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PROFILECOLIN CHARNOCK


A taste for adventure – and British beers


Yvonne Mulder speaks to Colin Charnock, one of the founders of Trans Global Projects –a company that today has offices around the globe and continues to grow. As well as an adventurous lifestyle, he also enjoys some personal projects that have included setting up a brewing company.


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“I had thought about going into ship broking as it is so international – and it is a good way to see the world at someone else’s expense, but the recruitment agency I went to sent me to Hermann Ludwig and I have been in project forwarding ever since.” He was not necessarily keen to enter the workforce at all at this stage of his life, having just finished his BSc in zoology. His father insisted he had to have a job to come back to if he wanted to go on a planned university rugby tour to Florida. “Then I realised I really liked the work and it certainly offered me the opportunity to travel. But I moved to Hudsons Freight Services after just three months to improve my career,” he said.


Working hard, playing hard Colin was posted to Abu Dhabi in 1982 – “loved it, worked hard and played hard”, and 18 months later moved to Houston. He was transferred back to Abu Dhabi in 1984 to take up the post of country manager. “It was a lot of responsibility at a young age and it was pretty much sink or swim in those days. Obviously I impressed someone as Hudsons then sent me to Singapore as regional director.”


But Hudsons was also moving into other


markets at that time and Colin felt the company was heading for trouble. So he and two others, Nick Harsant and Julian Clarke, decided to look around for options where


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ike many people in the heavy lift and project forwarding business, Colin Charnock, group managing director at Trans Global Projects (TGP), did not identify the industry as an initial


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