Nick Hay

Chief Executive Officer

Date joined Fowler Welch:

October 1, 2010

Portrait of Nick hay


Nick Hay, Chief Executive Officer of Fowler Welch, graduated from Birmingham University in 1995, ‘knowing’ that his chosen degree of Civil Engineering was unlikely to direct his final career. Looking for a Graduate programme offering a general management training scheme, Nick started as a trainee manager with Exel Logistics.

Following this introduction, he worked in number of operational roles before taking up a position as a shift manager with Danish dairy giant, Arla Foods, in 1998. Whilst at Arla, Nick had his first taste of strategic development work, leading a project to justify and develop a National Distribution Centre in Leeds.

From here he went on to work for Innovate Logistics, opening two sites and starting their first transport operation. Having developed a knowledge for the Frozen Sector, he was then taken on by Innovate’s major competitor, Frigoscandia, as Head of Sales in 2002.

Whilst at “Frigo”, he fast-tracked through a number of positions, ranging from National Transport Manager through to his final role as Operations Director, and becoming part of a management buy out of the business in 2004.

In 2005, Nick took up the position of Managing Director at Samworth Brothers Distribution, a subsidiary of Samworth Brothers Group, a family owned food manufacturing group. During his five years at Samworth, he oversaw a 70% growth in businesses turnover to circa £50M p.a.

In 2010 Nick was proud to be appointed as successor to David Inglis, as Managing Director of Fowler Welch. He says:

“Fowler Welch is a fantastic business with a hugely committed team. I am excited by the prospect of leading the team and growing the business for many years to come!”Nick Hay

2016, Nick was promoted to Chief Executive Officer, after several years of successful growth for the business.