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Congratulations to Crewe’s Karl Williams

July 14, 2015 | By | No Comments


We are incredibly proud to announce that Crewe’s Karl Williams has been given the North West Young Logistics Manager of the Year award.

At just 27, Karl was a pupil on last year’s inaugural Star programme, and has quickly risen through the ranks since joining the company back in 2012.

Starting as a Transport Administrator, his last role before coming to us was working in hospitality behind a busy bar – so to say Karl has made big strides in his Transport career these past few years would be a bit of an understatement.

The Ceremony

Karl was given his award at a prestigious, black tie event held at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, hosted by The CILT (The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport).

Their Annual Awards for Excellence have raised the bar by recognising outstanding achievements in logistics and transport by encouraging organisations (large, small or even individuals) to strive towards the highest possible standards.

Companies from all around the North West, ranging from National rail to independent coach companies were in attendance, so to even make it to the short list for such an accolade was no small achievement.

What’s the secret behind Karl’s meteoric rise?
We managed to get 5 minutes with Karl to ask how his first 3 years with the company had shaped his career.

“I’m just really grateful, and lucky that the company took a chance and invested in me over the past few years. Being on courses like last year’s Star Programme have helped because they taught me a lot; Things like planning, communication and management – so it all put me in good stead for the job I have now. It also got me noticed by the top management, which can be priceless when you’re trying to make a good impression on the business.

Don’t get me wrong though, Its been a lot of hard work on my part to get to this point. Like finishing my CPC course and working some pretty long hours, but I’ve loved every second it – more or less.

I also have to thank Jon Makin for putting my name forward. He wrote a recommendation that was a few pages long. Im still not sure how he managed to write so much about me but it must have been good to even get my name on the shortlist.

I’m not sure I’d be sat where I am if it wasn’t for his help, and I certainly wouldn’t be sat here without the support and investment from the company. So I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this happen”

Karls Manager, Jon Makin:

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport drives education & excellence throughout the logistics industry.

Winning the Young Manager of the year award after being shortlisted is a great achievement from a very strong sector in the North West, and this award is the accumulation of hard work & determination from Karl. His achievements reflect our values & our commitment to the future of our business through the continuing success of the STAR program.

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