Judges 2021


Paul Allera
Technical Director
Road Haulage Association

Paul started his career in transport in 1976 as a heavy goods vehicle apprentice. He went on to attain his LGV class 1 licence and moved to Whitbread Beer Company, following a development programme he became a Transport & Warehouse Manager and later moved back to engineering. A move saw him in Truck Rental, where he spent 7 years. Early 2010 joined Fowler Welch as Head of Fleet and 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.

David Batty FRSA BTAC
Engineering Director
BATNEEC Development Services

David has been in the transport and engineering industry for 57 years. He is the Engineering Director of BATNEEC Development Services, he has been the innovator of several tractor and trailer designs, and he has been a finalist on four occasions at the Motor Transport awards, and the winner in 2007 of the Service to Industry Award. He is an active member of the Royal Society of Arts.

Neil Bowker
Commercial Director
Bowker Group

With over 40 years of industry experience, Neil has extensive knowledge of both transport and warehousing operations. Bowker, who primarily operate within regulated markets, celebrated their 100-year anniversary in 2019; a milestone that makes them one of the oldest privately-owned operators in the UK. Neil is currently vice chair of the United Kingdom Warehouse Association and sits on the Chemical Business Association’s board.


Clive Brooks
Managing Director
ABE (Ledbury)

A lifetime in transport & shipping starting from college at Davies Turner in Battersea followed by Europa Worldwide Logistics in Erith, Palletline in Birmingham and now Managing Director of ABE (Ledbury) Ltd in Herefordshire. LGV C&E, DCPC, OCPC, MBA and a 50m swimming badge.

Kevin Buchanan
Group CEO
Pall-Ex

Previous positions:

  • Managing Director of Pall-Ex (2014-2019)
  • Managing Director of Palletline (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, looking after some of the most prestigious FMCG businesses such as HJ Heinz, GSK, Panasonic and adidas. Since joining the RHA in 2014 he has restructured the Association, making it a far more relevant and effective organisation that delivers value for its members with a powerful and effective lobbying voice.

David Cebon
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Cambridge University

David Cebon is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Cambridge University and Director of the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium and the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight. He also leads Cambridge University Engineering Department’s Transport Research Group and the Department's research theme 'Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure'. His research covers the mechanical, civil, and materials aspects of road transport engineering. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers on dynamic loads of heavy vehicles, road and bridge response and damage, advanced suspension design for heavy vehicles, heavy vehicle safety and manoeuvrability, heavy vehicle energy consumption and decarbonisation, and the micromechanics of asphalt deformation and fracture. Professor Cebon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Operations Engineers.

Natalie Chapman
Head of Policy - South, Logistics UK
Freight Transport Association

Natalie has 18 years of experience in the logistics industry. She leads on policy engagement for the South of England, including developing and shaping transport policy to support Logistics UK’s 18,000 members; engaging with political and policy stakeholders; and representing the industry in the media. Natalie read law at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Steven Cleary
Head of Sales, Transport Services
Wincanton

Steven is responsible for driving growth & business development within transport operations across all business sectors for Wincanton. He previously worked at Turners (Soham) Ltd for 15 years were he held various operational, management and commercial roles.


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 Chairman of the Logistics Skills Network, the first independent trade association for the UK’s specialist training providers delivering skilled, key workers for the logistics and passenger transport sectors. He is Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; Chairman of the West of England’s Transport and Logistics economic recovery group and a Trustee of Career Colleges

John Comer
Head of Product Management
Volvo Trucks UK & Ireland

John Comer is Head of Product Management at Volvo Trucks UK and Ireland. John was born in St Albans in 1963 and graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic with a BSc mechanical engineering with automotive design. He initially worked for Bass Brewers, Burton-upon-Trent in 1985 involved with fleet engineering and vehicle specifications before joining Volvo Trucks in 1989. Since then, he has held various positions within Volvo Trucks - including Mitsubishi Canter Product Manager and in 2002 became Product Manager for Volvo Trucks - UK & Ireland, before taking up his current Group role in 2015. John is married with two children, Hannah and Miles and in his spare time enjoys history, reading, cars and trucks.

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.

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.

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
CEO
Fagan & Whalley

Graham Fagan is CEO and joint owner of Fagan & Whalley Ltd, a well-established transport and distribution company with a rich 90-year heritage. With operational sites across the Northwest and Midlands, Fagan & Whalley offers bespoke logistics solutions, including BRC warehousing and transport for full-load and part-load consignments, employing a total of 320 staff members.

Stewart Ferrie
Head of Fleet Supply & Lifecycle
Royal Mail Group

Stewart has 31 years’ experience in the Automotive sector working for Royal Mail. He has held various role including the responsibility for operational fleet management and compliance as well as fleet maintenance. Stewart is currently responsible for vehicle in life management and sales, fuel management, supplier management, fleet engineering and business systems.

Jim French
Managing Director
Road to Logistics

Joined British Road Services as a Traffic Office Trainee in 1969. Served BRS, Exel Logistics, NYK and PD Ports as Operations Director. Motor Transport - Transport Manager of the Year 1988. Former Chairman of the Road Haulage Association. Fellow Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. Awarded MBE in 2018 for services to young people in Transport. Appointed Co-Chair of the Trailblazer Group for Transport and Logistics January 2020 Appointed Managing Director of Road to Logistics September 2020

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.

Stuart Godman
CEO
Absolutely Couriers

Currently CEO of Absolutely, the leading London final mile provider. An experienced C-Suite Executive who has operated for over 30 years in the industry with PLC and Private Equity backed businesses such as Connect Group/Smiths News, DX Group, Target Express & TNT Express.

Richard Horton
Head of Fleet - Business Services
Travis Perkins

Richard has worked within the logistics industry for nearly 25 years in a number of 3PLs and inhouse operators covering various roles from business development to operations compliance. Currently centrally supporting the nine businesses within Travis Perkins PLC, managing O’Licence compliance for over 3,000 vehicles and 7,000 drivers.

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...

Allison Kemp
Managing Director
A.I.M Commercial Services

Allison Kemp MBE, Managing Director of A.I.M Commercial Services Ltd. She is the third generation of her family to work within the haulage industry so fully understands the ever-increasing demands on those working within the sector. Passionate about encouraging the younger generation and women to consider careers in the industry.

Matthew Kibble
Managing Director
MKT Logistics

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.

Justin Laney
Partner & General Manager
John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership fleet of 4,500 commercial vehicles and 1000 cars. The fleet is on target to be free of fossil fuel by 2030, and net zero carbon by 2035 through the use of efficiency measures, biomethane and EVs. Justin is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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.

Andrew Malcolm
CEO
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.

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 McCutheon
CEO
Bullet Express

David and his business partner, Gary Smith, have built the business to become one of Scotland’s largest end-to-end logistics providers, with a turnover of over £15m. Bullet Express has four operating centres and three owned properties covering over 500,000 sq ft with a capacity to store 26,000 pallets. David’s knowledge of all areas of logistics has been built during more than 35 years in the industry. Bullet Express is heavily involved in worldwide freight , palletised storage , same day services and UK and Ireland palletised distribution. The company works with many partnerships none more so than Pallex where it is a shareholder in the Group. As well as being CEO of Bullet Express, David is a director of the RHA and UKWA where he has a passion to drive change in the UK logistics sector.

Colin Melvin
Sales Director
Fraikin UK

Fraikin Ltd is part of the Fraikin Group, the largest commercial vehicle fleet services company in Europe, providing expert fleet management, contract hire and rental solutions to both the private and public sector. Colin has worked for the business for more than 30 years in various customer-facing roles, through to his current position as Sales Director.
With the industry constantly changing and evolving, Colin and his team are able to call on decades of collective experience, knowledge and understanding to ensure the development of innovative solutions and services that deliver competitive advantages to both new and existing Fraikin customers.
Originally from the North East, he is a keen Sunderland FC fan and when Covid-19 restrictions allow he also enjoys walking in the Lake District.

Caroline Moody
Managing Director
Moody Logistics

Caroline Moody is the 3rd generation Managing Director of Moody Logistics & Storage based in Northumberland. A passionate advocate for the logistics industry, and its importance to the UK Economy, she previously hosted a visit from then Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, taking the opportunity to highlight the many challenges facing the sector. In 2020 Caroline was named the winner in the Freight Leader category of the Amazon everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards, in recognition of her innovation and leadership.

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.

Grahame Neagus
UK & Eire LCV Manager
Renault Trucks

Grahame has been in the Commercial Vehicle industry for over 36 years, is highly respected for his strategic industry knowledge, thought leadership whilst delivering high value projects from concept to successful sales conclusions and has a unique wealth of experience across the LCV and HGV sectors including electromobility and Contract Hire. He is currently the Head of LCV and Municipal for Renault Trucks in UK & Ireland and has delivered a 360% increase in vehicles sales over the last 4 years.

Kate Norton
Sales General Manager Commercial UK & Ireland
Goodyear Tyres UK

Kate is responsible for leading Goodyear’s commercial activity throughout the UK and Ireland, driving growth across truck tyre sales and uptake of Goodyear’s comprehensive fleet offering, Goodyear Total Mobility. Kate has worked for Goodyear for over ten years and has extensive knowledge of the tyre industry having previously managed some of the company’s largest consumer accounts in the UK.

Tony Pain
Consultant
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
Consultant - Commercial Vehicle Affairs
Arval

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.

Toby Poston
Director of Corporate Affairs
British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association

Toby Poston is Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association. He has worked within the sector for more than ten years and currently oversees the association’s communications, events, campaigning and research activities as well as fostering relationships with key industry stakeholders. Prior to joining the BVRLA, Toby was a business journalist for fifteen years, spending much of this time as a reporter and editor within the BBC Business and Economics Unit, working across TV, radio and online channels.

Guy Reynolds
Commercial Director
Aquarius IT

Guy is a prominent figure in the industry, and 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 features as a source of information for numerous journalists and editors. Since establishing Aquarius IT Ltd in 2003, Guy has kept himself and his team at the forefront of Technology and legislation in order to steer the company to a future which best facilitates its customers. With systems like ClockWatcherElite, Asset Maintenance and smart device applications, Guy oversees the commercial impact that Aquarius provide 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.

Neil Rushworth
Managing Director
Expert Distribution

Neil Rushworth is Managing Director of Expect Distribution, winners of the MT Haulier of the Year award in 2020. Expect Distribution, based in Bradford is a £37m turnover logistics provider specializing in bespoke solutions and value added services, operating from 4 sites in West Yorkshire, totalling 600,000 sq ft in total.

Iain Speak
Managing Director
Iain Speak Consultancy

Iain has over 30 years of experience in Senior Executive roles both in the UK and abroad. He held several Executive positions with TNT Logistics, both in the UK and overseas, before joining The Bibby Line Group where he was CEO of Bibby Supply Chain Services, which included a number of companies including Bibby Distribution and Bibby Ship Management. He was also a Non-Executive Director of Bibby Off-Shore, a sub sea engineering and project management business.

Iain formed his own consultancy company over 6 years ago. He advises clients on a wide range of business challenges including Strategy, Leadership, Organisation and Growth with a bias towards sound practical application rather than textbook theory. His long-standing clients include a large Far East freight forwarder, several UK logistics and transport businesses, and a top 50 law firm. He sits on or Chairs many of their Boards. He has a pragmatic down to earth approach. Iain is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

David Thackray
Sales and Marketing Director
Tevva Motors

David joined Tevva in 2016 to bring the ground-breaking Tevva eTruck and its advanced EV technologies to market in the UK and across Europe. David’s experience spans road haulage contracting, international strategy consulting and market research. Holding a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, a transport manager’s license and a current Class 1 HGV licence; David combines a theoretical and practical understanding of the disparate pressures and requirements faced by fleet operators and is therefore almost uniquely qualified to demonstrate how the environmental, operational and commercial imperatives of the de-carbonisation of road transport can be simultaneously satisfied.

Thomas Van Mourik
Managing Director
Culina Group

Thomas founded Culina Group in 1994 and has taken the business from a single site to where it is now with an annual turnover of £1.1bn+. Thomas oversees the market-leading operation, providing an award winning service to a vast portfolio of food and drink clients, from start-up businesses to multi-national organisations.

Alex Veitch
General Manager - Public Policy
Logistics UK

Alex is responsible for Logistics UK public policy positions including Brexit, Environment and Skills. Alex has worked at Logistics UK since 2015 and was Head of Multimodal and previously Head of Global Policy, a role that included a one-year secondment to HMRC Customs EU Exit team. Alex has a varied background across the transport and sustainability sectors, including developing low-carbon vehicle policies and programmes for the Energy Saving Trust; Head of Sustainability for the global association of railways UIC based in Paris, and leading multimodal projects and EU policy engagement for ATOC and Rail Delivery Group. Alex started his career as an environmental campaigner for the Sierra Club in Washington DC. Alex is currently Vice Chair of Trustees at Living Streets, the national charity for everyday walking, and is a Chartered Member of CILT, IEMA and CMI

Carole Walker
Non-Executive Director
Logistics UK

Carole Walker is a Non-Executive Director of Logistics UK. Until recently Carole was CEO of Hermes Europe, responsible for all the European logistics activities of the Otto Group. Previously Carole was CEO of Hermes UK where she oversaw the rapid growth and transformation of the business to become the second largest 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.

David Winchcombe
Head of Transport
DPD UK

David Winchcombe, Head of Transport at DPDGroup UK. Responsible for a diverse commercial vehicle fleet operating on a 24/7 platform. As a founder member of ER, our Linehaul fleet is maintained in-house and we also incorporate a network of external contractors to deliver a quality service at each operating centre. Alternative fuelled vehicles is a key part of our sustainable vision and we are now operating over 700 electric vehicles within the UK. Our growth in this sector will continue and by incorporating new innovations into our fleet we will be able to offer our customers a sustainable service that supports the environment.

Bethany Windsor
Operations Manager
NOVUS and Career Ready Think Logistics

Bethany joined NOVUS as Operations Manager in 2017. NOVUS is a strategic solution to the skills shortage in logistics, working with over 15 companies and seven universities to provide applied, industry-relevant education and create work-ready graduates. Bethany has been a passionate advocate of young professionals in logistics, securing the Talent in Logistics awards (2019) 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.