Gary Dawkins, former
sales manager at Fortis Lease, will lead asset finance broker
Capitas Finance’s new vehicle financing subsidiary, Capitas Vehicle
Finance Ltd (CVF), taking a shareholding in the business in the
Having developed experience of funding prestige vehicles at Fortis,
Hawkins will develop CVF’s offering to dealers looking to finance
cars for high net worth customers.
“It’s the end of the market where there remains a real need for the
expertise and flexibility a broker can offer,” Hawkins said.
He added that CVF will look to offer variable rate deals through
dealers, and will use more than one of Capitas Finance’s asset
finance lenders for credit.
Capitas Finance managing director Jeremy Hartill said: “Gary brings
22 years of experience, a proven track record and established
market reputation. Our new subsidiary provides both commercial and
high net worth consumer funding and Gary will specialise in retail
paper funding.”
Co-director Simon Brook added: “We expect Gary to enhance the
Capitas team immediately and further improve our competitive
position in the automotive finance marketplace. We envisage he will
provide a major impetus to our UK growth plans.”
Those plans include the recent signing by CVF of an agreement to
provide £2.5m of retail funding to a top 14 UK dealer this



Scott Michael has
been appointed as Citroën’s commercial vehicle operations manager,
reporting to Martin Hamill, head of commercial vehicles and
business sector. Michael replaces Robert Handyside
who has been promoted within Citroën to the Paris-based position of
B2B development manager. Michael takes up his new role after three
years as Citroën’s commercial vehicle sales manager.
Chris Jones has been appointed to Michael’s former position of
commercial vehicle sales manager.


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