Bernard passed away in May, and his family and business colleagues are in the process of developing an apprenticeship/mentoring programme, which will be launched in 2020. The mission for this programme is to offer a tailored mentoring package for a nominated young person/apprentice for the duration of one year. It is hoped that this programme will run annually.
Bernard was born in Liverpool in 1948 and become an apprentice engineer, with the Liverpool Corporation, at the age of 16. During his career he became an energetic champion for skills development and worked tirelessly at every level to encourage the adoption of apprenticeships in the UK. Bernard’s area of expertise and knowledge was the warehousing, logistics and materials handling industries, for which he was recognised nationally and internationally as a leading expert. He received many awards and recognitions during his career including being named Automotive Logistician of the Year in 2014/15 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Manufacturer in 2018.
Bernard was chairman of Superport Liverpool from 2013, giving his time generously to champion the city where he was born. He became an international ambassador for manufacturing and logistics for the UK and specifically for the North West of England. Bernard was a passionate, inspirational and well-loved professional, and a role model to a generation of young people.