The Judges

Ray Ashworth

Ray started his career with Leyland Motors in 1969. As a student apprentice he graduated from Loughborough University with an honours degree in Automotive Engineering.

He continued to work for the Company through the acquisition by DAF and PACCAR and became Managing Director of DAF Trucks in 2009. He retired in 2017.

Chris Baxter
Technical Services Manager
Hankook Tyre UK Ltd

Chris was appointed Technical Services Manager for Hankook Tyre UK Ltd in January 2010. Having worked in the UK tyre industry since 1981, Chris has been involved with logistic management and tyre technical services with other premium tyre manufacturers.

Neil Bowker
W.H. Bowker

Neil’s career in logistics spans over 40 years. Currently overseeing the group’s commercial activity, Neil has extensive knowledge of both transport and warehousing, primarily operating within highly regulated markets.

Last year, Bowker celebrated their 100-year anniversary, a milestone that makes the Company one of the oldest privately-owned operators in the UK.

Kevin Buchanan
Group CEO

Previous positions:

  • Managing Director of Pall-Ex (2014-2019)
  • Managing Director of Palletline Plc (2017-2014)

A dynamic senior executive with many years’ experience at board level across a diverse range of functions. Possesses a proven track record of successfully developing strategies to maximise profit. Displays sound judgement and an entrepreneurial approach to challenges. An outstanding leader with a background of successfully testing the boundaries to achieve business goals.

Richard Burnett
Chief Executive
Road Haulage Association

Richard Burnett’s career in logistics has spanned over 35 years. During that time he has worked for many well-known logistics operations including TDG, Wincanton, Hays and Samworth Brothers supply chain, looking after some of the most prestigious high street names such as HJ Heinz, GSK, Panasonic and Adidas to name but a few.

Since joining the Road Haulage Association almost six years ago he has restructured the RHA, making it a far more relevant and effective organisation that delivers value for its members with a powerful and effective lobbying voice.

His is the face of a backroom media campaign that has effectively raised the visibility of the RHA on a wide range of industry issues including the skills shortage; Brexit; fuel prices; migrant camps in Calais, air quality and electric vehicles. If it’s road transport-related then the RHA has a view on it and as the figure head Richard makes regular appearances in the media at international, national and local level reaching with half a billion impressions in 2019 alone, published online and broadcast.

David Collett
Managing Director
Collett & Sons

R. Collett & Son was a family business, established in 1928 that began trading and became incorporated in 1975 as R. Collett & Sons (Transport) Ltd, operating 6 vehicles.

David Collett joined the Company in 1978 as a Traffic clerk and quickly progressed through the Transport office, Accounts department and Sales department and by 1985 became the Transport Manager for the Company activities.

In 1995 David was appointed as Managing Director for Collett Transport and in 1997 set up a projects department for technical and specialist movements for Abnormal loads.

Under David’s leadership the company thrived and in 2016 the structure was changed in order to reflect the diverse nature of their operations and the clients they serve. The Company now operates in Road Transport, Heavy Lift, Marine and Consulting capacities.

As a keen industry spokesman within the Heavy Transport sector David was appointed as Chairman of the Heavy Transport Association (HTA) in the UK and held this position between 2001 to 2008 and is still an active Committee member.

With a firm belief in improving standards and quality, and as UK representative, David attended ESTA (European Special Transport and Mobile Crane Association) meetings and in 2006 was appointed as ‘President for the Transport section’ of the ESTA organisation. Furthermore in 2013, David was appointed ‘President of ESTA’ organisation and is currently on his third and final term in this position.

David Coombes MBA FCILT FCMI
Chief Executive
Skills for Logistics

With 35 years experience within the transport and logistics industry, David now plays a pivotal role within the sector, helping to develop learning across the industry. He is currently a route panel member for Transport and Logistics on the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education board; Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; and Strategic Advisor to the UK Warehousing Association.

Moreton Cullimore
Managing Director
Cullimore Group

Moreton is the third generation of the Cullimore family to head the Cullimore Group, the oldest company being Moreton C Cullimore & Son Ltd (transport) which was established in 1927 in Gloucestershire. For Moreton trucks and transport are therefore very much in the blood and you can tell this is true through the traditional way his company paints and names the vehicles they own.

Michael Cundy
Managing Director
Suttons Tankers

Michael Cundy is the Managing director of Suttons Tankers Ltd; one of the UK’s fastest growing private logistics companies.

Suttons is a leading logistics and supply chain specialist focused on delivering products and services to the chemicals, fuels and gases sectors. The company aims to provide customers with a competitive advantage through the breadth and quality of services provided, a determined focus on how we can add value, increase efficiency and deliver industry leading standards of SHEQ (safety, health, environment and quality).

Educated at the University of Salford where he graduated with a BSC business and management degree and then Sheffield Hallam University where he received a MSC in human resource management.

Michael joined Suttons as a HR manager in 2005 before being appointed as executive HR director in 2008. He was eventually promoted to MD Tankers, one of Suttons two operational divisions, in 2014. Michael sits on the board of Suttons Transport Group, the companies executive operation board as well as the divisional board of Suttons Tankers Ltd.

Michael is married with a young daughter. He enjoys spending quality time at home with his family. Other pastimes include football, cricket and walking in the Welsh mountains

Mike Daly
Non-Executive Director
Clipper Logistics

Mike is a Fellow of the CILT and has been a major player in the logistics industry for over thirty years.  He built DTS Logistics himself with one van to 1,000 employees over 25 years, which he sold to Clipper Group in 2005. He is still actively involved in logistics in consultancy as well as being an ambassador for Transaid.

Glyn Davies

Glyn has worked in the transport industry since 1966. He joined P&O as a management trainee, taking a number of management positions.

He co-founded Russell Davies in 1974 and remained with the business until its sale in 1995, then founded Hanbury Davies in 1999 which was sold to Wincanton in 2008. Glyn continued with Hanbury Riverside until its sale in 2018.

He holds the non-executive positions with four companies including Culina Group and Goldstar Heathrow.

Andy Downton
Managing Director

Andy Downton was the MD of Downtons for over 35 years. Together with his brothers , Richard and John they built Downtons into one of the largest 3pls in the UK. This multi award winning business won the MT Haulier of the Year in 2012. In 2018 Downtons was sold to Emergevest a Hong Kong based PE company and Andy remains a Non-Exec Director.

Mark Dunne
A.D.D. Express

Mark is a director of A.D.D. Express Ltd.  With over 28 year’s experience in logistics Mark currently works as Operations Director for A.D.D. Express Ltd, looking after the transport and warehouse operation along with Pallex pallet network freight. A strong focus on service and people has been a key focus of Mark’s. Mark strives to deliver the highest standard in service, building strong longstanding relationships with customers, suppliers and partners.

Des Evans
Honorary Professor Aston Business School
Former CEO MAN Truck & Bus UK Ltd

Des Evans stood down in July 2014 as Chief Executive of MAN Truck & Bus UK after nearly 40 years in CV sales and marketing in the UK.

He joined MAN as Sales Director in 1993 and over the following 21 years developed MAN and its UK dealer network as a leading supplier of trucks and buses with a consistent 11% share of the UK truck market. He was appointed Chief Executive in 2004.

In July 2014 he was awarded the Motor Transport, Service to Industry Award and the judging panel said Evans was “probably the single most knowledgeable and accessible CEO or MD in the UK truck industry”. They also pointed to his support for the launch of the Everywoman Transport & Logistics Awards,his backing for the IRTE’s Technician accreditation scheme for workshop technicians and his long-term commitment to overseas development charity Transaid.

He was appointed Honorary Professor at Aston business School in October 2014 and is involved in the development of the Aston Centre for Servitisation Research and Practice.

Graham Fagan
Operations Director
Fagan & Whalley

My name is Graham Fagan and I am the Operations Director and joint owner of Fagan & Whalley Ltd. Our business is Transport and Warehousing contractors with 2 main depots one in Burnley and Coventry, we employ 320 people across both sites.

Rob Fowler
Volta Trucks

The newly appointed CEO of Volta Trucks, Rob Fowler, brings significant experience from the UK logistics industry, having spent the last five years in senior roles at DPDgroup, the second-largest operator in the Courier, Express and Parcel (CEP) market in Europe. In his role as General Manager of CSR and Technical Planning, Fowler has been leading DPD’s UK electric vehicle strategy and CSR programmes, with a particular focus on urban logistics, EV deployment, the development of charging infrastructure and stakeholder engagement.

Steve Granite
Chief Executive Officer
Abbey Logistics Group

Steve Granite is CEO of Abbey Logistics Group, and founder of industry initiative Think Logistics. Since taking charge in 2009, Granite has led the growth and development of Abbey Logistics, taking sales from £18m to more than £65m and adding to its portfolio of logistics services and sectors it serves.

James Hookham MSc BTech (Hons)
Deputy Chief Executive
Freight Transport Association

James Hookham is Deputy Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association, the UK’s largest trade association serving the needs of the freight and logistics sectors. James has worked at FTA for over 25 years and has served as its Policy Director for most of that time, leading the FTA response on issues such as fuel duty, operator licensing and social legislation and the development of many new initiatives at FTA, including the popular Transport Manager conferences and FTA’s accreditation marques, Van and Truck Excellence. James is currently responsible for FTA’s Global and European policy team, leading FTA’s response to Brexit and establishing new networks for FTA members through the creation of the Global Shippers’ Forum and its membership of the European Shippers’ Council. He is FTA’s chief spokesperson and is a frequent commentator on TV and radio and in press coverage.

James is married and lives in Kent. He is a graduate in Environmental Science from the University of Bradford, studied the safe transport of dangerous goods at the University of Manchester and reckons that Steely Dan are the best rock and roll band in the world.

Richard Horton
City Plumbing Supplies

Richard has worked in the UK logistics industry for over 20 years at various 3PL and inhouse operators, covering roles spanning solution design, business development and operational management. In his role as Head of Fleet at Travis Perkins PLC he designed and implemented an industry leading transport management and excellence programme for the City Plumbing business which was recognised by Motor Transport with the Fleet Van Operator of the Year award 2019.

Ian Jones
Director & Solicitor
Backhouse Jones

Ian Jones is a director of Backhouse Jones Solicitors. He qualified as a solicitor on exactly the same day as James Backhouse in 1992. He also started his legal career on the same day at the same commercial firm in Manchester as James. When, a year later, James joined his father to specialise in regulatory compliance, Ian remained in Manchester and very early in his career, specialised in representing commercial transport operators.

A friendship and an overwhelming interest in all things transport resulted in the formation of Backhouse Jones in January 2000. The firm is uniquely transport specific and has a range of departments that provide legal advice covering every eventuality from regulatory issues ,corporate /commercial matters to employment and property sales and purchases.

In the odd moment when Ian is not working, he either reads biographies for his own enjoyment or books involving princesses to his two daughters.

His ultimate aim is to always finish speaking before the audience has finished listening...

Matthew Kibble
Founder, Chairman & Owner
Matthew Kibble Transport

Matthew Kibble is founder, Chairman and owner of Matthew Kibble Transport Holdings Limited. The company began in 1999 with one vehicle carrying out European haulage to Italy and has grown through sales and acquisitions. These acquisitions include Preston’s of Earby, Shakespeare Transport and Fullforce. The group currently runs 82 vehicles from three locations in Nelson, Coventry and Maidstone and employs 134 staff. Matthew Kibble Transport is a member of Pallet-Track whilst Fullforce and Shakespeare Transport are members of Palletforce.

Paul Kirby
Head of Commercial Vehicles
LeasePlan UK

Paul has 17 years’ experience with LCVs, working for manufacturers, operators and now within Leasing. He supports Commercial Vehicle customers with industry insight and has developed tech and data led products for critical fleet management. Paul champions the transition to EV’s and believes that we should all Get Started however we can.

Matthew Lamb
Managing Director
Potter Space

Matthew is instrumental in leading and managing the business. He actively seeks new opportunities to add value for client need. A fellow of the CILT, current member of the CBI Yorkshire Regional Council and also on the Board of the Transport for the North Partnership.

Graham Leitch
Group Managing Director

Graham joined Palletline as Group Managing Director in January 2015, having previously headed up ARR Craib's Palletline business and their depots in Teeside and Great Yarmouth. Graham's specialism is network distribution and he has over 30 years' experience in the Logistics and Transport industry. He has held directorships with a number of high profile companies covering various market sectors including publishing and network road freight. His remits have been both operational and commercial ranging from managing a group of regional newspapers to running a large national and European distribution hub. Outside of work, Graham is a keen cyclist and has a huge interest in anything related to cars.

Dan Myers
Managing Director
XPO Logistics

Dan Myers leads the transport business of XPO Logistics in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the company’s global logistics and supply chain network. He joined XPO Logistics (formerly Christian Salvesen and Norbert Dentressangle) over 20 years ago as a graduate trainee after gaining a BSc Hons degree in Management from the University of Manchester. In his spare time, Mr. Myers likes to stay active and is a keen cyclist.

Ian Nichol
Head of Logistics
Career Ready

Ian is Head of Logistics at Career Ready, a UK-wide social mobility charity that has been helping to prepare young people for the world of work for over 17 years by matching them with volunteers from the world of business.

He leads the award-winning Think Logistics project which began in 2013 and is focused on raising young people’s awareness of the logistics sector and developing talent pipelines to meet future skills needs for logistics employers.

Ian has a passion for education and development spending over 25 years teaching and managing in Further Education.

Lesley O'Brien
Freightlink Europe / Freight Train

Lesley is an award winning business professional and tireless ambassador for the transport industry. Her Company, Freightlink Europe, enjoys the accolade of being a DVSA Earned Recognition founder member. Sister Company Freight Train delivers Driver CPC training, transport consultancy and compliance audit. Lesley also hosts a monthly Freight People forum.

Tony Pain
Centre for Sustainable Transport

Tony has over 45 years' experience in the commercial vehicle industry, working for DAF Trucks Ltd, latterly as UK Marketing Director until retirement in late 2013, since when he has taken on a consultancy role for several transport related companies. He is also involved with the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight advising on the future development of road freight incorporating vehicle design, transport logistics and legislative influences. He has a wide knowledge of the European truck industry and is well known in the UK road transport sector by fleet operators, trade press and commercial vehicle manufacturers alike. 

Eddie Parker
Copnsultant - Commercial Vehicle Affairs

As the Consultant – Commercial Vehicle Affairs for Arval, Eddie is responsible for the safe, legal and profitable operation of over 45,000 vehicles in both in-house and external client fleets, with nearly 40 years’ experience within the Commercial Vehicle industry both within the UK and worldwide in senior roles in operations, sales, legal compliance and engineering.

Guy Reynolds
Aquarius IT

Guy is an authority on the subject of Drivers Hours Law Legislation and digital tachograph compliance, for which he sits on an EU steering group in Brussels and features as a source of information for the media.

With SaaS like ClockWatcherElite, Guy oversees the commercial impact of Aquarius.

Brian Robinson
Programme Manager (Commercial Vehicles)
Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership

Brian leads LowCVP’s various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as their main point of contact on freight transport decarbonisation issues. Brian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and has over thirty years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability, vehicle safety and programme leadership. Before going freelance in 2014, Brian spent 16 years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research, and 12 years at IMechE, much of that as Head of Energy Policy.

Iain Speak
Managing Director
Iain Speak Consultancy

Iain has built his experience over the last 30 years in Senior Executive roles both in the UK and overseas where he held a number of Executive positions with TNT Logistics. He now runs his own consultancy business focusing on Strategy, Leadership, Organisation and Growth. His clients include a large Far East freight forwarder, a number of UK logistics businesses and a top 50 law firm. Previously he was CEO of Bibby Supply Chain Services, which included among others, Bibby Distribution and Bibby Ship Management. He has a pragmatic down to earth approach.

Iain is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Jan Walsh

With 20 years in supply chain and logistics, working with leading retailers, fulfilment and delivery partners, Jan has delivered transformational activities from leading outsourced supply chains across Europe, setting up click and collect services to best-in-class home delivery and tracking management. Having achieved a double-win in the Motor Transport Awards of 2016, Jan is delighted to be part of the judging panel for the Motor Transport Awards again in 2020.

David Winchcombe
Head of Transport

David Winchcombe, Head of Transport for DPD in the UK. A large diverse fleet from Cars, MHE through to Articulated Vehicles, operating on a 24/7 platform. Responsible for acquisitions, financial control, compliance, third party R&M and own workshops. We embrace new technology to ensure we operate a very efficient and cost-effective fleet. DPD now operates one the largest electrical fleets in the UK.

Andrew Wolrich
Owner - Managing Director - Wolrich Consulting Limited
Owner - Halcyon Tankers

Andrew Spence-Wolrich is the former MD of Hargreaves Logistics, and is currently running his own Logistics & Business Consultancy WCL alongside the recent start-up MBO Halcyon Tankers.

Andrew’s experience in running large road fleets is matched by his passion for road safety and he is an Ambassador for Brake, the leading Road Safety Charity.

Fergus Worthy
General Manager, Scotland

Fergus Worthy works for Cenex as General Manager, Scotland. Cenex, formerly the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies, is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in low emission mobility and energy systems. Fergus manages all Cenex activity in Scotland, working with public and private sector organisations to help achieve emissions reductions and climate change targets. Fergus has worked in sustainable mobility for 10 years and has been with Cenex for 18 months. Starting out in the industry at Energy Saving Trust in 2010, he worked as Technical Project Manager in the Transport Advice department, specialising in fleet advice and low emission taxis. Subsequently Fergus joined Transport for London, leading their freight environmental programme before moving onto a more strategic environmental role within TfL. Fergus joined Cenex in 2018 as lead consultant advising clients on low emission vehicle technology, air quality and climate change strategies and emerging mobility business models, before relocating to Scotland in March 2020.