Apprentice of the Year – sponsored by Pearson

This award is for an exceptional apprentice who has made a significant contribution to their transport, warehousing or logistics workplace.

Amy Stevens – Viamaster Training

Amy joined Viamaster Training as an Apprentice Administrator, aged 18. Having completed both Level 2 & 3 Apprenticeships Amy has been promoted to the role of Team Leader of the Administration Team.

Emily Luff – CEMEX UK Ltd

Emily is a 19-year-old who was the only female candidate out of the 14 successful apprentices on this year’s CEMEX UK driver apprentice scheme and the company’s first female tipper driver apprentice.

Jon Covington – Euro Car Parts Ltd

Jon has played an important part in the Euro Car Parts story through his role at the National Distribution Centre, located in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Jonathan Poole – Royal Mail

Jonathan embarked on his apprenticeship with Royal Mail Fleet in 2013. He immediately impressed, with his passion for learning, excellent work ethic and approach to problem-solving.

Sam Smith – Greenshields Cowie & Co. Ltd.

Sam joined 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.

Training Manager of the Year – sponsored by CRH

Transport Training The winner of this award will be able to demonstrate an innovative approach to the training and development of logistics and transport talent and prove the benefits of their training programmes.

Johnny Hallsworth – Wincanton

Johnny is not only the Health and Safety Manager, he is also in charge of the training team, doing an excellent job in the short time he has been employed by Wincanton.

Lucy Orchiston – Euro Car Parts Ltd

Lucy is at the forefront of any initiative that’s linked with the personal development and wellbeing of her colleagues and leaders.

Nikki Hale – BJB Lift Trucks

Nikki re-joined the BJB Lift Trucks team as Marketing Manager in 2015. In May 2016, at very short notice, she was asked to take on the additional role of Commercial Training Manager.

Rob Boughen – Atlas LGV Training

Rob is an incredible Training Manager and instructor and never fails to support his drivers to the maximum of his capabilities.

Steve Rose – Gregory Distribution ltd

Steve is considered a fabulous manager investing in his team both financially and professionally. He has an ability to spot excellent potential trainers in experienced drivers and mould them into trainers.

Su Thomas – Newcroft Training

Day in, day out Su demonstrates remarkable commitment and dedication to the success of every single student who walks through the door at Newcroft Training.

Training Programme of the Year

This award is for a training programme related to logistics and LGV transport that can show it was more than a “tick box” exercise, with a well-researched reason behind it, plus measurements of success and proven improvements post-training.

Drive another day – Professional Football Association & Pertemps Driver Training

In 2016 Pertemps Driver Training began supporting ‘The Honest Truth’ (THT) road safety charity. Made up of the police and fire and rescue, they deploy road safety messages to young drivers.

Health, Safety and Driver Training Programme – Wincanton

In 2016 the Health, Safety and Training team at Wincanton, Lea Green, completed a review of 32 Safe Systems of Work and the accompanying training package. To drive down the number of accidents and incidents, they identified a requirement to change the format of the assessments, documentation and the overall outlook towards training and development.

Logistics Management

Development Initiative (LMDI) – Lidl As Lidl’s sales and presence are rapidly growing, so are demands on its warehouse management teams. The company acknowledged the need to invest within the nucleus of its operation, and January 2017 saw the nationwide kick-off of Logistics Management Development Initiative (LMDI).

MHE Training Review 2017 – Unipart Logistics

The Materials Handling Equipment operation within Unipart Logistics warehouses remains a risk to the safety of its staff, the MHE training review project demonstrates that significant improvements and benefits to the whole organisation can be made when its teams work together.

Terrorism Risk & Incident Prevention (TRIP) CPC training – Fleet Source

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’.

Training Team of the Year

This award is for an “in-house” training team which has worked together to overcome a challenge and successfully delivered training which has demonstrably benefitted the business.

David Watson Transport

The Training Team at David Watson Transport are a gold standard department working for a FORS Gold operator.

FLT Training – Birmingham Team

The training team at FLT Training’s Birmingham location has gone over and above the call of duty, not only delivering high quality training, but also enriching and improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable trainees.

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

Building on the key foundations established in Lea Green, both the Training & Development and the Health & Safety teams intend to be a driving force for the forthcoming 5-year contract.


The NOVUS team works with University of Huddersfield and Aston University to promote logistics as a profession of choice.

T2 Training –

Euro Car Parts Ltd Over the past 18 months Euro Car Parts has undertaken a massive transition, consolidating from three logistical warehouses to one, while simultaneously changing its warehouse management system.

Warehouse Training Team – Retail Logistics – Wincanton

The Warehouse Team consists of two full-time and five part-time members. This year, one of the company’s customers, Sainsbury’s, doubled the volume for store deliveries to 2 million cases per week.

Health & Safety Leader of the Year – sponsored by Health & Safety Publications Ltd

This award is for a health and safety trainer or manager who can demonstrate that they have delivered exceptional training in the past 12 months, and who positively influence health and safety culture in their organisation.

Beverley Knight – 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.

Chris Bradley – Dawsongroup Temperature Control Solutions Ltd

Every day Chris takes the time to listen to any problems and always does his best to rectify them to ensure people are happy.

Fahad Al-Raba’ani – Petroleum Development Oman (PDO)

After joining PDO in 2015, Fahad made a significant change to lifting training and development for lifting operators and supervisors.

Jennifer Flaherty – Wincanton

Jennifer joined Wincanton in 2011 and, having increased her knowledge and understanding of health and safety, and the depot operation was promoted to Health & Safety Officer in 2016.

Forklift Operator of the Year – Sponsored by UniCarriers UK Ltd.

This award is for a qualified forklift operator who can demonstrate a high level of skill and safety through both knowledge of theory and practical operation. Competitors completed a challenging online test to reach the live grand finals at the Talent in Logistics Conference 2018.

Anthony Murray – Cleland McIver Limited

Craig Colbeck – PPG Architectural Coatings UK & I

Craig Powell – PPG Architectural Coatings UK & I

Dale Smith – Wilko Retail Ltd

Darren Field – Wilko Retail Ltd

David Tyrell – Wilko Retail Ltd

Gerald Clinton – Lyreco UK

Janet Gladwin – Wilko Retail Ltd

Joseph Wilson – Wincanton B&Q

Kris Scarborough – Wilko Retail Ltd

Leighton Hughes – Hasbro

Lewis Walton – Lloyd Ltd

Matthew Vassallo – Hasbro

Michael Hunt – Wilko Retail Ltd

Nuno Tomas – Shoreline Engineering

Peter Friston – Self employed

Robbie Wilson – Aggreko Manufacturing

Samantha Tyson – PPG

Architectural Coatings UK & I

Steve Wells – Hasbro

Forklift Instructor of the Year– Sponsored by Hyster Europe

This award celebrates excellence in lift truck training and instruction.

Qualified instructors took an online test to prove their skill and the top instructors have been invited to compete in the grand finals at the Talent in Logistics Conference 2018.

Andrew Blatch – Elliott Group

Antony Smith – UK Industries Training

Gavin Layer – Kuehne + Nagel

James Bell – Chris Sales FLT Training

Kenneth Saward – Mentor Training Solutions

Mark Dobson – CEVA Logistics

Paul Lumb – Wincanton c/o Sainsburys

Richard Clayton – RTC Training

Simon Harvey – Wincanton c/o Sainsburys

Stephen Reynard – Cofresco Operations UK

Sue Massey – SIM Training Services Ltd

Tom Williams – Wiltshire Transport Training Ltd

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

This award is for an LGV Driver that is a positive and professional representative of the driving industry. Someone who goes over and above the call of duty.

Daniel Babong – Alan Firmin Ltd

Daniel is a very passionate HGV Class 1 Driver, which he shows daily in his professionalism, personal high standards and positive attitude to work.

Paul Ibbotson – Matthew Kibble Transport Ltd

Paul always thinks of the most efficient and logical way of achieving any task, never misses a delivery deadline and regularly hits a 100% average, over rolling 30 days average on Volvo Dynafleet telematics.

Tony McCafferty – Murphy Plant Ltd

Tony is a forward-thinking driver who likes to get his work done safely and on time. He is very patient when working with less experienced individuals, welcoming and helping new people into the industry.

LGV Instructor of the Year – Sponsored by the National Register of LGV Instructors (NRI)

This award is for an LGV Instructor that can demonstrate high levels of professionalism, an excellent pass rate and a desire to inspire the drivers of the future.

Charlie Ballam – SCF Driver Training

Charlie owns and runs a small driving school specialising in HGV and PSV driver training. He tailors training to each individual, which results in a very high pass rate.

Golman Gurung – Mainstream Group

A veteran of the Royal Gurkha Rifles, Golman spent much of his army career in the Mechanical Transport Department, gaining experience as a Driving Instructor.

Jamie King – Wiltshire Transport Training Ltd

Jamie has proven time and time again that not only does he keep up a consistently high pass rate, he also receives regular feedback from clients confirming his in-depth knowledge and customer care.

Nicky Hanson – 2 Start Ltd

One of two female LGV instructors at 2 Start Ltd, Nicky has really developed her skills and confidence over the last year and has gained excellent feedback and results from her students.

Nigel Irwin – Ken Irwin Class One Driver Training

Nigel is a valued member of the training team. Becoming joint owner of the business has not changed his ability to undertake the job to the same high level.

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

This award is for the Driver CPC Instructor who can demonstrate that in the last 12 months they have delivered positive, engaging Driver CPC Periodic Training that has benefited drivers and road safety.

Jeff Cairns – System Group

Jeff is one of the more experienced transport training tutors in the sector. Jeff’s motivation is seeing his learners develop, facilitating understanding and giving them the confidence and knowledge to do their job.

Kevin Gibson – Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd

Kevin has been with Specialist Training & Consultancy since 2013. A natural trainer, he is enthusiastic about the subjects he teaches, and passionate about communicating his training effectively.

Michael Ferran – Transport Consulting Company

Michael’s motto as a DCPC trainer is “train one, train all.” By offering a mix of courses, he ensures training is always available, regardless of numbers attending, whenever it is needed.

Nigel Monk – Specialist Training & Consultancy Services Ltd

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.

Ross Lockett – Advance Logistics Support

With captivating materials and his fresh method of training, Ross keeps drivers engaged and interested, helping to ensure they learn effectively and retain the skills and information they are taught.

Warehouse Manager of the Year – Sponsored by Linde Training

This award is for a professional who excels in leadership and nurtures talent in their team. A Warehouse Manager who can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to safety and productivity.

Marc Cowan – Dolphin International

Marc Cowan is Vice President of Operations and Logistics at Dolphin, the leading global importer/exporter of live tropical fish. As an individual that believes in driving the company forward, through the development of his team, Marc has been able to enhance their skillsets and ultimately nurture their talent to ensure the company’s success.

Mark Briscoe – Unipart Logistics Mark is the Site Manager of Unipart Logistics

Automotive site in Honeybourne, Evesham and manages 98 colleagues. Since the commencement of his role 18 months ago Mark has made significant improvements to health, safety and wellbeing.

Scott Seedhouse – Euro Car Parts Ltd

Scott is now the General Manager of T2 Training at Euro Car Parts, running a £70M operation with circa 700 employees and through the startup and shutdown of the other sites has held the needs of the company’s people at heart, as well as those of the business.

Forklift Training Provider of the Year – Sponsored by BITA

This award is for an outstanding commercial training provider that has exceeded their customers’ expectations by improving safety and efficiency through the forklift training they have delivered.

2 Start Ltd

2 Start takes its responsibility of ensuring that candidates are trained to a high standard seriously, through ensuring students are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge needed.

FLT Training Ltd

FLT Training is a specialist forklift and warehousing training provider, operating from two main sites, with subsidiary sites and partners across the country.

Phoenix Training

Phoenix Training delivers MHE training locally, and throughout the UK. The organisation is one of very few that possesses ISO 9001 certification.

Small Training Solutions

Small Training Solutions goes above and beyond the expectations of its clients, providing affordable services and ongoing customer service.

Stackers Training

In November 2017 Stackers Training opened a new custom-built, RTITB accredited, training centre near Banbury, with a range of Linde forklift trucks. The company offers customers excellent facilities.

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

The winner of this award will be an outstanding commercial training provider who has exceeded customer expectations and improved driver engagement through the delivery of their Driver CPC training.

Driver Hire Training

Driver Hire Training offers customers an unrivalled combination of high-quality training, flexibility, national coverage and expertise. In 2017, post-course delegate surveys scored a 93% satisfaction rate.

JK Transport Training Services

Since winning the title of Driver CPC Training Provider of the Year at the 2017 Talent in Logistics Awards, JK Transport Training Ltd has upped its game.

JM Trucking Ltd

JM Trucking Ltd is at the forefront of the industry. Following research into DCPC training, the company works with drivers to provide the training they want and need. Course numbers have risen so much, the company has taken on new premises.

Pertemps Driver Training

Pertemps Driver Training 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.

LGV Driver Training Provider of the Year – Sponsored by Pertemps Driver Training Ltd.

This award is for a commercial training provider who works tirelessly to improve the image of the industry. Someone who consistently delivers good quality training, evidenced through an excellent pass rate, and has achieved high posttraining employment amongst trainees.

2 Start Ltd

2 Start has always been primarily concerned with meeting high standards of teaching by ensuring its instructors are fully qualified and consistently monitored to maintain these high standards.

Goldstar Transport

Goldstar Transport offers Driver CPC and ADR training inhouse, helping to eliminate long waiting times and reduce some of the testrelated stress for the drivers.

Ken Irwin Class One

Ken Irwin Class One Driver Training strives to ensure that each candidate receives the best training, so they are not only prepared for taking their test, but also enabled to pass first time.

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.

Transport Manager of the Year

This award is for a professional who can demonstrate an outstanding commitment to road safety, customer service and compliance. The winner must be an excellent leader who supports drivers and nurtures talent in their team.

Andrea Gardner – Bullet Express

Andrea joined Bullet Express 16 years ago as a Data Input Clerk/ Debrief Clerk but quickly moved into the Transport Operation.

Mark Tolley

Described as “the best there is”, and always first in and last out, safety is Mark’s first priority, and the environment his second. His road knowledge is paramount in the industry and he is always looking to improve the company’s service.

Lifetime Contribution Award 2018 – Sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle UK Ltd

This award is for committed individuals who have worked throughout their career to ensure that people in logistics have inspiring training experiences.

Andy Kaye – Bis Henderson Group

Andy has worked tirelessly for 20 years within the supply chain and logistics sector to ensure that this industry secures the very best talent.

Dave Brazier – Euro Car Parts Ltd

Dave Brazier, a logistics veteran with over 30 years’ experience, has an excellent track record of managing successful operations through his people skills.

David Cormack – System Group Ltd

System Group’s David Cormack has made a measurable impact over the past 15 years as a passionate advocate for the creation of a skilled next generation workforce for the logistics sector.

Les Steers – Martin’s Driver Training

Les has been involved within the logistics industry for 40 years. He first registered as a Forklift Instructor with RTITB in 1978 and his career progression has included training forklift instructors as well as teaching both LGVs and PCVs for commercial companies and the Ministry of Defence.

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