John was brought up in North Tawton and after completing a Business Studies degree in 1980 he ‘set sail’ to Australia.
Initially employed by a Japanese container leasing company, John later became Regional General Manager for TransAmerica Container Leasing Company, overseeing all activities in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
By 1985, John’s father was keen to give his second son a trial to see if a third generation would take over the business. Now in his thirtieth year of running the company, John assumes that the trial was successful!
John lives with his family near Exeter and spends much of his spare time watching or playing sport. John also spent many years as a trustee of Devon Air Ambulance.
Tim began his career as a freight forwarder in Plymouth Docks. He joined Kay Transport in April 2000 as the Operations Manager, becoming the General Manager when Gregory acquired Kay in 2009 and in 2012 he became a Director.
He heads the management team that has seen the business grow under the Gregory banner and it now operates out of nine sites nationwide.
Tim lives in his beloved Cornwall with his wife Allison and their two sons. The things he’s most passionate about are his family, cooking (especially alfresco), the coast, good rugby and his tomato plants – but not necessarily in that order.
Andy started his career in the transport and logistics industry in the late 70s as a trainee with the Unilever company SPD, later joining Unigate and then Wincanton Transport in a range of transport and logistics roles, managing both retail and FMCG operations across the UK.
Andy joined what was AJ Gregory & Sons Ltd in 1992, initially as Operations Director, then Commercial Director, before becoming Managing Director in 2001.
Together with John Gregory, Andy has been responsible during the past two decades for the development of the company into the Group it is today.
Andy lives in Exeter with his wife, enjoys travelling and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Angela is the Group Finance Director with responsibility for the Finance and IT functions, and the Devon, Bristol and Midlands transport and warehousing operations.
She was born in Ashford, Middlesex and studied at Cambridge University where she graduated in pharmacology before training as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young, London.
After qualifying Angela worked for several PLCs including Glaxo Smithkline, Elementis and Uniq in a number of Finance Director, change management and general management roles, including eighteen months living and working in Princeton, USA.
Angela joined Gregory Distribution in 2011 and lives in Torquay with her husband and two sons.
Paul joined Gregory in 2011 and is responsible for the Supply Chain function. This encompasses the key stages of a vehicle’s lifecycle (ordering, commissioning, repair and maintenance, decommissioning and disposal) as well as HR, compliance, driver training, projects and procurement.
Paul’s background was in management consultancy and prior to joining Gregory he spent seven years with the KnowledgePool Group, a private equity backed turnaround, initially as Operations Director and then as CEO.
Paul has a degree in engineering from Cambridge University and an MBA from INSEAD, France, and lives near Exeter with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys running and the occasional triathlon.
With transport in his blood, Dave became Transport and Warehousing Manager for Express Dairies in Crediton and later at Kirkcudbright in Scotland after the acquisition of Scottish Pride by Express Dairies.
In 2001 Dave joined Gregory and assumed control of the North Tawton transport and warehousing operations, along with the integration of Hayton Coulthard into the Gregory group of companies, although there is nothing he likes more than buying and selling trucks!
Dave, a proud Devonian, lives in mid Devon where he and his wife are active in the local community.
Despite holidaying regularly in Spain, English and Devonian remain his only languages!
Robert joined Gregory in 1968 working for Jack Gregory as a costing clerk. At the time there were only about 30 employees, so the role also involved helping with the nominal ledger, sales ledger, purchase ledger and payroll.
When John Gregory joined in 1985 the company expanded and Robert’s role changed to managing the accounts, eventually becoming Group Financial Controller.
Now, with retirement on the horizon, his role is changing again and Robert is passing on his knowledge and experience to the next generation.
Outside of work Robert is a keen bowler with the North Tawton Bowling Club, where he is also their Fixture Secretary and Treasurer.
Nigel joined Gregory in 2003 and has held a number of different roles. He has been Head of Development with responsibility for company-wide business development and information technology. He has also managed the Midlands based transport operation and is currently responsible for the Bristol and West Wales transport and warehouse operations.
Originally from North Wales he has a BSc from Swansea University and lives in Nailsea with his wife and three children. A true red, he supports Liverpool and Wales.
Darren joined Gregory in February 2011 and has full responsibility for the Cullompton and Thame distribution businesses.
Prior to joining Gregory Darren held a number of senior roles in the logistics sector. He is a specialist in the engagement of people and has a track record of building high performing cultures and operations.
Darren is a member of the Institute of Logistics and is an accredited business and career coach. He lives in Mid Devon with his partner Tine and loves to spend time with his family. His other passions in life are Tottenham Hotspur and he is a massive Paul Weller fan.
Dominic is responsible for the Milk Business Unit, serving a number of prominent dairy companies. The primary focus of his operation is on the collection of more than 5 million litres of milk per day from farms for delivery into local dairies or, by secondary movement, into dairies in the South East.
Dominic joined Gregory in January 2011 from the automotive logistics sector, since then he has led the development of existing business relationships and the creation of new ones. These now cover all of the South of England from East Anglia to Cornwall.
Aside from a few years based in London, Dominic has lived in Somerset, enjoying family life along with golf and skiing.
Established in 1916, Hayton Coulthard is one of Scotland’s oldest distribution companies and Duncan is the fourth generation of the family to lead the business, having become Managing Director in 2000.
Duncan wants to hand the business on to the next generation in as healthy a state as he received it, and his sons James and Murray are the fifth generation working in the company as it heads to its centenary.
Duncan takes an active interest in the local community, supporting a local football club, pipe band and summer festivities, as well creating an enhanced outdoor environment for local people.
Nigel is a logistics professional with 25 years of experience in a variety of industry sectors including FMCG and retail distribution. He has a proven background in continuous improvement and in providing solutions for complex supply chains.
He joined Gregory in February 2014 as General Manager with responsibility for the North Tawton and South Molton operations.
Nigel lives in the middle of the English Riviera and when not working can either be found relaxing on one of its beautiful beaches or indulging in a game of golf with the rest of his family.
Following the acquisition in 2014 of M&D Transport, David and his wife Cathy joined the team at North Tawton to head up the chilled operation.
David left school aged 16 and started working for his father as an apprentice mechanic and later as a driver. After several years mastering the ropes, he moved into the office and started managing the business and has subsequently overseen 17 highly successful years operating from Torrington in North Devon.
David and Cathy live in Bideford and have three daughters.
Ian joined GDL in October 2013 and has responsibility for the Minworth Depot and associated contracts based in the West Midlands.
Ian has over 20 years’ experience in chilled food distribution in both the primary and secondary sectors having worked with NFT Distribution and Arla Foods. Ian’s experience also covers four years in factory management running a large dairy facility for Arla.
Raised in Yorkshire but now Loughborough based, Ian’s first love is hill walking and for much of his spare time he will be found on the hills of Snowdonia, the Lakes or the Yorkshire Dales.