Date: Tuesday November 12, 2019 at 4:17pm
Anthony Roe, 39, Fleet and Engineering Manager, Bibby
Distribution – and former Lance Corporal, Queen’s Lancashire Regiment
What was your service record before
joining Bibby Distribution?
I joined the Army at 16, following in my father’s footsteps
as he served for 20 years with the Royal Engineer Corps.
I served in Northern Ireland for eight years working in tactical
intelligence. It was an unforgettable experience that made me who I am today.
Can you tell me about your career to date
at Bibby Distribution?
I joined Bibby Distribution in 2010 as a Transport/Compliance
Supervisor. Since then I've been promoted to Fleet and Engineering Manager, and
now manage maintenance for more than 800 trucks and 1,300 trailers. These are used
on our major national contracts with companies such as Saica Paper.
How did Bibby Distribution support your
transition from military life?
Army life is highly organised compared to civilian life, so
adjusting can be challenging. Bibby Distribution has supported me by structuring
my role so I work on long-term projects which require significant scheduling.
I was also given a dedicated mentor to talk to. That made it
easy to adjust, and was a similar structure to what I had as a young Private
with my Lance Corporal.
Would you recommend Bibby Distribution as
an employer for those leaving military service?
In the Army you need to be good at problem solving, working under
pressure and managing people. These same skills are required in logistics and
I’ve found that Bibby Distribution recognises and values individuals for their
talents, so I would definitely recommend them.
They also invest in training, so you can always add to your
skills, and it’s a positive working environment where everyone’s given the
opportunity to succeed.