New depot manager for Cumbernauld transport firm


Caledonian Logistics has hired Lesley Ewing as depot manager at Caledonian Logistics’ operation in Cumbernauld.

Lesley, who lives in Carnbroe, North Lanarkshire, is responsible for the efficient running of the depot, ensuring all legal and compliance obligations are met, taking charge for the maintenance of vehicles and equipment, workload planning for the 22-person team, as well as overseeing incoming and outbound freight for Palletways, of which Caledonian has been a member for over two decades.

As former co-owner of a small courier company, Lesley and her partner ran a small fleet of vans covering a range of contracts from newspaper deliveries for a major distributor in Scotland to parcel services, removals, and long distance and airport freight.

Commenting on why she was keen to join Caledonian Logistics, Lesley said “When you turn up to an interview to see senior management and the managing director weeding a yard, labouring, moving furniture and having a laugh while they’re doing it while still remaining operational, you know there’s tremendous team spirit there that many companies can only dream of.

“It’s great to know the senior management team see such potential in me and are investing in my development now and for the future and I can’t thank them enough for their support and guidance which has made my transition into this role an easy one. I want to do all I can to improve our operational efficiency across all areas of the business and looking forward, I want to continue on my career journey with Caledonian Logistics and see where it takes me!”

Derek Mitchell, Caledonian Logistics’ founder and managing director, added “The UK’s withdrawal from Europe has brough uncertainty and widespread change amongst supply chains and it’s certainly a challenging time for many logistics companies. I’m pleased to say that the wealth of knowledge and experience here at Caledonian meant we were in the best possible shape once we left the EU and with Lesley’s help, we’ve delivered a ‘business as usual’ service for our customers.”

Founded in 1999, Caledonian Logistics has grown significantly over the past two decades from a start-up to one that now employs more than 130 employees across three depots in Aberdeen, Cumbernauld and Inverness. At the time of its launch, the business handled around 600 pallets per month but now move closer to 13,000. To date, it has handled more than two million pallets for Palletways.

Caledonian Logistics is one of over 115 independent transport providers that are part of Imperial’s Palletways UK network. They benefit from shared expertise and resources from within the group to deliver consignments of palletised freight to market faster and more cost effectively than ever before. The Palletways Group, famed for its industry-leading IT developments and operational systems, comprises 450+ depots and 21 hub operations, through which it provides collection and distribution services across 24 European countries, including the UK.