The Driving Doctor has welcomed Laurence Vaughan as Chairman of the company.
Laurence began his career with PwC in audit and consulting before joining a client as Financial Director. In 1993, he joined Sytner where as CEO, he led the team that grew the company from a single BMW dealership in Nottingham to a luxury car group when, in 1997, it listed on the London Stock Exchange. Sytner was bought by US-based Penske Group in 2002 and Laurence joined the main board before becoming Sytner’s non-executive Chairman. He remains on the board of Sytner which is now the largest automotive retailer in the UK. He is also Chairman of Catapult Ventures, Aston Barclay Vehicle Remarketing and SuperBike Factory. He holds a BA from Durham University and is a chartered accountant.
Commenting on the announcement, Laurence said, “I am delighted to be joining Paul Ripley and his team as Chairman of The Driving Doctor®. The company’s unique driver coaching software platform truly represents the missing link in the telematics value chain. Its significance to those organisations employing people who drive for work, insurance companies and those automotive OEMs who are keen to enhance their CRM programmes is momentous.”
In response, founder and CEO Paul Ripley stated, “Laurence brings a wealth of experience and expertise to The Driving Doctor® that will help drive and further develop the company and expand our business footprint across the automotive and insurance sectors. We are delighted to have a such an industry expert join the company as Chairman.”
Since the launch of The Driving Doctor®, the company has gained outstanding business traction for its groundbreaking use of telematics data capture. The Driving Doctor® product is a multi-award-winning proposition that is making significant inroads into the driver behaviour market with car and commercial vehicle fleets and insurance companies. The Driving Doctor’s® unique software translates real time telematics data into actionable insight and then converts this into expert driver feedback and coaching based on drivers’ needs. The product is delivered digitally and direct to each individual driver and provides a perpetual drip-feed of expert advice and safety insight. It also supports a company’s compliance requirements with duty of care and HSE Driving for Work legislation. In addition, a substantial reduction in fleet running costs (fuel and insurance) have already been achieved by The Driving Doctor’s® current customers, resulting in monthly savings of thousands of pounds.
In recognition of their innovational product, the company secured a variety of important accolades in 2018 including the BusinessCar Techies Award and the highly coveted BRAKE Fleet Safety Product Award.