Meet The Owners

Meet The Owners

Meet the Owners!

Darren Ryan – Director

Darren Ryan started his career as an apprentice and now runs Morrison Freight with co-director Lee Steward.

As a boy he had spent his summers helping his Dad in his warehousing business and, with that experience under his belt, he left school and got himself a place at the International Trade College where he studied for his NVQ in International Trade and Services.

His first job was with Denholm International Freight Ltd in Felixstowe at the age of 16 on pay of just £29 a week, starting on the Eastern European Department before moving to the German department.

It was during this time that Darren and Lee first met and, at the age of 22, they both moved to work at Morrison Freight.

Darren gained experience working on the Import, Export, South European, Warehousing and German departments.

He also got his hands dirty helping with handballing, the loading and unloading of containers and achieving a forklift license so he could unload containers and be on the ‘front line’ of daily operations.

In April 2015 Darren and Lee made the joint decision to buy the business and completed a management buyout and became directors, with a vision of taking the company forward.

Within our first two years they completed a Business Growth Programme with Cranfield School of Management and created a ten-year plan for the business.

Darren also completed a Transport Manager Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) and DGSA qualification.

Lee Steward – Director

Lee Steward runs Morrison Freight with co-director Darren Ryan.

The pair met while working for Denholm International Freight Ltd in Felixstowe and, at the age of 22, they both moved to work at Morrison Freight.

Lee gained experience working on both the import and export sides of the business and became particularly interested in bespoke logistics.

His resourceful, driven nature has helped push through innovative solutions for many of the company’s customers, including the inter-modal service which allows freight to travel part of the way by train – a cost-effective option for many clients.

In April 2015 Lee and Darren made the joint decision to buy the business and completed a management buyout and became directors, with a vision of taking the company forward.

Within our first two years they completed a Business Growth Programme with Cranfield School of Management and created a ten-year plan for the business.

Since then Lee has been instrumental in future-proofing the business with heavy investment in recruitment and training.