Grono is extremely pleased to announce our newly appointed Operations Director, Andy
Walker will be reporting directly to Managing Director, James Benjamin and in his new
role, he will be overseeing the supply chain, warehousing, and transport functions within Grono
and making sure we get the correct stock at the correct time into the warehouse in order to then
deliver it to our customers.
His role will also include working on the implementation of a new IT system from Kerridge to
help us manage our stock levels and planning of transport. Walker will also be forming and
leading a new transport team who will be based at head office to centrally plan our deliveries.
Walker started his career in shipping, working his way up through different roles in admin,
operations, transport, and ships agency before he became site manager, managing terminals,
and handling various bulk cargoes as well as steel, timber, paper, and board products.
Walker was then offered the opportunity to complete his international Transport Managers CPC
and lead the transport operation from all of our terminals across the UK and Ireland.
Walker’s most recent post was as Transport Manager within Palletways – a busy 24hr per day
pallet network operation – where they offered customers a next day service for delivery of their
goods across the UK.
In this role, he managed a large fleet of vehicles and drivers, running day and night to react to
customers’ needs in a fast-paced, high-volume environment. Through all the above, Andy
gained experience in importing goods, warehousing, and distributing both B2B and B2C.
Despite spending years waiting for ships to get to places in his career, Walker loves a cruise
holiday. The ability to visit lots of different places in one trip is something he loves: “Whilst on
my travels, I also enjoy some self-taught photography”.
When not on holiday, he enjoys watching live sports, live music, and trying some of the funkiest
flavour of craft beer he can find!
When asked about his new position at Grono, Walker said: “Since my first meeting with James, I
could tell he was enthusiastic about making Grono a success and had ambitions to grow, so I
was excited to join the team and work together to make this happen”.
“The company has some ambitious growth targets, which I hope to help deliver by putting in the
right structure and foundations. The products are good, the pricing is good, it’s just about
delivering the right service – I believe we have the right people to make that happen”.
Welcome to the team!