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ByCharlie Brooks

Oct 18, 2018

Cramlington-based transport management software specialist, Mandata has appointed a new senior director as it continues to expand its UK operations.

Steve Spark has been appointed chief commercial officer to manage the strong growth in demand for its integrated technology, which helps haulage companies control delivery management with visibility and efficiency.

A key member of the senior management and Mandata board, Steve Spark will oversee the growth of its national sales and marketing team with responsibility for new business and account management as further solutions are introduced.

Steve’s previous role was at Viewpoint, a global ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), project management and mobile solution provider to the construction sector. He brings to Mandata more than 20 years’ experience in software sales and marketing, developing and leading commercial teams to deliver sustainable revenue growth.

He said: “I’m very excited to join Mandata and to have the opportunity to work with their customers.

“I’ve spent the last 13 years leading a business that provided software solutions into the construction sector where supply chain collaboration and integration were critical, and helping contractors to improve visibility and control across their businesses.

“I’m joining at a really exciting time for both the industry and Mandata. I understand that just like the construction sector, it’s never been more important to embrace technology to help improve business performance to drive improved efficiency and margin.

“I’m particularly impressed by the Mandata team and sophistication of its products that are delivering one source of the truth, real-time information and avoiding duplication of effort; making life simpler for operators at a time when innovation is key to achieving greater efficiencies, differentiation and improved customer service levels.

“Mandata has a dynamic vision and will continue to be a real force behind change in the industry as it leads the way with its ground-breaking products; it’s a very exciting time to be here and to play a key role in helping to bring new critical innovations to the market which will be in unveiled in the coming months.”

Mandata, which employs 70 people across the UK, is looking to grow turnover to more than £8min the next 12 months and strengthening its national customer base.

Mark Norcliffe CEO saidinvestment in its skilled workforce will continue to improve the firm’s national capability, technical excellence and resources, accelerating its continued innovation in cloud and mobile technology for haulage operators.

He said: “Following the secondary buyout of Mandata in April by LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Development Group, we’re moving forward in a position of strength and embarking on the next stage of our growth strategy, underpinned by continued investment in product, service and our market-leading team.

“Steve’s appointment is pivotal to this strategy. He brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge to us at a time of massive potential for the business. I’m delighted to welcome him as part of the exciting future for Mandata.

“We remain fully committed to staying at the forefront of transport management software innovation and it is our priority to continue providing the highest quality products and excellence in service levels.”

Mandata is a leader in transport and logistics software producing world-class solutions for local and national haulage operators including Elddis Transport, Fergusons Transport, Agro Merchants Group, CM Downton Ltd, Sutton & Son Ltd, Gregory Distribution and DFDS Logistics.

Its systems, whereinformation is centralised on one common platform, allow collaboration between departments and end-customers, enabling users to gather information from across all business functions, eliminating the need for multiple systems and providing increased insight into real-time business performance.More at https://www.mandata.co.uk