eStar continues to shine bright with Kate Howdon announced as Head of HR


eStar, the newest Mercedes-Benz Trucks and Vans business in the North West and North Wales, continues to attract new talent, with Kate Howdon joining as Head of HR.

Kate joins eStar from TrustFord, the largest Ford-dedicated dealer group, where she was regional HR manager, responsible for 13 sites and more than 800 employees in the North West. Prior to this, Kate was HR advisor at Premex Group, a specialist outsourcing organisation offering products and services to the insurance, healthcare and legal sectors, HR advisor at Manchester Growth Company, a not-for-profit driving economic, personal, and professional development, and HR advisor at Cambria Automobiles, a multi-dealer group.

Commenting on the appointment, Steve Bridge, managing director, eStar Truck & Van, said: “We continue to shine brightly at eStar, which is why we’re attracting some of the best talent to join us. Kate’s proven track record of strategically aligning the HR function with the demands and needs of the organise will provide a real benefit to us. We’re delighted that Kate is joining us and her hands-on experience and preference for interaction with site managers on a regular basis will add real value as we start to place greater emphasis on our people, our culture, and our processes.”

Kate added: “I have always enjoyed working in the automotive sector, as you get to work alongside such a diverse mix of roles, people, and places, so I’m excited to bring all of that knowledge together into my new role at eStar. As a relatively new company, less than a year old, we’re at such a key part of the journey, so I’m looking forward to adding value and making a difference.”

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eStar Truck & Van, established in 2020, is owned by industry leaders, Sid Sadique, and Ali Sharifi, and employs more than 300 people across Warrington, Deeside, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, and Trafford Park.

As a Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle dealer, eStar can provide customers with everything from a small Citan van to a 44-tonne tractor unit, and are well placed to serve the business and lifestyle community, from adventuring families requiring eight-seater transport, to sole traders with a single vehicle, to major logistics fleet operators.

With extensive experience across electric and alternative fuels, the team at eStar is committed to supporting customers every step of the way along their journey to delivering greener products, services, and people.

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