A former HGV driver with Moody Logistics has been promoted to transport logistics planner having gained a Level 5 supply chain management qualification through the Institute of Supply Chain Management.

Mark Fisher, who started with the Cramlington-based family firm as a multi-drop driver in 2013, was funded to complete the Open University course by Moody Logistics as part of its approach to encouraging staff to develop their skills and industry knowledge.

The 46-year-old was voted by colleagues Driver of the Year at Moody's annual staff awards in 2015 and 2017.

Fisher said: “I really enjoyed my time as a driver but I’m excited to be beginning a new chapter of my career and grateful for the considerable support I’ve had from everyone here at Moody’s.

“It’s not every company where someone is given the opportunity to go from driver to transport logistics planner. It’s been hard work and a challenge but well worth the effort.

“I’m responsible for daily transport scheduling involving multi-depot operations – ensuring deliveries arrive on time. It’s never boring and I’m relishing this new role.”

MD Caroline Moody said: “We are pleased to be able to support our staff by encouraging them to develop their careers within the business.

“It is also an investment in the business itself as it allows us to retain our talented employees and their expertise.

“In Mark’s case, it’s crucial that someone now organising the day to day running of our transport schedule has first-hand knowledge and appreciation of the daily challenges faced by HGV drivers.”