owner appoints new boss

BGL Group said it has appointed Debbie Hewitt as its new non-executive chairman.

The owner of said she will take over from Peter Winslow on 1 July.

Winslow will take up a position with BGL’s main shareholder, BHL, looking at projects outside of the UK.

Winslow has been with BGL for 23 years, joining in 1995 and becoming chief executive in 1997 and chairman in 2013.

Hewitt is currently BGL’s senior independent non-executive director, having first joined the business in September 2011. She was previously chief executive of the RAC, where she led all commercial activities, including the roadside and recovery business, Auto Windscreens and the BSM Driving School.

“BGL is a company whose values I both admire and share. I have enormous respect for the leadership that Peter has brought to the group over the years and I am very appreciative of his sponsorship of me as his successor. It is such an exciting time to be taking up the role,” Hewitt said.

Winslow said: “An enormous amount of hard work – and fun - has gone into being part of our transformation over the past 23 years. None of this happens without very talented and committed teams and I have had the pleasure of working with many over the years.”