The Board

Gillian White

VP Global Coffee & Site Lead, CPI Chippenham

Gillian has more than 25 years of experience in the global unattended retailing and coffee industry. Throughout her career, she has been actively involved with both the AVA and EVA as a Board member for several years and, since May 2018, serving as Chair of the AVA.

Natalie Baker

Finance Director, Westways Vending

Natalie has been working within the family company for 20 years gaining a wealth of knowledge of the vending industry. She became a Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) in 2018. As Finance Director her current role encompasses Business Development and Management, with the future of the family business safely in her hands.

Richard Gilbert

Managing Director, Excalibur Refreshed Ltd.

Machine & Components Representative (2018) Technical Committee (2017) and Chairman (2019)

Richard is a Chartered Engineer with MBA and a background of Engineering and Manufacturing in a combination of blue chip & S.M.E. companies, also in Consumer Goods and Vending including Mars (Four Square) and Evoca (N&W/Wittenborg).

Diane Hunter

Director, Apple Vending

Diane has been part of the Vending & Catering industry for over 25 years, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in this dynamic business sector. The highlight of her career has been starting her own business ‘Apple Vending’ X years ago, which has continually been going from strength to strength with new acquisitions and growth around the country. With 10+ years of involvement with the AVA, Diane understands how much the Association can achieve for Operators. Her aim is to push this even further with new, fresh & innovative ideas, as well as being involved in upcoming legislation changes and helping raise standards of vending through the AVA.

Graham Kingaby

Managing Director, NIVO Ltd.

Graham has worked in and around the UK operated vending industry for 45 years. He has served in various senior management roles for operators and supplier/manufacturers. He has acquired an intimate knowledge of operator needs which has enabled him to also support the aims and objectives of the AVA. Graham has served on the board of the AVA and various committee’s for over 15 years including as Vice Chair and Acting Chair.

Jane MacDonald

Managing Director, Excel Vending Ltd.

Jane has been involved with vending for almost 30 years. She founded Excel Vending in March 1993 and has built the business into one of the largest independent vending solutions provider in Scotland. She is a dedicated member of AVA and is passionate about encouraging members to work together to share their knowledge and expertise to help establish and maintain high standards, professionalism and integrity in the vending industry.

Adrian Pratt

Environment, Legislation & Marketing Manager, Benders Paper Cups

Adrian has been in the vending market as a manufacturing supplier of ingredients, snacks and confectionery, and packaging consumables for thirty years. He has been member of the AVA Environment Committee for ten years, and represented AVA in other aligned industry bodies, to support and promote best environmental practice, and now to ensure that the huge amount legislative intervention currently being introduced from a European perspective, as well the UK and the Home Nations Governments acknowledges the essential role of vending.

Colin Smith

Operations Manager, Selecta UK Ltd

Colin is relatively new to Vending 3.5 years working as a Depot Manager and the last 1.5 years as Regional Services Manager- North. However, has 31 years of Retail and Logistics experience in various Senior Leadership positions. He has a logical, common-sense approach to operational and business challenges, engaging with people, clients, and key stakeholders to deliver and exceed objectives and projects.  Looking forward to working collaboratively and adding value within AVA.

Wayne Wanklyn

Sales Controller – Vending, Aimia Foods

Wayne has vast experience in all aspects of the Vending industry. Previously with Nestle Professional where his last role was head of sales for the Vending & Systems business. Wayne joined AIMIA Foods in March 2014 as the Category manager for Coffee, he currently heads up the Vending business for AIMIA Foods.