Microlise Driver of the Year Awards Shortlist Announced

award-dotyWith the Microlise Transport Conference just weeks away, the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards shortlist has today been announced.

The list includes three drivers in each category including Short, Medium and Long Distance, as well as Extra Mile, HGV Hero, Lifetime Achievement, Most Improved and Young Driver categories, which are new for this year.

The shortlisted drivers are from a range of organisations including; B&Q, Bibby Distribution, Bidvest, BOC, Ceva, Culina, Downton, Fowler Welch, Hovis, John Mitchell Haulage, Next, Samworth Brothers, Synergy, Warburtons and WM Armstrong Transport.

The full shortlist of 24 drivers will enjoy a Porsche track day courtesy of MAN Truck & Bus UK.

The independent judging panel gathered recently in London to review the many entries received. It comprised Road Haulage Association CEO Richard Burnett; Honorary Professor at Aston Business School and former MAN Truck & Bus UK CEO Des Evans; Road Transport Media Managing Editor Christopher Walton; Motion Magazine editor Sharon Clancy and Microlise Executive Director Bob Harbey.

“The judging was tough this year with so many strong entries and a lot of extremely skilled drivers with A grade Microlise reports,” said Richard Burnett. “The role that drivers play often goes unrecognised and we are pleased to once again be supporting the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards as they shine a light on the brightest performers in our industry.”

The short, medium and long award shortlists, which are now in their second year, are defined by analysing data from 100,000 drivers assessed against a range of criteria, based on data collected by Microlise telematics units throughout 2015.

The University of Nottingham’s Advanced Data Analysis Centre reviewed the captured data to generate the initial shortlist, with questionnaires then collected for each driver, to highlight reasons why they might be a deserving winner.

For the new categories this year, the judges reviewed nominations which were submitted online through the Microlise Transport Conference website.

The shortlisted drivers will have the potential to be named winner of their category at the Microlise Transport Conference on 18 May at the Ricoh Arena.

The Microlise Transport Conference features speakers from a range of organisations, as well as an exhibition area of industry associations and suppliers. The conference, which is chaired by one of Britain’s best-known motoring journalist Quentin Willson, is expected to attract upwards of 1,000 delegates, making it the largest dedicated road transport conference in Europe.

For further information on the Microlise Transport Conference and the Microlise Driver of the Year Awards, or to register to attend the conference, please visit www.microliseconference.com/awards.


About Microlise
Microlise telematics and proof of delivery solutions help its customers 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; whilst helping to deliver the very best customer experience by providing real-time visibility of the fleet against schedule.

A privately owned business based in Nottingham in the UK, Microlise invests significantly in research and development annually to ensure its solutions continue to be underpinned by market-leading technology. Microlise helps its customers to save more than £175m each year in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes.

Shortlisted Drivers

CategoryDriver NameCompany
Long Distance CategoryMCLEOD, K WDownton
Long Distance CategoryAlan Fletcher (PEN)Samworth Brothers
Long Distance CategoryStephenson, Mcalcolm JamesWM Armstrong Group
Medium Distance CategoryLewis Anthony DanielCeva
Medium Distance CategoryIan CupplesJohn Mitchell Haulage
Medium Distance CategoryDouglas ThorntonJohn Mitchell Haulage
Short Distance CategoryBramhill, JohnCulina
Short Distance CategoryLercara, Giorgio.Culina
Short Distance CategoryGallagher Malcoln PaulFowler Welch
Extra MilePaul BurnsHovis
Extra MileMatt HillBibby Distribution
Extra MileJohn HeadridgeB&Q
HGV HeroDaniel OgdenBidvest
HGV HeroJamey PurseyB&Q
HGV HeroKevin BurdenB&Q
Lifetime AchievementMartin BryantBOC
Lifetime AchievementDavid WorthSamworth Brothers
Lifetime AchievementAnthony WattsCulina
Most Improved Driver of the YearDainis SpragalisSynergy
Most Improved Driver of the YearPaul ChadwickNext
Most Improved Driver of the YearNeisha BurnistonSamworth Brothers
Young Driver of the YearMark BroxhamCeva
Young Driver of the YearMichael StanulisWarburtons
Young Driver of the YearTom LevittSamworth Brothers


To view the shortlist online go to: www.microliseconference.com/awards.

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