The best of the best in the transport and logistics industry were celebrated at the annual Talent in Logistics Awards 2018, on Thursday 21 June in Telford. Worthy winners were presented with awards at a glamorous event hosted by celebrity guest, Jeff Stelling, presenter of Gillette Soccer Saturday and live football on Sky Sports.
Talent in Logistics is a unique event, designed to celebrate professionals at every level of learning and development and reward those who are inspiring the next generation of logistics and transport talent.
Paul Ibbotson, of Matthew Kibble Transport Ltd, won the LGV Driver of the Year Award for outstanding efficiency, a positive attitude, his willingness to help new/younger drivers with advice, and being an excellent ambassador for the company. This award was sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel.
Winner of the LGV Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by National Register of LGV Instructors, was Nicky Hanson of 2 Start Ltd, for consistently excellent feedback and results from her students and always going the extra mile.
The LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year Award was presented to Martin’s Driver Training, for building up a reputation of excellent training and customer service and helping individuals and local companies meet their training and staffing needs. This award was sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training.
Driver CPC Awards
Winner of the Driver CPC Instructor of the Year Award, sponsored by the RTITB Instructor Academy, was Nigel Monk of Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd, in recognition of his enduring passion for training and consistently engaging delivery, nurturing future driver talent and junior Driver CPC trainers, and consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.
The Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year, sponsored by Midlands Truck & Van Ltd., was presented to Pertemps Driver Training, for working closely with its nationwide client base to ensure delivery of DCPC courses that engage Drivers and cover key elements faced daily, helping to keep LGV drivers and other road users safe.
Warehouse and Transport Awards
Sponsored by Browne Jacobson, the Transport Manager of the Year Award was presented to Andrea Gardner of Bullet Express for her commitment to ensuring all processes comply with the Bullet Express’ Operator Licence through completing her National CPC and International CPC, and her management of the service and maintenance for all the company’s vehicles and trailers, and driver management.
Mark Briscoe of Unipart Logistics won the title of Warehouse Manager of the Year for making significant improvements to Health, Safety and Wellbeing by actively encouraging and promoting the safety culture on site, which has contributed to zero lost time injuries and a 31.25% decrease of incidents involving damage in 2017. This award was sponsored by Linde Training.
Materials Handling Equipment Awards
Winner of the Forklift Training Provider of the Year Award, sponsored by BITA, was Small Training Solutions for going above and beyond the expectations of its clients, providing affordable services, free training materials and ongoing customer service, as well as taking the time to ensure clients are compliant.
The prestigious title of Forklift Operator of the Year was won by Dale Smith of Wilko Retail Ltd following an excellent performance in the live grand final, sponsored by UniCarriers, which took place at the Talent in Logistics Conference earlier the same day. Competition was fierce as the operators demonstrated a high level of skill, knowledge and safety.
The grand final of the Forklift Instructor of the Year, sponsored by Hyster Europe, also took place at the Conference and was won by Antony Smith from UK Industries Training. The competition celebrates excellence in forklift truck training and instruction and the 12 finalists were put through their paces on the day, across four challenging tests: Inspection, Driving, Knowledge and Teaching.
Training and Development Awards
Wincanton Health, Safety, Driver Training & Development Team (Co-op Contract) won the Training Team of the Year Award for its commitment to continuously improve and strive for “best practice” within Wincanton and promoting its industry leader status, as well as its vision to establish Co-op Lea Green RDC as a contractual Wincanton leader in Health, Safety, Driver Training and Development. This award was sponsored by Culina Group.
The Training Programme of the Year Award was won by Fleet Source for developing 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. This award was sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Lucy Orchiston of Euro Car Parts won the Training Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by CRH Training, for being consistently at the forefront of any initiative linked with the personal development and wellbeing of her colleagues and leaders, helping to drive the company’s values and standards, and showing commitment to the company.
Sam Smith of Greenshields Cowie & Co. Ltd. won the title of Apprentice of the Year, sponsored by Pearson, for proving himself a reliable and invaluable member of the disaster response team, embracing continuous learning, while frequently excelling expectations, and his commitment to developing a life-long logistics career as an emergency response specialist.
Health and Safety Award
The Health & Safety Leader of the Year Award was won by Beverley Knight of Palletforce for her commitment and dedication to training and making significant progress with Health and Safety Management, from modernising and restructuring company policies, to ensuring all Forklift truck operators have completed refresher training. This award was sponsored by Health & Safety Publishers.
Lifetime Contribution Award
Sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd., the prestigious Lifetime Contribution Award was presented to Andy Kaye of Bis Henderson Group for his passion, personal input and dedication to a cause he truly believes in. Andy 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) charitable trust Novus, working with Universities and Companies in the UK, ensuring sponsorship and mentoring programmes from businesses. He also created a Learning Academy and promotes apprenticeships within Supply Chain and Logistics.
The awards ceremony, which included a drinks reception, gourmet dinner and entertainment from Queen tribute band, Flash, followed the daytime Talent in Logistics Conference, which focused on developing skills for current logistics professionals, and the future of the industry.
Delegates attended presentations and participated in workshops and debates, as well witnessing the competition live finals, watching forklift truck and LGV demonstrations and visiting suppliers in the Information Zone exhibition.
Entry for the Talent in Logistics 2019 Awards will open on Monday 7th January and awards will be open for submission until April 2019. Managers are encouraged to get their nominations ready now so that they can recognise their employees hard work and celebrate the talent that exists in their business. Rewarding employees with awards is a proven effective way of supporting staff retention and recruitment.
The Talent in Logistics Conference and Awards 2019 will take place on Thursday 27th June at Arena MK in Milton Keynes. To be the first to receive more information on tickets and special early bird prices, email [email protected] or visit www.talentinlogistics.co.uk now for more information.