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Richard Kenning, Managing Director

Richard Kenning

Managing Director

Year Joined: 1986

Favourite Vehicle: See below, same answer. However, my old MGB Roadster was tops!

Favourite company car: whichever one at the time provides the best customer experience with the highest residual value and lowest whole life cost!

……and Why: There are very few bad vehicles these days and not a lot to tell between most, hence, the focus on what is best for the customer’s business

In the car, currently listening to: Radio 4 or, to avoid the Archers, Magic or Smooth.

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: Happily, they always compliment the GKL team in which the company takes great pride

Other interests: Cricket, squash, tennis, golf, gardening…….. strictly when business allows!

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John Stevenson, General Manager

John Stevenson

General Manager

Year Joined GKL: 1999.

Favourite Vehicle: Porsche 918 or Bugatti Veyron.

Favourite Company Car: BMW X5

….and Why: BMW X5 as a Sports Activity Vehicle  that offers all-round outstanding luxury, intelligent technologies, efficiency, dynamics, comfort and versatility to new levels, both on and off the road. Best driving car in terms of performance and handling was the BMW M3.

In the Car, currently listening to: Talksport or Planet Rock on DAB.

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: All things fleet related from cost to performance and reliability of a motor car.

Other Interests: UEFA Qualified Football Coach and support my son at the weekends in Junior Football and County Tennis. In addition when I have time I like to take part in national charity riding events on my mountain bike with friends and family.


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Tim Norton, General Manager South

Tim Norton

General Manager South

Year Joined GKL: 1991

Current Role: General Manager South

Favourite Vehicle: Range Rover Sport

Favourite Company Car: Range Rover Sport

….and Why: Ideal for those dodgy hills around High Wycombe

What is on the car radio: Radio 1

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: Our ability to source any demo

Other Interests: Football, cricket, motor racing, socialising

Why GKL in 20 words: Consistent approachable decision makers who enjoy our jobs and offer the level of service you expect to receive and beyond (consistently)

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Simon Blake, Accountant

Simon Blake


Year Joined GKL: 1994

Favourite Vehicle: Masserati

Favourite Company Car: Vw Passat Estate

….and Why: Its Brown !!!!

In the Car, currently listening to: Richard Hawley

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: n/a

Other Interests: Scouting, walking in the peak district.

Why GKL in 20 words: A flexible approach with a quick response.

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Peter Miller, Business Development Manager

Peter Miller

Business Development Manager

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Sam Young, Business Development Manager

Sam Young

Business Development Manager

Business Development – Westward Leasing – Bristol

Year Joined GKL: 2007

Favourite Vehicle: Shelby AC Cobra one of the original ones not the copy ones.

Favourite Company Car: Volvo XC90 T8 400 Rdesign

….and Why: 49gm co2/km, 0-62 in under 6 seconds, 9% BIK and big enough to carry a Rugby 7s team in a premium environment.

In the Car, currently listening to: Radio 1, Kiss or Radio 1 xtra or Absolute 90’s if I have DAB in between the 20 different traffic reports I get from every surrounding county except my own! Or Playlists on phone or USB.

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: New Powertrains, telematics, flexibility of contracts

Other Interests: The Future of transport, Formula 1, Rugby (Used to play), Mountain Biking, building and maintaining performance bicycles, Kit car ownership (Westfield S-Eight)

Why GKL in 20 words: Independent advice on financing and on vehicle choice with no hidden agenda. Our only agenda is our customer’s agenda.

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Danny Lee, Business Development Manager

Danny Lee

Business Development Manager

Business Development & Sales Retail

Year Joined GKL: 2001

Favourite Vehicle: Porsche 911 Turbo (Kahn Range Rover for every day use)

Favourite Company Car: VW CC

….and Why: Volkswagen CC why stylish but practical for a family car

In the Car, currently listening to: Sigma Glitterball

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: Price

Other Interests: Cricket

Why GKL in 20 words: family run with the personal touch, easy and quick to get decisions on under writing, staff with a vast amount off knowledge in the trade to be able to advise the right vehicle and deal

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James Kenning, Business Development Manager

James Kenning

Business Development Manager

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Mike Clatworthy, Business Development Manager

Mike Clatworthy

Business Development Manager

Year Joined GKL: 2018

Current Role: Business Development Manager

Favourite Vehicle: Bentley Continental GT

Favourite Company Car: Ford Escort Mk111 1984 –

….and Why: My First Company Car – Brand new to 100,000 miles in 24 months

What is on the car radio: Chris Evans Breakfast show

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: How can GKL help my Business?

Other Interests: F1 – motorsport. Walking, Aviation, and Narrow boats.

Why GKL in 20 words: Small enough to be personal, yet large enough to demand excellent manufacturer support

30+ years trading – The original Contract Hire & Leasing Company. We’ve learned a thing or 2 over the years!

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Natasha Smith, Rental Administrator

Natasha Smith

Rental Administrator

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Logan Naidoo, Retail Sales Manager

Logan Naidoo

Retail Sales Manager

Retail Sales Manager at GKL Direct – Forge Garage

Year joined GKL: 2015

Favourite Vehicle: Bugatti Veyron

Favourite Co Car: VW Passat CC Diesel – Superb drivers car with excellent fuel consumption

Currently listening to: Status Quo Aquostic

Most frequent topic: Car taxation

Why GKL: GKL is a privately owned and family run successful business that values individual performance whilst providing secure and satisfying employment.

Visit our used Vehicle Sales website here

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Kirstie Renshaw, Sales & Administration

Kirstie Renshaw

Sales & Administration

Year Joined GKL:  2008

Favourite Vehicle:  Too many to choose from

Favourite Company Car:   N/A

….and Why:

In the Car, currently listening to:  Radio 1

Most frequent topic from customer meetings:  N/A

Other Interests:  Playing Netball, Going to the Gym, Spending time with family and friends, socialising and going out.

Why GKL in 20 words:  Reliable, Trust Worthy, Friendly, Customers can speak to the same members of Staff, allocated a specific Account Manager, Good Team Ethos.   

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Steph Cooper, Fleet Administrator

Steph Cooper

Fleet Administrator

Fleet Administrator / Health and Safety Officer

Year Joined GKL: 2006

Favourite Vehicle: Koenigsegg!!!!!

Favourite Company Car: N/A

….and Why:

In the Car, currently listening to: Radio 1

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: N/A

Other Interests: Long Dog Walks with my Beagle, Cycling, Socialising with Friends.

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Dale Allen, Maintenance Control

Dale Allen

Maintenance Control

Year Joined GKL: 2008

Favourite Vehicle: Lotus Esprit from “the spy who loved me”


Other Interests: Spending time with the family.

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Denise Collins, Accounts

Denise Collins


Year Joined GKL:  July 2012

Favourite Vehicle: Aston Martin DB8

Favourite Company Car: Don’t have a company car but driving an ex GKL Ford Fiesta at the moment, nice car reliable and economical

In the Car, currently listening to: Paloma Faith

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: N/A

Other Interests: Walking Swimming and Motorcycles

Why GKL in 20 words: A company with lasting stability and progression with the ability for strong growth.

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Cat Reader, Finance

Cat Reader


Year Joined GKL: Aprl 2014

Favourite Vehicle: Range Rover

Favourite Company Car: Golf GTE

….and Why: Sporty and economical

In the Car, currently listening to: Radio One or mixed playlist

Other Interests: Family, Socialising, fitness

Why GKL in 20 words: GKL has the longest history in vehicle leasing with a constantly growing fleet, we can offer exceptional value and customer service

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Lesley Kozlowski, Accounts Assistant

Lesley Kozlowski

Accounts Assistant

Favourite Vehicle: Range Rover Evoque

In the Car, currently listening to: Radio 2

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Zoe Kent, Accounts Assistant

Zoe Kent

Accounts Assistant

Year Joined GKL: March 2012

Favourite Vehicle:  Mini Cooper S and Range Rover Evoke

In the Car, currently listening to: Take That (sorry I am a fan)

Other Interests: Running, gym, reading, gardening (a new interest) shopping (what girl doesn’t) J, spending quality time with family and friends

Why GKL in 20 words: GKL is a professional company, where vehicles can be leased at competitive rates.  We have friendly teams to answer queries.

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Anthony Kenning, Development & Marketing

Anthony Kenning

Development & Marketing

Year Joined GKL: 2010

Current Role: Marketing and Business Development

Favourite Vehicle: The new Aston Martin Vanquish

Favourite Company Car: VW Passat SE Business Edition

….and Why: A very good spec, superb build quality, good fuel economy, decent to drive and overall as it says above an ideal business car.

What is on the car radio: Jack FM or compilation CD

Most frequent topic from customer meetings: What is the most popular business car leased today and what spec are now available as standard in particular vehicles.


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