– UK, Darlington –  Northgate Plc (LON: NTG), the leading specialist in light commercial vehicle hire in the UK, Spain and Ireland, today announced the appointment of Avril Palmer-Baunack as Non-Executive Chairman with immediate effect.

Avril has more than 25 years’ experience in leading businesses in the automotive industry in a number of senior Executive and Non-Executive roles.

Kevin Bradshaw, CEO Northgate, commented, “I am delighted to welcome Avril to the Board, and I look forward to working closely with her as she joins the Northgate team. Avril’s skills and experience will be invaluable as we continue to evolve the Group’s strategy. I would like to thank Bill for his support as interim Chairman during these past few months.”

Bill Spencer, Senior Independent Director of Northgate, commented, “Having completed a thorough search to find a high-quality Chairman for the business, I would like to welcome Avril to the Board of Northgate. She brings a wide range of industry experience and a demonstrable track record in delivering shareholder value.”

About Avril Palmer-Baunack

Avril Palmer-Baunack is currently Executive Chairman of BCA Marketplace, Europe’s leading automotive marketplace and solutions provider, a position she has held since July 2014.

Since February 2018 Avril Palmer-Baunack has also held the position of Non-Executive Chairman of Safe Harbour Holdings plc, the FTSE AIM-listed investment vehicle for assets in B2B distribution and services.

She has previously held roles as Non-Executive Chairman of Redde plc, Executive Chairman of Stobart Group, Chief Executive Officer of Autologic Holdings plc and of Universal Salvage plc.

Avril Palmer-Baunack, Non-Executive Chairman of Northgate, commented, “I look forward to working closely with Northgate’s Board and wider executive management team and to contributing to the business and its growth strategy.”

About Northgate

Northgate plc is the leading light commercial hire business in the UK, Spain and Ireland by fleet size and has been operating in the sector since 1981.

Northgate’s core business is the hire of light commercial vehicles to businesses on a flexible or minimum-term basis, giving customers the ability to manage their fleet requirements in a way which can adapt best to changing business needs.

For more information: https://www.northgateplc.com

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