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Meet the Team

Leigh Lafever-Ayer
Leigh Lafever-Ayer
VP Human Resources – UK/Ireland

Leigh started her Enterprise career in Nashville, Tennessee after graduating college in 1989, and since then, she has held many roles in Enterprise rental, talent development and human resources. Leigh is passionate about diversity, inclusion and equality and champions many activities especially around gender diversity, including being creator and editor of DRIVE. Outside Enterprise, she is on the board of Business In The Community's Gender Equality Leadership Team, she is on the advisory board of the Global Diversity Practice and also on a board advisor to Bridge Builders, a mentoring programme for socially and financially excluded teenagers.

Sarah Berthon
Sarah Berthon
Account Set-Up Team Supervisor, UK and Ireland Sales Team

Sarah joined Enterprise in 2013 and has achieved several promotions (and relocations) since then, all of which has contributed to her experience and network within the business. Sarah joined the DRIVE Editorial Board in April 2016 and has been an active contributor ever since, which led her promotion to ‘Deputy Editor’ in August 2017. Sarah works closely with DRIVE Editor, Leigh Lafever-Ayer, as well as the other members of the Editorial Board, to ensure the relevance and effectiveness of DRIVE as part of Enterprise’s diversity strategy.

Samantha Meredith
Samantha Meredith
Employer Brand Marketing Manager

Samantha joined Enterprise as a Management Trainee in 2006. She progressed to a Branch Manager position before joining the talent acquisition team where she has worked for the past ten years. She has recently moved into the role of Employer Brand Marketing Manager. In this position, Samantha develops, presents and implements Enterprise's global employer brand to attract the very best, diverse talent to Enterprise. She is an advocate for diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace. She is also an active member of the UK diversity committee working on the social mobility strand and holds a position on the 'BOSS' board. Outside Enterprise, Samantha is a member of the Women and Work All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Clare Beynon
Clare Beynon
Talent Acquisition Manager – Marketing - UK/Ireland

Clare joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car as a management trainee in 2002. From here, Clare has developed a multifaceted career within HR as well as operations and as an area manager. Diversity and inclusion has been at the forefront of Clare’s career. She has been on the Drive editorial board for eight years, is a key partner and lead on Women in Rental and Leadership events, and is now also responsible for the team that targets universities and colleges throughout the UK/Ireland to recruit our next generation of diverse leaders.

Ayshee Akhtar
Ayshee Akhtar
Senior Billing Co-ordinator

Ayshee joined Enterprise in 2016 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Media, and Culture from the University of Roehampton. She has worked in multiple teams in Corporate Business Support. Ayshee is constantly seeking for opportunities that take her further into her career and especially that allow her to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging for all. She has been on the Drive editorial board for over two years, as well as being involved in the BOSS Group, a Business In the Community (BITC) mentoring circle. She is now looking forward to being part of the Race, Religion, and Ethnicity Committee on the UK99 campus.

Adam Lovelock
Adam Lovelock
Vice President of Operations, London and Southeast England

As the Vice President for Operations for London and Southeast England region, Adam is responsible for the leadership, management, and strategic direction for Europe’s largest group. He has held a number of senior positions, as Group Rental Manager for the East of England and the Southeast region and most recently, as Assistant Vice President/Sales Director for the UK and Ireland Insurance Sales Division. Adam was the Level 4 sponsor for the Thrive Committee at EU99 which focussed on employee wellness especially to address the stigma surrounding mental health and disabilities in the workplace. He also played an active role in the EU Diversity Committee as part of the disability strand. Adam is also an active board member for Business in the Community for the South East.

Sarah Williams
Sarah Williams
National Account Manager – UK/Ireland

Sarah joined Enterprise in 2004, and progressed through rental operations and sales to her current role as a national account manager on our UK sales team, managing a diverse customer base of customers utilising Enterprise Flex-E-Rent, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Enterprise Car Club. Sarah focuses on the customer journey, on improving access to and utilisation of our varied products and services to give our customers the best possible experience when choosing Enterprise as their mobility partner. Sarah has been a key member on Women in Leadership events, and is a newly qualified Mental Health First Aider.

Jennifer Koontz
Jennifer Koontz
AVP European Airport Properties & Relations

Jennifer started her Enterprise career at EHI’s corporate headquarters in St. Louis in 2001 and moved to the UK to work at the headquarters at EU99 in 2014. She has held a variety of corporate roles in government and public affairs, car sales, real estate and airports. Jennifer is an ardent supporter of diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace and champions many activities especially around gender diversity and battling gender bias. She was responsible for introducing the Lean In initiative to EU99. Outside Enterprise, she has served on the board of Nurses For Newborns in St. Louis, has been actively involved with Girl Scouts of the USA and is a mentor to many women at Enterprise.

Sophie Draper
Sophie Draper
Talent Acquisition Specialist

Sophie joined Enterprise as a Management Trainee in 2016 and after multiple promotions, she now works as part of Talent Acquisition marketing, attracting the next generation of talent.

Sophie champions female hiring, devising innovative ways to attract women to join Enterprise. She was integral to the staging of Enterprise’s first virtual International Women’s Day event which was attended by almost every university in the UK. Enterprise’s passion for DE&I was one of the main drivers for attracting Sophie to join Enterprise, and she feels honoured to play a part in continuing these efforts.

Poppy Faithfull
Poppy Faithfull
PR & Corporate Communications Specialist – Europe

Poppy started her Enterprise career on the industrial placement programme, working as an intern in PR & Corporate Communications before being offered a specialist role in the team. She is responsible for advancing the company’s reputation as the world’s leading mobility provider and further accelerating purpose-driven communications to inform, engage and build trust with key audiences. Poppy is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, always looking for opportunities to promote positive change in the workplace. She is on the board of the Disability Committee as well as being an active member of Lean In, a place where women can be unapologetically ambitious.

Charlotte Manners
Charlotte Manners
Corporate Communications Specialist

Charlotte joined Enterprise in January 2019 as Corporate Communications Specialist for Europe. In this position, Charlotte develops and implements internal and external communications initiatives throughout Europe in line with business needs. The varied role includes everything from press and PR to executive support and employee communications.

Having enjoyed growing her network and with a passion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Charlotte became part of the DRIVE Editorial Board in 2019 and has been an active member and contributor ever since.

Emma Grant
Emma Grant
Human Resources Manager

I moved into HR in 2003, initially in Training & Development, then in Talent Acquisition, after working four years in operations and becoming a branch manager. I worked an AWA for 10 years to help me juggle with two children born 18 months apart. I joined the EU99 HR Team as a HR Generalist Manager in August 2019.

I decided to go back to college one night a week to gain my CIPD professional human resources qualification when the children got older. I enjoy the psychological side of HR and I am also now a Mental Health First Aider.

This year I launched Café Stop – a Teams based introduction service for Enterprise employees who would never usually cross paths. It’s grown every month since the launch, and this month we had over 200 employee sign-ups.

Marissa Hunt
Marissa Hunt
Damage Recovery Specialist

I started at Enterprise in March 2021 and I'm proud to have been named 'rookie of the month' within my first three months.

I feel extremely passionate about working at Enterprise and have already connected to so many different people. I am looking forward to putting my passion to good work as part of the DRIVE magazine team.

Getting rid of the stigma surrounding mental health is extremely important to me and is somewhere I want to make a difference. I was heavily involved in mental health week within the Damage Recovery by helping people to speak out.

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