Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal

In a year that has been like no other, here was an industry event the like of which has not been seen before. With the annual industry show

at the NEC sidelined by the Covid virus, the Multimodal show team and FBJ quickly regrouped to set up 30Under30, a showcase for the huge amount of young talent in our industry. Working online, judges of the

30Under30 competition had the task of somehow selecting 30 winners that reflected the many dynamic, hard-working, talented individuals working in the industry – all of whom, as the name implies, were under the age of 30 at the time of judging. 30 Under 30 was a showcase for

the amazing young superstars in who have already made an impact in the industry and tipped as the ones to watch in the near future. Nominations were open to those working in all aspects of the freight logistics and supply chain industry, in the UK and Ireland. The companies that the winners

worked for reflected the width and breadth of the freight and logistics industry. Of course, many worked for forwarders, port operators, logistics companies, shipping lines and parcels and courier firms. But there were also representatives from the worlds of soſtware, truck manufacture, publishing and consultancy. Multimodal director Robert

Jervis, commented: “We are very fortunate to have so many talented and dedicated young people in our industry.” Winners received a certificate,

and an access all areas VIP pass for Multimodal and will be invited to participate in the Next Generation Third Day debate on logistics as a career. They also received an invitation to the Multimodal Awards Evening and are entered into the Young Logistics Professional of the Year Award. The winners, in alphabetical

order, were: Alex Williams, 29, joined Renault Trucks in 2010 as a used truck administrator but then somehow found time to gain a degree in Business Management. He progressed through the marketing

department and is now head of the brand and communications department for Renault Trucks UK and Ireland, responsible for all brand activity including online and offline marketing, PR, events, demonstration and partnerships at a very exciting time for the industry. At international beverage logistics specialist Hillebrand Alisa Aaltonen (28) also studied for a qualification, a degree in International Trade during her five

///30UNDER30 On secondment to PD Ports,

Emily Clark (20) was offered a four-week internship within the business’ engineering department. Her drive and determination soon became evident, and PD Ports is now working with her towards a higher degree apprenticeship, splitting her time between PD

He had already shown great

leadership in his previous role of warehouse team manager and is also supporting the new intake of graduates at Primark. Andrew Martin (28) discovered a passion for the express delivery market while working for same day courier companies in the North-west. But aſter quickly

from MSC’s Aspiring Manager and Management Excellence programmes back-to-back in 2018 and now, as logistics intelligence manager, is responsible for managing seven people in the container movements team and has also developed a team of logistics analysts. At Hamburg Sud’s marine

operations finance department, Charlotte Baguley originally started

out as export credit

years since joining the company - initially as an operator and rising to customer service supervisor. Her added responsibilities include controlling Scandinavian operations and more recently with US operations and, with Covid, has been working in the UK remotely to US hours to keep things moving. She has become an integral and trusted member of Hillebrand’s global operations team. At only 27, Amy McNamara already has wide experience of logistics. In the six years since starting her career in logistics at

controller but her talent for numbers meant that she was soon tasked with responsibility for terminal handling charges,

He implemented several processes to streamline operations, including a supplier cost management tool still used to this day. He moved into business development in 2014, generating revenues of over £2.8m to date and was given the opportunity to work in China at just 21 where he went on to open DG’s own division and manage a team of ten sales professionals. He has now been promoted to divisional sales manager at HQ. Ellie Chapman joined specialist

soſtware firm Intersoſt in 2017 to take responsibility for day to day running of its offices but was keen

Ports and Teesside University as she studies to become a chartered Civil Engineer. Already a highly respected member of the PD Ports team, she has been invited to present at numerous conferences as a recognised young talent within the industry. When James MacDonald (29) first joined Speedy Freight he had

raising standards of customer service he began to grow frustrated and decided to take the leap and run his own company, founding Quickline Couriers in 2016. This has grown from a two-man home- based operation to an 18-strong workforce at two locations in the North West and he has ambitious plans to extend to other parts of the country. In the world of freight publishing, Annie Roberts (28) was working for specialist heavyliſt magazine HLPFI in January 2019 when it was sold to DVV. She was promoted to

maintaining up to date contracts and

liaising with the parent

DHL she has risen from operations management graduate through to head of operations at the Boohoo group. During 18 months in Germany as regional operations manager

responsible for depots

for Primark she was there

and in the Czech Republic and implemented a hanging garments shipping process for suppliers which saved the business £3.5 million in freight every year. Also at Primark, since starting on the graduate scheme in 2017 Andrew Brennan (26) – now inbound co-ordinator - has already made some significant changes at the import department by moving the planning of inbound containers in Northern Europe from a freight forwarder to an in-house team.

company to ensure that data was accurate at all times. Tipped as a shining star of the future, her ledgers are always in tip top condition and she always has all the information at her fingertips. Shipping is now a sophisticated industry and needs soſtware enthusiasts like PD Ports’ Chris Latham (29). A process engineer, he led the development of interfaces between the terminal operating system and gate operating and vehicle booking system (VBS). He worked in his own time to

to grow her skills and eventually became head of human resources, at only 25. Whilst managing a move to larger offices, she completed her training to human resources professional body CIPD’s level 7 so as to be able to look aſter both the offices and the staff. Introducing a new pension plan, GDPR review, full healthcare cover and flexible working arrangements, she now manages a full team working remotely. Elliot Ashton is proof that you

don’t need a degree to succeed in today’s world. Choosing

no experience of either sales or logistics, but thanks to his complete dedication he moved the business from a turnover of £400,000 to over £1m within a short time. He is now the branch manager for Speedy Freight’s flagship franchise and his willingness to provide the ultimate service to customers whilst caring for drivers wellbeing at any time of the day is second to none. James Moffatt (27) already had

a number of successes under his belt when he joined Coca-Cola European Partners, where he is now senior manager, supply- chain projects. Leaving school at 16 to work in the gatehouse at

head the division and has since successfully managed the launch of the magazine’s first awards event; overseen the continued growth in the division’s revenue prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus; and ensured that it survived the impact of the virus; including the retention of the nine sponsors for the second awards

event scheduled for

November 2020. Turning to container shipping, Ben Webber (28) has worked his way through the MSC ranks since joining the company in March 2011. From an enthusiastic 19-year- old office junior, he graduated

ensure the success of the project, single-handedly devising the IT infrastructure for the VBS that received a hugely positive response from customers. At Essex logistics company DG International, Craig Spicer (26) joined in 2010 as a trainee but was promoted to operations co- ordinator aſter just nine months.

work over university in 2015, he joined Howard Tenens Logstics as administrative assistant. Later he took on an operational secondment as account manager for a leading blue chip customer, responsible for improvements in warehousing and transport and delivering over 1m cases per annum. Now, at just 23, he is senior manager central and strategic operations, responsible for group commercial activity and managing multi-million pound tenders.

CCEP’s Wakefield factory, early in his career he won Supplier of the Year from Asda and worked on Coca-Cola’s 2012 Olympics logistics programme. In his first senior management role, he directed

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