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Since its UK launch in 2005, IPP Logipal has quickly gained a reputation for delivering simple, customer focused, high-quality pallet solutions to the FMCG, retail and electronic sectors. The company’s simple one-way trip system works well in partnership with today’s supply chain – saving time and cost due to increased pallet quality with higher compliance and reduced rejection rates. IPP Logipal pallets carry a wide variety of products for a growing customer base from small manufacturers to global brand names. To ensure consistently high-service levels, pallets are manufactured to strict criteria and undergo rigorous quality control checks. The company is part of Faber Halbertsma, which has over 100 years of pallet and packaging expertise across Europe.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Having established a new player in the pallet market a few years ago, I have a great opportunity to change the paradigm of rental supply in the UK and Ireland and align it with the already established European market, which is simpler and more flexible. It’s great to be able to offer a new alternative in a way that the market has been crying out for.

Who inspired you most in your career?

I have been lucky enough to know and work with many well-known names in this business and to be involved with a number of great customers and industries. But despite all of that, the most inspiring thing I see is always on visits to the children at the Royal School for the Blind in Liverpool, who never stop laughing and enjoying life and always focus on their abilities not their disabilities.

If you were an item in a warehouse, what would you be?

Well it would be very tempting to say a pallet – robust rugged and indispensable in today’s supply chain, but I think I’d have to be a warehouse management system – always switched on!

What brought you to this industry?

Having started life in a manufacturing and engineering environment it quickly became apparent how important the supply chain is. My first role in logistics was working with Fashionflow part of NFC (since Exel, now DHL) – that’s going back a bit! In fact it was in a finance role having started life as a qualified accountant (between you and me). My first time in a Fashionflow warehouse was at one o’clock in the morning as Marks and Spencer boxed merchandise was flying around my ears!

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do different?

Absolutely nothing (other than eat less and stay slim)

What’s your favourite pastime?

Spending time with my family. If I ever get the time, which is unlikely, I aspire not to spoil a good walk around a golf course one day. Don’t mention handicaps.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?

No comment – usually involves alcohol from what I can recall, but remember always drink responsibly!

Do you have any hidden talents?

None – I have so few that I have keep all my talents on display at all times.

Who would be your favourite party guest?

Despite the current furor over expenses, I would pick two politicians (if I can be greedy) – Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone – two thoroughly entertaining real world guys with a hint of irreverence and a good measure of humour thrown in for good measure!

What is the greatest luxury in your life?

If you mean some thing that I always have but can’t really afford then that would be my wife – who I love dearly!

If you won the Lottery, what would you do?

Simple. Enjoy it!

Who or what makes you laugh?

Anything and everything. Life and work can be challenging enough so it doesn’t pay to take things too seriously.

Do you have any secret ambitions?

To appear in Star Trek, I am a closet “Vulcan” – live long and prosper!

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Our family favorite is Menorca – accessible, quiet and relaxed. For a long weekend it would have to be New York – followed by a few days to catch up on some sleep.

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What’s your favourite music album?

The iPod echoes many sounds that reveal my age but at the moment I’m giving the Kings of Leon album a good bit or wear and tear.

What’s you favourite movies?

I much prefer a good book

What’s your favourite book?

Tom Peters – The Pursuit of WOW – always worth a five-minute browse now and again when I need a bit of mental Red Bull.

Who or what do you detest the most?

I don’t detest any person – although prolonged exposure to Big Brother may well change my view. The things I don’t like are rudeness and lack of courtesy. Come to think of it I’m not too hot on hanging about in airports nor Ryanair. I can’t stand poor service – it drives me mad.

What would be your advice to someone thinking about coming into the industry (apart from “don’t do it”)?

There’s no particular piece of advice I can think of giving. As I mentioned earlier, I wouldn’t change anything if I had to do it all again. If you like every day to be different, and don’t mind hard work and long hours, then this is the industry for you.

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