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Winter 2018

Truck and Track

9

BUSINESS NEWS

A transport management software

specialist, Mandata has appointed a

new senior director as it continues to

expand its UK operations.

Steve Spark has been appointed chief

commercial officer to manage the strong

growth in demand for its integrated

technology,

which

helps

haulage

companies control delivery management

with visibility and efficiency.

A key member of the senior management

and Mandata board, Steve Spark will

oversee the growth of its national sales

and marketing teamwith responsibility for

newbusiness and account management as

further solutions are introduced.

Steve’s previous role was at Viewpoint, a

global ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning),

project management and mobile solution

provider to the construction sector. He

brings to Mandata more than 20 years’

experience in software sales andmarketing, developing and leading

commercial teams to deliver sustainable revenue growth.

He said: “I’m very excited to join Mandata and to have the

opportunity to work with their customers.

“I’ve spent the last 13 years leading a business that provided

software solutions into the construction sector where supply chain

collaboration and integrationwere critical, and helping contractors

to improve visibility and control across their businesses.

“I’m joining at a really exciting time for both the industry and

Mandata. I understand that, just like the construction sector, it’s

never beenmore important to embrace technology to help improve

business performance to drive improved efficiency and margin.

“I’mparticularlyimpressedbytheMandatateamandsophistication

of its products that are delivering one source of the truth, real-time

information and avoiding duplication of effort; making life simpler

for operators at a time when innovation is key to achieving greater

efficiencies, differentiation and improved customer service levels.

“Mandata has a dynamic vision and will continue to be a real force

behind change in the industry as it leads the way with its ground-

breaking products; it’s a very exciting time to be here and to play a

key role in helping to bring new critical innovations to the market

which will be in unveiled in the coming months.”

Mandata, which employs 70 people across the UK, is looking

to grow turnover to more than £8m in the next 12 months and

strengthening its national customer base.

Mark Norcliffe CEO said investment in its skilled workforce will

continue to improve the firm’s national capability, technical

excellence and resources, accelerating its continued innovation in

cloud and mobile technology for haulage operators.

He said: “Following the secondary buyout of Mandata in April by

LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Development Group, we’re

moving forward in a position of strength and embarking on the next

stage of our growth strategy, underpinned by continued investment

in product, service and our market-leading team.

“Steve’s appointment is pivotal to this strategy. He brings a huge

amount of experience and knowledge to us at a time of massive

potential for the business. I’m delighted to welcome him as part of

the exciting future for Mandata.

“We remain fully committed to staying at the forefront of transport

management software innovation and it is our priority to continue

providing the highest quality products and excellence in service

levels.”

Mandata is a leader in transport and logistics software producing

world-class solutions for local and national haulage operators

including Elddis Transport, Fergusons Transport, Agro Merchants

Group, CMDownton Ltd, Sutton & Son Ltd, Gregory Distribution and

DFDS Logistics.

Its systems, where information is centralised on one common

platform, allow collaboration between departments and end-

customers, enabling users to gather information from across all

business functions, eliminating the need for multiple systems and

providing increased insight into real-time business performance.

More at

https://www.mandata.co.uk

Steve Spark (right), new chief commercial officer at Mandata.

Also pictured is CEOMark Norcliffe

New director adds spark to transport technology

specialists Mandata

Ian Keilty has joined Wincanton as

Managing Director, Retail and Consumer.

Ian was most recently Vice President,

European Supply Chain, at Sysco and was

previously Chief Operating Officer of Brakes

group when Sysco acquired them. Ian has also

held various roles on the operating boards

and executive committees at Booker Group

and Iceland Stores. Prior to this, Ian had a

background in engineering and supply chain working for Mars and

has an MBA from London Business School.

Ian will succeed LiamMcElroy who is stepping down after six years

in the role during which time he has been instrumental in growing

the company’s Retail and Consumer division. The two will work

side-by-side across a transitional period over the coming months.

Adrian Colman, Wincanton’s Chief Executive, said: “During his time

at Wincanton, Liam has used his considerable energy, industry

knowledge and insight to grow our successful Retail & Consumer

business and I am grateful for the significant contribution that

he has made to our business and our leadership team. Finding a

successor for Liamhas been a difficult challenge and I amdelighted

to welcome Ian who will bring fresh strategic thinking and

intellectual rigour to the Group, backed by a keen interest in our

customers and people. Ian joins us at an exciting time to support

the ongoing growth strategy for our Retail and Consumer business.”

Ian Keilty joins Wincanton

as MD, Retail & Consumer

Ian Keilty