Meet Lynsey – Transport Operations Manager, Lancaster

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As Atlas celebrates its first-year trading, we’ve continued to chat to the Atlas family, spread across the Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire region.

After talking to staff based at Blackpool Victoria and Clifton Hospitals, we recently caught up with our Lancaster-based Transport Operations Manager, Lynsey Flinton. A transport expert with over 25 years’ experience, Lynsey has a passion for logistics and operations, as well as being a dab hand at contract negotiation.

Lynsey started her career in her home County of Leicestershire, working for large and logistically-complex international organisations, such as: Tesco, Asda and Hewlett Packard, gaining a raft of highly sought after industry specific qualifications. These include: A National and International Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC), CLASS, Licence Strategic Planning Logistics management and Third Party Logistics (3PL) Business Process Improvement.

Lynsey takes up the story:

“I’m originally from a little village within the Leicestershire boarder and moved up North in 2008 as part of a four-year career break, which allowed me to focus on my family. I’ve worked within the
male-dominated transport industry my entire career, spending my time managing and motivating teams to deliver high-class transport and logistical services to a variety of clients.”

With over five years’ experience working in the NHS Transport team, before joining Atlas in March 2017, Lynsey recently secured the role Transport Operations Manager for Atlas’ Lancaster-based clinical,
non-patient transport service.

Lynsey explains her role: “It’s clichéd, but no day is ever the same as the next! It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but the highly-pressured and fast changing environment keeps me on my toes and allows me to put my analytical and problem solving skills to the test.”

Lynsey continues: “I love taking on the daily challenges of delivering the service. One minute I am having to work out new routes due to roadworks, the next I am writing new policies and then negotiating new contracts. It is fast-paced, but I wouldn’t change it for the world!”

There’s not much that Lynsey hasn’t seen over her 25-year career and her time with Atlas continues to provide logistic challenges, as well as providing new opportunities to expand the service. Lynsey explains: “There have been quite a few moments when I have taken stock of the situation, whilst laughing, albeit retrospectively. Such as last December, when the transport depot was flooded with excrement after a flood caused by storm Caroline.

I am blessed with a fantastic team, who worked alongside me during the exceptionally difficult circumstances, ensuring the service could continue to function later that day, with no disruption to our clients – especially the clinical one, who depend on us to deliver various essential items from samples, medication, to mail.” The next time you see an Atlas van, remember the dedication, logistical planning and passion Lynsey and her team put in to delivering Atlas’ clinical and non-clinical transport service.

We’ll be meeting more members of the Atlas family over the coming months.