Colin Hawkins to be Owned Operations Director, Pall-Ex

Colin Hawkins is to be the new Owned Operations Director at Pall-Ex. He is to oversee all Pall-Ex’s owned operation depots that include: Cranleigh Distribution Services, Pall-Ex London, Cornwall-based Intercounty Distribution and Shears Bros (Transport) Ltd in Bournemouth, as well as sitting on the UK operating board.


Hawkins was previously General Manager at Shears, a company purchased by Pall-Ex in 2017 and has 30 years’ experience in the logistics industry.

He commented: “I’m delighted to take up this new role and am looking forward to growing the Pall-Ex name and reputation in the south of England. It has been a testing time for everyone working within the haulage industry and keeping essential goods on the move remains our number one focus at this time.


“Each area is a challenging one for pallet networks but having an owned presence in these key postcodes is enabling us to secure our position locally and will enable growth in the long-term.

“Cranleigh is a new addition to our portfolio and is a well-known name in freight locally; the team are all very experienced, with most having been in place for 20 years or more, so it provides us with excellent foundations to build upon. I look forward to growing the owned locations, and putting into practise the positives that came from my time at Shears.”

Kevin Buchanan, Pall-Ex Group CEO, commented: “Colin has been an important member of our team since joining Shears in October 2017, working hard to modernise the company and ensure its longevity.

“This newly created role is a pivotal one for the continued success of Pall-Ex’s owned operations in what are challenging areas for pallet networks to cover.”

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