This award goes to a young employee who clearly demonstrates sound personal attributes and a high level of competency, combined with an enthusiasm for logistics and clear potential for the future

JONAS KERPAKIS, CENTURY LOGISTICS

23 year-old Jonas Kerpakis started with Century Logistics in January 2015 as a warehouse operative. Jonas made learning every area of the business the top of his agenda, which has allowed him to help wherever he is needed. He has gained licences for the mechanical handling equipment used within his operation and has volunteered to learn to drive other pieces of machinery.

Jonas has gained his Level 2 NVQ in Warehousing and Storage and is currently studying for a Level 2 Team Leader qualification through the Century Logistics training programme. Dave Westgarth, Century’s contract manager, works alongside Jonas. He says: “Jonas is a fantastically helpful member of our team. He is conscientious in his work and structured in his methods of operation. Having Jonas on my team allows me to know that the job will be done correctly with the minimum amount of fuss.”

BETH O’NEIL, HOWARD TENENS

Karl Hodginkson, Howard Tenens’ group commercial director, had no hesitation in nominating 28 year-old Beth. Karl commented: “Beth radiates a modern, forward thinking and entrepreneurial approach within Howard Tenens and has become a leading voice within the senior management team. She is widely respected and admired both within and outside of Howard Tenens.”

During five years with the company, Beth has progressed from a commercial and marketing assistant through various roles culminating in her recent promotion to Head of Commercial. Karl added: “Beth’s commitment is nothing short of exceptional and she portrays a professional disposition which I have very rarely seen.”

SAM COLLINS, WALKER LOGISTICS

22 year-old Sam joined online fulfilment specialist, Walker Logistics Ltd, at the age of 18. Impressively, Sam had passed both reach- and counterbalanced forklift operator license examinations prior to joining and he has recently completed an NVQ Level 2 in warehousing and Logistics.

Sam has already enjoyed two promotions at Walker and he is expected to make further progress. Bob Montague, Walker Logistics’ MD, says: “From day one Sam has demonstrated an impressive ability to cope with the pressure and stress brought by working in a fast moving environment. Sam has also demonstrated a remarkable adaptability and has no problem moving between tasks within the business and works to the same high standard regardless of what he is asked to do. He is developing an excellent relationship with our customers and, what’s more, Sam is a very pleasant and likable person who is highly thought of by his team, our customers and everyone at Walker.”