Cartime appoints ex-Hillendale boss Lee Collins as chairman

Manchester-based car supermarket Cartime has taken on Lee Collins as a non-executive chairman.

Collins has wide experience of motor retailing building up the £34.9m-turnover Lancashire based Hillendale dealer group before selling it to Vertu in 2014 for £8.9m.

Cartime wants to strengthen the operational efficiency of the supermarket, which has outlets in Bury and Rochdale.

Matt Kay, founder and CEO of cartime, said: “In recent years the business has grown significantly, we added Rochdale and the 4×4 Centre to our list of locations, whilst also dealing with significant ‘headwinds’ from the arrival of Covid.

“I recently invited Lee Collins to assist me and the management team in the further development of cartime.

“The aim is to improve operational efficiency to help maintain our profitably and improve customer satisfaction. I am pleased to say Lee has now joined the management team on a consultancy basis as non-executive chairman.

“He brings with him a huge amount of automotive experience, along with extensive Board Level experience, not least with Jaguar Land Rover, having served almost ten years on their Dealer Council as Regional Chairman and as the UK Sales Panel Chairman.”

Collins has spent 35 years in automotive, with Rover, Fiat, BMW, Land Rover & Jaguar franchises; starting his career as a car salesman at Lookers Austin Rover in Rochdale, before moving through sales management into senior management, before completing a management buyout of the franchise dealer group where he was then managing director.

Following his appointment, Lee said: “Matt and I have known each other for a while now, and it is good practice for rapidly growing businesses to seek the support of other experienced directors to help with their development, to ensure the owner of the business additional management support at senior level, when the demands on their time are excessive.

“To Matt’s credit, he had the vision and experience to create Cartime and now, to invite me to join the company during this growth phase, to ensure Cartime has the right management structure, process and procedures in place as it heads towards £100m in turnover.

Pictured (l to r) ae Lee Collins and Matt Kay.

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