Monday, August 24, 2020

Talent in Logistics Awards Nominees Announced in Build Up to Virtual Occasion

Event Celebrates All From Young Freight Forwarders to Inspirational Leaders
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UK – Like so many events in this 'the Lost Year' the 2020 Talent in Logistics Awards will be an online event, but the team responsible were determined to go ahead and celebrate the stars of the industry which has done so much to normalise a situation which, without it, would have literally seen the breakdown of civilisation.

So it is then that on Thursday 1st October the great and the good of the supply chain providers will huddle around the monitors wearing at least the top half of their celebratory ensemble to see who has topped the lists from a formidable group of finalists. Ruth Edwards, Business Development Director for Talent in Logistics, commented:

“We are absolutely thrilled that despite this year’s challenges, logistics organisations have taken the time to submit really inspiring, high quality award entries. Everyone has played an important part in keeping operations moving in recent months, so we’re excited that we’ll have chance to recognise the exceptional people at every level on the awards night.”

With eleven categories up for the taking it could prove a long night in front of the box, but with so little to celebrate in this pandemic year doubtless the extensive list of nominees, ranging from assorted worthy individuals to the big and the small organisations, will see a good time. One outfit already celebrating is the British International Freight Association (BIFA) which launched its Young Forwarder Network (YFN) in March 2019 to provide a platform for those new to the industry to develop their knowledge and professional skills, within a sociable environment in a move which could now be seen to be somewhat prescient.

Although the face to face meetings of the rapidly growing groups were naturally cancelled when the virus hit, BIFA has adapted, and subsequently arranged various online events, with over 20 taking place in the revised format since the start of lockdown and welcoming over 400 individual participants.

BIFA's training development manager, Carl Hobbis is justifiably proud of the achievements of the YFN groups, and commented:

“We are absolutely delighted that we made the finalists’ shortlist, although we face some strong competition from some blue-chip freight industry brands that have entered this category. From the lockdown caused by Covid-19, the YFN was re-launched online and holds virtual events every two weeks for one hour. In June, it had a record attendance at any YFN event, live or digital, with 71 attending a virtual port tour of DP World London Gateway.

“When we launched the YFN, there were no professional networking groups for young people within the freight forwarding sector. The judges recognised that the YFN enables participants to build-up their own professional network and develop their skill sets in many ways, whilst participating in events that are fresh, interactive, engaging and sociable.”

YFN members have an influence on its direction, with local committees helping to organise events both in advance and on the day. This experience enables them to develop many skills at an early stage within their careers. Within the structure of the YFN, employer governors are appointed in each region, to provide support and guidance. One of them, Ian Mallon, managing director of Neon Freight said:

“The YFN is a fantastic initiative for the future talent of the freight and logistics industry. For years, the industry has perhaps suffered from an inconsistent funnel of future recruits, and this helps to ensure new starters are given opportunities to learn new skills, and try out networking for the first time. I am proud that this initiative has been recognised by the judges of the Talent in Logistics awards and hope that it will be named winner of the category when the winners are revealed at the annual awards event.”

The 2020 Talent in Logistics Awards finalists were selected by a panel of judges including Ian Gainford, assistant chief driving examiner for DVSA, Gwen Carter Powell, international manager for Investors in People, Kate Cooper, head of research, Policy & Standards for Institute of Leadership and Management, Michael Bourlakis, head of logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management for Cranfield School of Management, Edward Sweeney, professor of Logistics & Systems for Aston University, Ian Nichol, head of logistics for Career Ready, and Shane Brennan, chief executive officer for The Cold Chain Federation.

A complete list of Award nominees is as follows:

  • Collaboration in People Development - BIFA, Clipper Logistics, Hermes UK, PD Ports, Pertemps Driver Training
  • Best Place to Work - Clipper Logistics, Diamond Logistics Limited, GEFCO UK, Ligentia, PD Ports, Wincanton (Northampton)
  • Health Safety and Wellbeing - Clipper Logistics, PD Ports
  • Industry Ambassador Gary Tucker- Network Training Partnership Ltd, Jennifer Swain, Samantha Leleu - Pertemps Driver Training
  • Innovation in Recruitment - Business on the Move, DHL in partnership with Cappfinity, Pall-Ex (UK) Ltd
  • Innovative Training Programme - Clipper Logistics, Pertemps Driver Training, RTITB and MA-system
  • Inspirational Leader - Kate Lester - Diamond Logistics, Kimberley McIntosh - Royal Mail, Nathan Humphreys - Wincanton
  • Instructor of the Year - Darrell Stagg - Kuehne + Nagel Drinks Logistics, John David Bradley – Next, Matt Brooks - Rock City Stage Crew, Paul Lumb – Wincanton, Petrus Moldoveanu - Boots UK, Ryan Small - Small Training Solutions, Steven Sadler - Kent Forklift Training
  • Rising Star of the Year - Anthony Marriott – Wincanton, Matthew Hand - JK Transport, Rachel Thornton - GIST Ltd, Sadie Booth - Pertemps Driver Training, Sarah Louise Thornton - Arla Foods, Varsha-Ghetia - Wincanton
  • Training Provider of the Year - Fleet Source Ltd, JM Trucking Ltd, Network Training Partnership Ltd, Pegasus Lift Truck Training Ltd, Qube Learning, Small Training Solutions
  • Training Team of the Year - Abbey Logistics Group, Network Training Partnership Ltd, Pegasus Lift Truck Training Ltd