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Left to Right: Mr Ian Atkinson,  Mr Greg O’Neill,  Mr Chris Williams,  Mr Neil Stott,  Mr Petar Karaivanov,  Mr James Bullock ( President ).   

Mr Roy Ball ( Past President ),  Mr Ben Gunn,  Mr Matt Beverley ( Vice – President )  Mrs Linda White ( Secretariat )


James Bullock, President

James is Managing Director of ConSpare Ltd and ProSpare Ltd. He joined the MHEA Executive Committee in 2015.

James started his career in 1984 at ConSpare Ltd, concrete industry specialists who help improve the concrete production process to deliver greater plant efficiency and lower carbon concrete. 

ProSpare was launched in 2007 to bring the unique ConSpare range of products and expertise to a wider audience in sectors such as quarrying, mineral processing, cement, glass and recycling. ProSpare supplies high performance materials handling equipment to companies processing bulk raw materials and powders.

James is a keen target rifle shooter, having represented Great Britain, England and Nottinghamshire on many occasions.

Matt Beverley Vice President

Matt is the Chairman and owner of Hoverdale UK Ltd, based in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Hoverdale provides hard metals & wear-resistant products, conveyor belt products and equipment to keep waste recycling, biofuel, power generation, wastewater treatment, sea aggregates, vinyl, food, mining, tunnelling and glass plants moving.


Matt is an accomplished Senior Executive with 30 years proven track record experience using exceptional communication and leadership skills to coach, manage, and motivate a wide range of professionals in challenging environments. This experience has proved highly instrumental in the development and execution of strategies and action plans within the engineering & manufacturing arena. To complement this – an experienced, extensively travelled engineering professional of many years in the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, and Bulk Handling industries.

Roy Ball, Past President

Roy Ball is Managing Director of Rulmeca UK Ltd with its factory in Corby, Northants. It is a subsidiary of the Rulmeca Group of companies world-wide who are recognised as the world’s largest manufacturer of Bulk Handling rollers and Motorized Pulleys.
Roy started his Bulk Handling career in 1975 and served initially as a Technical Apprentice at Universal Conveyor where he progressed through all departments of the business to UK Component Sales Manager. In 1987 he then moved to Interroll Ltd as Country Manager for a further 18 years. When Interroll Bulk Handling Ltd was purchased by the Rulmeca Group in 2005, Roy then became Managing Director of all operations in the UK & now boasts 45 years’ experience within the industry. Along with Rulmeca, Roy has always been involved with the manufacture and sales of conveyor components; primarily in the field of Conveyor Rollers and Motorized Pulleys. He has been involved with the MHEA for nearly 30 years and on the executive committee for over 10 years.

Petar holds a Bachelor in Politics from Aberytstwyth University, Wales and a Masters in Development Policies from CERIS University, Brussels.

In the past he has held several executive positions in different industries– Director of Marketing and Membership, Head of Administration and Events, and Policy Advisor to a member of the European Parliament. He is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for Samson Materials handling – AUMUND GROUP. His primary focus is Marketing, Sustainability and Public Relations.

Neil Stott, Executive Committee Member

A specialist in his field and with over 50 years experience in the industry Neil’s engineering career began at Ferranti Ltd as a draughtsman later  moving to the Anchor Chain Company as the Company Buyer. In 1974 Neil founded his own chain manufacturing company, Chain and Conveyor Ltd supplying a comprehensive range of light, medium and heavy duty imperial and metric conveyor chains, sprockets and slat assemblies both as bespoke or standard stock products.


As Managing Director of Chain and Conveyor, Neil’s extensive knowledge and wealth of experience on chain selection for any particular application and environment is unsurpassed.


Neil lives in Knutsford, Cheshire with his wife Verona and is a keen Golfer.

Ian Atkinson is the Engineering Director at Don Valley Materials Handling Ltd, part of the Don Valley Engineering Group. Graduating in 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Ian became a Chartered Engineer in 1993 and now has over 38 years’ experience of working in the bulk materials handling and processing industry.

Ian’s early career spanned the mining and quarrying sectors, and in later years the power and port infrastructure sectors developing and delivering bespoke material handling solutions for Limestone, Wood Pellets, Grain, Sand & Gravel, Cement, Coal & Iron Ore.

Ian Atkinson, Executive Committee Member

Tris Young, Executive Committee Member

Tris Young is the Group Business Development Manager for the John King Group, compromising of John King Chains, John King Laser and Precision Chains. Tris graduated in 2022 with a BA Honours Degree in Business Management, which was followed by his first role within full-time employment commencing at Pyronix Ltd (Hik-Vision). Enjoying a 13 year stay with the company, Tris left as Head of Marketing, Internal Sales and Customer Support as well completing a Masters Degree in Marketing Management along the way.

His next step moved him from electronic, to mechanical engineering, where he joined one the leading UK materials handling manufacturers. Tris enjoying a successful 5 years helping grow the business before joining the John King Group. It is clear his passion is being part of successful UK manufacturers and promoting their products around the globe. Focused on increasing the service life of equipment and reducing downtime for clients; to deliver increased profitability for the customers of the John King Group.

Linda White, Secretariat

Linda White joined the MHEA Executive Committee in 2006 representing Fairport Engineering Limited where she promoted the company across its market sectors for over 25 years.  A member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing she was very proud to be the first female to be elected onto the Committee since its incorporation in 1938.  Initially adopted as the late Harold Wright’s “Right Hand” woman, Linda has provided senior executives from the leading UK materials handling companies with that “other view” of matters from the industry and work place for over 14 years. In March 2020, Linda enthusiastically accepted the position as Secretariat to the MHEA where she will be able to stay in the industry she knows so well and hopefully take the Association to new heights.


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