Judges 2022

Paul Allera
Technical Director
Road Haulage Association

Paul started his career in transport in 1976 as a heavy goods vehicle apprentice. Paul then went on to attain his LGV class 1 license and then decided to go driving. Paul moved to Whitbread Beer Company, where he successfully completed a development scheme and became Transport & Warehouse Manager. The last seven years working at Whitbread saw Paul go back into engineering, covering the South East of England plus Whitbread Food Logistics nationally. After this, Paul spent seven years in the truck rental market followed by nine years at Fowler Welch as Head of Fleet. Paul then joined the RHA in August 2018 as Technical Director.

Chris Baxter
Technical Services Manager
Hankook Tyre UK

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.

Kate Brown
Communications & Sustainability Director

As Communications and Sustainability Director, Kate is driving the short, medium and long term agenda for Gist’s net zero journey, alongside managing the brand, PR, social media and colleague communications.

She has worked for global companies in the industrial gases, brewing, telecommunications and logistics sectors both in the UK and in Australia.

Olly Craughan
Head of Sustainability
DPDgroup UK

Olly Craughan has been with DPD since 2012, in January 2020 Olly took the challenge to lead DPD's strategy to become the UK's leader in sustainable delivery.

As Head of Sustainability at DPD UK Olly has driven a number of initiatives including the Vision 30 to deliver all-electric to 30 towns and cities, servicing 25% of the UK population and over 100 million parcels by the end of 2023. Increasing our EV fleet from 149 in January 2020 to over 1,500 in January 2022, and will have over 3,000 by the end of 2023.

Moreton Cullimore
Managing Director
Cullimore Group

Moreton is Managing Director of Moreton C Cullimore & Son Ltd, the third generation of the Cullimore Family to lead the company established in 1927 in Gloucestershire; a true independent historic family firm. Cullimore offers a wide range of transport services from classic general haulage, special types, ready mixed concrete and serving its own quarries too. Moreton has worked in the industry for 20 years but has headed Cullimore’s for the last 12 years. Moreton is also the National Chairman of the RHA and has completed the first year of three in that post.

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.

Karl Davies
Commercial Director UK&I
TIP Trailer Services

Karl is the Commercial Director for TIP Trailer Services – The largest trailer services company in the world with over 100,000 trailers on hire. Karl joined TIP back in 1994 as a management trainee and during his 28-year career has held senior positions in many functions including Operations, Procurement, Marketing and Commercial.

David Emslie
Group Sales Director
The Swain Group

A solution design specialist with 35 years’ experience of developing logistical solutions within the construction and manufacturing sectors. Throughout his career David has provided innovative solutions which combine the core values of service and efficiency to the most challenging of markets. His ability to develop such solutions are well suited as Group Sales Director for the highly diverse divisions within the Swain Group.

Graham Fagan
Fagan & Whalley

Graham Fagan’s career in logistics started at the age of 15 when he began working for his father, operating 12 vehicles as a driver and 2nd man.

Over the years, Graham has supported the strategic growth of Fagan & Whalley to become one of the leading transport businesses in the North West, developing his knowledge within the Planning Department, Operations and his current role as CEO. Within this time, Graham has established over 30 years of experience at senior board level and now focuses on areas of strategy, infrastructure, and organisational growth.

As an active member of the RHA and over 25 years as a member of the Transport Association, Graham has taken part in annual forums, sharing experience and knowledge to help support challenges faced by the Transport and Logistics industry.

Stuart Godman

Stuart is the CEO of Absolutely, the leading London Sameday and Final Mile Courier. An experienced CEO who has operated at Board Level, in both PLC and PE backed businesses, across the logistics sector for over 30 years. Previous ‘C-Suite’ roles at Connect Group Plc, DX Group Plc, Rentokil Initial/City Link, Target Express & TNT. Early investor and advisor to Parcelmonkey Group prior to the successful exit in 2021.

Richard Gosling
Sales Director
Close Brothers Vehicle Hire

With over 27 years’ experience in the automotive industry, Richard is able to share a great wealth of industry expertise and product knowledge to the panel, priding himself on the successful growth of CBVH and supporting businesses operationally nationwide.

Caroline Green
Chief Executive

Caroline is Chief Executive of Pallet-Track, a UK-wide pallet network based in Wolverhampton that handled over 4.2 million pallets last year. Caroline's career in industry and private equity spans 33 years. In 2019, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to the economy and to charity.

Jemma James
Managing Director

As Managing Director of TruTac, Jemma is passionate about logistics, customer service and road safety. With 15 years industry experience, Jemma’s key focus is nurturing relationships with trade associations, clients and Government bodies. Jemma has a keen interest in networking and promoting diversity within the industry to attract and retain talent.

Ian Jones
Director & Solicitor
Backhouse Jones

You can observe a lot by just watching. Ian Jones has been watching the transport industry since 1993. In addition to being a daily observer of death, debt and destruction Ian adopted the role of creative director to make sense of chaos and build a brand. This created the novel concept that law did not have to be about hourly rates. Unlimited, industry specific legal advice should be available 24/7 through subscription. This unique approach resulted in BACKup and the subsequent diversification of the BACK brand into BACK academy, BACK sure and BACK finance.

Ian sits on the board of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers and will become Chair in 2022.

This is paradoxical as the only thing he can say with confidence about any engine is that it is invariably located at the front. His curiosity in engineering led him to post graduate study in Smart & Sustainable Transport at Oxford University and he is now slightly obsessed with the race BACK to net zero and the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source. Ian’s aim is to ensure that any transport event would be weird without representation from the BACK.

Matthew Kilner
Finance Director
Expect Distribution

Matthew joined Expect Distribution in 2019, becoming Finance Director shortly after. He is a trained Chartered Accountant spending several years in an Accountancy Practice, followed by the last 8 years being enjoyed in logistics. He is passionate about continuing to build and develop a team of people that will take Expect to become the best in the industry.

Justin Laney
Partner & General Manager
John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership fleet of 4500 commercial vehicles and 1000 cars. The fleet is recognised for leading in innovation, and the priorities remain to reduce all emissions (including those affecting air quality and noise) through efficiency and displacing all diesel with low carbon alternatives. Areas of focus are using bio-methane in heavy trucks, electrification of home delivery operations, high capacity vehicles, aerodynamics, and other methods based on good science and rigorous testing. Headline commitments include running all heavy duty trucks on biomethane by 2028, being free of fossil fuels by 2030 and achieving a zero carbon fleet by 2035. Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK. Justin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Director of the Zemo Partnership, and Chair of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) Steering Committee. He has won numerous awards, mainly for fleet sustainability, including being Motor Transport Magazine's Decarbonisation Power Player for 2022.

Gary Lawson MSOE MIRTE
National Fleet Manager
Abbey Logistics Group

I am an experienced engineer of over 35 years in the commercial vehicle maintenance industry since leaving school at 16 to begin an apprenticeship as a diesel fitter at the local council bus depot moving to the road haulage industry (road tankers) in my early 20’s and remaining there ever since. Originally from the Northeast where I still live with my family, however for a number of year now I have worked in the Northwest and nationally.

Kate Lester
Founder & CEO
Diamond Logistics Group

Kate’s the multiple award winning founder and CEO of the Diamond Logistics Group including diamond logistics – a national fulfilment and delivery network - and, despatchlab, the one stop logistics platform. She’s worked in many sectors of the transport and logistics industry for the last 30 years and is a passionate advocate and promoter of equality, diversity and inclusion in the sector.

Alan Maher
Managing Director
Archbold Logistics

Alan Maher is Managing Director of Archbold Logistics. Having been with the company for over 33 years, Alan has overseen the development of Archbold Logistics into one of the UK’s premier integrated distribution and logistics solution providers.

With a 100-year history and still family-owned, Archbold Logistics; services include pallet distribution, contract logistics, distribution, express and global solutions.

Andrew Malcolm
The Malcolm Group

Andrew’s experience has covered every practical and managerial aspect of the Company. He was the driving force behind its transformation into a major, countrywide player in the logistics sector and in 1994 he became Chief Executive of both divisions. His vast and detailed knowledge of his industry, customers and employees, has been built up over his forty years with the Company.

John Marks
Client Partner

Client Partner at Partners& with over 40 years’ experience specialising and working in partnership with clients and industry professionals within the Haulage and Logistics Industry. This has provided me with extensive experience and understanding enabling me to provide holistic advice and support to businesses across the Haulage, Logistics, and associated industries.

Jayne Masters
Sales Director
Miniclipper Logistics

Jayne is a director and joint owner of Miniclipper Logistics, a 3rd generation family owned transport and warehousing business, growing rapidly in Bedfordshire. Shortly opening their 5th site, and coinciding with the company’s 50th anniversary, the leadership team have transformed the business into a robust, profitable 3PL with £16m T/O, investing heavily in property, IT, and fleet.

From a foundation of sales and operations in the commercial vehicle rental and Irish shipping market for P&O, Jayne joined Miniclipper in the 90’s to run the business with her husband Peter. Gradually growing sales and customer relations to result in contracts worth over £5m, the directors remain accessible to their teams and customers, keeping customer and employee loyalty at a peak. Joining Palletline and the Hazchem networks has broadened the scale of the transport operations and Jayne has assisted with rolling out good sales practice to the networks they have worked with.

David McCutcheon
Bullet Express

David McCutcheon started Bullet express in 1990 with one van and £22.00 government grant . From then bullet has grown into one of Scotland’s largest logistics suppliers covering all modes of transport worldwide . Bullet has grown to over 140 staff over 4 sites with over 110 trucks and trailers , 34,000 stored pallets and over 100 containers at sea.

David as the joint CEO with his business partner Gary smith will this year see growth approaching £20m.

Caroline Moody
Managing Director
Moody Logistics

Caroline Moody is Group Managing Director for Moody Logistics and Storage based in Cramlington, Northumberland. The family owned and operated transport and logistics company was established in 1947 by her grandfather.

She won the Freight Award category of the prestigious 2020 Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics Award and in 2021 was announced as the winner of Northern Transport Woman of the Year.

A passionate advocate for the logistics and transport industry, she takes every opportunity to highlight its contribution to the UK’s economy, the challenges it faces, as well as promoting the career opportunities available.

Grahame Neagus
Head of LCV & Municipal
Renault Trucks for UK & Ireland

Grahame has been in the industry since 1984, operating within LCV, HGV and Contract Hire sectors. During the 80’s and 90’s he spent time within the heavy Commercial OEM arena before nearly 10 years at Lex Autolease to set up and run the then new LCV Division. In 2016, Grahame joined Renault Trucks as Head of LCV for UK and Ireland, designing and implementing a new sales strategy across the UK and Irish network including the introduction of the latest electromobility range and in 2022, the all new Trafic Red Edition range too. An innovative, visionary and passionate leader and speaker, Grahame has and continues to drive sales and innovation within Renault Trucks forward into new markets with clear ambitions in ensuring all aspects of transportation across Europe are able to participate in the new world of electrification clearly demonstrated by the latest OptiModale concept vehicle. He is delighted and honoured to once again, be a judge at this years awards.

Eddie Parker
Consultant - Commercial Vehicle Affairs

Consultant – Commercial Vehicle Affairs for Arval, 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

As a prominent industry figure, Guy is an authority on the subject of Drivers’ Hours Law Legislation and digital tachograph compliance, for which he sits on steering groups/committees in Brussels and he features as a source of information for numerous journalists and editors.

Since establishing Aquarius IT Ltd, Guy ensures that his team are at the forefront of Technology and legislation and is steering the company to a future which best facilitates its customers. With software solutions for Asset Maintenance and Drivers’ Hours Law plus smart device applications, Guy oversees the company’s commercial provision for transport compliance services.

Brian Robinson
Commercial Vehicle & Sustainability Consultant
Zemo Partnership

Brian leads Zemo’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.

Colin Smith
Programme Manager
Freight and Clean Vehicle Retrofit at Energy Saving Trust (EST)

Colin has worked in transport at EST since 2007 covering fleet emissions and air quality. Expertise includes emission reduction certification and logistics GHG accounting. Projects aim to help reduce emissions and empower companies to address the climate emergency. Before EST, Colin worked in automotive and chemical sectors after gaining a Chemical Engineering degree.

Kieran Smith
Driver Require

Kieran Smith is CEO of Driver Require, an award-winning specialist driving agency serving haulage clients across the Home Counties and East Midlands, following a philosophy based on trust, professionalism, full compliance, and outstanding customer service. Kieran has built a reputation as a thought leader following key events affecting the haulage sector.

Richard Smith
Managing Director

Richard Smith’s career in logistics has spanned over 30 years. During this time, he has worked for privately owned and third-party logistics businesses throughout Europe, including well-known operations such as TDG Contract Logistics, Wincanton and Samworth Brothers Supply Chain.

Since joining RHA in 2017, Richard has overseen the truck cartel legal action and a successful business process change strategy. He has led the development of several key areas of the business including membership, shop sales, training and support services. This has made RHA a far more relevant and effective organisation, that delivers value for its members, as well as year-on-year growth across all measurables.

He has been instrumental with the introduction and delivery of RHA’s strategy which has included full rebranding, van, coach and individual membership offerings, a customs brokerage and a driving school in Scotland.

David Thackray
Marketing Director
Tevva Electric & Hydrogen Trucks

David Thackray has a deep knowledge of, and network within the logistics fleet sector in UK and overseas from more than 30 years operational and consulting experience. He is an internationally recognised speaker on fleet electrification and transport decarbonisation. David is an active member of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance.

Tevva is a British electric and hydrogen truck pioneer. Tevva designs and manufactures zero-emission medium to heavy duty trucks with a revolutionary combination of battery electric and hydrogen fuel-cell range extender technology. Tevva trucks are built to revitalize urban freight and logistics, optimising range, cost, driver experience, and environmental impact. Tevva trucks are already on the road and have accrued hundreds of thousands of miles in customer hands.

As a purpose-led technology company, we do technology because it matters and makes a difference to humanity. Our third-generation truck was unveiled in September 2021 to enable freight operators to immediately decarbonize their fleets.

Bob Terris
Meachers Global Logistics

With over 50 years’ experience in the transport and logistics industry, Bob is still very much involved in the running of the business. Joining the company in 1962 as a Traffic Operator – progressing through his career to Transport Manager, General Manager and then appointed Director in 1976. Five years later he became Managing Director and then Chairman in 2011. Bob has been integral to developing the business from a privately owned family run business to Subsidiary of International PLC and then led the management buyout to return it back to privately owned once again.

Andrew Towns
Operations Director
Fraikin UK

I have 37 years’ experience in Road Transport, I joined Fraikin UK as Operations Director in September 2021, previously spent 11 years in the Waste Transport Sector with Aftersales Director roles at FAUN Zoeller and Farid Hillend Engineering and as National Operations Manager at NRG Fleet Services

Thomas Van Mourik
Managing Director
Culina Group

Thomas founded Culina Group in 1994 and has transformed the business from a single operating site to the largest privately owned food and drink logistics specialist in the UK, with a turnover in excess of £2.2bn. Thomas is passionate about delivering service and has driven growth both organically and through strategic acquisition.

Carole Walker
Executive Assistant
Spot on ReadyMix

Carole Walker is the Executive Assistant at Spot on ReadyMix (Transport) Ltd, a rapidly growing family Concrete delivery Business.

Until 2019 Carole was CEO of Hermes Europe, responsible for all the European Logistics activities of the Otto Group, with turnover in excess of 3 billion Euros.

Carole was a Non-Executive Director of Logistics UK from 2013 - 2022.

For 13 years, Carole was CEO of Hermes UK, where she was responsible for the rapid growth and transformation of the business to become the second largest, consumer-centric, parcel delivery company in the UK.

Carole was the winner of the 2019 Motor Transport Awards for Service to Industry. Carole was also presented with the Metapack Service to the Logistics and Carrier Industry Award upon her early retirement in 2019, after 32 years in Logistics.

Bethany Windsor
Operations Manager
NOVUS and Career Ready Think Logistics

Bethany joined CILT(UK) in 2017, as Programme Manager for three programmes that work to inspire the next generation of logisticians. Her work with Women in Logistics won Bethany the 2015 Multimodal “Woman of the Year” award, followed by recognition in Everywoman in Logistics and Transport awards (2018) and Talent in Logistics awards (2019), both for “Industry Champion”.

Andrew Wolrich
Owner/ Managing Director
Wolrich Consulting/ Halycon 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.