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John Smith is Multimodal’s man of the year

[ April 7, 2017   //   ]


GB Railfreight founder and managing director, John Smith was named Multimodal Personality of the Year at an after-show awards evening on 5 April.

Smith, who founded GB Railfreight in 1977, was recognised for his inspirational leadership and support of young people in the industry.

Groupage operator and forwarder Dachser was recognised as Multimodal Exhibitor of the Year, Beth O’Neill of Howard Tenens won the Young Logistics Professional Award,  Ports Group won the Innovation in Infrastructure Award and Virgin Atlantic Cargo was named air cargo operator of the year.

Howden’s Joinery and the John Lewis Partnership were both championed by FTA for their green initiatives.

Awards also went to Freightliner, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Maritime Transport, DP World Southampton, and DSV.

Robert Jervis, logistics portfolio director at Multimodal organiser, Clarion Events, said: “The FTA Multimodal Awards are going from strength to strength, and we welcomed over 650 guests celebrating over 12 winners, including two brand new awards.”

The John Lewis Partnership campaign to reduce carbon emissions was recognised with the Multimodal Award for Contribution to Environmental Sustainability in partnership with FTA, whilst Howden’s Joinery was rewarded with the LCRS Leadership in Carbon Reduction Award.

The FTA Multimodal Awards 2017 were hosted by David Gower OBE and took place at the NEC’s VOX Conference Centre, Resorts World on the first day of the free-to-attend Multimodal 2017 show at the Birmingham NEC.


Left to right: David Gower; John Smith, GB Railfreight; and Robert Jervis, Clarion Events

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