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Carl has the best of both worlds in Cumbria
Carl Bevan, 44, Divisional Port Manager for Associated British Ports, lives in Stainton near Milnthorpe
Carl jumped at the chance to develop his career in Cumbria and live on the edge of The Lake District.
After working at Tesco’s HO in Welwyn Garden City, Carl took the opportunity to further his career with Associated British Ports and move closer to the fells of The Lakes.
“I began my career with Tesco on their graduate training scheme, working in logistics,” he said. “I then worked as a Duty Manager at Newcastle International Airport before returning to Tesco to work predominantly on logistics and food distribution. I’ve worked with lorries, I’ve worked with planes and now I’m working with ships at ABP!
“I joined ABP in September 2016 after realising I could move closer to The Lakes.
“ABP is the UK’s largest port operator with a network of 21 ports nationally, including Barrow and Silloth in Cumbria.
“Barrow is a hugely important port locally and nationally, and we look after customers such as BAE Systems and Dong Energy, who are currently building the world’s largest Offshore Wind Farm.
“We employ 25 colleagues directly, and there are thousands of other jobs reliant on the port. My team does a lot of engineering and world-class maintenance work to ensure that we have the infrastructure to support projects such as BAE Systems’ Submarine programme.
“I manage 65 people across the North West, including pilots, engineers and admin teams. I have frequent interactions with our customers to ensure they are satisfied and we are committed to continuously improving the services we provide.
“My role revolves around people, customers, operations, finance and supporting the culture of health and safety, which is part of our DNA at ABP.
“The opportunity to live and work in Cumbria is a dream so I’m taking advantage of it. I’m very serious about my career and I’m glad that I am able to combine my passion for work with my passion for the fells.
“There has never been a better time to be living and working in Cumbria. I think it’s a glorious opportunity to be part of an economic renaissance in this part of the country.”
Carl, who lives in Cumbria with his wife and two daughters, has “great confidence” in the future for his family in the region.
“I used to live in a hotel, away from my family for three nights a week – and there’s nothing more boring,” he said. “In Cumbria, I take my daughters out a lot and bring friends to The Lake District to expose them to the best corner of the United Kingdom.
“Bringing up children here is great and I see a huge future for them here. I’m passionate about education and there’s never been a better opportunity for the next generation.
“My eldest attends Dallam School, with my youngest due to start there in September, and we’re very happy with the schooling in the area.
“The rural way of life is important to me, but equally I can travel to London in 2 hours 34 minutes, so we have the best of both worlds.
As well as being a keen fell walker, Carl enjoys playing cricket in Cumbria.
“When I moved to Cumbria, I joined Sedgwick Cricket Club and it’s a breath of fresh air,” he said. “I coach there on a Monday night and there are 50 kids that come along. It’s incredible, a hive of activity.
“I’ve met outstanding, passionate people there and have come to regard them as friends. They’ve been great at introducing me to the area.
“I’m growing my knowledge of the great pubs and restaurants in the South Lakes. I play cricket with Rish, the Head Chef at Gilpin Spice, and the food there is a dream.
“I keep pinching myself in terms of where I live. I walk the dog in the morning, see the fells in the distance and it’s so peaceful and beautiful.
“Life in Cumbria is fantastic.”
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