CHEP, the global supply chain solutions company, has recently appointed Helen Lane as Vice President, Northern Europe. In her new role, she will lead CHEP’s UK and Ireland business in providing customers more ways to optimise every stage of their supply chains. She replaced Rod Francis who has moved to the CHEP Africa, India and Middle East business.

Helen joined CHEP in 2003 and has held various roles in Finance, European Key Accounts, National Account Management and Logistics Services. She was promoted to the role of Director, Retail and Asset Management in 2012 where she led with distinction, building strong alliances with the UK’s largest retailers.

Commenting on her appointment, Helen stated: “I’m extremely excited and proud to lead CHEP UK and Ireland towards our vision of becoming our customer’s easiest choice of partner. CHEP is a great business but I believe that we can be an even greater one by becoming even more fanatical about our customers. We want to be easy to choose because CHEP ‘just works’ and through the value that we add, we will help our customers deliver on their promises” 

Mike Pooley, President CHEP EMEA commented: “CHEP is a unique and highly successful business but to stay at the forefront of our industry we have to keep moving forward; Helen’s appointment to Vice President is key to that. Helen has a proven track record in developing innovative and customer-led ways of delivering excellent service. I am confident that with her leadership, the team will increasingly seek out new and better ways to serve our customers and collaborate to deliver solutions that help drive efficiency, cost savings, and sustainability in their supply chains.”

Helen holds a Degree in English and French Literature from Leeds University, she lives in Manchester with her husband and two young daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy.

About CHEP

CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packing solutions, serving many of the world’s largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive, in more than 50 countries. CHEP offers a wide range of environmentally sustainable services that contribute to increasing efficiency levels for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP’s 11,500-plus employees and 275 million pallets and containers offer complete coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco and Nestlé. CHEP is part of the Brambles Group, the operator that includes IFCO, the leading provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) to the fresh food supply chain globally, as well as specialist container solutions providers to the automotive, aerospace and oil and gas sectors. For further information, visit

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Alan Taylor

Marketing Manager, CHEP UK & Ireland