Case Study: Andy Irving
Group Transport Manager
I joined in the Army at the age of 16 as a Junior Leader with the Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Corps of Transport, in June 1976 after I completed 9 months service trade training at Taunton, Somerset. I left training to go on to full service still under 18 as a driver Class 3 with HGV 3 licence. In total I served nearly 16 years until a rugby injury causing a spinal operation ended my service career.
I travelled/posted to many locations around the world including Germany, Denmark, Belize, Canada and Cyprus with 3 Tours of Northern Ireland, that’s just a few of the places. After leaving the Army in May 1991, I started my own business in Chauffeur Cars which I sold up after about 10 years, I then moved up to Derbyshire looking at using my knowledge and qualifications to get back into HGV Transport Management.
After two transport manager roles with Derbyshire companies came to QTS in October 2013 opening the workshops at Langley Mill. After around five years in this role I then was given/moved to the role of transport manager which has been extremely challenging as we had a few little issues to solve with transport authorities which I’m pleased to say are all now looking to be moving in the right direction.
I can honestly say working at QTS has been a pleasure but has taken the wisdom of 46 years in transport to its maximum. I would hope that my career with QTS will carry on and take me into my retirement leaving QTS on the transport side as one of the most highly regarded Rail Contractors.