Press Release

Marc Holding promoted to Managing Director

Marc Holding promoted to Managing Director

It is with great pleasure that The Vella Group announces the appointment of Marc Holding to the position of Managing Director, as part of the business' ongoing growth and development plan.

As one of the UK's leading repairers, The Vella Group has enjoyed great success over its 32 year history. The last few years have been particularly productive for the Group, with many long term projects bearing fruit. In partnership with AutoRaise and Blackpool & The Fylde College, the Group is starting a dozen new apprentices along the path to successful careers in the repair industry. Working with forward thinking Pure VC, the business is rolling out its extensive rebrand over the coming months. Whilst delivering several innovative internal ICT projects to lay the foundation for the company's digital strategy, the business has also engaged in a number of pilots with progressive partners across the industry; all of which highlight the continuing investments made by the Group and its ambitious plans for future development.

Before joining The Vella Group, Marc has built a successful career leading finance functions for high profile businesses Howard Basford and Genus plc. Having brought valuable experience and perspective to The Vella Group as Finance Director over the last four years, Marc has spearheaded the company's successful business transformation initiative and set the stage for its ongoing evolution.

As Managing Director, Marc will continue to ensure that the current drive for innovation and development goes from strength to strength, while embracing the long standing values that have established the company's reputation for credibility, trust and industry expertise.

With the recent launch of The Vella Group's people plan, Above and Beyond, Marc has shown his commitment to continue investing in the Vella team and ensuring the business remains a great place to work. While still in its early stages, initiatives such as the company newsletter, Konnect, and Reward Scheme have been well received, with the rollout of The Vella Group Learning and Development Programme commencing soon.

Marc is looking forward to building upon the excellent relationships the business has with its customers and suppliers, working in partnership to foster a positive and transparent environment that brings value to all aspects of the supply chain.

The Group has invested heavily the past few years in developing a strong leadership and support team that, with the ongoing guidance of Karl and the Board, will work closely with Marc in ensuring the business' drive for continuous improvement delivers a collaborative and agile service that meets the changing needs and demands of its customers.

The Vella Group's Executive Chairman, Karl Vella MBE, comments 'The company's ability to attract people of Marc's calibre is a strong endorsement of the Group's strategy and vision. This appointment reflects the evolution of the business, whilst staying faithful to the core values that have defined who we are these past three decades.

Marc and I have built up a great relationship over the last four years; his passion for our Industry and, more importantly the ongoing success of this business, makes this appointment an easy one. Marc has the right mix of corporate polish, industry grit and good old common sense that I know will see him achieve every success in his new post. The leadership and ongoing development he has shown with our support functions has made them second to none and I look forward to seeing this cascade across our wider business.

Personally, I am still as passionate and involved as ever with both the business and the industry, and with the great team we have here. I'm confident the business is in a place where I can hand over the day to day responsibility to Marc whilst I, with the ongoing support of Barry Whittles in the capacity of Non-Executive Director, continue to ensure the company maintains a balance between ambitious expansion and sustainable progress'.

Marc Holding added 'The Vella Group has a deserved reputation in the industry for quality and integrity, and the current landscape in the industry is one that is full of opportunities for positive change. I have been privileged to work alongside some of the industry's best, at both Howard Basford and now here at The Vella Group. In fact, there can't be many people out there who have had the chance to learn from 3 Industry Knight winners!

Working with Tracy, Nick and Neil gave me a great grounding in the industry, and although I enjoyed my time at Genus, I always had a longing to return to the Accident Repair Industry. When the chance arose to join a business as iconic as The Vella Group, I felt it was an opportunity not to miss. The last four years have flown by and the business is in a great position to kick on again. Being offered the role of Managing Director at a company as prestigious as this is a huge honour and shows the trust Karl has in myself and the team here. I am very much looking forward to continuing my strong and longstanding working relationship with Mike Sarsfield, building upon the guidance I have received from Barry the past 2 years, and benefitting from the ongoing support of Karl's considerable experience and leadership.

I believe there is no monopoly on good ideas and with an industry as full of knowledge and valuable experience as this, over the coming months I will be dedicating time to discuss my new role and our future plans with all of our stakeholders; customers, suppliers and The Vella Group team.


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