Adrian Bradley has left Pall-Ex where he was operations director to lead Fortec as its first MD since 2014.

The move is part of a management restructuring at the pallet network, which has been without an MD since Neil Hodgson.

Hodgson went on to found the ultimately unsuccessful Principle Pallet Network.

Following Hodgson’s departure, responsibility for running the network was shared between Bradley, who was general manager of operations, and David Spong, general manager of commercial. That was until Bradley left for Pall-Ex in 2016.

When Spong, now network director, moved to Palletways in January this year to take up the role of regional general manager, Fortec’s business unit director Craig Johnson took over the reins of the network.

However, Johnson left last month to become general manager of Wincanton’s Kettering depot.

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Bradley said he was pleased to be returning to Fortec after a two and a half year absence, adding that he will focus on maintaining high levels of service and quality at the network and growing the business.

Adrian Bradley MD Fortec 2018

Adrian Bradley, MD, Fortec

He also highlighted the support of parent company Geodis, which he said would “help us to drive the network forward against a backdrop of investment that will ensure we continue to provide value, quality and reliability, innovation through product development and IT, service and support".

"It is great to be back on board at such an exciting time,” he said.

Former Systematic Logistics International [acquired by Palletways last week] MD Steve Parkes, who joined Pall-Ex in May as group project manager, has taken on the role of acting operational director at the pallet network, following Bradley’s departure.

Kevin Buchanan said of Bradley’s departure: “We wish Adrian well.

"Steve has stepped into the role and is driving change hard for the better.”