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Charles Trent Limited appoints new key role

Charles Trent Limited (Trents), one of the leading auto-recyclers in the UK with almost 100 years of experience in the industry, has ambitions to revolutionise the way vehicles are recycled in the UK. From using technology and bespoke software to streamline processes and improve efficiency, to having the best team, to building innovative new facilities and production facilities in which to process vehicles, significant investment is being made to reach these ambitions.


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To help deliver its strategic goals and objectives, Trents has appointed a Change Programme Manager. Richard Smith joins the business with extensive experience in programme and project delivery, and business transformation. This new role has been created to champion many fantastic change projects the business is currently undergoing or has planned. His immediate focus is to complete the delivery of three existing strategic initiatives over the next three months before creating a programme to manage and deliver the company’s key objectives.

Smith says: 

“I’m excited to have joined Trents at such a critical time in their history. I love the ambition in the business to be the best in the market, and can immediately see how much Trents are doing to set themselves apart from all other auto-recyclers in the UK. 

It’s not just talk, there is already so much work going on in the business to make this happen – I’m going to be very busy! Clearly, significant investment is being made, and I look forward to playing my part and helping to take Trents to the next level.”

Innovation and continual improvement has always been at the heart of Trents’ ethos and is what has enabled it to become one of the largest processors of salvage and end-of-life vehicles in the UK, with sales to over 100,000 customers each year, including many bodyshops and repairers in the insurance and fleet supply chain. The introduction of this new role is part of a 5-year strategic plan which will see significant growth and introduction of new sites around the UK.

Neil Joslin, Trents’ COO, comments on the appointment: 

“I’m delighted to welcome Richard to the business at such an important time for us. We have a clear vision which will redefine how salvage and end-of-life vehicles are processed in the UK, we are part way to delivering on that vision already, but there is much to do, and Richard, with his skills and expertise, will help keep us on track. As with any transformation project, it’s essential we remain laser-focused on our objectives so that we can offer more products and bring better solutions to our customers.”

Trents is a proud member of both e2e and the VRA.

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Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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