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David Coombes

David Coombes

MBA FCILT FCMI - Managing Director, Skills for Logistics

With well over three decades in the transport and logistics industry, David Coombes has amassed valuable experience. Initially dedicating two decades to the Third-Party Logistics sector, he excelled in managing large transport fleets and warehouse operations both in the UK and internationally, ultimately rising to the position of director within a global logistics organisation.


In 2006 David had the opportunity to start his own business, initially offering consultancy and recruitment services to the sector. In 2015 he acquired Skills for Logistics which became one of the largest End-point Assessment organisations for the logistics apprenticeship standards.


In 2023 Skills for Logistics was acquired by market-leading specialist awarding organisation VTCT Group, and David stays on as MD focusing on developing new initiatives to support the logistics skills agenda. 


Adding to his professional portfolio, David has served as the Regional Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) for over a decade. Furthermore, he holds the role of Chairman and co-founder of the Logistics Skills Network, a not-for-profit trade association launched in September 2020. This association is dedicated to representing the vocational training sector in transport and logistics, showcasing David's ongoing commitment to shaping and enhancing the industry's educational landscape.

IWLEX Exhibitors say :

IWLEX Exhibitors say :

  • "We’ve never seen a show like it! Within six minutes of the inaugural IWLEX (Inside Warehouse & Logistics Exhibition) opening, we had our first inquiry in the bag. The two days in May at the Telford International Centre went on to be the most successful trade show we have attended in terms of deals created at the event itself and immediately afterward."
    Hi-Level Mezzanines Ltd
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our time at IWLEX. It is a valuable exhibition for companies looking for the highest quality visitors. Visitor numbers may be lower than at other exhibitions, simply because the organisers have done a fantastic job in screening out time-wasters! Everyone who came onto our stand was a motivated buyer and we have had several high-quality leads since the exhibition. We recommend IWLEX to anyone looking for relevant leads within the world of warehousing and logistics. Thank you, Justin and Nairn!”
    NLT Mechanical
  • '' It was a good show and quality is always better than a high number of tyres kickers . We have engaged with two potential customers with live projects that at this point are looking promising hence committing to IWLEX24.''
    Russell Hutchinson
    Business Development Manager - Daifuku
  • "At 51T we are really excited to be part of the inaugural Inside Warehouse Logistics exhibition. Having exhibited at other events we felt it was time for something new, in particular the original idea of having the industry shape the event. We're looking forward to meeting a new group of buyers and becoming part of the new IWLEX community."
    Duncan Dampier
    51T International Accounts Manager
  • "The Safety Knife Company are delighted to be part of the inaugural Inside Warehouse Logistics exhibition. We believe that this energetic new event will be a ‘must attend’ for the industry professionals and attract excellent visitors for us to engage with."
    David Harris
    General Manager at The Safety Knife Company