Chief Operating Officer
Group Finance Director
IT & Strategy Director
Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Managing Director (Doordrop Media)
Whistl is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dutch listed business Post NL and Nick, as part of his wider group responsibilities, sits on their executive committee.
Nick is Chief Executive of Whistl. Formerly Managing Director of Circular Distributors Ltd (CD), he sold CD and its sister company, Lifecycle Marketing, to the TNT Group in May 2001. He remained to run the businesses in addition to taking up the challenge of introducing the then-named TNT Post as a new UK addressed mail entrant. Under his guidance Whistl has become the leading challenger to Royal Mail. Nick is a leading commentator and speaker on the liberalised postal market.
Nick has over twenty years experience in the DM industry and is one of the most senior commentators on industry issues. He is a past Chair of the Institute of Sales Promotion and has sat on the board of Directors of the UK's leading direct marketing trade body, the DMA. He is married with three children and enjoys golf, skiing and wine!
Nigel PolglassChief Operating Officer
Nigel graduated from Lancaster University with a Masters in Business Administration.
His professional experience has been gained within market leading and multi-national companies; Ceridian Corporation, Hays Plc and The Royal Mail Group, where he has held senior management positions as Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Sales, Marketing and Commercial Directorships. He joined the company in 2008 as Managing Director of TNT Post London Ltd which he took from start-up to £55m sales in 3 years before vesting his shares early and joining the TNT Post UK Board as Group Commercial Director. In February 2013 Nigel was appointed as Chief Operating Officer. Nigel is married with two adult children.
Manoj ParmarGroup Finance Director
Manoj Parmar is Group Finance Director of Whistl.
Manoj qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and subsequently went on to senior, international finance and commercial positions with Cable & Wireless. Prior to his current role, he held similar positions in private equity backed companies. Manoj is married, has a daughter and enjoys swimming and going to the gym.
Andrew GoddardCommercial Director
Andy is Commercial Director, looking after all key client interface within Whistl.
He joined the company on secondment from Express Dairies where he was their Head of Home Delivery. Educated to degree level Andy graduated at the Institute of Direct Marketing and is Fellow of the IDM. Andy previously worked with Royal Mail as a Client Director, Head of Home Shopping and E-Commerce and also ran their Door to Door business unit back in the early 1990's. Whilst at Royal Mail he was also in the Royal Logistic Corps and achieved the rank of Lt Col before retiring in 2006.Married with 2 children his hobbies include property, running and the occasional round of golf.
Lieneke HappelIT & Strategy Director
Lieneke is IT & Strategy Director at Whistl.
She has been instrumental in realising the addressed mail propositions that Whistl’s customers enjoy. Lieneke joined the UK team 8 years ago to set up the operational infrastructure and product offerings. She then took responsibility for Customer Services and added Marketing to her portfolio 2 years later. In January 2013, Lieneke also took responsibility of Whistl’s IT team. She consistently drives service and product innovation.
Lieneke's key focus now is ensuring sustainable future growth through diversification in the reality of a declining postal market. Lieneke has over 10 years experience in the mail industry. As a Dutch national she seems to make the best of British country life: she enjoys eventing her horse, her other half shoots and they both enjoy good wine and food.
Angus RussellDirector of Legal and Corporate Affairs
Angus has been responsible for managing the company's legal, regulatory and public affairs since October 2006.
A graduate from Downing College, Cambridge, Angus qualified as a solicitor with City firm Linklaters followed by in-house legal experience with various international companies since 1992. In 1997, he joined TNT Express Worldwide and has since built a reputation as a postal regulatory specialist. He is a trained mediator, member of the Council of the postal ombudsman and was the first Secretary of the Mail Competition Forum, the trade association representing the interests of market entrants in the UK postal market. Since moving to Westminster Angus has stopped playing his bagpipes: much to the relief of his Canadian wife, adult daughter and neighbours!
Mark DaviesManaging Director (Doordrop Media)
Mark graduated from Exeter University in 1988 with a degree in History.
He used this knowledge in his first role as a tour guide in the travel and leisure industry, leading tours across Europe and the Far East. After over 10 years of travelling the world and occupying sales, marketing and operational roles in California, Boston, Amsterdam, London and Barcelona he returned to the UK to take up the position of Account Director in Circular Distributors in 2003.
Corporate and Social Responsibility
At Whistl we take an active role in supporting charities that provide practical help to those suffering from hunger and homelessness in the UK and around the world.
In the UK we support Crisis, helping people to escape from the desperation of homelessness and unemployment by recruiting and training Posties. We have also worked in partnership with the United Nations’ World Food Programme, supporting their efforts to ensure school-age children in Malawi get at least one good meal a day and stay in education.
It’s vital we act responsibly where the environment is concerned. We work in partnership with you to enable you to act in an environmentally friendly way, offering services and tools that effectively reduce your footprint on the planet. We also offer you the ability to offset carbon emissions relating to the distribution and delivery of your mailings.
We continually invest in our transport fleet to help reduce hydrocarbons. We’ve converted our lorries to run on LPG and installed soot filters as well as optimising routes, loads and driver training so you can be confident your post is being carried with care for the world we live in.