Operations Director - Chill
Date joined Fowler Welch:
August 1, 2015
Martin started his career on the Whitbread Graduate Training Scheme in 1990 having completed an Honours degree in Economics and Geography at Coventry. It was during a placement year with Exel Logistics that Martin knew the world of Transport was a profession he was passionate about relishing the fast pace of operations and importantly the focus on people.
During 17 years in the Brewing industry as Whitbread became part of Interbrew and then InBev Martin undertook a wide set of roles from Site Management, Strategic projects, Contract Management and European Logistics Development. The diverse nature of the roles alongside a business that was developing to become part of a global leader was an exciting time providing a good grounding in all aspects of the supply chain. It was during this time Martin gained an MBA from the OU Business School helping to contextualise the business changes the brewing industry had experienced while furthering his educational qualifications.
With the next role likely to mean a move to Belgium, family wishes considered, Martin took the opportunity to remain UK based by joining Palmer and Harvey (P&H) in 2007 where he quickly became National Operations Director looking after their 14 Distribution sites across the UK. He joined the business during the evolution of the business towards a truly Multi Temperature, Multi Drop operation having just undertaken a MBO, significant infrastructure change and ways of working were a challenge everyone rose to over a 2 year programme of change. Martin is particularly proud of the progress made including the opening of the new 170k square foot warehouse at Hemel Hempstead while ensuring customer service was maintained throughout.
From Palmer and Harvey Martin joined Bidvest 3663 in 2013 as Director of Operations for the Midlands region looking after the operations in a number of locations while also playing a key role in the Operations Strategy Exec in this leading Food Service provider. Before departing structural changes saw Martin take responsibility for a number of sales teams both site and field based alongside his project and operational responsibilities.
The chance to join Fowler Welch in August 2015 was too good an opportunity to miss with an industry reputation for service based on true collaboration backed by operational excellence the draw was obvious. My aim is to ensure we continually evolve our operation with the customer at the heart of everything we do thus helping us to succeed together.