Alex Knowles is the Managing Director of transport, storage and logistics firm, Knowles.
“King’s Ely will always be a very special place to me as so many of my developmental years were spent within the school’s ecosystem. I joined Acremont House, aged 4, and went all the way through Junior School and Senior School. Given the 14-year period I spent at King’s Ely, it would be very difficult to not attribute a significant portion of credit to the school for helping me to get to where I am today.
“Following King’s Ely, I attained an honours degree in Business and Management before embarking on an exciting and challenging career in logistics and supply chain. After nearly 10 years in the sector and going through various operational and senior management roles, I am now Managing Director of one of the largest logistical service providers in the UK. Since taking over the role; creating and cultivating a new leadership team and culture, we have achieved significant growth in the food logistics sector whilst diversifying into other modes of logistics and also commercial property services.
“King’s Ely has a really strong Business and Economics Department, which is where I first discovered a natural flair for the study of business. I remember the teachers at school being dedicated to supporting students to push themselves to achieve the very best they could, whether that be academically or on the sports field, where there were also fantastic facilities and coaching available. In fact, learning and playing football at King’s Ely has enabled me to go on and play at a semi-professional level for a number of years since leaving school.
“However, the largest influence that King’s Ely has had on me is in the teaching of life skills and the development of emotional intelligence. In business, people buy people, and King’s Ely is a school that really teaches you the value of social interactions and relationships. Twelve years on, my closest friends are still the ones I made at school and this really is testament to the King’s Ely culture.”