our teams – transport team
Operations is the hub of any transport business. Quick thinking, prompt responses, clear, concise and timely communication at all levels is critical.
The success of our team therefore comes from a combination of strong and positive communication, a fun working environment, continued professional development, real professionalism and a mutual determination to provide the kind of service that keeps our customers coming back for more.
Tom Peterson – Transport Manager
After leaving school Tom joined the RAF Regiment. He did 4 tours of Afghanistan and 2 tours of the Falklands. During Tom’s time in Afghanistan, one of his positions was that of force protection for the Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT), whose role it was to protect the chinook helicopter when picking up injured or dead soldiers, or even the enemy. Tom would protect the doctors and pilots and assist in basic first aid.
When Tom decided on a career change his initial thought was to join the ambulance service, to build on his medical experience. The military provided Tom with his vocational driving licence and he joined Freightlink as a stop gap – initially driving.
Customers and office staff alike loved working with Tom and within a very short period of time he came to work in the office. Tom’s enthusiasm to learn and dedication to the job, resulted in his progression to Operations Manager and he was subsequently delighted when he passed first time his national and international Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).
Tom is now a key and valued member of the Freightlink team and heads our transport department.
Hobbies: Football, the gym, socializing, playing with his son. Don’t have a bet with him – how do you think he started growing that beard?!
Andrew Widdowson – Operations
Andrew initially studied forensic science at Bradford University, but changed mid-course to study criminal justice, which entailed a 6 month placement working at Wealstun prison, assisting inmates in preparing for their release.
Andrew started his career in transport in 2010, working for a Bradford based Freight forwarder. Whilst this was not intended to be a career choice, Andrew had found a job that he really enjoyed and decided that he would like to pursue a career in transport. In 2013 Andrew approached Freightlink Europe to ask if he could join our team.
Andrew manages vehicle and load planning, taking bookings and speaking to customers and drivers
Hobbies: Andrew is an avid Bradford City fan and goes to every home game – we don’t mention Leeds United to him! When not doting on his daughter, Andrew enjoys enjoys cricket, rugby, darts, formula 1, and walking (especially in the Lake District). Andrew loves a pub quiz and would definitely be our phone a friend.
Sean Abson – Operations
Sean joined the Freightlink Europe team in 2013 as a baby faced 23 year old 7.5 tonne driver. He progressed to driving the larger rigids and then passed his class 1. Since 2016 he has been working in the office assisting with load planning and driver routing and providing a vital link between the office staff and the drivers.
Hobbies: Motor cycling, running, football and playing with his gorgeous daughter