The Judges

Paul Allera
Head of Fleet
Fowler Welch

Paul Allera has been the Head of Fleet for the past 5 years, his responsibilities include fleet compliance relating to the Operating License and ensuring Maintenance Schedules are adhered via an audit process. He is also responsible for the communication of environmental, specification, working with the procurement team for vehicles, trailers, telematics and central procurement strategies.

Paul joined Fowler Welch in March 2010 as National Fleet Manager. Following his engineering apprenticeship, he gained his LGV license at 21 and joined the brewing industry as a customer and primary driver. Over time he progressed to Depot Operations Manager returning to Vehicle Engineering as Southern Fleet Engineer. Paul has also managed Fleet maintenance via in house Maintenance Units for primary & secondary logistics and went on to become Regional Service Manager then General Operations Manager within the rental industry. 10th June 2017 he celebrated a milestone of 40 years within transport & engineering.

David Coombes
Managing Director
Logistics Job Shop

David Coombes FCILT has been in the transportation and logistics industry for over 32 years.  He is the Managing Director of Logistics Job Shop Ltd and Skills for Logistics (2015) Ltd and People Care (Europe) Ltd. David is also the regional Chairman for the CILT SW, and Distribution sector Chairman for The West of England LEP.  He also holds various governance roles across the SW.

Leigh Goodland
Managing Director
Axis Fleet Management

Leigh joined Axis Fleet Management in April 2017 and has over 15 years’ experience in the industry. He has held senior roles at MAN Truck & Bus UK, Isuzu Trucks UK and Cordwallis Vehicle Contracts. 

Since joining Axis, Leigh has developed a highly motivated team, underpinning excellent customer service standards and value added solutions for its customers.

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. 

Rob Wood
Chief Executive
Gasrec Ltd

Before joining Gasrec as its CEO Rob worked in several companies and subsidiaries of BP over 23 years. His roles included: carbon trading and origination; capital structuring; polymer manufacturing; chemical business restructuring and divestment; gas CCGT project development; and diesel sales and marketing. Rob has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is married with 4 children.

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.

Martin Flach
Alternative Fuels Director
Iveco UK & ROI

Since graduating Martin has held a number of positions within the commercial vehicle industry.   His career began with Ford Motor Company (Truck Division).  He joined Iveco Ford Truck in 1986 following the merger of Iveco and Ford (Truck Division) and remained with Iveco following the formation of Iveco Ltd in 2003.

He is currently Alternative Fuels Director with responsibility for the Light, Medium and Heavy product ranges.  Prior to this role Martin worked in Italy at the Brescia Production Plant and in the Iveco headquarters of Turin, as Chief Engineer responsible for the medium product range and as Line Manager for Medium and Heavy product, before returning to the UK for the role of Product Director. With the increasing focus on alternative fuel vehicles, Martin moved  to become the UK and ROI specialist in this vital area.

Dionne Redpath
Sales Director
Europa Road

Having worked in our sector for the duration of her career, Dionne occupies the role of Director responsible for Sales and Branch Network within Europa Road, a division of Europa Worldwide Group and is responsible for Sales, Customer Service and Forwarding Operations.  Previously Dionne has held GM positions in International and Domestic Network Operations and Commercial Management in Contract Logistics.  

Richard Smith
Road Haulage Association

Richard Smith joined the RHA as a Director in April 2017, having previously worked for organisations such as Samworth Brothers and Winanton Richard brings with him over 25 years’ experience in the Logistics and Supply chain industry and is a big believer in developing people and culture. Heading up the RHAs Legal action against the Truck Cartel has seen the project develop at an outstanding rate and is already a huge success.  

Iain Speak
Managing Director
Iain Speak Consultancy

Iain commenced his career in operations and has worked for the last 30 years in Senior Executive roles. He currently is MD of his own consultancy that focuses 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 is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a Vice President of The UK Warehousing Association.

Emma Barber-Collins
WH Barley

Emma is a Director of W H Barley Transport & Storage Ltd - a family run business in Milton Keynes. Emma joined the company at a young age and watched her father grow the business. She has a great amount of knowledge of the industry and is an active member of the RHA S/E region committee and Transport Warehouse Pallet Distribution Group.

Eddie Parker
Product Manager LCV

Eddie is Product Manager – Commercial Vehicles for Arval,  where he is responsible for the safe, legal and profitable operation of over 43,000 vehicles in both  in-house and external client fleets. With over 35 years within the Commercial Vehicle industry, both in UK and worldwide Eddie has held senior roles in operations, sales, legal compliance and engineering.

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.

Marion Romaines
Transport Association

Marion has worked within the Transport Association for 13 years.  The Transport Association is a group of 60 family owned hauliers that meet bi-monthly to discuss best practice. Marion's role is event management, relationship building with sponsors, recruitment of new members and managing of accounts.

Theo de Pencier
Deputy Chairman - London Ambulance service NHS Trust
Non-Executive Director - Transport Focus

Theo is the Deputy Chairman of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust and is a Board member of Transport Focus, the Government’s independent ‘ watch dog ‘ for rail, bus and tram passengers and users of the Strategic Road Network (SRN).

He has over 30 years Board level experience in the logistics industry working for DHL in the UK and abroad and Bibby Line Group.

From 2007 until retiring in 2015 he was Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association (FTA) representing industry’s freight interests by road, rail, sea and air.

Steve Granite
Abbey Logistics Group

Steve joined Abbey in 1995 as a Trainee Accountant and later became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts and a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics & Transport. During his career at Abbey, Steve has held the positions of Management Accountant and Finance Director before being appointed Managing Director in 2009 aged just 29.  In 2016 he led an MBO of Abbey Logistics Group with Northedge Capital and other members of the Management team. 

Since his appointment as MD on 2009, the business has grown from £18m turnover to £65m and is now the largest bulk food tanker business in the UK.  He also founded the employer-led initiative ‘Think Logistics’ which aims to encourage Logistics Employers to engage directly with Schools are attract more young people to the industry.  This led to 22 Logistics Academies opening across the UK with ambitious plan for 50 by 2020. 


Anthony Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Transport Focus

Having qualified as a solicitor, Anthony worked for five years as principal consumer lawyer for the Consumers’ Association, publishers of Which? This was followed by a year as the legal consultant for Consumers International, a worldwide federation of consumer groups.

Prior to joining Transport Focus, Anthony was deputy and acting director of ICSTIS, the regulator of premium rate telephone services.

Nigel Base
Commercial Vehicle Development Manager
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited

Nigel has been Commercial Vehicle Manager at SMMT since March 2011, following an entire career in the automotive sector.  

He started as an apprentice at a local garage and then went on to study mechanical engineering. Following a period abroad he entered the world of business management running a truck dealership, a leasing company, a vehicle engineering business and a stint in the defence sector. 

Shaun Stephenson
Director of Engineering
Ryder Ltd

Shaun was at Ryder until 2012 where he was Head of Operations, he has now returned to ensure the business has the expertise and infrastructure to maintain its technological and engineering excellence. This new role acknowledges the increasing importance that engineering and innovation will play in the own account and logistics sector, and will enable Ryder to help their customers understand and respond to these new market challenges for their businesses.

Shaun has held senior fleet roles at major truck operators – most recently Director of Fleet at G4S and, prior to that, Director of Fleet at Bidvest Logistics. He has also worked for Biffa and Arla Foods. Shaun is actively engaged in the wider transport industry: Shaun was President of the Society of Operations Engineers, which he concluded a 2 year term in July 2017; and he is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

Ali Karim
Managing Director
Hazchem Network

Ali Karim has over 30 years’ experience of dealing with chemicals and gas in a production as well as in a sea and road transport environment at a senior management level in the UK and overseas with Interoute Transport Services, Gas and Equipment Ltd, Linde Gas UK Ltd, United Transport, Inspectorate International [Saudi Arabia] and Transport Development Group [TDG].

John Bailey
Director - Hiab International Key Accounts

John started working in the transport load handling industry in 1974, he served his apprenticeship as a Hydraulics Engineer and gained a HND in Business studies. Over the years has built on his extensive array of professional qualifications.  John is an active member within the Association for Key Account Management and Strategic Account Management Association. But most importantly his greatest contribution is his understanding and knowledge of the motor transport business.

Andy Hill
Commercial Vehicle Manager
Lex Autolease

Andy is Commercial Vehicle Manager at Lex Autolease. With a commercial vehicle fleet in excess of 109,000 vehicles Andy is responsible for helping Lex Autolease clients choose the most suitable commercial vehicle and specialist equipment to suit their business needs. With 35 years of experience in the industry, including 20 years at Lex Autolease, Andy prides himself on his in depth knowledge of LCV’s, engineering, best practice, legislation and health & safety.    

Jayne Masters
Sales Director
Miniclipper Logistics

Jayne’s career in the logistics industry began at P & O, followed by senior positions with national truck rental company, Dawson Group and the award winning family business, Miniclipper Logistics. In 2000, Jayne was promoted to Sales Director and Board member responsible for delivering warehousing and transportation requirements to customers within the fast expanding Bedfordshire business. 

Colin Snape
Deputy Director of Policy
Road Haulage Association Ltd

Colin has been in the Industry since the age of 16 when he joined the Royal Corps of Transport. After a successful 23 year Military service he began his career in civvi street with the Nagel Group, then as head of HR for Nagel Langonds, moving to the RHA in August 2016 as the Deputy Policy Director. Colin has been instrumental in the introduction of the current Trailblazer Apprenticeships chairing the group since its inception. 

Grahame Neagus
Head of LCV – UK & Ireland
Renault Trucks UK

Responsible for the LCV Master product sales in UK & Eire, having been in the industry since 1984 at both Dealer and OEM level including 10 years at Foden and 9 years at Lex Autolease. Steering growth at Renault Trucks through consultative, focused industry strategies, 2017 saw 12% sales increase.  

Ian Barclay
Operations Director
Roger Warnes Transport

Ian has been with Roger Warnes Transport since August 2016 enjoying the challenge of working in a new sector, bulk transport. Previously Operations Director for Midlands based next day carrier Aspray24 where he blended in 3 years as a Director and Trustee of the Institute of Logistics and Transport to, as he says “putting something back” A self confessed industry enthusiast his career has taken some interesting turns including a 3 year stint as Sector Head at Freight Transport Association and Training Manager at Beck and Pollitzer who became TDG where he took up a wider group role.      

Charlie Shiels
Arrow XL

Charlie Shiels joined Arrow XL in January 2017, firstly in the role of COO and then CEO. Prior to joining Arrow XL, he had taken a sabbatical to travel.

Charlie has worked in the Logistics sector throughout his career and spent 22 years with DPD Group UK Ltd (on the board for 15 years) and latterly Executive Director of Central Operations for the last seven years of his tenure. 

During his time with DPD he helped open the two biggest parcel sorting hubs in Europe and was responsible for hub operations, linehaul operations, transport, fleet operations and legal/risk. 

He has also worked for companies including Exel Logistics, British Airways and Argos. 

In his current role with Arrow XL, Charlie is helping a great team create the best and most-trusted 2-person delivery operation in the UK.

Alex Laffey
Chief Executive Officer
Eddie Stobart

Alex Laffey is a global logistics expert with over 25 years' experience. He was previously UK Distribution Director and Global Network Development Director for Tesco plc responsible for a £1.6bn operating budget. He led overall transformation of UK, European and Asia networks delivering significant cost reductions, improved availability and service. Now Alex i leading the transformation of a new business operating model for Eddie Stobart.

Tony McHugh
Sales and Marketing Director
Giti Tire UK

Tony McHugh Sales & Marketing Director Truck & Bus. Tony has been with Giti Tire since 2009 and was involved from the initial start- up of Giti Tire (UK) and is responsible for all Truck & Bus Tyres and associated added value packages that Giti offer in today’s market place.  Previous to Giti Tire Tony spent 5 years with Goodyear covering regional and national roles for their truck business unit.

Before Tony engaged with the tyre business, Tony spent 25 years within the Iveco group of companies starting firstly with Magirus Deutz then through to Iveco Ford and then become  responsible for all customer support required for the Seddon Atkinson take over by Iveco. During the 25 years Tony started his career at warehouse level and moved through to Customer Services Manager, After Sales Manager and finally Technical Marketing Manager before joining Goodyear Dunlop in 2004. 

Ray Ashworth

Ray Ashworth has spent over 48 years in the truck industry with DAF Trucks. He gained an honours degree in Automotive Engineering from Loughborough University in 1976 and continued to develop his career with Leyland and then DAF to become Managing Director in 2009.  He retired in 2017 having successfully steered the Company through the global recession and the early days of Brexit.

John Egerton
Cartwright Finance Sales Limited

John has over 20 years’ experience in the business asset finance & leasing sector, almost exclusively gained in the commercial trailer and vehicle market. John has worked for Ryder, Transamerica Leasing, Bank of Scotland Asset Finance and as an independent Asset Finance Broker. As Managing Director, John's objective is to be the preferred asset finance business partner for customers purchasing both Cartwright product and general assets.

Carl Milton
Northern Region Logistics Manager

Regional Logistics Manager for CEMEX UK, a major UK supplier of construction materials.

Responsible for a large vehicle fleet, road safety projects and driver apprenticeship scheme. 

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport member for over 20 years, FTA regional and National council member and Construction Logistics and Community Safety (CLOCS) champion. 

Alex McKinlay
Commercial Fleet Manager
Iceland Foods

Alex McKinlay is the Commercial Fleet Manager for Iceland Foods.  Having started working for Iceland as a part time stock assistant whilst at University, Alex moved to their Head Office and worked in Supply Chain for 15 years, and is now responsible for Iceland Home Delivery Fleet.

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

Brian leads LowCVP’s Commercial Vehicle Working Group and its various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as LowCVP’s main point of contact on freight transport emissions issues for DfT and TfL’s LoCITY programme. Brian is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and has over twenty-five 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.

Jacqui O'Donovan
Managing Director
O'Donovan Waste Disposal MD of O’Donovan Waste Disposal, Jacqueline O’Donovan is one of the waste, logistics, and construction sectors’ most fervent pioneers of employee training and industry best practice. She is passionate about improving safety, not only within O'Donovan Waste, but also across the wider industry. O’Donovan became one of the first companies to become a CLOCS (Construction Logistics and Community Safety) champion and achieved the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold accreditation for the sixth consecutive year. Personal achievements for Jacqueline include being named Outstanding Woman in Construction 2016, Constructing Excellence Achiever or the Year 2016 and the Vitalise Business Women of the Year 2016 as well as the Institute of Directors’ Family Business Director of the Year. In 2017, she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London and was also honoured by Irish President Michael D Higgins with a Presidential Distinguished Service Award for her continuous support of the Irish community in the UK.   She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) as well as the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport (CIHT) and is a chartered waste manager of the CIWM.

Bob Harbey
Executive Director

As Executive Director at Microlise, Bob’s main focus is on the development of relationships with corporate clients and key business partners. 

Since joining Microlise in 1988, Bob has had many roles and areas of responsibility including operations, product development and sales. He nows leads the Business Development function and is a member of the Executive Board.

Syan Hancock
General Manager for Customer Care
Isuzu Trucks

Syan is the General Manager of Isuzu Truck UK’s award-winning Customer Care department. Responsible for managing the company’s team of Customer Care Liaison Executives and ensuring that ITUK’s unique CARE ethos is delivered to customers around the country, she has over 20 years’ experience in the transport industry. Isuzu Truck UK is proud to continue its longstanding sponsorship of the Customer Care Award, and Syan is delighted to once again represent ITUK at the event.

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.