Winch & Co appoints Debra Hart as commercial director

Pictured are Nathan Winch and Debra Hart

Yorkshire private equity firm, Winch & Co, has appointed a new commercial director as it seeks to increase the number of businesses in its logistics portfolio.

Debra Hart, who has worked alongside a number of transport industry heavyweights including former Dragon Den’s investor, Hilary Devey, will report directly to managing partner Nathan Winch and operations director Shaun Swinburn.

Winch & Co has set its sights on acquiring five transport companies. Last October, Midlands based Eclipse Distribution Solutions, became its first, followed last month by Dedicated Transport Solutions, which is located in Cramlington, County Durham.

Winch & Co was founded by South Yorkshire entrepreneur Nathan Winch, who sold his first business in 2017. The business, which is based in the centre of Leeds and which has 100 full-time employees, invests in UK companies operating in FMCG, industrial and service-based industries, as well as deploying dynamic growth capital.

Nathan Winch said: “We are proud to welcome Debra Hart as our new commercial director. She is a driven, dynamic manager with demonstrable experience in a range of industries and will work closely with the sales functions across the Winch & Co portfolio to improve top line sales growth.

“Debra has had a colourful and varied career so far, working in the transport, haulage and other asset-heavy sectors – most notably as commercial director at PallEx, as well as experience in marketing and managing angel investments for a former ‘Dragon’, Hilary Devey on Dragons’ Den.”

“We are really looking forward to working with Debra and giving her the platform and resources for her to excel.”

Debra Hart said: “I’m really looking forward to working with Nathan, Shaun and the wider Winch & Co team as it looks to grow the logistics side of the business.

“The transport sector is one I know well, and I know my experience and industry knowledge will help add real value to the business and help it achieve its goals.”

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