Microlise Driver of the year

Drivers from operators including Eddie Stobart, Bibby Distribution and DHL have been shortlisted for awards in this year's Microlise Driver of the Year competition.

Winners of the short-, medium-, and long-distance driver categories will be announced at a gala event the night before the Microlise Transport Conference, at which the overall driver of the year will be crowned.

Competitors in the three key categories are identified through the analysis of data from 180,000 drivers that use Microlise software.

Microlise chief executive Nadeem Raza said that the shortlisted drivers are "ambassadors for the industry" and should be proud of their achievement.

He added: “Once again the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards have grown with the number of drivers included in the telematics based categories increasing substantially. The results again highlight the excellence found in the UK driving community. “Having spoken to the judging panel, the difference between drivers’ performance data was marginal and all those shortlisted are of superb quality."

Other categories, which will also be announced on the evening of 15 May, include Driver Excellence, HGV Hero and Most Improved Driver of the Year.

Microlise director of product Stephen Watson said: “Beyond the telematics categories, the nomination based awards also shone a light on exceptional performance in so many ways, from young drivers making their way in the industry and showing there are fantastic long-term career opportunities to be had, to those who have gone over and above the call the duty in the performance of their roles.

“Reading some of the entries and the inspirational stories involved was a great experience, and we are proud to run these awards to highlight those that carry out such a vital role in the industry.”

Microlise Driver of the Year Shortlist 2018

Short Distance

Ian Hedley – Co-op

Gary Padgett – DHL Next

Timothy Murphy – Menzies

Medium Distance

Richard Barnes – Hovis

Brian Holmes – Warburtons

John Patterson – Eddie Stobart

Long Distance

Alan Bateman – Ceva

David Cashmore – Culina

Richard Porter – Culina

Extra Mile

Stephen Amphlett – Frank Roberts

Richard Durrant- DHL

Daryl Holness – BRS

HGV Hero

James Hilton – Bibby Distribution

Gavin Riley – DHL Argos

Nick Mouyiassi- DHL Argos

Most Improved Driver of the Year

Gary Hollinrake – Frank Roberts

Jamie Pladgeman – Samworth Brothers

Anthony Roche – Royal Mail

Young Driver of the Year

Jake Brotherhood – Samworth Brothers

Michael Coker – Ceva

Aaron Haynes – Ryder

Lifetime Achievement

Angus Campbell – Travis Perkins

Robert Hughes – Bibby Distribution

Mark Lyons – Frank Roberts

  • The Microlise Transport Conference is free to attend, and will take place on 16 May at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Booking is still open, so secure your free place today.