Tobun named as one of Britain’s most influential black people in the new 2022 Powerlist
Tevin Tobun, CEO of GV Group and a veteran of the hospitality and logistics industry has been named as one of the UK’s most influential black people in The Powerlist 2022.
It is the fourth successive year that Tevin has been on the annual list which recognises the most powerful people of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage in Britain across a range of industries including business, politics, technology and science.
GV Group, founded by Tevin almost two decades ago, is responsible for over 21million UK deliveries a year across the education, social, healthcare, business & industry and retails sectors and its clients have included Tesco and Iceland. The award-winning company’s subsidiary Platebox delivers 10 millions school dinners across the country while FoodMove makes 15 million deliveries to small businesses, hotels and restaurants.
In an attempt to reduce carbon footprint, Tevin has sanctioned a £1,000,000 million investment into a new fleet of electric vehicles to execute his business.
As well as recognising his work in business, Tevin was also praised by judges for his charity work. Last year, partly in response to the impact of the pandemic, Tevin launched The Tobun Foundation, an organisation that offers educational support to young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Speaking about his inclusion on the list, on which he is named alongside Marcus Rashford, Dame Pat McGrath and Kwasi Kwarteng, Tevin said: “It is an honour to once again be named on the Powerlist alongside so many other incredible people, especially during what has continued to be a very challenging time for so many people.
“I believe the list is such a positive way to inspire young people and encourage them to be the best they can be and I’d like to thank the judges for including me for the fourth time. It means a lot and I don’t take it for granted. I also want to thank my team and everyone who works at GV Group for making the company the success it is and also everyone who supports and has supported The Tobun Foundation.”
Outside of leading GV Group and the Tobun Foundation, Tevin is a council member at The Open University, is a lifetime patron of hospital charity Springboard and was on the board of Middlesex University, and He is also chair of Inspirational You, which provides guidance to people of BAME background starting out in business through a range of initiatives, such as work experience, mentoring and business workshops. Since he has taken over the role, he has overseen the coordination of over 50 enterprise workshop and forum events in the last 10 years, reaching over 10,000 people. In recent years Tevin’s accolades include being recognized as ‘Highly Commended Young Director’ at The Institute of Directors’ annual Director of the Year Awards, being named as one of the EMpower top 100 Ethnic Minority Role models, and his business, GV Group was awarded Innovative Company of the Year. This October he was also named as “one to watch” on the LDC list of the UK’s most ambitious business leaders.
The Powerlist, which is produced in partnership with J.P.Morgan and sponsored by PwC, Facebook, the Executive Leadership Council, The London Stock Exchange Group, and MasterCard, recognises and celebrates the most influential black people in Britain. It has grown to become the definitive and most prestigious recognition of black achievement within the UK.