Andrew Palmer appointed as Optare’s Non-executive Chairman


After more than a decade of association with Optare Plc, John Fickling is stepping down as Chairman due to personal reasons. In his place, Optare has appointmented Dr Andrew Palmer as Non-executive Chairman.

Commenting on the developments, Dheeraj Hinduja, Chairman of the parent company Ashok Leyland observed “John has played an anchor role in the stability of Optare during crucial periods as Chairman of the Board. I would like to thank him for his support and guidance in the last 10 years and wish him the very best in his future endeavours. The next phase of Optare’s growth is centred on expanding our electric vehicles business in the UK and many new markets. To help guide in our mission to become a global leader in this segment, I am happy to announce that Dr Andrew Palmer will be taking the position of Non-Executive Chairman.  With his impressive wealth of experience and innovative approach, I am confident that under Andy’s Chairmanship we will see Optare moving to a higher growth trajectory soon.

John Fickling added “I am delighted that Andy is joining Optare as non-executive Chairman.  He has all the skills required to build Optare into a global leader in alternate propulsion.  I am very proud of my association with the company thus far and am happy that it is now in the safest of hands”.

Dr Palmer is a world-renowned automotive leader, having led transformations at two of the global vehicle brands, Nissan and Aston Martin.  This role builds on Dr Palmer’s established relationship with Optare’s parent, Ashok Leyland, where he has been a non-executive member of the Board since 2015.

Dr Palmer commented “I am excited to be joining Optare at a pivotal moment in its development.   We have ambitious plans to leverage the company’s technological leadership in building a global zero emissions solution platform that will bring long-term value to all stakeholders“.