Meet the team…

Steve Haworth

CEO

Andrew Gale

CFO

Ashley Burke - Managing Director of VOW Ireland

Ashley Burke

MD, Ireland

Ashley Burke - Managing Director of VOW Ireland

Adrian Butler

MD

Jonathan Rolfe

MD, Truline

Isabel Spence

Group Marketing Director

Alison Nesbitt

Operations & IT Director

Dominic De Luca

MD, Premier Vanguard

Leanne Gregg

People Director

Steve Howarth
evo CEO

Steve began his career at ISA International in 1992, selling telex and fax rolls. Having held several senior management positions in global, European and UK businesses, Steve has acquired a wealth of knowledge in all channels and a variety of product and service sectors as well as invaluable experience in strategic development and business transformation.

Throughout his 30-year career he has either been an employee, supplier or customer of one of the evo group companies. Steve was appointed to the position of evo CEO in April 2016 and became a Non-Executive Director of the BOSS Federation in the same year.

Steve has a continuous thirst for knowledge and major aversion to inertia. His passion for the industry is unwavering, as he continuously seeks opportunities to simplify, optimise and innovate.

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Andrew Gale
evo CFO

Andrew joined  the business in 2008, and was promoted to Group Finance Director in 2010 and Chief Finance Officer in 2013. In this time Andrew has led a number of transactions, integrations, acquisitions, disposals and refinancing exercises.

Previously Andrew held senior finance roles at EWS Railway, which culminated in the successful sale of the business. Andrew began his finance career with Deloitte serving several FTSE and US listed clients and is both US and UK qualified.

With a proven track record of advancement and achievement over the last 20 years in both industry and practice, Andrew’s career has been based on a very simple proposition: ‘I do what I say I’m going to do and I will deliver positive value adding change’.

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Ashely Burke
evo Ireland MD

Ashley Burke joined the company almost 23 years ago and has worked in many aspects of the business. Her office products career started in Classic Stationery in 1992 and she moved to John Heath when it opened its first distribution centre in Ireland in 1995.

She has extensive knowledge in the office products industry and the golden thread through her 23 years at VOW has been the importance of the customer.

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Adrian Butler
VOW MD

Adrian is Managing Director of the UK Wholesale business which is a position he has held since 2010.

Adrian joined the organisation in 1990 within the telesales department of Neville & Gladstone and has held a number of roles in sales & operations, managing sales forces and regional distribution centre’s throughout the wholesaler’s transformation, leading the business through product and services diversification in an ever changing market place and growing its market share to become the largest broadline wholesaler within the industry.

Adrian is highly motivated individual with extensive Channel knowledge with a proven record for growing and developing business from a financial and relationship perspective across the wholesale Channel.

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Jonathan Rolfe
Truline MD

Jonathan is the Managing Director for Truline which is a position he has held since 2017.

Jonathan joined the organisation in 1997 and has held a number of General Manager and Group Operational roles for office2office prior to the merger with Vasanta in 2014.

Jonathan recently held the role as Group Operations Director for the evo Group, prior to taking up his current role for Truline which provides all of the in-house and third party transport solutions for the Group.

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Isabel Spence
Group Marketing Director

Isabel has built up significant experience over the last 20+ years in the sphere of workplace supplies. Her career started with ISA International Plc where she gained a wide range of experience via a variety of Sales, Marketing and Merchandising roles. This then led on to a 6 year spell with the global brand, Xerox, where alongside taking the opportunity to graduate from Xerox’s Management Development Program, she held the position of European Marketing Manager for Xerox A4 Hardware and Supplies. Latterly she has returned to her roots and we welcomed her back in to the fold in 2018.

Her role now holds board responsibility for all elements of evo’s supplier relationships including market analysis, new supplier recruitment, product range and category development as well as all aspects of the groups’ corporate and product marketing activities.

Isabel brings specific experience of how to manage people in diverse teams, different locations and multiple disciplines. She believes that a key leadership skill is how to recognise and mentor talent in order to get the best from a team.

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Alison Nesbitt
evo IT Director

Alison joined evo in 2005 and has worked in various leadership roles across the business. With nearly 40 years’ experience in the industry, Alison brings a wealth of knowledge and has a talent for implementing multiple cross-functional business transformation and IT change programmes.

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Dominic De Luca
Premier Vanguard MD

Dominic is Managing Director of Premier Vanguard who are one of the leading GNFR suppliers in the UK.

After nearly 40 years in the business Dominic has steered Premier Vanguard into a truly diverse business which includes catering equipment for Hospitality, a full range of consumables into the Pharmacy and Healthcare and Retail sectors, labels into a wide range of businesses but still retaining their position as the largest independent manufacturer of paper rolls in the UK with a turnover in excess of £22M.

Dominic expects only the very highest standards in customer service and has a team that deliver excellence every single day with a live 6500 strong customer base that is testament to the success of the business.

Having sold Premier Vanguard to Evo at the end of 2019 (just before the pandemic started!) the business has continued to grow substantially and his aim is to make Premvan a £50M+ business within the next five years due to the support and reach that the Evo Group bring to the table.

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Leanne Gregg
People Director

With over two decades of experience delivering HR services within the private sector, Leanne’s role focuses on setting the strategic direction of our People Plan whilst ensuring the foundation of our business – our people, remain engaged, motivated and developed.

Leanne has specific expertise in merger and acquisition, Private Equity and Investors, and setting the HR scene at board level.

She is responsible for championing the Group wide People Agenda and leading on all aspects of HR covering Talent and Leadership Development, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Coaching and Mentoring and Employee Engagement.

Leanne believes that people are what makes any business successful and the investment in those people is critical for the longevity of that success.

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