathan Snelson

Group Fleet Director
Vertu Motors

Mobile: 07889 665165

Jonathan has been with the company since 2016, joining as fleet director for Volkwagen/Audi, Nissan and Renault before taking on his current role in 2018. Prior to this, he held senior roles within L and L Automotive and Sytner Group.

Debbie Lowdon

General Manager
Vertu Group Fleet

Tel: 0191 3573246
Mobile: 07436 794332

Debbie has worked in the fleet industry for over 20 years. From regional roles across a number of well-known dealer groups Debbie is now the general manager of the Vertu group fleet division providing invaluable support to our customers a wider group team.

Justin Shipley

Head of Tactical and Fleet Sales
Vertu Motors

Mobile: 07483 164088

Justin has over 20 years’ automotive experience, the last seven of which have been in the leasing sector. He has held senior positions within the Mercedes Benz dealer network in retail sales and prior to coming to the group he had senior positions with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions.

Paul Bamford

Divisional Corporate Sales Manager
Farnell Jaguar Land Rover

Mobile: 07483 136717

Paul has worked in the automotive industry since 1999 and has amassed experience in retail and fleet. For the last 10 years, Paul has focussed on supporting businesses with their fleet acquisition and management with senior position in large UK dealer groups. Paul has been with the Vertu group in the Jaguar Land Rover division for over three years.

Damien Rigby

Fleet Director
Vertu Mercedes-Benz

Tel: 03300 425007
Mobile: 07483 334414

Damien has more than 18 years’ experience working in the fleet industry, with 12 specifically in the leasing market. Prior to joining the Group, he held several senior positions across six years at Mercedes-Benz UK and most recently, strategic business manager at Arval.

Brian Naughton

Fleet and Commercial Sales Director
Bristol Street Motors Ford, Birmingham

Tel: 0121 6665008
Mobile: 07889 170253

Brian is the leading commercial vehicle fleet specialist in the group, if not the UK, with nearly 30 years’ experience. He has grown our Birmingham Ford Commercial site in to one of the biggest in the UK. Keeping our customers’ commercial vehicles on the road is at the heart of everything he does.

Debbie Dankowycz

General Manager
Bristol Street Motors Nissan & Renault Fleet

Tel: 01274 514444
Mobile: 07929 851071

Debbie has been working with businesses to support their fleet needs for nearly 40 years. She joined Bristol Street Motors in 2012 and has been with us ever since. She now leads the fleet teams under the Nissan and Renault brands.

Andrew White

Group Corporate Sales Manager
Vertu Motors Honda & Vertu Motors Kia

Mobile: 07714 223613

Andrew has worked in our Honda division for more than 18 years and has added the Kia brand recently. Since 2005 Andrew has been working directly with businesses of all sizes creating solutions for their fleet challenges.

Hugh Morris

Fleet Operations Manager
Bristol Street Motors Peugeot & Hyundai

Tel: 01608 737349
Mobile: 07483 335454

Hugh is our lead car and commercial vehicle expert working under the Peugeot and Hyundai brands within Bristol Street Motors. His experience has been gained working for a number of large regional dealer groups but for the last 8 years he has been a key part of the Vertu fleet team.

Iain McLennan

Fleet Director
Vertu BMW/Mini

Mobile: 07929 657579

Iain joined Vertu Group Fleet team in 2021 following a 20-year career spanning dealership-based fleet roles and latterly executive leadership in the leasing industry. Iain will combine this experience to lead our BMW/Mini fleet teams.

Rachel Smith

Fleet Manager
Vertu Volkswagen

Tel: 0113 3827627
Mobile: 07973 136418

Rachel is one of our most experienced fleet managers with over 20 years' experience. She joined Vertu Motors in 2020 bringing a wealth of experience working with premium manaufacturer brands in a national dealer network.

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