Martin Barrow-Starkey is to become Head of Group Fleet Services at Volkswagen Group UK, taking over from Patrick McGillycuddy who moves to a senior role within the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand in the UK.
Barrow-Starkey, who will take up his new position on 1 March, joins the Group Fleet Services function from the Volkswagen Group Retailer Learning Services team which he has headed for the last two years. During his tenure the Learning Services team at Volkswagen Group’s National Learning Centre in Wymbush, Milton Keynes, has delivered record breaking numbers of apprentices and qualified staff for the Group’s brands nationwide.
In his new role, Barrow-Starkey will be tasked with moving Group Fleet into a new phase of its development, including implementing the new Demonstrator and Business Centre Contracts and delivering high quality services to the Brand Fleet teams.
A Chartered Electrical Engineer, Barrow-Starkey has a broad range of business and leadership skills gained from 18 years working in multiple industries. He joined Volkswagen Group UK in 2011, carrying out roles as Head of Group Parts Operations and Head of Sales Operations in ŠKODA.
Barrow-Starkey will report to Alistair Shields, Group Commercial Services Director for the Volkswagen Group. Commenting on the appointment, Shields said: “I’m very happy to welcome Martin to the Group Fleet Services team at this exciting time for the business. He will be building on Patrick’s great work, and I’m looking forward to seeing the successful development of this key element of our UK operations.”
In 2017 Volkswagen Group UK sold 560,934* vehicles across its five brands, above half of which were fleet sales.