With the Microlise Transport Conference just weeks away, the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards shortlist has been announced.
The list includes three drivers in each category including Short, Medium and Long Distance, as well as Extra Mile, HGV Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Most Improved and Young Driver categories, which are new for this year.
The shortlisted drivers are from a range of organisations including B&Q, Bibby Distribution, Bidvest, BOC, Ceva, Culina, Downton, Fowler Welch, Hovis, John Mitchell Haulage, Next, Samworth Brothers, Synergy, Warburtons and WM Armstrong Transport.
The full shortlist of 24 drivers will enjoy a Porsche track day courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK.
The independent judging panel gathered recently in London to review the many entries received. It comprised: Road Haulage Association CEO Richard Burnett; Honorary Professor at Aston Business School and former MAN Truck & Bus UK CEO Des Evans; Road Transport Media Managing Editor Christopher Walton; Motion Magazine editor Sharon Clancy; and Microlise Executive Director Bob Harbey.
“The judging was tough this year with so many strong entries and a lot of extremely skilled drivers with A grade Microlise reports,” said Richard Burnett. “The role that drivers play often goes unrecognised and we are pleased to once again be supporting the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards as they shine a light on the brightest performers in our industry.”
The short, medium and long award shortlists, which are now in their second year, are defined by analysing data from 100,000 drivers assessed against a range of criteria, based on data collected by Microlise telematics units throughout 2015.
The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre reviewed the captured data to generate the initial shortlist, with questionnaires then collected for each driver, to highlight reasons why they might be a deserving winner.
For the new categories this year, the judges reviewed nominations which were submitted online through the Microlise Transport Conference website.
The shortlisted drivers will have the potential to be named winner of their category at the Microlise Transport Conference on 18th May at the Ricoh Arena.
The Microlise Transport Conference features speakers from a range of organisations, as well as an exhibition area of industry associations and suppliers. The conference, which is chaired by one of Britain’s best-known motoring journalist Quentin Willson, is expected to attract upwards of 1,000 delegates, making it the largest dedicated road transport conference in Europe.
Long Distance Category
K W MCLEOD, Downton
Alan Fletcher (PEN), Samworth Brothers
Malcolm Stephenson, WM Armstrong Group
Medium Distance Category
Anthony Lewis, Ceva
Ian Cupples, John Mitchell Haulage
Douglas Thornton, John Mitchell Haulage
Short Distance Category
John Bramhill, Culina
Giorgio Lercara, Culina
Malcolm Gallagher, Fowler Welch
Paul Burns, Hovis
Matt Hill, Bibby Distribution
John Headridge, B&Q
Daniel Ogden, Bidvest
Jamey Pursey, B&Q
Kevin Burden, B&Q
Martin Bryant, BOC
David Worth, Samworth Brothers
Anthony Watts, Culina
Most Improved Driver of the Year
Dainis Spragalis, Synergy
Paul Chadwick, Next
Neisha Burniston, Samworth Brothers
Young Driver of the Year
Mark Broxham, Ceva
Michael Stanulis, Warburtons
Tom Levitt, Samworth Brothers