Ryan Parr awarded the prestigious Industry Hero award

perations Director Ryan Parr picked up the Industry Hero award from this year’s FPC Fresh Awards, which were presented on Friday 19th November at London’s Old Billingsgate venue.

On the nomination for Ryan, Nick Finbow said: “Ryan is a major asset to the business, he demonstrates ambition, staunch commitment and incredible drive on a daily basis. These attributes are balanced with excellent interpersonal skills, integrity and a genuine desire to maintain the happy, harmonious working environment for which PML is renowned.”

A little about Ryan and his tremendous contribution to the PML business:
Ryan joined PML in June 2013 at the age of 18 and in the eight years that he has been in the business, he has already packed in a considerable number of achievements.  

Ryan has worked across many areas of the company to gain a strong understanding of the global logistics sector and his enthusiasm and hunger to learn are exemplary. During his tenure with PML, Ryan has evolved from a young school leaver to a highly competent manager who was recently been promoted to the role of Operations Director at the tender age of 25, making him the youngest Director in the company’s 18-year history.

As Operations Director, Ryan assumes responsibility for all of PML’s extensive operations as an import/export logistics business specialising in the transfer of temperature-sensitive freight by air, road and sea. Due to the considerable scale of the company, Ryan has 12 managers reporting directly to him, a role that few 25-year-olds would be capable of taking on. Not only has Ryan risen to the challenge, but he has also excelled in his new position, taking such a significant promotion completely in his stride.

When the full impact of the global coronavirus crisis began to play out, the service operated by PML became pivotal to the continued trading of businesses involved in the import and export of produce.

Ryan’s role was critical to PML’s ability to operate a full service throughout the pandemic and to mastermind the company’s response to overcoming the ensuing travel restrictions. He was responsible for coordinating between 10 and 20 trucks a day to facilitate the safe arrival of produce that would previously have been transferred by air. Similarly, Ryan was accountable for identifying three to four flights a day out of the UK and Europe, to enable the export of goods from this country.

Thanks to Ryan’s innovative thinking and his refusal to accept defeat, not a single client was compromised, and every consignment was successfully delivered to its intended destination.

Although he excels in managing his team, Ryan still enjoys actively immersing himself in new projects. He was responsible for identifying the advantages associated with the investment in a metal detection scanner – a technology that has proved beneficial in further improving the screening of meat exports handled by PML – ensuring the business maintains its established reputation for implementing the very highest standards of food hygiene.

Ryan was also heavily involved in the introduction of a brand-new IT system that operates across the business. 

It is this ability to immerse himself in additional assignments outside of his core responsibilities, without jeopardizing efficiency or productivity, that makes Ryan stand out from the crowd.

Ryan’s extensive list of accreditations belies his age. He is fully Health & Safety trained, an approved Fire Marshall, holds a Forklift license, is qualified to use the company’s X-ray and metal detection screeners, holds a Level 3 in Health Critical training, holds a Level G in security manager training. He is also fully import, export and sea freight compliant and has undertaken comprehensive management training.