Dennis Evans OBE

With a career that has spanned 40 years, Dennis starting selling Isuzu Trucks to sugar farmers in South Africa in 1975.

From there he has set up Unipart Centres across Europe in the 80’s, launched a new Range Rover in the 90’s, established Truck factories in Brazil for Mercedes in the 90’s and developed MAN truck and Bus Aftersales operation from 2005 to 2016 in Europe.

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

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.

Matthew Farrall
Managing Director
Farrall's Group

Born into the industry through the family business, Farrall’s Group, Matthew joined full time in 2009 after finishing college. Working from the ground up he gained experience in all areas of the business, before leaving in 2015 to go to Huddersfield University where he graduated with a first class honours in Logistics & Supply Chain Management (NOVUS). During his time at UoH he worked at companies such as Palletforce Ltd, Hoyer UK Ltd & Clipper Logistics Plc before taking a full time graduate position with Hellmann Worldwide Logistics. Soon after he was approached by Gwynedd Shipping Ltd to join their team as General Manager for multiple depots across the Northwest, gaining experience in the steel industry working with TATA steel and another leading pallet network, Palletways. In 2019 Matthew made the decision to return to Farrall’s Group as joint Managing Director with his sister Kat Farrall.

Andrew New
National Accounts Director | Transport Division
Close Brothers Asset Finance

A highly experienced Leasing professional with a strong pedigree in both sales leadership and business development. Over 20 years’ experience of vendor, bank channel and direct business to business funding both hard and soft assets. Andrew is currently the National Accounts Director at Close Brother Asset Finance. Close Brothers Asset Finance provide flexible and innovative funding solutions for businesses wanting to acquire both new and used vehicles or alternatively release capital from existing assets. With industry experts they offer tailor-made, practical solutions that help enable success and growth.

Tony Pain
Consultant
Centre for Sustainable Road 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. 

David Potter
Managing Director - Asset Alliance Leasing
Asset Alliance Group

David Potter, 53 Managing Director of Asset Alliance Leasing Ltd, part of the Asset Alliance Group 30+ years in Logistics and Transport after graduating at Oxford Brookes University. From brewing industry, to Ryder Logistics managing the HP European inbound logistics to “DHL Supply Chain” as VP Operation/Director of Fleet & Engineering.

Andy Potts
Area Sales Manager
Hankook Tyre UK

With twenty-five years experience in the tyre industry including over fifteen at Hankook Tyre UK, Andy has been instrumental in increasing the market share of the truck and bus tyre segment in the UK, developing fleets, improving tyre management and efficiency specifically in The Midlands and South East. Now viewed as the leader in the UK truck tyre replacement market, Andy ensures that Hankook remains a well-recognised and respected tyre choice for many UK based Blue Chip logistics companies characterised for most expedient, cost-effective and unbiased transportation solutions.