Meet 11 People Within the TLS Team
Kev The Enforcer Horn!
Since leaving school I have worked in areas of discipline
and leadership. In 1974 I left school and joined the Royal Navy and was a
leading hand in seamanship/ships husbandry and also in charge of 20 men on a
RAS Dump (replenishment at sea).
In 1982 I served in the Falklands war. After
10 years I left the navy and joined the Prison Service. I joined at HMP Brixton
and was part of the high security wing and escorted the high risk prisoners to
court and served 30 years as an officer
and retired from this career in march of this year.
My aim and major objective is to make TLS workforce
compliant with all the policies laid down by the company so that clients are
aware that all personnel who work for them are up to date and can be recognised
by the induction programme and also adhere to the zero tolerances as laid down.
I also strive to.. have a good working relationship with the workforce and
companies in order to meet targets and responsibilities.
I have been married for 28 years and have 2 sons my youngest
is an Electrical leading hand on the Nuclear Submarines, And my eldest is a
Control panel systems designer and Robotic Cyberneticist with a government
A little history of my background, I`m an x military man of
23 years service in the Royal Air Force in an engineering role with both fast
jet and helicopter aircraft.
In my early years working with the tools so to
speak and in my lata years mainly in the supervisor and management role mainly
with the support helicopter fleet.
My last seven years years to date I have been working in the
recruitment agency environment specifically and dedicated solely towards
supplying traffic management staff to our clients country wide. With the
development in the last couple of years traffic Labour Supplies ltd have
developed and grown enormously and we are now a major supplier with in the
industry. My role with in the new structure of TLS Ltd is Compliance manager,
this new role is another string to the bow to enable and take TLS Ltd on to the
next level as a fully managed support service to the traffic management
industry. We feel with the team we have in place right now, the above goal of a
fully managed support service is not just obtainable but we can be the best in
As a team we are looking to the future with eyes wide open,
and with continual commitment, dedication and of course hard work, the future
does look very rosy.
Adam ronnie Laybourne
My first experience of the Traffic Management Industry was
gained at the age of 16 when I worked for a Lantra approved training centre
called Road Safety UK as an administrator, assisting the Director with the
general operation of the training centre.
A short period after leaving the company, I enrolled on a
National Certificate in Construction course at Doncaster College, which
basically covered all the basics when it comes to the management side of the
Construction industry. After I had completed the course I continuously looked
for a way to get my foot in the door in any way I could to get my career off the
ground but to no avail. In the meantime, I worked at the airport and then as a
courier, all the while still looking for my opportunity.
Fast forward a couple of years and I received the
opportunity of working for TLS, I came for an interview and was extremely
impressed by what Steve and Jill said about what the company was trying to
achieve and also what they had already achieved. A week or so later I began
working for TLS as an Business Administration Apprentice based in the training
department, dealing with the general day to day running of the training centre
including booking and filling courses, arranging assessments and keeping our
online Fastlane system up to date. This is a career I am very excited about and hope that TLS and I can grow
together to become a real force in the industry.
Having spent over 20 years in the industry I have worked my
way through the roles as an operative to senior management.
I have been
involved with a number of reputable companies implementing traffic schemes
across the UK. I was interested in Training and Development and decided to take
my Lantra Assessors Course. On completing this it made sense to look into
gaining as much vocational training courses as possible and deliver them to candidates
through a training centre I worked for. To date I have achieved a number of
Training and assessing qualifications from Lantra and City & Guilds.
Including Sector schemes 12a,b,d and NRSWA.
I have recently moved across to TLS as the opportunity to
build help build a successful training centre excited me. With the help of the
training manager and the team at TLS it has been very easy to settle into a
training and assessing role that is constantly busy with internal and external
clients. I have taken the role of Internal Verifier and now have the
responsibility to make sure the centre is keeping to the strict standards that
both Lantra and myself impose when submitting evidence of the training we carry
out. Everyone at TLS have all made me feel part of the team and I am looking
forward to helping everyone in building on the training centres success.
I have gained many years operational experience including
ground works, traffic management, winter maintenance, VRS maintenance and
replacement, operations management, training management and consultancy.
This has been gained by working from the ground up, learning
valuable life and professional lessons along the way. I started my life in
construction in London where I was a banksman and labourer for a large
construction company building a new cargo centre at Heathrow. From this I went on to work for Amey Highways,
this was a very steep learning curve for me as the use of being “thrown in
at the deep end” was common place.
My first role was ground works for Amey
building bus laybys in and around the Heathrow area with very little training.
One day I saw a traffic management crew installing a lane closure for our
works, this looked great as the TM crew had shorts on, no tops (summer) and
were having a lot of fun. This was the start point of my TM career, the
following day I went in to see the Tm supervisor and started that day – again
“at the deep end”. I worked on the M4, M3, M40, M25 before having any
real training, the philosophy of watch each other and get on with it (do your
job)â€ was abundant. This stayed with me as a basis for working as a crew.
Then followed a move to Lincolnshire where a family grew and
employers changed (contractual tupe). With a few promotions under my belt
leading to area supervisor for McAlpines then Carillion and Training
Co-ordinator for the HA’s area 7, I was gaining in knowledge and confidence. So
in 2008 I accepted an offer to run a training centre, this grew and I secured
good clients and the business was well respected and known in the industry.
This prompted the owner to split the business and let the training company run
independently and I was made a director. Late in 2010 the financial stability
of the country took its toll and clients began to pull training and this left
the company in a fragile state, unfortunately cut backs had to be made and I
found himself making difficult decisions. This led to me leaving and joining
one of our clients as a trainer, assessor and operations manager. 2011 was a
hard and frustrating year but in January 2012 I decided to go self employed and
attempt to build my portfolio of clients back up.
The following year saw me undertaking training, assessing
for a couple of Lantra and City and Guilds centres as well as being and active
TSCO on a number of high profile contracts.
In 2013 another door opened TLS Ltd, another chance to
build training centre and business. This has taken off in a big way and we are
going from strength to strength by continually adding to an already highly
skilled and motivated team.
In the 15 years I have been in the traffic management
industry I have met and worked alongside many people, from them I have learnt
many skills and I use these to pass on my extensive knowledge to aid
individuals and business’ to grow safely in a high risk industry.
I have been part of the TLS team for approaching 3 years
now. Firstly being employed as a Business Development Manager then moving on to
becoming Contracts Manager and overseeing Operations.
Previously I have 20
years managerial experience mainly within the Vehicle Rental Sector. Firstly
working for my family business which is where I first touched on the traffic
management industry by supplying local TM companies with vehicles. I was then
involved in the development of a specialist refrigerated vehicle rental company
for a large French trailer manufacturer before I came back into main stream
commercial vehicle rental for a number of years, which again I continued my
connection with the traffic management industry supplying bespoke TM
vehicles. Then after looking for a fresh
challenge I came on board with Steve and Jill and the rest is history!
Since 2010 I have focused my studies on Business, Economics
and Mathematic and have gained the respective qualifications at A-Level and
GCSE standard. (With GCSE being completed a year early).
Because of this I have
been very keen to experience the ins and outs of the business environment. After my A-Levels I started doing some temporary Admin work
for the local Jobcentre to gain that experience. After working there for three
months I found a company called Traffic Labour Supplies advertising a permanent
Admin training position which I was very interested in. I was interviewed for
the position and was lucky enough to join the team.
In only the short six months I have been working here TLS
have given me the resources to be in a position where I am a key member of the
operations team that deals with the backoffice of the company. This can range
from contractor timesheets to their profiles on our online tool Fastlane. PPE
distribution and sending the Invoices to clients is also part of my weekly routine.
I hope to continually grow with TLS as they provide an
excellent opportunity to do so and will endeavour to excel into a position of
financial management throughout my career to put all my skills to the test.
In 2011, I decided to pursue studies in IT, Business Studies
and catering. After leaving education I was granted the opportunity to work for
Traffic Labour Supplies as a business administrative apprentice.
Since being a
member of TLS I started helping with office admin duties. Now having worked for
TLS for a year, I have the responsibility of the time sheet and liaising with a
multitude of clients to get orders approved.
Since TLS is a fantastic opportunity to excel in my career,
I soon hope to be in a position where I can climb the management ladder.
The TLS David Beckham as he may- or may not- be known was far too busy taking a call (possibly his agent- who knows?) for an interview so we asked his current gaffer Steve Bennett for the lowdown on the former footballer.
Current boss Bennett said of his current star: Jordan started his career as a footballer with Doncaster Rovers, moving to the States to pursue the dream for a 3 year stint before retiring at 20 due to a rotten run of injuries.”
We were able to offer him an opportunity on his return to come on board and manage a database of men and produce a managed system to monitor qualifications and compliance for all labour operatives working throughout TLS. Along with managing the payroll and invoicing process he was promoted to Office manager in 2013 looking after the overall operations in office for TLS. To this day he, along with Paul Chamley, manage the national coverage of TLSs operations. Theyre our own dynamic duo!â€
Steve & Jill Bennett
For over 10 years I have been running recruitment companies
that have dedicated there trade to Traffic Management.
I chose this trade from
the experience I had gained in the previous 10 years being involved with the
Traffic Management industry. I originally got involved with the implementation
of Traffic Management schemes by default in doing my job with a contractor for
British Gas. I enjoyed the puzzle of phasing major Roads and Junctions when the
gangs wanted to open cut straight through them. I soon picked up on the fact
that I could produce drawings and design quite integral traffic layouts. A close
friend asked me if I wanted to join him in developing a Traffic Management
company and the rest was history!
These 10 years saw me involved with a couple of successful
companies and carrying out duties as a TSCO and Contracts Manager. I was asked
if Id consider setting up a labour desk solely devoted to trained staff as I
was constantly complaining about the level of experience I was being supplied.
At the time there was only 2 recognised agencies that the TMCA was using and I
felt it was a great opportunity to offer staff that was trained, by what was
then a fairly new governing body called Lantra. As we all know that governing
body now dictates the level of safety and awareness needed to step out on the
road. The goal was always to have a company that would be able to offer both
the labour and training to the client.
In 2010 Jill Bennett came on board to gain knowledge of the
company and industry as she had decided to change her career path.
Jill was a
S.E.N Teaching Assistant at a local primary school. Her dedication to the job
had been masked by the ever increasing pressure of job cuts and financial cuts
the school was having to endure. Jill fitted straight in and continues to
successfully manage the accounts with ongoing training from our accountants.
A decision was made that Jill and I bought Traffic Labour
Supplies Ltd in January 2011 with one main goal. To set up a company that
offered a fully managed support service to the Traffic Management Industry. Our
company would use the labour contacts it had a invest time and money into
developing a concept company that can provide not only one service but a
complete support service for all Traffic Management Companies. TLS is now at
that stage where it can offer a full range of services to all new and existing
clients. The TLS training centre is now established and being very successful in
creating a compliant work force internally and giving our clients the benefit
of training at a reduced cost. Enabling us to work hand in hand and creating a
partnering atmosphere. Traffic Management GB Ltd was formed in 2013 to aid the
design and implementation of traffic schemes. This service is only being
promoted to our existing clients as a support for contracts that are just not
achievable by them due to lack of resource, but they can be easily resourced
through TMGB. The client has the option to let TLS run the contract while they
focus on other areas and build a larger client base, or supervise the site and
use us solely for resourcing labour, vehicles and equipment.
Jill and I have been very fortunate in the way the industry
has developed in the last 12months and are continuing to reinvest time and
money into what is going to be one of the best Managed Support Services this
industry has to offer. We invite all our clients and prospective clients to
come to our office on the 26th November 2014. We are holding an open day. This
open day will be a great way to see how TLS is looking to the future and
developing new strategies to cope with the level of demand the industry has to
offer. The day will focus on our initiative we have installed in the company and
the standards we are striving for in the future. Everyone is welcome and we
will be sending out invites to clients and our partnering contractors. There
will regular updates posted on social media about the itinerary for the day.
Jill and I are extremely excited to host what will be an informative day for
all that attend.
Tel: 01777 719808
Traffic Labour Supplies Ltd