People news May 2015 04 May 2015

Cy Wilkinson is the new managing director at steering specialist PEL to drive manufacturing excellence. PEL customers include Alexander Dennis, Force Protection, JCB and Dennis Eagle.

Jason Harper has been appointed new business development manager at Wolsey Van Centre and will be working with companies in the Ipswich area to strengthen their fleet operations. He moves from the Volkswagen van centre in Bury St Edmunds.

Bus sales manager John Horn has joined Irizar UK's team as UK bus project manager. His career spans East Lancashire Coachbuilders, British Citybus, Darwen Group and Optare. He will be working on the group's i2e single-deck electric bus in the UK.

Karl Wilshaw is preparing to take over from Andrew Davis as national fleet engineer at Carlsberg UK.

Lee Sheldon has joined PCS as business development manager for the south of England and London. He was formerly with Optare.

Mark Davis has been appointed product specialist for epyx's 1link Disposal Network e-commerce platform. Responsibilities include implementing new fleet, dealer and trade users onto the platform, handling day-to-day technical queries, completing testing for new developments, carrying out technical training and managing data.

Laura Nelson has been appointed managing director of the UK and Ireland's largest workplace transport training accrediting body and Driver CPC consortium RTITB, following more than nine years of service.

Schmitz Cargobull has appointed Simon Lake its first national sales manager for truck bodies. Lake has held senior positions in Allfleet Bodyshop Services and Truck Engineering, and spent seven years as a business development manager at Bevan Group as wel as five years at Lawrence David and six at JC Payne.

Jim Blaber has joined temperature-controlled double-deck operator and trailer rental supplier Buffaload Logistics to oversee its new operation in Scotland. As development and operations manager Scotland, he is responsible for the company's new distribution hub in Livingston, West Lothian.

Bob Gowans has joined Andover Trailers to take on a new role as commercial manager, bringing with him over a decade of experience in the heavy truck sector. Gowans was formerly with Mercedes-Benz, where he was heavy truck product manager, and was responsible for launching the new Actros and Arocs Euro 6 ranges into the UK. He was previously lead engineer for sales engineering and homologation at Leyland Trucks.

Grham Belgum is the new business process excellence and aftermarket director at Optare. He has considerable experience in the bus industry, having spent the last decade leading operators through transformation and improvement projects.

Bridgestone says it is celebrating a major coup with the appointment of Guy Jones as sales and marketing director heading up a new business development role in its northern region. Most recently, he led the commercial team that successfully re-launched MG in Europe.

Volvo Bus has bolstered its retail bus and coach sales team with the appointment of Bob McGarry as retail sales manager for the north east of England, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. He was formerly with Evobus.

Brian Tinham

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