“One of the first things I did was enrol on a one night a week, year-long International CPC course. That really opened my eyes to the importance of road transport, the logistics’ cycle and the essential role lorries play in all our lives.”
Rachael McWilliams, Area Manager
Loving the lorry isn’t just about driving one. That’s what Rachael McWilliams, Area Manager, Driver Hire Edinburgh & Lothians has discovered over the past decade and half she’s been working in driving recruitment.
“When I started, I knew nothing about road transport, logistics or recruitment. I kind of got my job with Driver Hire by default,” says Rachael who, back in 2004, was fresh out of Heriot Watt University with a Business Management degree. But, like a slow-burn rom-com, Rachael has grown to ‘Love the Lorry’.
“When I joined the team I was the only female working in the Edinburgh office,” Rachael recalls. “One of the first things I did was to enrol on a one night a week, year-long International CPC course. That really opened my eyes to the importance of road transport, the logistics’ cycle and the essential role lorries play in all our lives. That in turn led to a real enjoyment of road transport & logistics recruitment which has such an essential role in the smooth running of the industry.
“Finding work for drivers is great; last week seven colleagues and myself provided driving cover for 450 shifts. That gives me a real feeling of satisfaction. It’s fun. And I feel to be part of a family doing a job that really matters.”
And what about the future? “Attracting younger people to the industry is key – and more female driving talent too,” says Rachael. “There’s much more to road transport than just driving. That’s what I’ve discovered. It’s a realistic career with a whole host of job opportunities.”
“Nowadays, when I’m driving around the city, I’m always looking at lorries – their load, livery, whether the operator has had a recent fleet upgrade. I’m also a Truckfest regular. So I guess you can say that I really do ‘Love the Lorry’!