Optare plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Tim Matthews as UK Retail Sales Manager of Optare effective from 2nd June 2014. Mr Matthews’ will report to John Horn, UK Sales Director.
Mr. Matthews’ involvement in the bus industry began in 1993 working for Autobus Classique, which was purchased by Optare in 1996. As part of the manufacturing team Tim was Materials Manager responsible for all purchasing and logistics at the Optare Rotherham site.
In 2000 Tim moved to Mistral Group as Northern Sales Manager covering the sales and rental function. In 2004 he became Regional Director and then in 2009 Sales Director responsible for sales of new, ex fleet and part exchange vehicles. As part of this role, Tim acted as a sales agent for Optare renting Solo, Versa and Tempo’s, and Wrightbus, Streetlites and latterly Alexander Dennis, selling and renting Enviro 200 vehicles to the retail market.
Speaking of Mr Matthews’ appointment to Optare Sales, David Siviero Sales, Marketing and Service Director of Optare, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Tim to his new role in the company. He brings with him a wealth of sales, rental & finance experience to the role and has particularly strong connections across the independent sector. Tim’s appointment will strengthen the commercial team and support the company in achieving growth in the UK.
Speaking of his new role as, UK Retail Sales Manager of Optare, Mr Matthews said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of rejoining Optare in new role and helping to expand the market share. I believe Optare have some fantastic fuel efficient products and I can’t wait to get them in front of customers old and new to discuss the benefits.
I also hope to use my own experience to help expand and solidify Optare’s presence in the UK market, where it is already achieving encouraging results.”
For further information please contact:
Rebecca Green, Marketing Co-ordinator
T: +44 (0) 7810 158 415