The inaugural Logistics Leadership Awards, held at the St Johns Hotel Solihull on the 24th November 2017 brought together a cross section of senior logisticians in manufacturing, retailing and wholesaling. Hosted by the Managing Director of the Logistics Leaders Network, Peter Acton, guests enjoyed an evening celebrating the achievements of key players within the industry. Guest speaker, Professor Alan Waller congratulated the winners and extolled them to continue to raise the bar of the standards of leadership within the logistics industry.
The Emerging Logistics Leader of Year category, presented by former star of The Apprentice TV programme Alex Epstein, who featured in series six of the BBC series, was won by was Sam Fagan of Fagan & Whalley Ltd. Awarded to an individual under the age of 35 who in the judge’s opinion has made the most positive contribution to the development of the art and science of logistics and supply chain management in any sector.
Peter Acton commented; “Sam is a worthy first winner of this award for his commitment, working for the business whilst studying for his degree; the success of all his projects including the new build 92,000sq. ft. semi automated warehouse facility at Burnley Bridge and his continuous voluntary contribution to the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport as Chairman of the Lancashire Group.”
Alex Epstein added “This is a richly deserved award for Sam and I wish him every success in his future career at Fagan & Whalley.
The full list of Logistics Leaders and organisations that were recognised are as follows.
Logistics Leader of the Year – Sponsored by @Logistics Reply
Winner: Dwain McDonald of DPD UK
Finalists: Arif Ahmed of River Island and Robin Proctor President of the CILT UK
Logistics Team of the Year – Sponsored Toyota Material Handling
Winner: Rob Wright of Pladis
Finalists: Steve Nevins of Polypipe & Simon Wheeler of Howdens Joinery
Emerging Logistics Leader of the Year – sponsored by SSI Schaefer
Winner: Sam Fagan of Fagan & Whalley Ltd.
Finalist: Michael Carson of SIG
Logistics Partnership of the Year – sponsored by Alternative Pallet Company
Winner: XPO Logistics/ASOS
Finalists: John Lewis/Clipper Group plc and JCB/3t Logistics
People Development Award
Winner: Eddie Stobart (Training Academy)
Finalists: CEVA Logistics (Centre of Logistics Excellence) and Next Distribution (Training Scheme)
Freight Leader of the Year – sponsored by UK Fuels
Winner: Steve Granite of Abbey Logistics
Finalists: Neil Rushworth of Expect Distribution and Julian Richards of A K Worthington
Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to John Harvey CBE of Tibbett and Britten
The Logistics Leaders Network is a networking platform for senior and their emerging logistics leaders to understand, debate and share views on key strategic supply chain and logistics issues impacting on their business performance. The LLN promotes the pivotal role logistics plays in our society, highlights the technology and innovation that drives business success and encourages the best young people that logistics and supply chain as an attractive and rewarding career option.
Accompanying image: Sam Fagan (centre) receives the Emerging Logistics Leader of Year Award from Alex Epstein (left) with Peter Acton (right), Managing Director of the Logistics Leaders Network officiating.