SOUTHALL’S Army Reservist Private Claire Williams has been presented with an award for Heavy Vehicle License Excellence at the 19th gala National Courier Awards organised by the Institute of Couriers. The industry event, which took place at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, was held on October 27th and celebrated excellence from courier companies large and small, regional and networked.
Private Claire Williams, 35, who lives in Surbiton, has been a reservist with 562 Transport Squadron in Hayes Bridge Road, Southall for the past four years. A land and buildings surveyor in her civilian life, Private Williams joined the squadron as a non-driver but completed her General Service (GS) driver qualifications just nine months later. An outstanding private soldier, she has demonstrated commitment to the Squadron above and beyond her role, by undertaking a Recruiters Course and is engaged in training new recruits who will one day become Army Reserve drivers. Involved in all aspects of Squadron life, including the running of the Army Reserve Centre’s bar, Private Williams has maintained a high standard of fitness and was selected to take part in the Royal Logistic Corps Gore Trophy as part of the winning Female Team representing 151 Regiment RLC.Private Williams was presented with her Award by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Penny Mordaunt MP who handed over three Ministry of Defence Awards at the event.Major Andrew Gifford TD, Officer Commanding 562 Transport Squadron 151 Regiment RLC said “151 Regiment RLC provides an exceptional opportunity for British citizens to join the Army Reserve where they can acquire a driving licence and driving experience in challenging conditions. This offer includes training and testing in Class C Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) driving as well as acquiring Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Licence with ADR HAZMAT bolt-ons. These qualifications, together with the driving experience, can be utilised to develop a career in the private sector, where service trained personnel are highly valued for their discipline and work ethic. As a regiment we aim to work hand in glove with the logistics transport industry. I welcome the co-operation of working with the prestigious Institute of Couriers who promote the road transport industry who are keen to employ our trained Army Reserve logistic drivers.”