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Trevor Ellis has been appointed as the new Chairman of Palletline. Ellis is a director of C S Ellis (Group) of South Luffenham, near Oakham in Rutland, which has been a Palletline member since 1994.

He takes over from Ken Hackling, of John Hackling (Transport) of Bourton-on-the-Water in Gloucestershire, who has stepped down to focus on the increasing demands brought by the growth of his own business interests, but will remain on the Palletline board. Bob Rushworth, Company Secretary for Palletline, said: “Trevor has many years’ experience in the industry as well as having been a Palletline member for more than a decade. He has the full support of the Board and our nationwide membership, and we’re confident that he will continue the excellent work of his predecessor to maintain and enhance Palletline’s position as sector leader.”

David Clark has been appointed Purchasing and Logistics manager at Concentric Pumps, the Birmingham-based manufacturer of pumps for diesel engines, where he will be responsible for both commercial sourcing and logistical activities. David joined Concentric 18 months ago from Alstom, the power generation specialist, in Rugby. Before that he had spent his entire career in the automotive industry, including almost four years as Logistics and Materials Manager at Honeywell Serck, formerly Serck Heat Transfer, in Birmingham.

Deborah Evans joins the FTA Leeds Office as Regional Policy manager – North. Although born in the UK, Deborah grew up and was educated in Canada, most recently working for the Canadian Bankers Association. Deborah’s recruitment was in fact carried out by transatlantic video link. She has a BA and a Masters degree in Political Science.

Tom Curry has joined EWS as Business Manager Scotland. His role will be to target freight markets within Scotland and on Anglo-Scottish transport corridors where new freight volumes can be won from road to rail. He will also work on opportunities for Scottish rail freight to be sent and received via the Channel Tunnel from mainland Europe, in partnership with Euro Cargo Rail, EWS’s new French subsidiary rail freight company. Originally from Falkirk, Tom joins EWS from GB Railfreight where he held a business development position, and he has also worked for a number of shipping agencies.

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