Fiona Gamble, Plewlands 2008, Freight Logistics
On leaving Gordonstoun I went to the University of Lincoln and graduated with a BSc in Equine Sports Science. I have worked at three places since graduating university, first as a delivery driver for Iceland Food Store working up to Duty Manager in the space of 5 months.
I then left this role to work in Transport, specifically the arranging and organising of transport for a poly carbonate roofing firm. After working as the Transport Manager running and organizing the firm’s fleet of 30 vehicles I left there aiming for a new challenge of Customer Service Manager in a well-known Lincolnshire haulier, Cartwright Bros Haulage. They had no set Customer Service department, so we worked together to improve the service offered to customers which has led to major contracts coming our way. I was the main port of call for all queries and concerns that these companies may have. In addition to developing the customer service department during my first year at Cartwrights I aided in our depot winning "Depot of the Year" a title that is voted for by other members of the network (involving nearly 200 other depots) for the 7th time in 20 years Pall-ex has been in operation. After 18 months I again changed roles moving to Storage and Warehousing, which now means I am in charge of all the storage and warehousing facilities we offer, approximately 6000 pallet spaces. This also includes arranging the inbound and outbound of storage for our customers through to booking containers in to deliver and collect freight.
Alongside my full time job I have been working with a local equestrian centre, using my degree to help bring horses/ponies up to a respectable competition standard to competing at all levels of the sport. Recently we have started a riding school and are aiming to be the only RDA Ridden riding school in East Lincolnshire!
I have also qualified as a B1 category Gliding Instructor for a Volunteer Gliding Squadron which comes under the umbrella of the RAF, this level being the third highest you can achieve! With this qualification I can teach anyone, from their first air experience as an air or CCF cadet through to experienced gliders and help reassess instructors. This also means that I could be in charge of the entire Squadron airfield, making vital and critical decisions including who flies with whom and if the weather conditions are safe enough to fly in.
The experiences I had at Aberlour and Gordonstoun have really set me up in life and paved the way for all I have achieved. When times were tough I always had the motto "Plus est en Vous" in my mind, as there really is more in you than you think!!