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Parcel delivery specialist Whistl has recruited Mark Lawrenson (pictured) to the new role of head of operations for its downstream access (DSA) business.

Whistl claims to be the largest DSA operator in the UK with over 50% of the market.

The operation covers mail that has been collected and distributed by Whistl and then handed over to Royal Mail centres for final processing onto local delivery offices.

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Lawrenson will be responsible for the company’s DSA hubs in Bristol, Bolton, Bedford, Glasgow and Belfast, processing 3.6bn items annually.

He joins Whistl from Royal Mail where he has spent the last 12 years in previous leadership roles and will report to Dave Twiddle, director of operations for the mail and parcel business.

Alistair Cochrane, Whistl chief executive, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mark to the team. Head of operations DSA is a new role and Mark will ensure that Whistl continues to provide cost effective and efficient services to our DSA customers.”