Nick Hay has joined the board of tech start-up Connected2, which provides an Uber-style agency platform to the HGV driver market.

The move follows a 10-year stint as chief executive of Fowler Welch, which Dart Group sold to Culina Group for £98m in June.

Using the Connected2 platform, operators and drivers are matched by algorithms. Drivers secure work and operators secure additional driver resources when required.

“I am delighted to join Simon Crick and the team at Connected2," Hay said. "With haulage being a low margin industry, yet driving being a highly skilled job, there are many challenges facing both operators and drivers. These challenges are only set to increase with the forthcoming changes in IR35 legislation. The Connected2 platform addresses these challenges head-on, reducing operator costs, increasing driver pay, and providing the transparency crucial to supporting IR35 compliance.”

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Simon Crick, chief executive of Connected2 added: “I’m delighted to welcome Nick into our team at Connected2 - he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across all areas of distribution and warehousing. His passion for continued improvement through digitisation, worker engagement, and system integrations makes him a perfect fit for the business.

"We’re looking forward to working with him to refine our product offering today and to help us shape the business for the future."