Steve Holland

Director

One half of the founding Directors of AFS, I’ve been involved in freight forwarding since the 1980’s. I put down my school textbook, started a YTS role in operations and have been involved in the industry ever since. After a long spell with one freight forwarder, Alan and I began AFS in 2007 and we’ve never looked back. The satisfaction of playing a key role in the growth and success of our clients is the part of this job that I truly relish.

When I’m not co-ordinating deadline deliveries or liaising with our overseas partners then I’m either at home with the family, on the touchline watching rugby union or off into the mountains to keep my hand in on the slopes.

Alan Harrison

Director

My first job was as a 16-year-old warehouseman in St Helens. Several years later I have worn pretty much every hat there is to wear in freight forwarding and logistics. From driving forklifts and 18 tonne curtain siders to passing a qualification in freight forwarding and working for the world’s largest shipping line. I converted to life as a freight forwarder and 27 years later I still have enormous passion for the industry.

Setting up in partnership with Steve and forming AFS meant we were able to look after our clients exactly the way we wanted to. Many of our clients from day one are still with us today, this is something I’m immensely proud of. In terms of challenges, I love nothing more than getting my teeth into a complex cross trade or an obscure project shipment. Away from my desk I enjoy watching football and travelling amongst many hobbies; but more importantly spending valuable time with my family.

Victoria Higgins

Finance Director

From joining the business in its first year to take over control of the accounts from Alan, to 13 years down the line as FD overseeing Finance, HR, IT and generally keeping everyone in line. I’ve worked in accounting and finance for many years but the challenge of handling multiple roles at AFS is what keeps me engaged although sometimes tests my sanity.

My proudest moment has been seeing the growth, development and expansion of AFS over the years and the excitement of seeing where the new team and brand may take us. I love being outdoors with my family, arranging social engagements with friends or relishing some rare peace and quiet with a good book.

Chris Higgins

Head of Business Development

My role in the AFS team is to champion growth, develop new business opportunities and oversee the marketing strategy of the business. With a background outside of the shipping industry, my challenge is to bring in different approaches to growing our business and provide a platform to showcase the diverse range of talent and experience we have in our ranks.

Outside of the office you’ll find me heavily involved in the sporting world with my young family, on the beach in North Wales or heading towards a karaoke machine.

Leah Olufunwa

Import Operations

My role within the AFS Imports Team is to deliver a consistently high level of customer service to each our of clients, whilst handling their imports from pre alert level, right through to final delivery in the UK.
My area of focus within our team is to ensure all shipments are loaded into our import freight system for tracking & clearance purposes, sending out arrival notices to clients and finally planning the transport to the consignee. With almost 10 years’ experience in both sea freight imports & account management, I relish working alongside such experienced colleagues, with the same positive attitude and outlook towards delivering an outstanding level of customer service.

In my own time I enjoy family day trips out with my young daughter. If we’re not at the park, then you’ll probably find us at the cinema.

Chris Simmons

Import Operations

Proud member of the import operations team, delivering industry leading customer service. Facilitating the smooth handling of import consignments from arrival UK to ultimate final delivery. Specifically involved in pre-vessel arrival processing, ERTS warehouse processing, transport planning, customs clearance and HMRC compliance, as well as assisting our Air Imports team.

Almost 2 decades of experience in both import and export supported by multimodal freight forwarding qualifications. At AFS, each team member has their own strengths and experiences and results in our team being truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Away from the office you will find me heavily involved in the world of amateur dramatics and musical theatre, completing various home improvement/DIY projects or looking for my next adventure with my wife and the twins.

Rob Flannery

Import Operations

I’m one of the longest serving members of the AFS ops team having joined in the business in the Autumn of 2012. Having left college, I worked for two different forwarders prior to making the move to AFS and since joining, I haven’t looked back.
In the office I manage our 5,4,3,2,1 process of ensuring that customer deliveries are always on our hauliers’ radar and I check each day to make sure all is in order. I cover all essential processes closest to the cargo landing, clearing and being delivered as well as booking LCL deliveries and providing customers with regular progress updates.

An ankle injury has put a delay on my return to fell running having completed a Snowdonia race and also the Manchester marathon in the last few years. However, with baby number one on the way, I imagine that my spare time will be reduced and so I’ll make do with taking Sergio Bernardo Raheem Flannery to watch our beloved Blues.

**Baby James has since joined the AFS Global family, so you can see that Rob wasn't successful with his proposed names...

Darren Kirkham

Export Operations

I head up the AFS exports department and so I’m heavily involved with our clients that trade globally from their UK headquarters. I’ve worked in the logistics industry for 30 years in nearly every conceivable role.

With experience in business development, operations and service management I’ve worked with a wide range of clients and handled every type of cargo with significant involvement in moving dangerous goods.

James Hunter

Accounts Assistant

New to the AFS team in 2019, my role is to support and assist Victoria by undertaking a range of financial tasks. Keeping suppliers happy with invoice payments, preparing new client reports for the sales team to analyse as well liaising with overseas partners. I started my career counting notes and coins in a cash warehousing role which required high level security.

With an appetite for personal development I have recently started studying for my CIMA qualifications and enjoy dipping back into part time education. Personal hobbies include strategy games, board games and an unshakeable desire to travel into space!

Jordan Parker

Import Operations

The newest member of the AFS Global team, my career started after school with a role in baggage handling at Manchester airport and progressed through several other roles in and around the industry. Taking the opportunity to develop my career I enrolled for a freight training scheme, thoroughly enjoying developing my knowledge and skills, culminating in a qualification in freight management.
Now, truly a multimodal operator, 18 years on I still get a buzz from working with clients, making sure their shipments are landed, cleared and delivered on plan. My experience with imports, exports, projects and compliant customs clearances means that I’m able to support our customers across all types of shipping.
A mad Man City fan and long-term season ticket holder with my lads, my love of sport even extends to my role as Captain of Wilmslow Sports and Social Crown Green Bowling B-Team. A music enthusiast, family man and always interested in a good social.