Chris joined the RHA in September 2019 to lead its policy on environmental and regulatory issues. Prior to this, he was a Civil Servant for 18 years, mainly at the Home Office where he developed policies to reduce offending by heroin and cocaine addicts and to address domestic abuse. Together with a family background in haulage, he brings extensive experience and insight into how central and local government decision-making, policy-making and Parliament works at the highest levels. Chris’ focus is to balance the needs of both hauliers and the environmental reform agenda.
Denise Beedell is FTA’s Policy Manager for Vans and Urban, a role that seeks to address the growing number of policy issues emerging from local and central Government likely to affect van users and operators. She helps to deliver the FTA’s urban logistics policy agenda, in particular proactively leading FTA’s policy work on vans, working across the Association to establish and manage services for van operators and users, including publications, information services and discussion forums in connection with policy and regulatory issues. Denise joined the FTA from the Federation of Small Businesses, where she was Development Manager for Greater London and led on policy for Transport, Environment and Crime in the capital.
Robin Billsjö is working as urban freight strategist at the City of Stockholm Transport department. His focus is to acknowledge freight as a separate transport mode and raise the general awareness of the importance for sustainable freight solutions within the city. In his work, he regularly interacts with a wide range of external stakeholders in developing new and innovative solutions to secure accessibility for freight whilst reducing its negative impacts on the climate as well as the local environment. Upscaling of off hour distribution, improved e-commerce deliveries and an increased use of inland waterways are examples of ongoing projects. Robin has previous experience working within the transport field for both private and public organizations.
After graduating from the University of Liverpool in 1999 with a degree in Marine Biology, Alastair took the decision to move into Local Government. He spent a year working for Hull City Council as an apprentice before moving to work for Broxtowe Borough Council as an Environmental Health Officer. Returning to Sheffield in 2003 to work for the City Council, he moved into Health and Safety, helping oversee the introduction of the Licensing Act 2003 before moving to manage the Council’s Public Protection team. In 2008 he moved to the Waste Management Team taking on the role of the Council’s Waste Strategy Officer. Since then Alastair has overseen a number of significant changes to the waste service in Sheffield, helping deliver in excess of £8 million of savings from the Council’s waste budget, working closely with its long term partner Veolia. More recently Alastair has been working to support the Councils response to the Climate Emergency.
Sam founded Gnewt in 2009 as a last-mile logistics company using only electric vehicles. It has the UK’s largest fully EV commercial fleet and second largest privately-owned smart charging infrastructure. Sam was a 2015 winner at the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards and a Fellow and Chair for the National Institute of Couriers. Sam works with key clients, the wider industry and Governmental bodies. In 2019, he was voted #46 in the greenfleet.net top 100 most influential people in Low Carbon Fleets.
Paul Farr has over 20 years’ experience in the logistics industry, working for brands including DHL, Wincanton and the past year CEVA Logistics as UK Business Unit Director for CEVA Logistics Transport & Transport Centre of Excellence.
On joining CEVA Logistics, Paul’s main objective was to transform the Transport operations which covers radial, high street, technical distribution and European Inbound and within that build the Transport Centre of Excellence. This Centre of Excellence covers Transport Strategy, Business improvement, Fleet Management, Carrier Management, Network Development and Claims & Insurance Management.
Through a new transport strategy, CEVA Logistics UK will have a single point of planning, identifiable deliverables and true visibility of the Transport Network building stronger effective working relationships with our colleagues and partners across the globe and our valued customers.
Andrew Gilligan joined the company in August from David Brown Santasalo, an international producer of complex gearing systems for the defence, energy and rail sectors, where he was general manager.
Andrew is an aerospace engineer with a master’s degree in global supply chain management.
He started his career at Rolls-Royce and worked in control systems, transmissions, compressors and commercial areas during a decade at the world-renowned engineering group.
He went on to hold senior roles at David Brown and Schenck Process, a market leader in applied measuring technology, gaining significant international experience in establishing and running production and supply chain operations.
Matt leads the Innovation movement for Calor GB and is part of the Global Innovation community for Calor’s parent company SHV Energy. With a strong background in marketing, commercial management and customer centricity, Matt is leading the development of new products, services and business models at Calor working towards a bold ambition as part of the energy transition to provide 100% renewable energy to all its customers by 2040.
Samuel McGuirk is the UK Head of Operations at OnTruck where he has joined to build out the operations function and create an unrivalled customer service for its clients. He works closely with OnTruck’s engineering department to build innovative market platforms for the last mile logistics industry.
Prior to OnTruck, Samuel was the Senior Manager at Just Eat where he led a Global Operations function, managing teams across Italy, France, Ireland, Canada and Spain. His mission here was to deliver unrivalled restaurant experience to a 60,000 global estate. Samuel is also completing an MBA in Strategic Leadership at the University of Portsmouth.
Bridget is an industrial property specialist. She is a chartered surveyor and a director in the Savills industrial and Logistics team with a focus on urban logistics and industrial intensification in London and the South East. She advises occupiers, developers, funds and property companies on acquisitions, disposals, development and other issues relating to their exposure and investment in the industrial property market. She is a thought-leader in the co-existence of logistics and other uses including residential. She is working with residential property developers to ensure the quality of logistics property built as part of their new mixed use schemes is fit for purpose.
After starting his career at Transport for London on projects such as the Bakerloo Line Extension and the Bus Priority Delivery Portfolio, Tom joined the City of London Corporation in 2016 as their Senior Strategic Transportation Officer. Since, he has been the strategic lead for freight, road danger reduction and Vision Zero. As well working in the project team for the City’s radical 25-year Transport Strategy, Tom leads on projects to reduce the impact of freight vehicles in the Square Mile, including delivering last mile logistics hubs, retiming schemes and increasing the uptake in use of consolidation centres by City occupiers and developers.
Andrew has worked in the mobile communication industry for over 25 years, starting his career with Securicor Communications, providing technology solutions to some of the World’s leading companies including Harrods, Air Canada, United Airlines & Virgin Atlantic. Starting his own business in 2003 in the telematics sector Andrew has become an expert in fleet management and integrated solutions for customers throughout the UK & Europe. Andrew co-founded the LEVL brand in 2017 which has now become the UK’s No1 Geotab value added reseller with a specialisation in the Electric Vehicle market.
ClientEarth has taken the UK government to court three times over the last eight years for failing to tackle illegal levels of air pollution and plays a central role in holding central and local government to account over proposed measures to improve air quality. Dominic works with a range of businesses to understand the technology and business model solutions that will be part of a present zero emission transport system and to provide progressive businesses with a voice in the debate.
David joined Tevva in 2016 and was handed the task of bringing the ground-breaking Tevva eTruck and its related technologies to market in the UK and across Europe.
Over the course of the last 20 years, David has held a broad range of sales and marketing roles, particularly in the logistics sector and is now in charge of setting Tevva’s marketing strategy and executing it.
In his three years at the company, he has been central to the development of the prototype eTruck, as well as its real-world testing, having driven a prototype all the way from Leeds to Tevva’s HQ in Chelmsford, Essex without stopping for a charge.
David has an MBA from Durham Business School.
Aaron Thomas has over 20 years of experience in logistics. Working for two large global companies, the first being Exel Limited and then Deutsche Post DHL Group, who acquired Exel Limited in 2005.
During his early employment, Aaron developed the core skills and attributes of an effective operational Manager, leading teams small and large. Further senior management roles developed within DHL.
His passion for innovation paves way for his recent career as Co-Founder & Managing Director of TRAILAR. In 2018, with his fellow Co-Founder (Denny Hulme) they established the start-up business that enters the global fuel saving and emission reduction market with mobile solar transport solutions.
Alex Tortras has an undergraduate and master's degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, having spent one year of his degree studying at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Alex has a strong background in strategic and operations consulting, thanks to his experience at Indra Business Consulting and Hewlett-Packard. Prior to founding Kiwi Last Mile, Alex worked as Delivery Manager at Ulabox, a Barcelona-based online supermarket startup. Alex has coursed additional post-graduate studies at ESADE Business & Law School in Barcelona, having completed a program specialized in e commerce.