Meet the Team

A TEAM EFFORT

Collaborative | Leadership

With individual commitment to a common goal our highly skilled workforce is led by our senior management team who are each responsible for their own areas of business discipline, working in partnership with each other to achieve the same goal. Read more about our vision, mission, ethos and guiding principles.

David Brown Jnr

David Brown Jnr

Managing Director
  • With over seventeen years in the industry, David has performed a variety of operational and commercial roles. Since taking over the family business in 2011 he has led with a clear vision and mission to innovate, lead the market and remain sustainable which has resulted in significant growth.

    David believes that much of this success is the mark of an empowered, driven, loyal workforce who are guided and supported by his senior management team.

    Taking the business to the next level is top of David’s agenda with a firm belief that enhancing the customer experience in a crowded marketplace will further strengthen the Browns Distribution value proposition.

    When not at the helm, David enjoys staying healthy, good food, great company and most of all, spending time with his lovely wife Lydia.
Mick Stirzaker

Mick Stirzaker

Transport Manager
  • Industry Experience
    His career started in the early 70’s and since 1989 Mick has devoted his working life to Browns Distribution. With a lifetime of transport operations experience his accumulated knowledge continues to benefit that of his reports, peers and our customers.
  • Role at Browns
    Mick is the national and international CPC holder, his responsibility for the management, execution, direction and coordination of all transport matters are critical to the day to day running of the business. Compliance, vehicle maintenance and legislative governance are just some of the key areas that he is accountable for. Mick’s dedication and loyalty have been a significant contribution to the shaping of the business that Browns is today.
  • When Mick isn’t at Browns
    If he’s not at his desk keeping the wheels of Browns turning, you’ll find him out walking in the fells, up a mountain, or cheering on the next generation at a ‘grass roots’ junior football match!
David Grocott

David Grocott

Company Secretary & Group Management Accountant
  • Industry Experience
    David’s career started in 1975 as a trainee accountant, since then he has performed a variety of roles across a range of sectors including; process cooling and renewable energy, industrial automation, systems and technology. David brings a fresh outward looking perspective to Browns Distribution.
  • Role at Browns
    Multifaceted, David is responsible for all aspects of finance, insurance and reporting in addition to the management of third-party relationships. He diligently leads his department with strategic focus on best practice and financial governance. His experience in other sectors has proven invaluable to the business with regards to infrastructure and his modernised approach to processes has streamlined activity.
  • When David isn’t at Browns
    He simply adores his four young grandchildren, so family time is best spent when sharing in his passion for walking and photography. That said, he likes to watch his football, rugby, cricket and F1 on the TV in peace! Who can blame him?
Luke Cobden

Luke Cobden

Warehouse Manager
  • Industry Experience
    Luke has over twenty-one years’ experience in supply chain leadership at the sharp end of the operation. His time served both inside and outside of our sector gives him a rounded insight to the complexity of our customers operations and the challenges they face.
  • Role at Browns
    With a catalogue of qualifications, Luke leads from the front and sees it at his duty to have performed every role in the warehouse, which is something his team value and respect. In addition to his coaching and training responsibilities, Luke oversees the daily operation ensuring the highest levels of service quality. A demanding and fast pace environment; safety, accuracy and customer satisfaction are the principle objectives he takes personally!
  • When Luke isn’t at Browns
    Luke is a fitness fanatic who loves his food! An M.M.A enthusiast and avid gym goer he squeezes in family time and occasionally sleep!
Mark Knapper

Mark Knapper

Driver Welfare & Training Manager
  • Industry Experience
    Mark has a long history and previous experience in management, workforce development & welfare. Prior to joining Browns Distribution in 2017, he worked with and led a variety of teams in both the military and logistics sector.
  • Role at Browns
    During his service with Browns, Mark has shown his role to be fundamental to the recruitment and most importantly retention of talented drivers. Recognising the asset, they are, Mark has made it his mission to ensure that where practicable, all driver welfare needs are met. Compliance forms a major part of his role alongside training and governance. Mark believes that to get the most out of people, you must provide structure, objectives and be clear in the expectations of the business….and we agree with him!
  • When Mark isn’t at Browns
    A dedicated husband and doting dad, Mark can be found enjoying his family time – from time to time he manages to get into the great outdoors by himself where he enjoys a variety of country pursuits.
Paul Handley

Paul Handley

Fleet Engineering Manager
  • Industry Experience
    Paul joined Browns Distribution in 2017 following a full and distinguished career in Staffordshire Police force where he performed a variety of community protection services, from a uniformed beat constable to command posts and time as an authorised firearms officer, he is a great example of how the logistics sector is an ideal second career for ex public servants.
  • Role at Browns
    Joining the business as a driver, it was quickly identified that Paul had a wealth of experience in the management of people and resources. His principled approach to business requirements and team management see the onsite purpose-built workshop delivering quality maintenance through efficiency and rigid scheduling, it goes without saying, Paul runs a well-oiled machine!
  • When Paul isn’t at Browns
    Paul can be found whisking his wife off to far flung and exotic places, next on the list, Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and possibly China and why not indeed?!
Laura Dono

Laura Dono

General Manager – Commercial
  • Industry Experience
    For the past eleven years, Laura has been successful in a number of senior commercial and operational roles for several national and international logistics organisations. Before joining Browns Distribution, she was responsible for regional business development at DPD.
  • Role at Browns
    Since her tenure, in addition to a commercial and account management focus, Laura has assumed responsibility for customer care, HR and general personnel management. It is fair to say that her prior experience has supported an ongoing evolution in the shape and structure of Browns Distribution through the implementation of best practice processes. Professional sales, account management and her passion for performance has added a competitive edge to the customer care value proposition.
  • When Laura isn’t at Browns
    Laura enjoys spending time with her family and friends and she can’t get enough of the theatre and live music performances. The life and soul of the party, it’s no wonder we rely on Laura for company social events!
Georgia Robbins

Georgia Robbins

Administration Manager
  • Industry Experience
    The longest serving member of the team, Georgia has over thirty years’ experience in the logistics sector. Her credibility has been forged by her time served in several roles within the business. Starting in front of house and subsequently operational roles, she eventually found her calling in the finance department.
  • Role at Browns
    Responsible for the management of accounts and administration, Georgia leads the team through the day to day departmental activity including; credit control, wages, claims control and invoicing. Her keen eye for detail and commitment to process, Georgia instils the importance of diligence into her team. From her position within the business she has a broad overview of performance, profitability and transactional accuracy and that’s just how we like it! Georgia’s unwavering loyalty and service are weaved into the fabric of Browns Distribution.
  • When Georgia isn’t at Browns
    Green fingered with a love for the arts, she loves to garden and listen to music. Georgia also finds wonder in the skies with a penchant for astronomy – we think she’s out of this world!
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