Meet our Awards Judges

This year, we are delighted to host another stellar line up of judges, made up of industry leaders and experts, to deliberate and choose this year’s deserving Talent in Logistics Award winners.

Andy Kaye, CEO, Bis Henderson Group

Over the past few years, Andy has helped radically transform young people’s perception of the supply chain and logistics sector. Firstly, Andy launched the Novus Trust which has been successfully motivating young people to study supply chain and logistics through specialist degree courses since 2014. Inspired by the success of Novus, he then conceived Bis Henderson Academy, to focus on developing talent through apprenticeship level training.

Andy is truly passionate about skills, and his work with industry bodies has led to continued engagement of young people. He continues to work alongside organisations to achieve greater understanding and improved awareness.

Anthony Woodburn – Editor, Freight Industry Times

Anthony has worked in print journalism for more than 25 years. As an experienced B2B journalist, he has covered many industry sectors during his professional career, from construction and mining to finance and the knowledge economy.

Anthony fully recognises the importance of acknowledging talent at all levels in the freight and logistics sector. One of his first initiatives as Editor was to launch the publication’s FIT FOR THE FUTURE campaign, which addresses the skills shortages in the industry, tackling key issues such as how to attract more young people into the sector; improving the industry’s image and perception; increasing skills and training provision and embracing gender and cultural diversity.

Barbara Ryan - Publisher, Truck and Track

As publisher of Truck & Track magazine, Barbara Ryan is one of the foremost authorities within the UK’s transport and logistics industry. With a background that embraces over 30 years’ experience, Barbara has gained valuable knowledge of those issues that affect the industry and the individuals that support it. She has a unique understanding of a wide range of topics including driver CPC training processes, fuel economy, emissions control technology, pallet networks, dangerous goods, battery management and telematics plus safety and security.

Wearing her publisher’s hat, Barbara is a regular exhibitor at international MultiModal exhibitions and frequently works to help promote trade bodies such as the Freight Transport Association (FTA), the Road Haulage Association (RHA) and the Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS).

Bethany Fovargue, Operations Manager, NOVUS

Bethany Fovargue is the Operations Manager of NOVUS, an organisation under the umbrella of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK). NOVUS, supported by 26 sponsor companies, inspires the next generation of supply chain professionals across seven leading Universities, providing students with applied, industry-relevant education and graduate employment. As a member of the CILT Women in Logistics Forum’s leadership team, Bethany is a champion of diversity in the sector. She is also a passionate advocate of logistics as a profession of choice and, as such, Bethany has recently been named as an “Outside Influencer” in SHD Magazine’s “Logistics 100”.

Charlotte Patrick, Key Sector and Knowledge Transfer Manager, University of Northampton

Charlotte works with businesses to innovate and grow – from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to successful funding bids and collaborative projects.

Charlotte heads up five industry led forums including the Northamptonshire Logistics Forum covering HR, Apprenticeships, Logistics, Manufacturing & Health Safety & Wellbeing. Enabling companies to share best practice, collaborate and knowledge transfer is her focus.

Charlotte is excited to be a part of this year’s judging panel and can’t wait to read the submissions and see what great things the entrants have been up to.

David Cox, Manager, National Register of LGV Instructors

Through a network of UK based centres, David manages the DVSA endorsed Register of LGV Instructors, he oversees the examination and quality audit processes which help improve and monitor LGV Instructor standards.

His career in the transport and warehouse sectors spans over 25 years and has seen him manage complex transport and warehouse operations in temperature controlled distribution and drinks logistics. In recent years he has focused on training and development and he still travels the country conducting both LGV and MHE Instructor examinations.

He is passionate about improving work based safety and the development of people in the transport and warehouse sectors through high quality training, which he firmly believes improves safety and reduces operational costs.

Gwen Powell, Manager, Investors in People (IIP) International

Gwen supports a team of global practitioners and clients. Gwen is an active practitioner herself enthusiastically sharing best practice in people management, leadership and culture.

Gwen believes that staff and workforce engagement is key to every organisations success as well building and maintaining a culture that provides a positive workplace environment.

‘People places and things come together to ensure we can all be productive, aiming for the same goals toward a common purpose’.

Ian Nichol – Head of Logistics, Career Ready

Ian Nichol is a qualified Further Education Lecturer and he spent over 25 years in the sector undertaking management posts in Human Resources, Business Development, Curriculum Planning and Staff Development.

Ian is Head of Logistics at Career Ready, a UK-wide charity that has been helping to prepare young people for the world of work for over 16 years by matching them with volunteers from the world of business.

Ian leads the award winning Think Logistics project which began in 2013. Its aim is to raise young people’s awareness of the logistics profession and to promote the great career pathways on offer to them.

James Clark - Secretary General, BITA

James Clark is the Secretary-General of the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), the UK trade association for manufacturers and suppliers of fork lift truck and associated components and services. Having recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of its formation, BITA remains as relevant today as it has ever been, representing the interests of its members and the UK fork lift truck sector at national, European and global level.

James joined BITA in 1996 from Allied Mills, where he was latterly Purchasing Director, a position that gave him tremendous knowledge of the challenges and opportunities that lie within the supply chain.

Jonathan Kennard – Editor, Training Journal

Jon Kennard is digital editor of TJ, with a decade's experience in learning and development and 15 years in digital publishing. Having studied maths at university, Jon gained digital media experience working for record labels and other media companies in the early 2000s, before becoming a freelance writer and social media consultant a decade later.

With one parent who worked as a university lecturer and the other a management consultant, coupled with his own professional development in media, Jon thinks L&D publishing for business is the job he was always going to do. Based on his own unconventional career progression he says "you never know when or where you might discover something that changes the way you work and think, so always be available to learn."

Kate Cooper - Head of Research, Policy and Standards, The Institute of Leadership & Management

Kate shapes an innovative research programme to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens.

Kate joined the Institute after a career as a senior academic in a university business school where her focus was strategy, leadership and professional development.

She is a conference keynote speaker and provides expert commentary on a range of topics arising from the Institute’s research agenda. She is regularly quoted in regional, national and international media, has appeared on both BBC television and radio and has a regular column in Dialogue Review, the business magazine for leaders.

Kirsty Adams – Editor, SHD Logistics

Kirsty Adams joined the logistics industry in 2013 as project editor for SHD Logistics where she launched The Logistics Awards, the SHD Logistics Conference, reported key industry issues and developed the leading title’s Future Skills agenda. She was promoted to editor in June 2017.

As editor, Kirsty works together with her readers and other strategic partners to ensure the content of SHD Logistics is on target and forward-thinking. In association with IMHX, she continues to drive the Future Skills agenda through a variety of initiatives. Kirsty is a career business to business journalist and previously launched two automotive magazines, as editor, at Hamerville Publishing.

Professor Michael Bourlakis - Chair in Logistics & Supply Chain Management

Professor Michael Bourlakis holds the Chair in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He is also the Head of the Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Group and the Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management.

Michael is an internationally renowned and established authority in logistics and he has published extensively in relation to these issues. He has received considerable funding from various bodies and his multidisciplinary research work and impactful thought leadership has received considerable attention by media

Shane Brennan, Chief Executive, Food Storage and Distribution Federation

Shane took over as CEO of FSDF in September 2018. FSDF is the specialist trade body for temperature controlled storage and distribution businesses. FSDF provides a unique network for professionals engaged in the ‘cold chain.’ Shane is an experienced trade association leader having worked for organisations across food retail, farming and wholesale business.

Simon Duddy, Editor, Handling & Storage Solutions

Simon Duddy is an experienced B2B editor and has worked across a range of titles, including Handling & Storage Solutions for the last nine years.
In that time, HSS has launched the Safer Logistics Campaign, which includes free-to-attend seminars at The Health & Safety Event at the NEC every Spring.
Simon is committed to presenting articles that help warehouse and logistics professionals do their jobs better.

Find out about our brilliant sponsors, without whom we couldn’t put on such brilliant events…

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MA-system is a Swedish based company and the biggest supplier of training material for operators in Scandinavia. Their focus lies on forklift trucks, MEWPs, cranes and fall protection, their customers are both local and multinational companies.

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Microlise has been operating for over thirty years and is based in Nottingham. Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its telematics solutions continue to be underpinned by market leading technology. Every year they help their customers to save more than £210m in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds & thousands of metric tonnes.

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Pertemps Driver Training was founded in 2009 as a solution to the increased demand throughout the UK for skilled, trained and compliant drivers. A clear but simple business strategy was built; enhance commercial drivers skills, improve drivers behaviour and reinvest profits into the next generation of drivers.

Think Logistics works to make the logistics, transport and supply chain profession an attractive career of choice. In partnership with leading industry bodies and over 40 logistics companies, Think Logistics works to promote the logistics sector to 11-22 year olds through workshops, mentoring, internships, work placements and support. Think Logistics has gone from strength to strength, but we need more transport and logistics companies to join us and help promote our exciting and rewarding sector. Get in touch to find out how to get involved and support this important initiative and discover the many benefits being part of Think Logistics can bring to your company.

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