Paul Allera
Technical Director
Road Haulage Association

Paul started his career in transport in 1976 as a heavy goods vehicle apprentice, during this four-year apprenticeship Paul also gained his National Craftsman Certification. Paul then went on to attain his LGV class 1 licence and then decided to leave the workshop and driver class one’s. 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.

Interesting Facts – Paul Allera:

  • Is an official fund raiser for the children’s charity When You Wish Upon A Star.
  • As a big interest in American Vehicles from the 40s to Modern day, runs a modified Dodge Ram Pick
  • Enjoys a round of Golf Course & relaxing days on the bank side Fishing 
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.

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

Andrew New is the National Accounts Director for the transport division of Close Brothers Asset Finance. Close Brothers Asset Finance provide finance solutions for businesses wanting to buy new or used vehicles or release capital from existing assets. Our industry experts offer tailor-made, practical solutions that help enable success and growth.

Tony Pain
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. 

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 logistic companies characterised for most expedient, cost-effective and unbiased transportation solutions.