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Northgate appoints new UK operations director

Speakman will lead the operational planning for the business and will be responsible for all branch, rental and workshop operations as well as the customer support centre in Darlington.

Speakman said: “Northgate is in a strong market position. In my new role, I look forward to being given the opportunity to grow an area of the business where there is enormous commercial potential. I plan to build on a really strong branch network where collectively they are the trusted partners of all our customers across the UK. We will continue to focus on delivering great customer service and building on a really strong net promoter score. By doing this I am sure we can support not just the growth of Northgate, but that of our customers’ businesses too.”

Speakman has worked in supply chain for over 20 years across multiple industry sectors within start-up, turnaround and rapid change environments.

He joins Northgate from Maxeda DIY Group in the Benelux, where he held the role of group logistics director for over three years. Prior to this, he held senior positions at DHL and before his career in operations and logistics, he served in the Royal Navy. 

Commenting on his appointment, Eddie Aston, Northgate managing director, said: “In order to achieve our business objectives we need to add additional operational skills and experience to the team. Mike is operationally and commercially astute and a great builder of teams and talent, I am looking forward to him bringing his wealth of experience to Northgate.” 

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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