Bryan SitkoBryan joined PACCAR after graduating from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington USA. He has spent 17 years with PACCAR in various management roles covering Operations and Supply Chain Management, before joining Leyland Trucks as the Managing Director in April 2015. Bryan has gained extensive International business experience, including living and working in the Netherlands as the Operations Director for PACCAR Parts-Europe at DAF in Eindhoven. Additionally, while working at PACCAR Parts Bryan assisted in the launch of PACCAR’s Distribution Centre in Leyland, reviewed potential business opportunities for PACCAR in South America, led high impact projects in Australia, and visited 16 of PACCAR’s Worldwide Distribution Centres to provide support for process improvement and best practice activities.
Peter was born and raised in Leyland and joined the company from Balshaws High School on an Engineering apprenticeship in 1977. Following his four year training to become a skilled Turner and Machinist he worked for the then Bus Division until joining the Manufacturing Engineering Group at the Leyland Assembly Plant in 1985. Continuing his academic studies at Harris Technical College and later graduating with a post graduate diploma in Management Studies from The University of Central Lancashire in 1997, Peter moved into operations management becoming one of the key change agents of the Team Enterprise cultural development at Leyland. Peter’s career to date can be summarised as follows:
- Peter Worked his way to Assembly Business Unit Manager and was responsible as project manager for the successful transfer of the Foden Vehicle production and Aftermarket businesses to the Leyland site.
- He joined the Leyland senior management team as Logistics Director in 2001.
- Peter then helped establish and headed up the PACCAR Parts UK & Ireland Logistics Operations Division on the Leyland site from 2003 to 2008.
- He then returned to the Leyland Trucks Division in late 2008 as Assistant Operations Director. Notable successes during this time for Leyland Trucks were back to back IMechE Manufacturing Excellence Overall award winners 2009/10 and the International Shingo Bronze Medallion award for Operational Excellence for achieving world class levels of performance.
- In June 2012 Peter was promoted to Operations Director for Leyland Trucks.
Denis graduated from Liverpool University in 1980 with an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career with Leyland Truck and Bus as a Graduate Engineer before leaving to join Paccar in 1981, and was based at Foden Trucks in Sandbach. His initial career was focused on vehicle noise/structural test & development. A revolutionary quiet vehicle project (QHV 90) was delivered and Heavy Duty structural testing was instigated to validate innovative off highway suspension systems, this included an assignment based at the Paccar Technical Centre. Denis progressed through Chassis Design roles into Engineering Operations Management.
During this period the DROPS military fleet was developed and commissioned, and Foden Trucks produced many innovative lightweight highly customised trucks. After being appointed as Foden Chief Engineer in 1997, the Foden Alpha range was developed to utilise the DAF truck platform as the basis for an extended range of customised trucks. Following the relocation of Foden build to the Leyland factory, the Foden and Leyland teams were integrated and in 2003 Denis was appointed Chief Engineer Foden and Leyland, responsible for the Foden and DAF LF ranges of trucks.
Major achievements since this time include the development of a new common lightweight chassis platform, the development of a new DAF LF specifically for export to the US and the successful delivery of Euro 4 and 5 trucks. Recent developments include the launch of a complete truck body portfolio and also the introduction of industry leading Hardware In the Loop testing methodologies.