Meet the Team

The Advanced Supply Chain family is full of the best talent from across the logistics and supply chain sector. Short biographies of key members of our senior management team can be found below – feel free to call or message them using the contact information at the top of the page!

Mike Danby

Mike spent the formative part of his working life in the British clothing industry. He began in the sector 30 years ago with a traditional apprenticeship, spending 10 years with the Burton Group and Damart, specialising in laboratory and quality management.

In 1997 together with his business partner Glyn Rogan he bought a small garment processing company. Since then Advanced Supply Chain Group has diversified to provide; warehousing, pick and pack, ecommerce fulfilment, reverse logistics, trucking and freight forwarding for sectors as diverse as garments and footwear, automotive, white goods, kitchens and bathrooms, food and many others. A true end to end capability built around a unique “intelligent logistics” philosophy.

Mike is also Vice Chairman of the ASBCI trade body, is a member of the Business, Innovation and Growth panel and the international trade working group of the of the Local Enterprise Partnership (L.E.P.) and playing various sports and attending Leeds United football matches.

Mike continues to drive the organisation forward with his dedication to giving customers the best and most cost-effective end-to-end supply chain in a way that fits seamlessly with their operating processes. Mike sees bespoke IT at the heart of this continued growth and holds a fundamental belief that Advanced must continually use innovation to add value for its customers.

Glyn Rogan

After spending a number of years working in warehouse and distribution at a number of large organisations, Glyn was appointed CFO of Brentray Services in 1995. In 1997, it was recognised that further serious investment was needed for the business to fulfil its potential. Together with Mike Danby, Glyn organised a management buyout and they became Directors and major shareholders of Advanced Processing Ltd.

Glyn is responsible for all financial aspects of the business together with HR, security, estates management health and safety, Insurance and all company secretarial obligations.

Glyn’s financial acumen and background in the industry is a valuable asset to the business. Glyn has carefully controlled the finances of the business and has combined tight cost control, astute borrowing and the ability to provide the secure financial environment for the business to continue its expansion over the years.

Ben Balfour
Commercial Director

Ben is the Commercial Director for Advanced Supply Chain and his career in the business has spanned over 25 years. Joining the Company as an operator in 1993 Ben quickly showed initiative in spearheading innovative operational efficiencies that developed significant benefits to our customers. Ben was identified through the Company’s talent management processes and progressed his career through a number of roles to Operations Director.

In 2016 Ben was appointed as Commercial Director. Since this appointment he has laid the Commercial foundations and framework for Advanced and jointly with the operations team has delivered initiatives that include new sales, business development, marketing and branding successes.

Ben’s hands-on experience in all areas of our business means he can offer our clients bespoke solutions and extensive knowledge.

Sandy Hunter
Finance Director

With a twenty-year career in the logistics sector, Sandy has worked across business development roles and more recently a position of Finance Director of a fast-growth private equity-backed business.

With a rare combination of spearheading the win of major tenders and implementing them operationally and financially made Sandy the perfect hire to support the next phase of growth at Advanced Supply Chain.

Key achievements include taking the strategic lead in trebling sales figures within one of his roles and the positioning of the sale of the business. He’s also held a position in which he oversaw the EMEA region giving him significant exposure to non-UK trade and financial measures and the workings, stewardship and controls of working within a large corporate business based in the USA and ultimately controlled in Australia.

Sandy is responsible for the finance function at Advanced Supply Chain, working closely with Glyn Rogan as he focuses on the strategic future of the business and his other non-finance team responsibilities. Sandy will develop the necessary financial and commercial systems within the business for the next push to £100m+ turnover in coming years.

Rory Watts
Operations Director, Advanced Forwarding Limited

Rory was born and raised in South Africa. After leaving school and completing his National Service he spent 10 years in the South African Fire Service. He moved to the UK in May 2000 and without hesitation took a career opportunity in International Freight Forwarding. Rory has now spent over 15 years in the International Freight Forwarding and his expertise spans all aspects of sea, air and road freight.

Rory joined Advanced Forwarding Ltd in May 2011, after being headhunted for the role and is now leading the UK operation as Operations Director.

Based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Rory’s leadership & knowledge have been welcomed by customers and fellow freight forwarders for delivering a fully custom centric service. His approach and brand have both been recognised by the Industry and our International partners.

Advanced Forwarding Ltd prides itself on offering outstanding levels of service. We have excellent relationships with our worldwide agent networks as well as shipping lines. We are able to offer very competitive rates and an exceptional and experienced dedicated Freight Forwarding team.

Will Robinson
Business Solutions Director

Will has been with Advanced since 2009, with a long background in software development and systems integration. Will leads our IT department in the design, development and implementation of our Intelligent Logistics platform. Passionate about systems being easy to use, fast and accurate, Will has implemented wholesale changes in how the company operates – increasing productivity and throughput of the company whilst reducing the need for ancillary roles in logistics operations.

Previously, Will worked in the automotive software industry integrating a large variety of different systems into one, easy to use point of sale application. Having access to information quickly and from one system is an approach Will has adopted at Advanced. Business requirements are constantly evolving and to stay ahead the teams Will leads must be dynamic and experienced in a wide area of subjects. Will is tasked with ensuring business solutions are fully integrated, engineered for the future and adaptable in short timescales.

Derek Wright
People Director

Passionate about driving excellence and growth through people development, Derek (MCIPD), joined the business in 2013 with a vast experience across private and public sector HR roles in the UK and Europe that have seen him exposed to a broad range of HR matters.

As People Director at Advanced Supply Chain, Derek leads the HR Multi site team.  Driving and developing new ideas and a values-led culture in a commercial and strategic environment is at the core of Derek’s approach which perfectly positions him to lead the talent strategy for Advanced Supply Chain’s future.

Derek’s leadership resulted in ASC retaining its Investors in People award. Training, development and enhanced employee engagement are key focus areas in developing industry leaders of the future. With HR responsibility across all sites, Derek understands the world of work has never been more fast-changing and advises the board on how the business can best place itself to attract and retain the very best people.

Kathryn Lewis
Operations Director

Kath is our award winning Operations Director. She won 2016’s FTA Everywoman in Transport and Logistics Awards - Leader of the Year and we couldn’t be prouder.

She joined Advanced in 2012 as Contract Manager at one of our client sites in Manchester. She was quickly recognised as a real asset and we promoted her to Operations Director where she assumed responsibility for a further 2 customer sites in Greater Manchester and all Northern based contracts.

Kath has instilled a confidence and determination to her team and the wider company of Advanced the impact of which is truly immeasurable. Her undeniable talent in the industry has delivered impressive cost and efficiency savings to the business and her attitude and personal approach to team management has inspired her teams to develop and grow.

Linda Davison
Operations Director - Midlands

Linda’s career background began as a supplier to the retail industry spanning factory production planning, merchandising and warehousing & distribution. For the last 15 years she was Supplier Manager for BHS and the Arcadia Group responsible involved with all aspects of the supply chain. She therefore brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and understanding of the requirements and challenges of both supplier and retailer.

She joined the company in 2014 as Key Account Manager at our Corby site. With her skills and understanding of distribution and customer expectations she soon became involved in the overall warehouse operations.

Linda’s approach, influence and determination had a significant impact on both the team and operational improvements within Corby delivering efficiencies and cost savings to the business whilst developing excellent working relationships with her customers by driving added value and benefits to them.

As a result she was promoted to Operations Director - Midlands, now responsible for all Corby warehousing & transport operations and the development of new business within the region.

Caroline Ellis
Commerical Manager

Caroline joined Advanced Supply Chain in 2011 and works within the commercial team as Business Development Manager, bringing with her 15 years’ experience in buying, sourcing and supply.

After completing her degree in fashion & textiles at Liverpool John Moores University Caroline began her career in fashion buying at Matalan before running her own business for 10 years working as a consultant for brands and retailers including, Henri Lloyd, Majestic Athletic, New Era Cap, JD Sports and Henleys.

After initially working part-time around school hours, Caroline quickly moved across to the Business Development team where she was able to utilise her background in clothing and retail knowledge to help identify and offer supply chain solutions to new and existing customers.

Working alongside the Commercial Director and closely with operations teams within the business, Caroline plays a key part in establishing and developing long term relationships with clients.

Kevin Townend
Non-Executive Director

After graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering, Kevin joined the Ministry of Defence as a Science Officer based at the Royal Ordnance Factory in Leeds. After the cold war ended 30 years ago, he was made redundant and decided to re-train as a work study engineer. Kevin joined the Burberry Group and was seconded to the Childrenswear Supply Chain Team. That was his entry into a 30 year career in logistics.

Kevin brings specialised logistics/third party logistics knowledge to the Executive Boardroom and his experience offers a unique differentiated skill and knowledge foundation to a rapidly growing business.

After all these years at Executive level in global logistic organisations, Kevin thinks Advanced business is such a success as every day presents a new challenge and a new opportunities for the board, they look forward to the tough calls, the challenging customers, and the constant push to keep their business competitive in an ever changing market. But at the heart of it, the board understand they are in the people business. It is the relationships they forge and the trust they create.

Kevin's objective is to bring innovation and experience to the executive whilst advising on senior management decisions.