Eddie Stobart Ltd was established in 1970. The business has grown into one of the largest privately owned transport and distribution companies in England today, controlling over 2,500 trucks.

We operate across a Pan European network in the following sectors:

  • Retail
  • Consumer Goods
  • Online Fulfilment
  • Manufacturing, Industrial & Bulk
  • European Automotive
  • Special Operations

Our transport offering is supported by the largest domestic rail freight service in the UK, inland container ports and a vast network of contract logistics and warehousing sites.

Our vision is to be recognised for our pride and professionalism in delivering innovative customer solutions and service excellence.

Our History

  • 1960s

    Founder, Eddie Stobart, goes into business as an agricultural contractor in the isolated Lake District village of Hesket Newmarket. 


  • 1970

    Eddie Stobart became a limited company on 23rd November 1970 led by Edward Stobart, Eddie’s second son. 


  • 1970

    Edward drives the company’s transition from an agricultural contracting business into road transport and warehousing. 


  • 1977

    Eddie’s youngest son, William, joins the business. Working in the garage and office and then driving from the age of 21 in the 12th vehicle in the fleet for 3 years. 


  • 80s/90s

    The business expands significantly, opening depots across the UK and Europe. This consistent, rapid growth helped make Eddie Stobart one of the UK’s best-known brands. 


  • 1994

    Fleet lists are produced following requests by members of the public wishing to spot individual trucks. Eddie Stobart Members Club is launched. 


  • 2001

    William leaves Eddie Stobart to become a shareholding director in Andrew Tinkler’s rail-based infrastructure engineering business, WA Developments (WAD). 


  • 2004

    WAD International, a company owned by Andrew Tinkler and William Stobart, acquires Eddie Stobart, implementing changes that re-focus the business on core values, profitability & environmental goals. 


  • 2005

    Significant investment is made in IT infrastructure in conjunction with the development of a key management team and the introduction of a striking new livery for the fleet. 


  • 2006

    The first Stobart Rail round trip daily service from Daventry to Glasgow is launched on 19th September 2006. 


  • 2007

    Eddie Stobart is listed on the London Stock Exchange, formed through a reverse merger with Westbury Property Fund Limited. 


  • 2007

    Eddie Stobart acquires the O’Connor Ports business, including its Widnes railhead and container handling facility. 


  • 2008

    Eddie Stobart acquires James Irlam and Sons, further adding to the warehousing and transport fleet. 


  • 2008

    Eddie Stobart acquires the Innovate chilled transport business from administration, making a strategic move for the business into fresh and chilled food transport. 


  • 2009

    Stobart Rail launches its first international chilled rail freight service, operating between Valencia, Spain, and the UK. 


  • 2010

    Eddie Stobart reaches a milestone, celebrating its 40th anniversary on 23rd November 2010. 


  • 2011

    Edward Stobart, the driving force behind the early expansion of the company, passes away, aged 56, on 31st March 2011. 


  • 2012

    The first 15.65m trailer enters British roads in January after the government passes regulation changes. 


  • 2012

    Eddie Stobart acquires the UK’s leading vehicle logistics company, Autologic Holding PLC, and Walon Automotive in Belgium. 


  • 2013

    Eddie Stobart acquires Night Owl Truckstops at Rugby and Carlisle, creating a new business venture in Eddie Stobart Truckstops. 


  • 2014

    Eddie Stobart is acquired and taken private by William Stobart and a consortium of investors led by DBAY Advisors Limited on 10th April 2014. 


  • 2015

    Stobart Automotive UK is sold to BCA Marketplace PLC. Eddie Stobart retains Stobart Automotive Europe. 


Our Executive Team

  • William Stobart
    Executive Chairman
    William Stobart
    Executive Chairman

    William began his career with the company in 1979, holding a number of operational roles including HGV driver, planner and operational manager. This comprehensive experience has given him an in-depth understanding of every level of the business.

    In 2001 William moved on from Eddie Stobart, joining WA Developments as a shareholding director and in 2004, following their acquisition of Eddie Stobart Limited he returned as managing director. His passion and vision for his family’s business helped drive its rapid expansion and floatation on the Stock Exchange in 2007.

    William’s extensive knowledge of the transport and distribution sector supported the development of an ambitious strategic plan, which he led operationally as the chief operating officer within Stobart Group.

    He was appointed executive chairman of Eddie Stobart Logistics in May 2015.

  • Alex Laffey
    Chief Executive Officer
    Alex Laffey
    Chief Executive Officer

    Alex is an international logistics expert with over 25 years’ experience in distribution at a senior level. He has operated in 21 markets across Asia and Europe for both grocery supply chains and general merchandise for both store and online.

    In 1990 Alex was appointed distribution and supply chain director for William Low and later moved to run Tesco operations in the North following their acquisition of William Low. In 1999 he established an inbound primary supply chain specialising in support suppliers into Tesco, a business that has now grown to in excess of £380m.

    Since 2005, in addition to his primary role, Alex assumed responsibility for all transport within Tesco UK, with over 50,000 store deliveries per week and in 2008 headed up the international distribution network development programme, creating synergies across all of the Tesco markets and businesses, delivering significant cost savings and service improvements. And in 2014 Alex was appointed distribution director for Tesco UK, responsible for a £1.6bn business, before being appointed chief executive officer at Eddie Stobart Logistics in May 2015. 

  • David Pickering
    Chief Operating Officer
    David Pickering
    Chief Operating Officer

    David joined Eddie Stobart in 1990 at the age of 17 as a trainee within the administration team. Now with over 24 years’ service his extensive knowledge of the organisation comes from first-hand experience working within administration, account management, and operations. David’s skill and vision helped secure the growth of the FMCG division, attracting a number of high profile contracts with many of the UK’s best known names across the grocery retail industry

    David leads a team of operational directors, spanning the UK and European divisions of the business.

  • David Meir
    Chief Financial Officer
    David Meir
    Chief Financial Officer

    Financial expert Dave Meir joined Eddie Stobart in 2004 from Ernst & Young after advising WA Developments on the acquisition of the business. Dave was then active in developing and reshaping the Group towards today’s multimodal offering. He was closely involved in the Company’s merger with Westbury Property Fund Limited which then led the formation of Stobart Group as an LSE listed company. Dave was also involved in subsequent acquisitions of James Irlam and Sons and WA Developments.

    Responsible for the finance teams within Eddie Stobart Logistics, Dave brings extensive experience in operational finance, acquisition support, auditing and the implementation of financial best practice. Dave has continually progressed both within previous and current roles and has a wealth of experience invaluable to achieving the division’s goals and objectives.

    Dave was recently awarded North West Finance Director of the Year 2014.

  • Rupert Nichols
    Legal Director & Company Secretary
    Rupert Nichols
    Legal Director & Company Secretary

    Rupert is a solicitor, notary public & chartered secretary with 40 years' business management experience in the logistics sector having previously held director positions in TNT, CEVA and TDG. He joined Eddie Stobart Logistics in April 2014.

    Rupert brings valuable board level experience from both the private and public sectors, having gained extensive experience in all areas of corporate governance including health and safety, insurance, mergers and acquisitions, complex contract outsourcing and commercial real estate transactions and management.

    Rupert has held non-executive roles in the public and voluntary sectors, including chairman of Cheshire Police Authority and chairman of an NHS Foundation Trust. Since 1992 Rupert has been a fellow and trustee/honorary solicitor of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and he was a founding member of Transaid.

    Rupert is a borough and parish councilor and a high school governor and has served with numerous voluntary organisations, including as a senior officer in the Cheshire Special Constabulary and an officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

  • John Court
    Chief Information Officer
    John Court
    Chief Information Officer

    John was appointed to the Management Board in January 2015.

    With considerable experience in the logistics sector John has delivered multi-award winning supply chain solutions and operations, receiving independent awards for technology innovation, service quality and operational excellence.

    John has previously held a number of senior roles, including IT director and Executive Board member at TNT Logistics UK & Ireland, with overall responsibility for technology and systems strategy & delivery.

    TNT Logistics became Ceva Logistics in 2006 and John’s roles included CIO Northern Europe and senior vice president, global solutions, with global responsibility for innovation, product development, programme delivery and full product life-cycle management.

    More recently John served on the Board of leading telematics provider Masternaut Ltd as group director of operations and was a member of the leadership team that successfully managed the sale and transition of the Masternaut Group from leading private equity firm Fransisco Partners.