Thomas Kent has been named as the UK’s top driver in logistics, after a nationwide competition organized by the Freight Transport Association.
Kent, who works for Samworth Brothers Supply Chain in Leicester, scooped the overall FTA Driver of the Year 2017 title, to add to his 44-tonne Driver of the Year accolade, which he won in September.
“Reaching the top of your profession is something that many of us strive for, but few attain,” said June Powell, the FTA’s Director of Operations. “From Olympic medallists to Oscar-winning actors, successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, peak performers inspire others to emulate them – and this is what Thomas does.
“Throughout this year’s Driver of the Year competition we have been overwhelmed by the quality and professionalism of the UK’s logistics drivers, but Thomas has rightfully gained the top prize. His skill, knowledge and understanding of the rigours of today’s logistics industry were a credit to him and his employer, and we are delighted to acknowledge his efforts with today’s award. He really is the crème de la crème!”
Kent received the award after registering the highest marks of the three category winners (44 tonne, 18 tonne and Van Excellence driver), which were all judged against the same criteria. And, as June Powell added, his pride in his role is a great testament to the support of his employer, Samworth Brothers, as well as the variety and knowledge which it requires on a daily basis.
More than 100 drivers entered the three categories of the Driver of the Year competition. Contestants were assessed against a strict set of criteria which tested understanding of risk assessment, legislation and pre-use defect checks, as well as driving style, manoeuvring and economical driving.
“Pinch me, I’m the FTA’s Driver of the Year 2017 – I can’t quite believe it,” Thomas Kent said after the prize presentation at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. “The competition was incredibly tough, but hugely rewarding, and really tested every part of my working life. To be recognized in this way is a real bonus and a testament to the support and training I have received from my employers.”