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a radical re- tendering of

haulage suppliers, leading to better processes and lower costs without reducing service. Most recently he led a supply-chain project, improving service levels from 90% to 97%. James Wood

leſt Preston

University with a degree in economics and business management in 2011 and beat off

partnership with Maritime Transport,

taking the lead in

stiff competition to join a graduate scheme at Montgomery Transport. He has been immersed in logistics and transport sector ever since and

helped grow the Preston

depot’s business by 100% in three years He was headhunted in 2017 by Gwynedd Shipping as group commercial manager to develop the Palletways, UK general haulage and Irish shipping sales and then, in 2019, created his own business, Irish Freight Solutions, providing a brokerage and dedicated solutions service. Jessie

Dhillon (26) joined

Dachser Northampton in 2016 as a graduate trainee and, working in

designing a container yard solution. He also managed and executed the launch of TOPS across six European countries for Schenker and delivered TOPS to iPort’s multimodal logistics hub and led GB Railfreight’s TOPS expansion plans. He is currently the senior project manager for two blue-chip European clients. Joe Coniam (24) developed his

first account at Ocean Network Express (Europe) from a small weekly volume into the shipping

Issue 7 2020 - Freight Business Journal

star” and has shown an exceptional level of leadership having only completed her graduate scheme three years ago, says her employer, Kuehne + Nagel, where she is national sea logistics systems and

securing a 15,000-tonne bulk steel shipment in Immingham with a new customer – the largest steel cargo ever to be discharged by ABP’s stevedore team. Since joining parcels operator

ed DPD Group UK in July 2018, Lucy Cross (23) continues to grow and flourish in her career and was successfully promoted

includes handling a blue-chip, global top 10 customer’s just in time supply chain to the US. In her wider responsibilities, handling a global portfolio of customers, she has demonstrated the ability to work independently in a high pressure environment and consistently deliver best in class performance. At only 29, Nerea Palacios‘ for maritime shines


through in both her day job as a chartered maritime civil engineer at NIRAS and her contributions to the wider profession. Her role as a

processes manager. Not only does she show “a healthy restlessness” to focus on her own and her colleagues’ self development but has a real entrepreneurial spirit and determination to implement improvements in systems and processes. This leadership has helped the business optimise processes and improve customer retention and the quality of service delivery. Kieran Wootton (21) joined

Dachser on the Logistics Operations Management Apprenticeship Programme in Dartford in 2015,


(27) made a name for himself at shipping line Hamburg Sud UK as an internal sales advisor as extremely hard working, very friendly and approachable, but he has spent his own time at the weekend littler picking in local communities. He put himself forward to become one of his employer’s fire marshals without prompting and is also an active member of the staff engagement team. He is also an avid quizzer and has appeared on television. Clearly, a man who has all the answers. Freight forwarder Kuehne and

Nagel launched its Bid Coordinator Apprenticeship in 2019 and Ryan Wilkes (22) was one of the first to take part. He is a naturally

in February 2020 to linehaul planning manager. Since then she has implemented a streamlined, standardised planning process to assist, especially, the newest team members. She was also instrumental in the introduction of a new route planning system and has become known as the expert in this field. Luke Seale (28) joined Fresh

line’s second largest export account in under six months. In his recent role of external sales executive he has brought a fresh vibrancy and passion to ONE’S sales effort and, through his dedication and enthusiasm, has helped to develop more senior, experienced sales colleagues. His employers say there is no doubt that he is a future superstar in container shipping in the years to come. Also at Ocean Network Express,

export docs team leader Kane Mayes (25) has demonstrated an exceptional ability to adapt and

a variety of functions, has excelled in problem-solving. She has implemented solutions for Dachser and, displaying an objective and holistic approach to management, her talents haven’t gone unnoticed, reflected in three promotions in a short time. In 2018, she became business process improvement coordinator, was promoted again the following year to European freight

supervisor and process

improvement lead and, this year, enters a complex management role as inbound manager. At soſtware firm Fargo Systems,

Jim Slade (26) has exemplary project management skills, illustrated by his implementation of the company’s TOPS system for terminal operator APMT in Johannesburg. He has also been instrumental in Fargo Systems’

Logistics Services and has excelled from day one of his three-year career. As operations manager, he is now in charge of the transport team,

compliance and drivers and, in a complex business, needs

starting his career in the transport department. There, he dealt with some very complex issues with ease and professionalism and, in addition to his full-time role as transport and inbound assistant, he is currently training to become a Dachser Expert Network Operations. Employees wouldn’t normally be considered for such rigorous training until they had at least ten years’ experience. Throughout her time in

Associated British Ports’ Humber commercial team, Lisa Hanley (26) has made a huge impact, winning new business and securing long term contracts with important customers. She joined as a commercial assistant in 2015

learn quickly. Aſter joining the line in early 2015, aged 19 and new to the industry, he focussed on learning every aspect of the role and was promoted to team leader the following year, implementing a number of innovative processes to enhance the product. One example was a unique report which proactively provides customers with regularly sought- aſter information and avoids unnecessary correspondence. Katy Hopkinson (26) is “a real

professional has been recognised in Institution of Civil Engineers awards and the Graduate of the Year title from Construction News. Her contributions to the wider profession include best practice working groups, presenting technical papers and acting as a

STEM (science, technology,

engineering and mathematics) ambassador, promoting the profession to the next generation. Moving away from all family

and friends at the height of the Covid crisis to work as a placement student for logistics company Gist, Rachael Thornton (21) soon

motivated bid manager, focused on meeting targets and delivering information to customers as quickly as possible. Beyond work, he has taken on a role as vice chair of events for the BIFA Young Forwarders Network, promoting the network, connecting with peers and other leaders across the region. As a result he had secured a speaker slot at Multimodal, which all hope will be take place at a later date.

Trudi Billington (26) joined

to be able to provide solutions to the most challenging of logistics needs. He has managed £250,000 marketing campaigns for major household names, arranged medical equipment and pharmaceuticals worldwide by air and road and helped small food producers find bespoke solutions to bring their products to market. At the age of just 26, Megan

Morgan has been made responsible for the management of Charles Kendall Freight’s Manchester air freight hub which

PD Ports in 2014 as a volunteer in the accounts department at its Groveport stevedoring operation on the River Trent, and now, six years later, she is a key member of the wider PD Ports team. Whilst volunteering, she was offered a full time role within the business as a

found herself running shiſts of over 100 staff on her own. As operations management industrial placement, she has also supported and trained two new managers. Now she is looking forward to returning to Gist on the company’s graduate scheme aſter completing her degree in September. Not only has Richard Martin

and was promoted to assistant commercial manager in 2017 and, aſter a very successful two years, was made commercial manager in 2019. She was fundamental in

commercial assistant, supporting the commercial team on the Humber. In her current role as operations admin superintendent, she acts as a mentor for young apprentices starting their careers at PD Ports, sharing her knowledge and passion with the next generation.

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