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Avril Palmer-Baunack

Avril Palmer-Baunack, Non-Executive Chairman

Avril Palmer-Baunack has over 20 years of executive experience with leading businesses in the automotive, support services, industrial engineering and insurance services sectors. Through a number of high profile industry roles, Avril has acquired significant experience in acquisitive growth strategies and a track record of delivering shareholder value in a public environment.

Since April 2015, Avril has been Executive Chairman of BCA Marketplace (‘‘BCA’’) Europe’s leading B2B car auction and vehicle buying service
operator. Under Avril’s management, BCA has successfully executed an ambitious growth plan based on substantial organic and inorganic growth,
completing a number of bolt-on acquisitions as well as delivering a range of operational enhancements, with private equity firm TDR Capital acquiring
the entire share capital of BCA at a premium of 25% to the closing price on 19 June 2019.

Avril was also Non-Executive Chairman of Redde plc, a UK-based, market leading accident management company, a position she held from September 2011 until her resignation on 1 May 2019 with three months’ notice. Avril has led the turnaround of this business, which included a refinancing concluded in February 2013.

Avril has also held a broad range of executive roles in other sectors, with experience in companies engaged in vehicle salvage, car hire, auctions, transportation, distribution, logistics, vehicle processing and infrastructure. Avril was previously Executive Chairman and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Stobart Group plc, one of the largest British multimodal logistics companies with interests in transport, distribution and infrastructure.

Prior to this Avril was Chief Executive Officer of Autologic Holdings plc, the largest finished vehicle logistics company in the UK and Europe. She joined Autologic from Universal Salvage plc, where she held the position of Chief Executive Officer from March 2005 until the sale of the company to Copart UK Ltd in June 2007 achieving a share price increase of almost two and a half times.