The Vehicle Remarketing Association (VRA) has announced the election of Philip Nothard as its new chair, and Rupert Pontin as its new deputy chair.

Nothard has spent 30 years working in the used car sector, and is currently insight and strategy director at Cox Automotive, having previously held key positions at Cap HPI as well as other senior roles.

He succeeds Sam Watkins, who has spent two years as VRA chair.

Nothard said: “My first job as chair is to thank Sam for the excellent work she has done over the last two years, helping to raise the profile of the VRA and guide it through what have been some unavoidably turbulent times.

“I will be looking to build on the work she has started. With the support of the board, my aim is to provide the help and advice that the remarketing sector needs as it deals with the effects of the pandemic, Brexit and a host of other issues.

“The VRA has been very proactive over the last nine months and our members have been extremely supportive of each other, freely sharing new information and best practice. This spirit of co-operation is very important.”

Watkins said: “I’ve very much enjoyed my tenure but this feels like the right moment to step down. My objectives were to grow the VRA membership through providing relevant and valuable content and support, as well as to increase our financial security, and much progress has been made in both of those areas.

“The VRA remains in very capable hands, with a new chair, vice chair and established board members who bring a great deal of positive energy and experience, and I also plan to continue to contribute as a board member.”

New deputy chair Pontin is currently director of insight at Cazana, and has previously held senior roles at companies including Glass’s, The Car Shop and BCA, as well as running his own motor retail business.

He said: “I’m very much looking forward to working with Philip and the board. This is a turbulent time for the remarketing sector and I believe that the VRA is more important than ever in its role supporting industry professionals.”