The Host

The Heavies 2017: Sally Boazman

Sally Boazman

Mistress of Ceremonies

I am delighted to be returning as the ‘Mistress of Ceremonies’ for the 2017 Heavies Awards. This event is a true testament of the excellence and achievement of all involved within the industry.

To have the opportunity to meet you all again is something I could not pass up! As I stated in my opening speech last year – you keep me in a job!

The Judges

The Heavies 2017: Brian Weatherley

Brian Weatherley

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Former Editor-in-Chief of Commercial Motor and Truck and Driver magazine. Since 2009 he has been a freelance journalist, video presenter and media consultant.

During his 30-years plus of reporting on the CV industry he has won a number of awards including the British Society of Magazine Editors ‘Business-to-Business Magazines Editor of the Year’, the CILT Logistics and Transport Journalist of the Year, and the Cummins CV Writer of the Year. He is a current C+E Licence holder.

Ian Norwell

Ian Norwell

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Born Salisbury 1955. Trained in print production with Morgan Grampian Publishers, then worked in communications positions at Volvo Trucks, Marconi Command & Control and Hewlett Packard.

A full-time truck driver from 1985-1991, he was PR Manager for Commercial Vehicles at Mercedes-Benz in the UK from 1991-2009. Ian became a freelance journalist in June 2009, specializing in commercial vehicles. He writes features for a number of trade press titles, including HeavyTorque.

The Heavies 2017: Margo Cole

Margo Cole

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Margo Cole is a very experienced writer and editor who specialises in construction, infrastructure, transport and heavy equipment. She trained as a civil engineer before becoming a journalist, and has also studied psychology to Masters level.

During a 25-year career in journalism Margo has worked on a range of business magazines, journals and websites, as well as for PR agencies, trade bodies and blue chip companies. She has been a regular freelance contributor on HeavyTorque since its second issue.

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Bob Beech

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

With transportation running through his blood, Bob Beech was involved with the family business from an early age. He then went on to work as a driver throughout the UK and Europe: latterly as a salesman for new and used trucks.

Bob now applies his vast technical knowledge to the pages of HeavyTorque.

The Heavies 2017: Graham Hillman

Graham Hillman

Boss Man

As a native of South Wales (and recipient of The Heavies 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award), Graham has probably transported more CAT777 dumpers and large excavators around the valleys than anybody else on the planet. His wisdom and experience is legendary.

With almost five decades of exemplary service to the heavy transport and construction plant sector: the only thing we are still not sure about is whether Graham has really retired – or just having a short break!

John Dyne

John Dyne

Director at Dynes Solicitors & Secretary for the Heavy Transport Association

John is a director of Dyne Solicitors Limited (DSL) which specialises in road transport, environmental and health and safety law.   DSL has a busy transport regulatory practice with a national and international client base covering operator licensing, public enquiries, consultancy and defence work.

John is Secretary and legal adviser to the Heavy Transport Association (HTA) and Batched on Site Association (BSA).

The Heavies 2017: Declan McGinn

Declan McGinn

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Born in Dublin, now living in County Carlow, Ireland, Declan McGinn has worked within the transport sector for over twenty-five years. Upon finishing 2nd level education, an initial three-month summer appointment as a general operative turned into seven years, before progressing to management. Coming from a family of drivers, the call to road wasn’t ignored. His appetite for new experiences led to spells in many different forms of transport, from ready-mixed concrete and block/brick deliveries to bulk liquid deliveries, with walking floor ejectors, tippers, blowers, containers, groupage, multi-drop and some lowloader work all mixed in for good measure.

A proud father of four, with a determination and enthusiasm to progress, Declan decided to return to 3rd level education as a means of establishing new opportunities, and this year graduated with a first class honours degree from Dublin Institute of Technology in Transport Operations & Technology. A researched dissertation concentrated on the regulation variances for heavy haulage throughout Europe, stirring a keen interest in the specialist nature, precision planning and innovative equipment used in the heavy haulage industry.

The Heavies 2017: Steve Banner

Steve Banner

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Steve Banner became a journalist almost 40 years ago, initially working on a local daily paper in Surrey. He then switched to magazines and specialised in writing about the motor industry. He went freelance over 25 years ago and today concentrates on commercial vehicles – vans, trucks, buses and coaches – while keeping a keen eye on what’s happening on the car scene.

Over the years he’s written for a wide variety of consumer, trade and technical publications and contributed to several leading national newspapers as well as edited both weekly and monthly magazines.

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Chris Leech MBE

From the footplate to the Boardroom, Chris, has over 23 years’ experience in integrating sustainability into the heart of businesses across the transport sector.

Chris’s expertise has ensured his clients which include the Department for Transport, developed an integrated approach to running a responsible and sustainable business. As Lead Corporate Advisor to the Transport Sector, for Business in the Community, which is part of HRH The Prince of Wales, Responsible Business Network, Chris provides strategic guidance and practical support to business leaders across aviation, road and rail.

The Heavies 2017: John Henderson

John W. Henderson

Senior Editorial Journalist, HeavyTorque

Born Edinburgh 1962. Trained as an apprentice then qualified commercial vehicle technician with Scottish ERF dealership. HGV Class One driving licence holder since 1989, the same year he started occasional contributions to road transport magazines. Freelance journalist and acting features editor at Transport News since January 2004. Member of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers, Guild of Motoring Writers and Institute of Advanced Motorists.

Voted Newspress Commercial Vehicle Writer of the Year 2016.