Northern Celebrates Double Success, Bringing Home Two Awards As Well As Being A Finalist In Five Categories

Winners of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport North West Annual Awards for Education and Excellence were announced on Friday 24 June at the Titanic Hotel in Liverpool. Northern had double success and brought home two awards as well as being a finalist in five categories.

The awards were presented at a gala dinner, hosted by Dave Guest, Senior Reporter; BBC’s North West Tonight and attended by leading figures from the logistics and transport profession. 

Mark Gardner, a Driver Team Manager at Leeds won the Young Passenger Manager of the Year award. Mark’s award was in recognition of his attitude, collaborative approach to working and positive improvements he has made to improve ways of working. 

Northern’s Digital Information Screens picked up the Award for Information Management. The screens are a first for the UK rail industry. They have been implemented at Northern’s more rural stations to provide customers with real time train running information. Northern can now communicate directly with more remote customers with the most up to date information at the touch of a button. The award was collected by Franck Bosch, Innovation Manager at Northern who led the project.

The CILT North West Awards celebrate education, excellence, expertise and experience in the logistics and transport sector and this year the panel received a record number of entries. 

Simon Reynish, Chairman, CILT North West Region, said: ‘This year’s CILT North West Awards championed many of the great developments in logistics and transport taking place in the North West of England. Through the CILT North West awards we are able to recognise and applaud the Region’s talent. Congratulations to all winners and finalists in what was another excellent evening for the logistics and transport sector.’

Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Northern, said: “It’s fantastic to see our people and the projects they work so hard on, being recognised by the logistics and transport industry. Our positive attitude and constant drive for innovation is helping Northern makes its mark as an exciting and inspiring business to work for.”

The winners of the CILT North West Education and Excellence Awards 2016 are: 

James Norton, Liverpool John Moores University 

Student of the Year

Mark Gardner, Northern 

Young Passenger Manager of the Year 

Jimmy Sykes, Eddie Stobart Ltd 

Young Freight Manager of the Year

Richard Bamber, Anthony’s Travel 

Award for Service to the Transport Industry

Gavin Shannon

Award for Service to Freight Logistics Industry 

John Abbott, Greater Manchester Group

Lifetime Achievement Award 


Award for Best Practice 

Pets at Home

Development of People Award 

General Mills

Award for Environmental Improvement


Award for Information Management

Anthony’s Travel

Award for Improved Safety

Transport for Greater Manchester

Award for Transport Policy, Planning & Implementation 

The Culina Group

Award for Warehouse Operations