The winners of the hotly anticipated Talent in Logistics Awards were finally announced last night during a glamorous evening event at the Telford International Centre.

Excitement for the Awards built during a drinks reception, sponsored by System Group, and a delicious three course meal with wine sponsored by Transformotion, before culminating in the presentation of the trophies to all winners after dinner. Host for the night was stand-up comedian, and star of BBC TV’s ‘Not Going Out’, Tim Vine, who delivered plenty of laughs, as well as revealing the all-important winners.

So, who took home a trophy?

LGV Instructor of the Year – sponsored by the National Register of LGV Instructors

Winner: Mark Liggins from Goldstar Transport Ltd.

Mark plays an integral part Goldstar Transport Ltd. With ten years’ experience as a driver before becoming an instructor, he has driven the advancement of the company’s Training Academy through his knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry. He is an NRI registered instructor, RTITB instructor and an RTITB Master Driver CPC Instructor.

LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Merlin Supply Chain Solutions

Winner: Pertemps Academy

Since 2014, the Pertemps Academy has provided free LGV training to delegates with proven aspirations to start a career in logistics. This helps remove the cost barrier from the equation for excellent candidates who may otherwise miss out on a career in the sector. The Academy recently trained its 1000th driver and shows no signs of stopping as it goes from strength to strength.

Driver CPC Instructor of the Year – sponsored by Road Haulage Association (RHA)

Winner: Martin Ready from John Lewis Partnership

Martin Ready is tireless in his commitment and dedication to making a difference to the LGV community. Martin combines his knowledge and experience to educate drivers, employers and management alike. He is an inspiring and engaging character who promotes the value of drivers to the community and the economy, a champion of Driver CPC Periodic Training.

Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Women in Logistics

Winner: JK Transport Training Services Ltd.

JK Training Services Ltd. has delivered 5568 hours of Driver CPC training this year. With an emphasis on customer satisfaction through quality training provision and driver engagement, instructors are selected on the basis of their experience, competence and personal commitment to providing excellence in all aspects of CPC training.

Transport Manager of the Year – sponsored by DFA Law

Winner: Mair Jones from NPT Homes

Mair Jones is a young woman (27) in a traditionally male dominated industry, running a fleet of 130 vehicles. An advocate of best practice, Mair is at the forefront of a van excellence accreditation scheme and carbon reduction efforts within the company. Later this year, she will oversee the introduction of a new fleet of vehicles.

LGV Driver of the Year – sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training

Winner: Emma Ryan from John Lewis Partnership

Since obtaining her licence 2 years ago, Emma has exceeded all expectations. A member of John Lewis’s Advanced Driver Program, she has had zero accidents and an incredible MPG return, combined with consistently high performing telematics scores. Over the last year Emma has upskilled to support apprentice drivers by helping with training and mentoring.

This was a very strong category this year and, as a result, in addition to the outright winner, Gary Newell of Wincanton was also highly commended. Having been employed by Wincanton for 11 years, Gary’s professional approach, attitude and consistency to all aspects of his driving career are reflected in his professional record, which includes 100% attendance, no reported RTCs, no reported personal injuries and fuel efficient driver of the year 2015/16.

Health and Safety Leader of the Year – sponsored by FSDF

Winner: Sandra Fisher from Royal Mail UK

Sandra is a driven professional who has been managing and leading the Safety role at Royal Mail for 2 years. During that time she has implemented structure and organisation, working closely with management and local safety representatives. She has made health and safety a priority and consistently receives high compliance audit scores.

Training/L&D Manager of the Year – sponsored by Specialised Training

Winner: Andy O’Neill from Nagel Langdons Ltd

Andy lives his company’s vision and values in everything he does. He has a huge passion for training and development and wants to make a real difference, not just in Nagel Langdons, but industry-wide. He works closely with external organisations associated with logistics and will always strive to overcome obstacles with outstanding results.

Training Program of the Year – sponsored by TJX Europe

Winner: XPO Logistics Operational Compliance Program

XPO Logistics approach to compliance training has changed in 2017. Mixing face-to-face training with e-learning, they have adopted a truly proactive solution that spans a range of opportunities, cultivating a ‘You Grow, We Grow’ culture that provides all operations with visibility of all available programmes. They have seen a 70% uptake across 120+ courses nationwide and an average feedback score of 4.7/5.

Training Team of the Year – sponsored by Abbey Logistics Group

Winner: XPO Logistics Driver CPC Training Team

Since the launch of Driver CPC, XPO Logistics (Supply Chain) has seen its internal training team grow exponentially. With 35 team members across the UK, they now deliver 2,000 CPC training hours every month. They are an enthusiastic, dedicated team, committed to supporting the XPO community through engaging and informative training.

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Qommunicate

Winner: Christina Wilcox from CEMEX UK Ltd

A career change at the age of 21 saw Christina leave an office job at a bank and go on to become the first female HGV driver apprentice at CEMEX. Now a fully skilled category C bulk cement tanker driver she is a highly valued member of the team and a great example of youth in logistics.

International Forklift Operator of the Year – sponsored by UniCarriers UK

Winner: Simon Bottomley from Nasaleze

The contest saw 12 top forklift drivers completing various live action-packed challenges, designed to test their practical skill and knowledge of theory.  Simon received the best score from the expert judges, finally winning the award having achieved second place in previous years.

Lift Truck Instructor of the Year – sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK

Winner: Andrew Blatch

During the competition, which celebrates excellence in training and instruction, Andrew delivered a training lesson to an expert judge.  His professional instruction skills were assessed by the judges and he achieved the best score of all 10 competition finalists.

Material Handling Equipment Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by McCue Corporation

Winner: Nesbitt Training Ltd t/a Phoenix Training

Phoenix Training was established in 1983 and has always strived to deliver quality assured MHE training locally and nationally. One of only a few ISO 9001 certified MHE trainers and with an ever-expanding course portfolio, Phoenix aims to provide all trainees with a faultless experience, from initial contact to training delivery.

Lifetime Contribution to Training and Development in Logistics – sponsored by Mentor FLT Training

Winner: Prof Richard Wilding OBE, Cranfield School of Management

Richard Wilding OBE has been inspiring and motivating individuals and companies through his passionate sharing of logistics and supply chain knowledge. His lifetime contribution to the sector is second to none. He is Professor in the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Cranfield University and Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

Check out more details on our amazing winners and some brilliant photos which really capture the spirit of this fantastic evening for our industry.


Our judges, including our event media partners SHD Logistics, TJ – Training Journal, Health + Safety at Work, and Transport Operator, had a really tough time picking the winners as the standard was so high, so all of the winners really deserve our huge congratulations!

It’s great to see how much talent exists within the industry and we hope that it will encourage the future success of the transport and logistics industries.  However, to help ensure that employers continue to be able to reward and celebrate their skilled, professional team members, the Talent in Logistics Awards for 2018 have already been confirmed.

Save the 21st June 2018 for the next Talent in Logistics Awards at the Telford International Centre!

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