Key People

LeasePlan UK Managing Board

LeasePlan UK’s managing board members bring together a wide range of skills and experience from the vehicle leasing, mobility sector and beyond. Together they are responsible for the continued growth of the business and delivery of industry-leading service innovation and customer satisfaction.

Alfonso Martinez - Managing Director

As Managing Director, Alfonso has overall responsibility for business performance and the strategic direction of LeasePlan UK across the corporate, SME and public sector and consumer market. He joined LeasePlan in 2006 as CFO of Spain, became Managing Director of LeasePlan Italy in 2012 and started his current role in January 2019.


Chris Black - Commercial Director

Chris was appointed Commercial Director in 2018 after joining LeasePlan as New Business Sales Director, where he developed the Corporate and International new business teams. With over 20 years’ experience in the automotive and financial service sectors he is now responsible for growing LeasePlan’s fleet, strengthening key customer relationships and enhancing LeasePlan’s product offering.


Ian Mullen - Finance Director

Ian is responsible for driving LeasePlan UK's financial performance - he identifies and maximises opportunities and contributes to our growth agenda. Ian joined LeasePlan UK in November 2017 as Head of Finance. Ian had previously worked for 20 years in Investment Banking at HSBC, Barclays Capital and Merrill Lynch in CFO and COO roles. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


Karen Brierley - Entity Risk Director

Karen was appointed Entity Risk Director in 2018 - bringing with her over 20 years experience of operations and risk management in the Financial Services sector. Karen is responsible for promoting a positive risk culture and providing assurance that our business is conducted in a balanced and controlled risk environment.


Lesley Slater - Operations & Business Development Director

Joining LeasePlan UK in 1994, Lesley has a wealth of understanding of the leasing industry and the Group’s customer base. After playing a leading role at LeasePlan for 20 years, Lesley was appointed to the Board in 2014. Her vast experience allows Lesley to lead new product development, consultancy services and operations to ensure LeasePlan fulfil customers’ needs and more.


Matthew Drake - IT Director

Matthew joined LeasePlan in 2011 after a successful career in Consulting with KPMG, Atos and BAE Systems, where he helped many blue-chip companies improve their businesses through Technology change. He is responsible for the all aspects of the UK’s IT Strategy and Operations including driving the technology agenda so that LeasePlan UK realises its Data and Digital ambitions.


Niall Keartland - Legal & Compliance Director

Niall joined LeasePlan in 2005 as Head of Legal and Compliance before being appointed to the LeasePlan Board in 2016. Niall’s appointment reflects the increasingly important role legal and compliance plays within the industry today. He is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance requirements are met as well as non-financial risk areas such as privacy and data protection.


Sarah Melinek - Customer Experience Director

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in transforming customer experiences and customer service to be market leading and effortless for customers. She’s responsible for leading our Customer Service operations and driving a Customer First culture throughout our business, to ensure customer experiences are designed and continuously improved based on what matters most for customers.


Steve Jones - Strategy and Transformation Director

Steve joined LeasePlan in 2012 where he was Asset Risk Manager, before moving to Head of Risk in 2015. Steve joined the Executive Board in a newly created position, Director for Future Fleet Solutions, in 2018 to recognise the rising importance of Car as a Service (CaaS). Steve is responsible for developing our flexible solutions and leading our response to the transition to lower emission vehicles.


Steve Moss - HR Director

Steve joined LeasePlan in 2010 and has more than 20 years’ HR management experience in the UK vehicle industry across both manufacturer and leasing sectors. Steve not only has responsibility for all aspects of HR strategy and operations, ensuring that LeasePlan attract the best talent in the industry, he also directs LeasePlan’s customer insight activities.