Contact Name: Lesley O’Brien OBE FCILT Contact Number: 07809 195062
Office Number: 01274 608900

Transport community forum, Freight People, introduced its team of industry expert sponsors and partners at its first forum of the year on 2 February 2021.

Freight People forum host and Freight Train Managing Partner, Lesley O’Brien OBE, said ‘I am thrilled to have attracted such an eclectic group of industry experts, who understand the issues transport operators face on a day-to-day basis’.

Freight People was launched in January 2020 and holds monthly meetings for people working in transport. Participants from all areas of the transport community are encouraged to attend – of whatever skillset, age or job role. The aim is to promote learning and to encourage discussion from a diverse group of people. In addition to hearing a presentation on an industry hot topic and receiving expert top tips to promote safety and transport compliance within a business, 2021 forums will also allow time for attendees to ask questions of the sponsors. In choosing sponsors O’Brien said. ‘It was really important to me that not only were sponsors engaging and have a wealth of industry knowledge, but that I personally believed in their company offering and that they shared the Freight People ethos of supporting the industry and individuals by sharing valuable advice to make our people and vehicles safer on the roads and improve the image of our industry. At a time when employee wellbeing has never been more important, I am particularly pleased that as well as discussing transport issues, Jennifer Rawlinson of Flourish in Mind, shall be giving monthly top tips on protecting the mental health of our workerforce.’


DAC Beachcroft – leading International Lawyers, health and safety and regulatory


Consilia Legal – employment Law and workplace mediation specialists. ACCOUNTANCY, TAX AND FINANCE

– B2B finance for hire purchase, finance lease, operating lease, cash flow finance and VAT funding.


Novis & Co Chartered Accountants – accountancy, finance and tax specialists

Driven Asset Finance

Road Safety Smart – road safety and risk management specialists

Roadskills Online – 21st century Online professional development providers for

drivers and forward thinking managers

DTec International – supplier of fast, accurate and non-intrusive drug and alcohol

screening solutions to organisations and police forces


Maple Security – commercial vehicle security and safety specialists

NavCIS – – National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service


Flourish in Mind – MHFA (mental health first aid) training provider – helping to

create workplaces where individuals can flourish



Freight Train – transport consultancy and training

Charlotte Le Maire, Partner at principal sponsor DAC Beachcroft said, I was so keen to join the freight people forum and becoming the key sponsor, after attending many sessions last year and finding them so informative. I developed some key connections and genuinely find that this forum helps with one of our key strategies as a firm; immersing ourselves into the industries of our key clients and their sectors. Lesley’s knowledge and networking skills are second to none and I am very excited about this partnership’.

Motus Commercials – the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle dealership

and world largest DAF dealership

First time sponsor, David Somers, Director at Road Skills Online said ‘The 2020

Freight People agendas have been so good, presentations of such a high calibre

and discussions so forward thinking that the forums were simply unmissable. Road

Skills Online is focussed on solutions to help forward thinking businesses in the 21st

century and we therefore did not want to miss an opportunity to engage and become

a 2021 sponsor.’

Forums are held on the third Tuesday of every month, via zoom from 0800 hours to

1000 hours. At each forum freight people in attendance receive:

national crime update from NavCIS detailing crime trends, types and hot


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The next forum is on 16 February 2020 when Ean Lewin from D.tec International, specialist drug and alcohol providers to the Police, will be discussing why drug and alcohol testing has never been so vital in the transport industry and best practice legally defensible processes. Joining the panel discussion shall be Charlotte Le Maire and Stephen Sadler from DAC Beachcroft Solicitors and Jennifer Rawlinson from Flourish in Mind.

To register for our February forum : Search Freight People February on Eventbrite Read more about our sponsors

regulatory update from DAC Beachcroft

monthly top tip from health and wellbeing experts Flourish in Mind.