Presenting the Winners of the Talent in Logistics Awards 2018

After much anticipation, the winners of the Talent in Logistics Awards 2018 were finally revealed at last week’s glamorous event, at the Telford International Centre.

Guests buzzed with excitement as the evening commenced with the drinks reception sponsored by FLT Training (Liverpool) Ltd, followed by a delicious three course meal, with wine sponsored by The Resources Group (TRG).

Then it was time for the hotly anticipated main event – the presentation of trophies to the winners by our special celebrity guest, Jeff Stelling, presenter of Gillette Soccer Saturday and live football and our fantastic sponsors.

So, who took home a 2018 Talent in Logistics Award?

LGV Driver of the Year – sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel Driver Academy

Winner: Paul Ibbotson from Matthew Kibble Transport Ltd

Paul scooped the award as his award entry demonstrated that he has the right attitude at all times, always thinks of the most efficient and logical way of achieving any task and never misses a delivery deadline. Always happy to help the new/younger drivers with advice, Paul is a great ambassador for the company.

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

Winner: Nicky Hanson of 2 Start Ltd

One of two female LGV instructors at 2 Start Ltd, our judges saw that Nicky has really developed her skills and confidence over the last year and has gained excellent feedback and results from her students. Her calm manner and ability to embed information into her students is exemplary and she is a real asset to the company, always going the extra mile!

LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training

Winner: Martin’s Driver Training

Martin’s Driver Training has built up over the years from a sole trader business, run by Martin McCafferty, to a partnership business, which operates with four lorries and offers a variety of courses to help meet the needs of the local logistics industry in Norfolk. Husband and wife team Martin and Carol McCafferty now run the business employing four instructors and two office staff. The company deserved an award as it has built up a reputation for its excellent training and customer service, helping individuals and local companies meet their training and staffing needs.

Driver CPC Instructor of the Year – sponsored by the RTITB Instructor Academy

Winner: Nigel Monk of Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd

Having worked at Specialist for almost 15 years, Nigel is the company’s Senior Driver CPC Trainer. In 2017 he trained 589 drivers on 70 courses for 49 customers. With his gregarious and positive personality, enduring passion for training, and encyclopaedic knowledge, Nigel’s delivery is consistently engaging. The Talent in Logistics judges saw that he consistently goes above and beyond what is required of him.

Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by Midlands Truck & Van Ltd.

Winner: Pertemps Driver Training

Pertemps Driver Training received this year’s award as it is passionate about making the roads safer. Being a JAUPT approved centre since 2008 has allowed the company to work in partnership with its nationwide client base to ensure it delivers DCPC courses that not only engage and interact with drivers, but cover key elements faced on a day-to-day basis. This helps to increase their knowledge base, keeping them and others safe on the roads. Working alongside clients, Road Safety Charities and Government organisations has allowed Pertemps to create a suite of over 10 on-road and classroom-based courses, covering a variety of relatable content.

Transport Manager of the Year – sponsored by Browne Jacobson

Winner: Andrea Gardner of Bullet Express

Andrea joined Bullet Express 16 years ago as a Data Input Clerk/Debrief Clerk but quickly moved into the Transport Operation, taking control of the service and maintenance for all the company’s vehicles and trailers, and looking after the tachographs and driver management.  To ensure all processes comply with the Bullet Express’ Operator Licence, she completed her National CPC, and took over all aspects of the Operator Licence, which at that time covered 10-15 vehicles and 10 trailers. Shortly after, she completed her International CPC, so Bullet has the option to expand its operation.

Warehouse Manager of the Year – sponsored by Linde Training

Winner: Mark Briscoe of Unipart Logistics

Mark is the site manager of Unipart Logistics Automotive site in Honeybourne, Evesham and manages 98 colleagues. Our judges saw evidence of how since the commencement of his role 18 months ago, Mark has made significant improvements to Health, Safety & Wellbeing by actively encouraging and promoting the safety culture on site. The site has an impeccable lead score by Mark proactively encouraging positive safety initiatives. For example: leadership interventions, wellbeing promotions, behavioural observations (MHE), MHE and safety training and hazard/near miss reporting, which has resulted in zero lost time injuries and a 31.25% decrease of incidents involving damage in 2017.

Forklift Training Provider of the Year – sponsored by BITA

Winner: Small Training Solutions

Small Training Solutions took home this hotly contested award for going above and beyond the expectations of its clients, providing affordable services and ongoing customer service. Providing free training materials and support documents, the company takes the time with clients to ensure they are compliant, even spending days, free of charge, setting up clients’ defect books, fault reporting procedures, pre-use checks and safety posters. Small Training Solutions also helps customers to sign up to use helpful registers that they weren’t previously aware of.

Forklift Operator of the Year – sponsored by UniCarriers

Winner: Dale Smith of Wilko Retail Ltd

The winner of this prestigious title, Dale, demonstrated a high level of skill, knowledge and safety throughout the competition, which consisted of online theory tests and a challenging live grand final taking place at the Talent in Logistics Conference.

Forklift Instructor of the Year – sponsored by Hyster Europe

Winner: Antony Smith of UK Industries Training

Antony demonstrated excellence in forklift truck training and instruction both in the online qualification test stage and in the live grand final, which took place at the Talent in Logistics Conference and included four challenging tests: Inspection, Driving, Knowledge and Teaching.

Training Team of the Year – sponsored by Culina Group

Winner: Wincanton Health, Safety, Driver Training & Development Team (Co-op Contract)

This award entry demonstrated how building on the key foundations established at Lea Green RDC, both the Training & Development and the Health & Safety teams intend to be a driving force for the forthcoming 5-year contract. Each of these departments is committed in their endeavour to continuously improve and strive for “best practice” within Wincanton and promoting its industry leader status. Further to this, in 2016 a joint venture between the two departments was proposed as beneficial, with a view of producing one multi skilled team. With their passion and commitment, it is their vision to establish Co-op Lea Green RDC as a contractual Wincanton leader in Health, Safety, Driver Training and Development.

Training Programme of the Year – sponsored by The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Winner: Fleet Source- Terrorism Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) CPC training

Fleet Source has developed something entirely new to the road transport training market: the UK’s first Terrorism Risk and Incident Prevention programme of products and training services, named ‘TRIP’. TRIP has been designed so that commercial fleet operators, managers and drivers can be educated on the risks of terrorism, the nature of the threats that they may face and a range of safety precautions they should implement to significantly reduce the possibilities of their vehicle being hijacked or stolen and used in a terrorist incident, which could potentially result in saving lives.

Training Manager of the Year – sponsored by CRH Training

Winner: Lucy Orchiston of Euro Car Parts

Lucy received the award as the judges saw that she is at the forefront of any initiative that’s linked with the personal development and wellbeing of her colleagues and leaders, whether that be the Voice (Colleague communication forum) driving the company’s Values and Standards, or simply ensuring that the company is delivering reviews to the expected high standards. Without the commitment that Lucy has shown Euro Car Parts certainly wouldn’t be experiencing the success it sees today.

Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Pearson

Winner: Sam Smith of Greenshields Cowie & Co. Ltd.

Sam Smith joined Greenshields Cowie as a Logistics Assistant in 2016. Under mentorship of GSC’s Air Freight Specialist, Sam has proved himself to be a reliable and invaluable member of the disaster response team in a very short space of time. Sam has embraced continuous learning and frequently excels expectations, most recently achieving an impressive 100% pass mark in The Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Air Certification. The judges could also see that Sam is committed to developing a life-long logistics career as an emergency response specialist, and GSC is equally committed to supporting his learning to ensure the fullness of his impressive potential.

Health & Safety Leader of the Year – sponsored by Health & Safety Publishers

Winner: Beverley Knight of Palletforce

Since joining Palletforce Beverley has made significant progress with Health and Safety Management, from modernising and restructuring company policies, to ensuring all Forklift truck operators have completed refresher training. She received this award as she also supports training at other sites with her Health and Safety knowledge and expertise. She shows commitment and dedication to training others, as well as being committed to her own development, and is currently studying for the level 6 NCRQ Diploma to further enhance her expertise and knowledge.

Lifetime Contribution – sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd.

Winner: Andy Kaye of Bis Henderson Group

Andy received this prestigious award as he has worked tirelessly for 20 years within the Supply Chain and Logistics sector to ensure that this industry secures the very best talent.  He successfully established (and Chairs) Novus Trust, working with Universities and Companies in the UK, ensuring sponsorship and mentoring programmes from businesses, including a year’s work experience for learners, and a guaranteed job if they gain a 2:1 or above. He has done all this as a volunteer.  Andy went on to create a Learning Academy and promotes apprenticeships within Supply Chain and Logistics. His Academy was one of the first to be given training accreditation and works with companies such as NFT and Yodel. Andy is passionate and strives to drive home the challenges that Supply Chain and Logistics faces in the future, speaking regularly at events.

Huge congratulations to all of our 2018 award winners!

Do you think that you or someone you work with deserves recognition like these exceptional logistics professionals?

Then make sure you enter yourself or a colleague now for the Talent in Logistics Awards 2019 to recognise hard work and dedication, and to celebrate talent in your business.  Entries open on Monday 7th January and will need to be in by April 2019.

Talent in Logistics 2019 will take place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes on Thursday 27th June 2019 – all the details will be revealed soon. To register your interest and be the first to hear about special ticket offers, email or visit now for more information.

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