ON THE ROAD: Comedian Des Clarke; Kenny Nicolson, of award sponsor GTG; Andrew Rundell with his award; Gordon Robertson, Fishers transport manager; and TV presenter Mary Rhodes (credit: Transport News)



Andrew Rundell, a Class 2 Driver for commercial laundry, Fishers, has been recognised as Scotland’s Top Road Transport Trainee at the 26th annual Scottish Rewards ceremony.

Rundell previously worked in the army, healthcare and hospitality before pursuing a career as a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver. He was originally recruited to join the Forces by Sergeant Neil Warnock and their paths crossed again many years later through a shared interest in go-karting. Warnock, who works for GTG Training, encouraged Rundell to earn his LGV Category C licence with GTG and later put him in touch with laundry rental specialists, Fishers. Rundell passed the interview at their Coatbridge depot in Glasgow and secured employment as a Class 2 driver. He shadowed a regular driver for two weeks, and was introduced to high-end customers such as Trump Turnberry. Now he is out on his own, driving a 15-tonne truck all over the southern half of Scotland.

“I’m thankful to Fishers for taking me on and giving me my first job as a driver,” he said. “The supervisors and team leaders have all been drivers so it’s great to see them having opportunities to grow in the business.”

“It’s really encouraging to see the next generation of drivers like Andrew being recognised for their achievements,” said Gordon Robertson, transport manager for Fishers. “Fishers has fantastic customers all across Scotland and we’re especially proud of our team that help to deliver fantastic service, like Andrew. We wish him all the very best with his career.”

The awards ceremony, run by Transport News, attracted 600 road haulage industry guests and filled the banqueting suite of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.