Brit European Recognition Awards 2019

Last week saw Brit European celebrating yet another year of achievements, at our annual awards ceremony and Christmas lunch.

Donned in festive Christmas jumpers, a fabulous afternoon was had by all. Our teams from across the country gathered together, at Wychwood Park Golf Club, to recognise the members of Brit European who have been outstanding in the year.

The management put a lot of time and thought into choosing the nominations and category winners, so this year we would like to also recognise those who were nominated for each award too. Below, we have listed each award, along with the nominees and winner of each category:



This award is intended to recognise those individuals who worked tirelessly to support the core business operations and who can sometimes be overlooked. Without them the business would not function and we would not be able to do what we do.


Stephen Leadbetter & Josh Robinson

Yolanda Mainwaring

Louise Hughes

Emma Cotton

Ivan Ham

Gavin Connor

Mark Ingram

Andy Young & Alison Bradley

Tony Curran

Emma Gardham


2ND PLACE – Andy Young & Alison Bradley

WINNER – Louise Hughes


New for 2019, we have decided to add a new award. Everything we do succeeds because of the way we all work closely together as a team/individual teams and we wanted to recognise excellence in this area. Some of the teams are recognised structural teams whilst others are teams put together to achieve specific tasks and objectives.


Purfleet Port Team

Training Team

Light Van Carrier Development Team

Automotive Operations

Customer Relations Team


2ND PLACE – Training Team

WINNER – Automotive Operations


The largest part of the business still depends on the daily planning and scheduling of our extensive and impressive fleet of trucks and transporters. Not only do the operators organise and plan the myriad of customer requests/orders but they take legal responsibility for the safe and compliant operations of the fleet. We have some of the best in the transport industry and they underpin our successful business operations.


Denise Shirley

Zak Johnson

Gavin Connor

Nicola Ash

Darren Butler


3RD PLACE – Nicola Ash

2ND PLACE – Gavin Connor

WINNER – Denise Shirley


Whether an account manager for drivers or customers these guys provide the first interface with the business. Image, professionalism, organisation and first-class communications are critical to succeeding in being the customer/drivers champion within the day to day operations.


Tom Walker

Rebecca Collins

Kate Carman

Sharon Capper

Linsey Cwiklinski


2ND PLACE – Linsey Cwiklinski

WINNER – Rebecca Collins


The recipient of this prestigious award could have impressed the senior management team in any one or more of the following ways:-

  1. Displayed one exceptional stand out contribution
  2. Consistently performed at the highest levels across the year
  3. Shown the most improvement across the year
  4. Over delivered against objectives and KPI’s consistently across the year

To be nominated for this award is a massive accolade given the strength of the team overall and to win it is the highest recognition the senior team can give.


Ivan Ham

Tom Walker

Dave Andrews

Emma Cotton

Nicola Ash

Gavin Connor

Mark Leadbetter


2ND PLACE – Ivan Ham

WINNER – Gavin Connor


This award is only ever given when an individual has delivered outstanding achievements to the business over a sustained period of time and has probably helped shape and mould the industry at the same time. They are an example to us all.

WINNER – Martin Potts



Voted for by all of our staff members, for the person that they felt had been the best team player throughout 2019. To be selected by your colleagues, is an award to be proud of. This year there was a long list of nominees who have received multiple nominations, more than ever before. Well done to all of you.


Ivan Ham – “Ivan is approachable, always on the end of the phone and there to help (for drivers and staff); You can trust him to deal with any issue.”

Zak Johnson – “He (happily) does whatever you ask of him, goes wherever you send him and is always helpful.”

Denise Shirley – “An absolute diamond; She has always gone out of her way to help; A credit to the company and a great team player.”

Brendan Antrobus – “Always there and puts in so much effort”

Emma Cotton – “Always helpful; Emma’s always got a smile; She’s brilliant!”

Richard Dutton – “I really appreciate his support; He’s always on hand when I need him”

Peter Griffiths – “He’s the most enthusiastic and helpful person you could ever wish to meet; He is the epitome of what a co-worker should be; It is a pleasure to share a workplace with him.”

Martin Hulme – “Martin is always pleased to help with anything and always happy.”

Yolanda Mainwaring – “Always willing to step in and fill the gaps; A very hard worker; She is always prepared to help.”


WINNER – Peter Griffiths


Nominations for this award have had to satisfy a number of strict qualifying criteria including damage and accident records, tacho and speeding infringements as well as productivity and attendance. The shortlist was then subject to the scrutiny and rigours of a multi skilled committee of senior management and experts from compliance, planning, maintenance and training. To have made the shortlist has taken dedication, professionalism and driving excellence. Our driving team is one of the best in the industry so we really are looking at the best of the best.


Craig Draper

Andreij Konieczny

Craig Smith

Ollie Waites

Jeff Nixon

Stuart Glass

Mark Hill


WINNER – Andreij Konieczny


Carly Karanicholas

Unfortunately, Carly was not available to collect her award so it was collected on her behalf.



Brendan Antrobus

We would like to congratulate all of the nominees, winners and the whole Brit European team for another successful year. We are proud of the team we have built & look forward to another outstanding year in 2020.

Here’s all of our winners of the day, proudly displaying their well-deserved awards.


Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from all at Brit European Transport. May you have a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead of you.