Conference speakers

Transport Manager Programme




David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK

David is Chief Executive of Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, and the only organisation which represents all of logistics. With more than 18,000 members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers, the members of Logistics UK operate more than half of the UK fleet of HGVs, and consign over 90% of freight moved by rail, and 70% of air and sea freight.

David joined Logistics UK in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director, subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Vehicle Inspection Service and Training and Tachograph Analysis Service. David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%. Having completed an engineering degree in Liverpool, David studied for membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, qualifying in November 1993 whilst working in industry. His career has centred around engineering and service businesses and has both European and North American finance and 
operations experience. 


Chris Lipscomb, Director of Operations, Logistics UK

Chris joined the Logistics UK in December 2018 with over 25 years of operational leadership experience gained across manufacturing, supply chain and transport management. 

During this time Chris has worked for a number of household name multinational food manufacturers, PepsiCo and Mars, as well as a number of family owned and run SME’s in the food and chemical supply industry. 

Chris is a graduate of Heriot- Watt University, Edinburgh, where he studied Microbiology. 


Martin Candish, Head of Compliance Information, Logistics UK 

Martin-Candish.jpegMartin Candish IEng MSOE MIRTE – Head of Compliance Information 

Martin is responsible for Logistics UK’s compliance information output and the member advice centre.  He has worked for Logistics UK since 2003, with previous roles within the vehicle inspection service starting as area engineer, then team manager, and latterly technical manager. 

A time-served vehicle engineer working in both fleet and dealer environments, he has also worked as a technical officer for DVSA.  In parallel to this, Martin served 13 years as a vehicle mechanic in the Army Reserve, including operational service, and is currently a serving firefighter for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. 

He has many years of technical, operational, and managerial experience with lots of practical knowledge gained from across the logistics industry. 


Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK 

Phil-Lloyd-New-Headshot.jpegPhil has been the Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, taking up the role in June 2018, having spent most of his career working for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). He served his apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering in Manchester and joined what is now DVSA as a vehicle examiner, spending over 30 years with them in a wide range of operational roles, including Auditing, Training and vehicle certification.  For the last 13 of his years with DVSA Phil held a variety of senior management positions including; Head of Operations, Head of Policy, Head of Strategy & Planning and Head of Transformation, over that time leading the implementation of their Testing Transformation project, developing their Roadside Enforcement Strategy. Before joining the Logistics UK Phil was a self-employed contractor, providing technical training for MOT testers and consultancy to the Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA); designing and developing a testing solutions strategy, which was supported by the Logistics UK as well as the other main Transport Trade Associations. 


Chris Yarsley, Road Freight Regulation Policy Manager 

Chris-Yarsley-photo-1.jpgChris Yarsley is Logistics UK’s Road Freight Regulation Policy Manager with responsibilities for policy areas such as Drivers Hours; Driver CPC; FORS governance. He leads on the Association’s relationships with the Department for Transport and DVSA. Until recently, he was the lead policy manager for members in Wales, the Southwest and the Midlands. 






James Ashford, National Manager of UK Connected Services, Brigade Electronics 

JAMES-ASHFORD-1-1.pngJames Ashford is a vehicle safety influencer who regularly speaks about compliance issues including the Direct Vision Standard. James works with clients across a range of transport sectors, helping them to develop their safety operations and ensure vehicle fleets are fitted with the latest technology to aid in the prevention of collisions. 

Whilst Safety is in the lifeblood of Brigade Electronics, in his role of Head of Connected Services, James pioneers the Internet of Things (IoT) to combine camera technology, machine learning AI and telematics to provide Fleet Operators with a truly "connected" eco-system that provides real-time information to improve operations, efficiencies & road safety.


Chris Powell, Road Transport Regulatory Lawyer, Weightmans LLP

Chris-Powell.jpgChris advises goods vehicle and passenger transport operator licence holders on all aspects of transport regulation.  

Chris's areas of expertise include:

  • Representing transport businesses involved in proceedings before the Traffic Commissioner.
  • Assisting companies undergoing DVSA investigation and prosecution, including interviews under caution and desk-based assessment audits.
  • Advising operator licence holders on all aspects of regulatory compliance.  
  • Delivering strategic advice, training and support to transport managers, directors and fleet professionals.


Denise Beedell, Public Policy Manager, Logistics UK 

Denise-Beedell-New-Headshot.jpegDenise helps to deliver Logistic UK’s urban and environmental logistics policy agenda, in particular, proactively leading Logistics UK’s policy work on vans, including publications, information services and discussion forums in connection with policy and regulatory issues. Denise joined Logistics UK in August 2018 from the Federation of Small Businesses, where she was Development Manager for Greater London and led on Transport, Environment and Crime policy issues in the capital.  


Michelle Gardner, Deputy Director - National & Regional Policy, Logistics UK

Michelle-Gradner-kentico-150-200-px.pngMichelle leads on policy areas including the environment, connected and autonomous vehicles and the strategic road network. Michelle has a background in both policy and public affairs and prior to joining Logistics UK, she was environmental manager at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Previously she worked for the British Retail Consortium, first leading on public affairs and then on employment and health and safety policy. 




Tom Griffith, Manager - Member Advice Centre, Logistics UK

Tom-Griffith-kentico.pngTom Griffith is the expert in waste management, and has recently been promoted to Manager of Logistics UK’s Member Advice Centre (MAC). Prior to joining Logistics UK, he worked for a national waste company and in 2020, Tom became secretary to Logistics UK’s waste forum working group, enabling members within the waste sector to share best practice and learn of the latest developments affecting the sector. Tom has also gained specialist passenger transport knowledge working with our local authority members.

Tom monitors the latest consultations and announcements that may affect Logistics UK members, produces the monthly Operator Licence Compliance Information Services updates and is responsible for the compliance information on our website.


Ray Marshall, Manager of Compliance Information, Logistics UK

Ray-kentico.pngSince joining Logistics UK in November 2018 as Senior Transport Advisor in the Member Advice Centre (MAC), Ray Marshall has completed various training courses and is now a Manager of Compliance Information. His specialism is European Road operations which includes producing Logistics UK’s monthly European Road Freight News.

Ray started off his career as a delivery driver, then swiftly moving up to gain his C+E licence which he still holds, Rays career then diverted into warehouse management and operational management for a large domestic and commercial remover.

Ray has a wealth of experience in both operational and compliance led roles and continues to use this experience when dealing with members questions and emails.


Daniel Crutchington, Manager of Compliance Information, Logistics UK

Dan-Crutchington-kentico-2.pngDaniel Crutchington’s career began in a tachograph checking role, and since finishing university has had various roles in an FMCG operation, before becoming Transport Manager of a large two-man home delivery operation. Dan joined Logistics UK in February 2020 as a Senior Transport Advisor and is currently the secretary for the Utilities Services Working Group, being heavily involved in light commercial vehicles with excellent technical and systems knowledge. One of the most enjoyable aspects is being able to discuss a variety of topics every day and share information with people.



Percy Thrower, Manager of Dangerous Goods Information, Logistics UK

Percy-kentico.pngPercy Thrower initially served nine years in the armed forces which was followed with over 25 years of experience gained as a driver and progressing through to the position of a Transport Manager. Percy joined Logistics UK in April 2018 as a member of the Member Advice Centre (MAC) team. The last few years have been dedicated to building on his knowledge in relation to the transporting of Dangerous Goods across road, rail, and sea.



Becky Martin, Senior Transport Advisor, Logistics UK

Becky-Martin-kentico.pngBecky joined Logistics UK at the start of the Covid 19 pandemic in 2020, before being appointed to this role she had gained her 15 years’ experience working within retail, distribution and transport sector with her main employers being Marks and Spencer and John Lewis. “I started working in retail straight after college and have progressed my career over the years wanting to understand how the process from end to end within the Supply Chain worked. From here Becky realised that she enjoyed working within the transport area and maintaining compliance and dealing with the diverse issues that you would encounter on a day to day or minute to minute basis.

Currently within the Member Advise Centre (MAC) Becky works closely with the DVLA on licence related topics.