In profile – Adrian Mason of Road Tankers Northern

Welcome to June’s edition of our special monthly feature which gives you the opportunity to ‘meet’ an industry figure and, hopefully, to discover another side to them beyond the well-known facts.

There's something very fishy about this multi award winner.

This month we chat with Adrian Mason, sales executive at Road Tankers Northern and proud winner of the Fuel Oil News Tanker of the Year Manufacturer for 2022

“Treat people as you would like to be treated.”


Give your career history in 25 words or fewer.

Worked in a wire drawing company as a metallurgist from leaving school, award-winning pest controller, artificial stone salesman, truck sales for Renault and DAF.

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Honest, dedicated and driven.

What were your childhood / early ambitions?

I actually wanted to be either a gamekeeper or a gunsmith which is why I studied metallurgy at university and why I changed to pest control in later life.

Describe your dream job (if you weren’t doing this?)

Lure fishing guide in Ireland or in Scandinavia.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?

Treat people as you would like to be treated.

Share your top tips for business success.

Have a goal to aim for and work with people who have the same aspirations.

What’s your most recent business achievement of note?

Tanker of The Year 2022 winner – It’s only taken me 10 years to win it with one of my builds!

Tell us your greatest fear.

Being an older dad, I would say not seeing my children growing up.

Which is most important – ambition or talent?

Personally, a mixture of both is much more important to make the right person.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Telling a customer that their new tanker is ready to collect is easily the best part of my job.

Which is the quality that you most admire?


What are you most likely to say?

I will sort it.

What are you least likely to say?

It’s not my job.

Describe your perfect day.

4am alarm going off, crawl out of the lodge and straight onto my boat followed by a good day’s fishing on a large lake or river. Home to my lovely young family and a steak dinner.

Do you have a favourite sports team?

Liverpool FC – YNWA.

What’s the biggest challenge of our time?

The changes to legislation due to climate change; I detest the thought of electric fuel tankers!

Cheese or chocolate?

Chocolate – I do have a bit of a sweet tooth.

Share your greatest personal achievement.

Being a sponsored angler and marrying the woman of my dreams.

What’s your pet hate or biggest irritant?

Don’t care attitude.

If you were on ‘Mastermind’ what would your specialist subject be?


If you were elected to government what would be the first law you’d press for?

Stop homelessness; everyone should have a roof over their head.

If your 20-year-old self saw you now what would they think?

You are doing ok and grey hair suits you.

What is number 1 on your bucket list?

Fish for Musky in Canada.

What 3 things would you take to a desert island?

Family, fire starter and a fishing rod.

Tell us something about you that people would be very surprised by.

I shot Clay Pigeon to a very high level before I started fishing.

Who would you most like to ask these questions of?

Andrew Chrystal from Chrystal Petroleum.