Palletline appoints Michelle Roder as Financial Director

Palletline has appointed Michelle Roder to the position of Group Financial Director. The appointment follows the departure of Mark McColl, who retired from the business in March this year.

Michelle, who has more than 17 years’ experience in financial roles, joined the network as Risk Assessment and Project Finance Manager in August 2014 and was on a path to progression from day one; achieving five promotions in seven years.

Michelle now oversees a team of nine people across the Palletline Group and is responsible for facilitating business growth through investment, whilst safeguarding the financial health of the company. She is the youngest person to hold the Financial Director position in Palletline’s history and is currently the only female on the board.

Her succession to the position was planned more than six months prior to the former Financial Director’s retirement, enabling Michelle to work closely with Mark, shadowing him for three months, before he took a step back in January 2021.

Michelle commented: “I am really pleased to be appointed to the board. I’ve been with Palletline for more than seven years and will be using my experience to support the network’s entrepreneurial culture, whilst ensuring financial stability.

“Palletline is consistently reviewing its position in the market and strategically re-invests to deliver sustainable growth and innovation for our membership and customers. To be part of the leadership team driving that progress is exciting and I am looking forward to tackling a new set of challenges.”

Graham Leitch, Group Managing Director, said, “We are delighted to welcome Michelle to the Palletline board. Her network knowledge, business acumen and financial expertise are outstanding and I am confident that she will continue to deliver exceptional results in the years to come.

“Looking internally for your future team leaders, managers or, in this case, directors ensures you retain and develop people with insider knowledge and enables businesses to recruit fresh talent at entry level. Michelle’s journey with us is an example of what succession planning looks like when it’s done well.”

With the logistics sector booming, recruiting the right people to support business growth is vital. Palletline’s Employee Development Programme actively identifies and supports those that demonstrate potential and are looking to further their careers within the organisation.

The Group have also implemented a training programme to help tackle the shortage of fork lift drivers in the logistics industry. Through a partnership with Juniper Training, the scheme provides apprentices with a comprehensive training programme and the opportunity to join the Palletline team on a permanent basis. Six people have already been recruited at Palletline’s central Hub in Birmingham as a result of the scheme.