Miles Vartan

Miles Vartan

Managing Director

Miles is a senior operational and programme change manager, with extensive Health & Safety experience developed within warehousing, manufacturing & supply chain industries as well as getting unique experience of running a rail terminal and working within the port industry.

Miles is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, with more than thirty years’ experience working at senior logistical and strategic business management level in progressive and developing companies. This experience has formed the bedrock of setting up his own Health & Safety Consultancy with the mission to stop people from getting hurt and to improve the safe operations of companies that he works for, resulting in these companies experiencing an improvement in their overall commercial performance through effective risk management.

Neil Bird

Neil Bird

Manager

With over thirty years experience in the freight and logistics industry and a background working with clearance agents, freight forwarders and shipping lines, Neil has gathered a wealth of knowledge regarding the international supply chain, transport and, in particular, Customs clearance procedures and processes. During this time Neil also managed a Customs warehouse and Customs clearance bureau.

Neil specialises in working directly with importers to assist with duty management advising on classification, valuation, Customs procedures and preferential origin to ensure duty payments were correct and that the importer was compliant with all current legislation. This enables importers to manage their compliance within the ever increasing complexity of Customs regulation, plan their Customs related activities to achieve the lowest possible duty cost, recover overpaid duties and resolve any disputes with Customs authorities.

Neil also assists clients with AEO consultancy, from initial gap analysis to project managing AEO applications through to accreditation and implementation.

Steven Eley

Steven Eley

Consultant

With over 15 years experience in freight forwarding & warehousing, Steven brings with him an extensive knowledge of warehouse management, including Customs Warehousing and Temporary Storage (ETSF).

Steven holds a NEBOSH diploma in Health & Safety. With an already impressive background in this area, he specialises in all areas of Health & Safety, risk, threat & fire assessments as well as instilling a pro-active approach & positive H&S culture in every company that he works with.

Steven also consults on Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status, heading up remote projects and providing support to the Vartan team.

Liz Wiles

Liz Wiles

Customs Compliance Support Manager

Well respected across the industry and with over 30 years experience in the freight forwarding industry, Liz’s specialism is in customs clearance processes and procedures – where she has previously headed up her own team.

Liz prides herself on being up to date with the latest legislation whilst bringing a friendly, down to earth approach with her in the ever-changing Customs environment. Meticulous with detail, Liz’s expertise and approach are a huge asset to the team.

Liz also provides comprehensive Customs Training, assists clients with their AEO applications and provides ongoing support to clients and the Vartan team.

Ronak Vashi

Ronak Vashi

Consultant

With nearly ten years in the freight forwarding & logistics industry, Ronak has gained extensive knowledge of both import & export operations, which has enabled him to develop and execute value added supply and logistical programs.

Ronak has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration which has provided him with a good insight into the world of freight & logistics.

Having worked as a point of contact for carriers, customs and government agencies, this has made Ronak an expert in navigating customs compliance and the logistical complexities of the global market, that comes with it.

Ronak is also responsible for helping Vartan’s clients in achieving AEO status by assisting in the application process, which includes project preparation, all the way through to submission & authorisation.

Sue Jerstice

Sue Jerstice

Office Manager

Sue has worked in East Anglia for nearly thirty years. Although Sue has predominantly worked in Recruitment and HR, she also has a comprehensive understanding of the logistics industry, including compliance and project management.

As the Office Manager, based in Felixstowe, Sue is the main point of contact for clients, handling enquiries, managing client accounts and ensuring that any incoming communications are addressed by a consultant promptly.

Sue brings the Vartan team together with her administration and organisational skills.

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