MD . Marketing . Head of DDR
When they say transport is in your blood they aren’t wrong!
Over 40 years ago my Nan and Grandad Brashaw set up Atlas out of there semi detached in Hellaby concentrating on practical HGV lessons and until 2021 that’s what we did. Building mainly from word of mouth, I eventually took over the reins in around 2018 with the help of the late Rob Boughen. As well as Atlas my father also owned a worldwide haulage company and raced everything from Motocross, Stockcar and Bangers to Classic F1 cars growing up – so basically cars, lorries and the smell of petrol and diesel is very much embedded in my memories! Unlike most normal children my first pocket money was gained working a few hours in the transport office checking off analogue tachos again timesheets.
While I may have drifted away for a time (gaining a Masters Degree in Graphic Design, PCIM and building a Design & Web company) I eventually ended up back where I belonged – taking the reins in the family business.
Alongside building the HGV and PSV practical training side, I also started to build the CPC offering of the business and eventually (due to lack of testing etc) decided to dissolve the practical training department and together with my husband Scott took our CPC training to another level.
Scott now heads up the entire CPC business running it like clockwork and taking it to heights I never dreamed possible. I on the other hand love to carry on training (i’m a frustrated teacher at heart) and carry on building the business using my marketing and design background. I am also in the process of heading up the new Drink Driving department as well as developing Transport Manager CPC, ADR, First Aid and other transport related online training.
All in all – I’m Atlas. Heart and Soul.
I started in the industry as a Driver many years ago. I began with agency’s doing all different types of work for quite some time before I settled with one business which I then remained at for 10 years.
Over those 10 years, I gradually moved into driver training and management roles before leaving the business in March 2022, to begin a new chapter as a self-employed External Transport Manager. As a DCPC instructor, I feel my greatest asset to training is coming from a driving background. While training, I can share my own driving experiences and feel that I can relate to the delegates attending the courses to discuss the “real world” situations that generally arise in the industry that don’t always get addressed in training.
I love working with Atlas as they provide excellent material to train, and the modules are laid out in a relaxed yet informative way. I have a real passion for the industry, and I love chatting to drivers and transport staff about the jobs they do, as a driver, CPC courses were generally a bit of a chore, but Atlas make that a thing of the past and the brilliant feedback we get suggests the customers enjoy them now too.
Outside of training I’m a keen Drummer, first picking up the sticks 25 years ago! I’ve gigged all over the Essex and London area playing all sorts from heavy rock to pop covers. Music is my second passion in life, and I’m sat at my kit every time I get a chance!’
My career in transport began at an early age of 10. My family owned a transport business where I used to go out in trucks with my father at weekends and school holidays. I knew then that I wanted to work and build a career in transport. My father supported me and taught me all I needed to know. I started working full time in the family business when I was 21 years old, I have been a qualified transport manager for 23 years where I have gained many years’ experiences in the industry mainly in the 2-person multi drop delivery trade.
In 2007 my father was diagnosed with Dementia therefore it was a family decision to sell the business, I am pleased to say it is still trading to this day under a different name. I had a break from transport for a few years to become a full-time mother and carer for my father. In 2016 my father passed away which is when I decided to return to Transport, I began as a transport coordinator then quickly progressed to becoming a transport manager once again. I began delivering DCPC courses part time in 2021 then decided in January 2023 that I would like to deliver courses on a more full-time basis.
I am currently delivering CPC courses to managers and drivers along with IOSH Health & Safety courses. I am also an external transport manager for 4 operators in the North East which I thoroughly enjoy.