Truck and Track Summer 2023

Truck and Track Summer 2023 44 PERSONALITY PROFILE “At UPN, we have a genuine friendly big family feel right across our business. It’s a very special thing.” United Pallet Network (UPN) has been making great strides over recent years. As the only privately-owned business focussed totally on Pallet Networking, the company is now firmly established as a leading player in this fast growing and unique logistics sector. Truck and Track sat down recently with David Brown UPN Managing Director to find out more about him, how he came into Pallet Networking, how he sees UPN and how he envisages the development of the sector in 2023 and beyond. So David, firstly it would be nice to find out a bit about you. Are you a family man? What are your interests? “I’m very much a family man. Shelley and I have been together for over 30 years, have three kids - well, not so much kids now - and one grandchild. “I’m a big animal lover. In fact, you could say that I have my own zoo with horses, dogs, cats and goats. Yes - you could say I’m a spare time Farmer Giles. My other big passion is Liverpool FC, come on the Reds! “I’m originally from Ely in Cambridgeshire and I moved around a bit as a youngster because my Dad was in the RAF, but then I spent most of my youth in Northamptonshire.” And how did you get into logistics? Was it a career plan? “Not really! My career journey started like most people in logistics - I fell into it. Again, like most entrants into logistics, I was given an opportunity to grow and take responsibility early in my career. “I’m a big believer in fate. My career started when I signed up with a temp staff agency and, along with another guy, joined De Longhi – the household appliance company. Our first job was to handball 6,000 deep fat fryers off a container. Exciting stuff but it kept me fit! Fate then came in. They needed to lose one temp, potentially me. The agency asked the other guy first. He couldn’t do it but I could, and my career began!” David Brown Managing Director – United Pallet Network David Brown