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RLC Foundation Awards 2016

Last week the annual Royal Logistic Corps (RLC) Foundation Awards night was held at the regimental headquarters RLC Officers’ Mess in Deepcut, Surrey. The awards and the night itself celebrate achievements in Army logistics, developing relationships with industry and the professional excellence of members of the RLC, industry logisticians and academia.

Each of the award categories reflects the aims of the RLC Foundation, which are to promote excellence, professional engagement and the exchanging of ideas between the army, logistics industry and academia.

There were seven award categories on the night itself, and the winners were:

  • The Mentoring Support award ‘ Warrant Officer Class One L Moore
  • The Industry Professional Development Award ‘ Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps (ELSC)
  • The Regional Partnership Award ‘ DHL
  • The Best Professional Article in The Review magazine ‘ Warrant Officer Class One A Limbrick
  • The Thought Leadership Award ‘ PA Consulting
  • The Junior Initiative Award ‘ Lieutenant J Mayes
  • The Apprentice of the Year Award ‘ Private R Agyarko

There was also a special surprise award presented on the night; the award for Outstanding Contribution to the Foundations Development which was awarded to Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) G Emmerson.

The Mentoring Support award was awarded to Warrant Officer Class One L Moore of the Defence School of Transport, who through his sheer passion and professionalism has revitalised the Career Professional Development process for the RLC Driver Communications Specialist trade. By establishing partnerships with the Institute of Telecomms Professionals and the University of Lincoln he has developed a training route for the soldiers from NVQ Level 1 to the bespoke BSc in Communications.

The Industry Professional Development award was won by the Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps (ELSC). The ELSC has a long and distinguished history of supporting the Army dating back to its origins in the Crimean War. The RLC Foundation has benefitted enormously from its board level advice, guidance and support to its events.

The Regional Partnership award was awarded to DHL. This award reflects the new initiatives and hard work done by DHL which have positively impacted soldiers’ careers. DHL recently created a competency mapping tool to allow service personnel to measure their employability in the commercial world at each level of rank and experience. In addition their support to Mission Motorsport has been excellent enabling wounded injured and sick soldiers to find second careers outside the Army.

The award for the Best Professional Article in The Review magazine was awarded to Warrant Officer Class One A Limbrick, for his article Reserves at Readiness: A Limited Capacity. The Review is a publication produced annually by the RLC Foundation containing articles on logistics produced by serving or retired members of the RLC, industry logisticians and academics.

The Thought Leadership award was awarded to PA Consulting for their support to the Foundation’s events since its inception.

The Junior Initiative Award was awarded to Lieutenant J Mayes of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC, who using his in-depth electronic engineering skills developed a prototype Remote Satellite Controller which enables a mexefloat (a type of landing craft) to be controlled remotely.

The Apprentice of the Year award was presented to Private R Agyarko of 7 Regiment RLC, for her outstanding hard work during her apprenticeship.

Finally a surprise award was presented on the evening to Warrant Officer Class One (Conductor) G Emmerson. WO1 Emmerson is the Conductor and head of trade for the RLC Logistic Specialist (Supply) trade; he has worked tirelessly to ensure that not only his trade, but all RLC trades, have developed a Career Professional Development pathway with civilian recognized qualifications awarded at every stage of their trade training.  This work will benefit the soldiers of the Corps’ career and personal development immeasurably.

If you would like to know more about the RLC Foundation please click here.



The Royal Logistic Corps

The Lifetime Achievement award goes to....Lt Col Fiona Gordon’s sporting career spans nearly 30 years where she has represented both the RLC and Army, as well as her running club, at cross country, athletics and trail running. Such achievements are worthy of recognition but, equally impressive, has been her dedication, energy and leadership that has inspired, encouraged, and mentored hundreds of athletes, particularly women, to participate in sport. These factors epitomise the very essence of the Lifetime Achievement Award.During her career Col Fiona has won over 60 individual titles (from unit to national master’s level) in all running disciplines ranging from 400m to an 86-mile ultra-marathon; as well as multi-terrain duathlons. In her younger years, she was twice selected to represent the Army at the Inter-Services, at a time when there was only one team of six. As a Corps sportswoman, there can’t be many (if any) athletes who, not only still finish in the top five in their Corps, but then go on to represent their Corps at the Inter-Corps Championships every time. Perhaps equally unique, she is also possibly one of the few left in the Corps that were awarded their Corps colours (for both cross country and athletics) following its formation in 1993. And, remarkably at age 51 she still finished 4th RLC female at the Corps and Inter Corps Championships. ... See MoreSee Less
The Hemming Belt is awarded to.....This season has been a Royal performance from LCpl Megan Reid culminating in her being crowned as the Scottish National Champion. She began boxing after joining The RLC in 2013 and she won an RLC title in her first season as a boxer. Thereafter, she entered the Army Individuals' Championships that same year where her natural talent shone through and she was crowned champion. Given her Scottish heritage, the following season she entered the Scottish Championships, and was narrowly beaten in the final, no mean feat for her third boxing season. Her performance in the final was outstanding and resulted in her first international call up, representing Scotland in the Great Britain Championships. LCpl Reid returned to the English Championships in 2017, this time going one step further and gaining a Silver medal. Since then she has represented The RLC, Army, UK Armed Forces and Scotland at the highest level in the European Championships and twice at the World Championships. LCpl Reid has represented the Corps and the Army with a style that most boxers and other sportsmen and sportswomen aspire. She is a credit to her Unit, The RLC and the Army and a role model for all aspiring athletes and soldiers. She has achieved so much in such a short space of time where, looking to the future, her Gold at her National Championships means that she is the unrivalled queen of RLC Boxing and is duly nominated for the award of the Hemming Belt. ... See MoreSee Less
The Lifetime achievement award goes to.....Cpl Keleni Drummond has been a Corps and Army sportswoman since she joined the Army in 2001 at the age of 21. Her military sporting career began on the Rugby pitch, but it did not take long for Basketball and Netball players to scout her for their respective teams; she has played all three sports at Corps level from inception. By the time of her assignment to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment in 2007, Cpl Drummond had represented the Army at Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Sadly, during an Army Rugby fixture against the Farnborough Women's Team she was badly injured and had to take a break from the pitch to focus on rehabilitation. Dedicated and focused to recuperate, by 2009 she was back fighting fit and switched her focus to both Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond’s sporting successes are numerous and varied where, in addition to representing the UK Armed Forces Basketball Team from 2016 - 2018, she captained the Corps Netball Team from 2012 - 2014 leading the RLC to Inter-Corps victory three years in a row, including representing the Army during this period. In spite of her previous injury Cpl Drummond put her rugby boots back on in 2019 to re-join the Corps Team in winning the Inter-Corp Rugby 10s, 15s and the Palestine Cup. She continued her successful leadership streak and captained the Army Masters Netball Team to success at the 2020 Inter-Services Championships. Corporal Drummond is one of the most decorated multi-sport sportswomen in the Corps. In her 20-year career to date she has competed at Regimental level in countless sports, but has truly flourished as a Corps, Army and UKAF player in Rugby, Netball and Basketball. Cpl Drummond represents the very best of her generation and fully deserves recognition for The RLC Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement category. ... See MoreSee Less