Mark also won the short distance category, for drivers who regularly undertake journeys of up to 30,000 miles per year. As overall winner, Mark triumphed over finalists from both the medium and long distance categories.
The medium distance category was won by Ceva Logistics’s driver Jonathan Phillips, with the long distance category being awarded to DHL’s Jeff Maycock.
Meanwhile Abbey Logistics Group won the Driver Excellence award, with the highest proportion of drivers in the top 1,000, based on an analysis of total telematics data.
The Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, which is growing in scale year-on-year, also included shortlisted drivers from Culina, Royal Mail, Frank Roberts, Ryder and Travis Perkins.
The winners of company-nominated categories were also announced including Kimberley Murrock from Hovis who scooped the Young Driver award and Steven Ansell from Waitrose who won HGV Hero. Joanna Dorociak from Samworth Brothers Distribution was the Most Improved Driver, while Annette Stagg from CM Downton won the Extra Mile award. The Lifetime Achievement award went to John Males from Bibby Distribution.
The independent judging panel reviewed anonymised data across each category and included Chief Executive of the Road Haulage Association, Richard Burnett; Editor of Motor Transport, Steve Hobson; the recently-retired Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Joan Aitken; NED Board Advisor London Ambulance Service and Transport Focus, Theo De Pencier; National Officer from Unite the Union, Matt Draper; and Executive Director of Microlise, Bob Harbey.
“I would like to congratulate all the winning drivers who have demonstrated the highest level of skill and professionalism over the last twelve months,” said Microlise Executive Director, Bob Harbey, “Our industry is nothing without the drivers whose commitment and expertise keeps our economy moving.”
The full shortlist of 24 drivers, who enjoyed a Porsche track day, courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK, are listed below.
MICROLISE DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2019 – SHORTLIST AND WINNERS
Microlise Driver Of The Year 2019
WINNER – Mark Field, Bibby Distribution
WINNER – Mark Field, Bibby Distribution
RUNNER UP – Richard Smart, Ryder Ltd
RUNNER UP – Anthony Birmingham, Hovis
WINNER – Jonathan Phillips, Ceva Logistics
RUNNER UP – Paul Dolman, DHL
RUNNER UP – Marcin Schmelter, Yodel
WINNER – Jeff Maycock, DHL
RUNNER UP – John Werrill – Waitrose
RUNNER UP – Mark Cowie – Wm Armstrong
Driver Excellence – Sponsored by the Road Haulage Association
WINNER – Abbey Logistics Group
Young Driver of the Year – Sponsored by Iveco
WINNER – Kimberley Murrock, Hovis
RUNNER UP – Brandon Best, Jack Richards
RUNNER UP – Cameron Dean, CM Downton
HGV Hero – Sponsored by Apex
WINNER – Steven Ansell, Waitrose
RUNNER UP – Dale Coppin, Bibby Distribution
RUNNER UP – Philip Starkie, Bibby Distribution
Most Improved Driver of the Year – Sponsored by M6Toll
WINNER – Joanna Dorociak, Samworth Brothers Distribution
RUNNER UP – Scott Drake, DHL
RUNNER UP – Trevor Crouch, Ryder Ltd
Extra Mile – Sponsored by Bridgestone
WINNER – Annette Stagg, CM Downton
RUNNER UP – Paul Meadows, CM Downton
RUNNER UP – Karl Dennis, Culina
Lifetime Achievement – Sponsored by Ford & Slater DAF
WINNER – John Males, Bibby Distribution
RUNNER UP – Terrence James, Hovis
RUNNER UP – Kenny Wright, CM Downton.
Microlise telematics, journey management and proof of delivery products help customers to reduce costs and the environmental impact of their fleet operations. This is achieved by maximising vehicle utilisation, increasing operational efficiency and improving economy and safety; while supporting an improved customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.
An award-winning privately owned business, Microlise invests significantly in ongoing research and development to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. Microlise is the proud recipient of two concurrent Queen’s Awards for Enterprise – winning the Innovation award in 2019 and International Trade in 2018.
Every year in May, Microlise hosts the Microlise Transport Conference. The event is aimed at those working in management or operational roles within fleet operations, regardless of fleet size, industry sector or technologies used. The one-day conference is free to attend, with a programme designed to provide valuable insight to inform business and strategic decisions.