Why logistics was the obvious choice for the next stage of my career

Andy Holloway joined Peel Ports as Infrastructure Engineering Manager (Mersey) in 2012. Prior to that, he led a team of 60 engineers and technicians at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – working across the Trust’s two hospital sites. During his career, Andy has also held roles with the Ministry of Defence - looking after properties including Army and Air Force bases.

Here, Andy tells us what life as an engineer with Peel Ports is like…

I’ve always worked in interesting, dynamic environments and over my career I’ve covered a wide variety of engineering disciplines. I was looking for a fresh, interesting challenge that would allow me to work for an enterprising and ambitious company – and was attracted towards the opportunities at Peel Ports. The infrastructure job description and person specification ticked all of the boxes for my skill set.

My role evolves and changes constantly. What started as looking after the Infrastructure team at the Port of Liverpool has grown into overseeing the Manchester Ship Canal Infrastructure and Facilities teams. I’m also the Authorising Engineer for Peel Ports Mersey. This additional responsibility has allowed me to adapt and grow my own management style, becoming more agile and responsive to the changing demands of the business.  Anything can happen at Peel Ports– and rising to the challenge is what really motivates me.

I’m constantly amazed by the people I work with, and one of my top priorities is helping to develop and mentor my own team members, building their understanding and capabilities to fully prepare them for the different skills the job in hand may demand.

There have been many great moments during my time at Peel Ports. The launch of Liverpool2 was a really proud day for Liverpool. It was also the culmination of one of the defining projects for me since I joined the company. The introduction of the terminal required a need for two new 33,000 Volt supplies to be brought into the port, and I watched this progress from paper design to a fully functioning high voltage network. It’s a great feeling overseeing something from start to finish, and seeing the positive effects it brings.

My short-term goal – within the next couple of years – is to become Head of Engineering at Mersey. Looking further ahead than that, I’d like to see myself in the position of Group Head of Engineering, or Director of Engineering. Neither of these titles exist yet, but I’m hoping that they will!

Another ambition of mine is to help develop some of the good learning we have within Mersey and link with our other Port Engineers to make a real difference to the way we look after our engineering assets, buildings and infrastructure.

Looking back on my industry experience, my advice for someone entering the industry would be to take some time each day to stop and think about what you have achieved, or need to achieve. I once thought becoming a Chartered Engineer was impossible – yet here I am today.

And always keep a positive outlook. For me, that’s really important.

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