Meet the team

The management team at CLM has many years’ proven experience and expertise in the fleet and associated industries.

John Kelly – Managing Director

One of the four founding directors, John has been with CLM for over 30 years and, with a background in manufacturer-based car and commercial vehicle management operations, has worked within the fleet industry for even longer. John leads the senior management team and is passionate about our people, our company and the relationships we have with our customers and supply partners.

Mike Thake – Operations Director

Mike has 12 years’ experience in the fleet industry, having been global process manager for Masterlease and managing director of HPI Fleet & Mobility (UK and Nordics), before joining CLM in 2014. Previously he held senior management roles with major corporates including Courtaulds, GKN, Lorien and Ericsson. In his current role, he is responsible for business transformation and integration, programme and risk management, process review and product leadership.

Chris Mitchinson – Director In-life Services

Chris joined CLM more than 16 years ago and has more than 30 years’ relevant fleet industry experience, having previously worked for BRS Car Lease and with Nissan UK. Chris is responsible for operational requirements across all client fleets and covering all operational aspects for vehicles during their ‘in-life’ stages.

Andy Short – Commercial Director

Andy Short joined the CLM team in 2015. With many years’ experience gained in a variety of motor industry orientated roles, he is responsible for the company’s client services activities as well as managing its supplier relationships with leasing companies and vehicle manufacturers. Previous employers include the Bank of Scotland, Masterlease and the RAC.

Debbie Baker – Head of Finance

Debbie joined CLM in 2001 as supervisor of the finance department. Now Head of Finance and a member of the management team, Debbie is responsible for the day to day running of the finance department, production of the monthly management accounts and VAT returns.

Nick Lingard – Manager, Fleet Operations

An experienced automotive executive who first joined the fleet industry in 1988, Nick has headed teams providing management services to national daily rental companies, corporate fleet clients and vehicle manufacturer replacement vehicle and demonstration programmes. Nick is responsible for internal account management, vehicle whole life costing, data management, supporting clients with car policy proposals and enhancing CLM’s value add solution delivery.

Kevin Harkin – Regional Sales Director

With almost 30 years’ experience in the fleet management, leasing and vehicle manufacturing space, Kevin is responsible for new business activities within CLM. He works with prospects to understand their specific needs, and address them by providing bespoke solutions and services. His knowledge and experience extends to all vehicle types including light and heavy commercial vehicles, as well as vehicle-mounted equipment and commercial trailers.