An inspiring ex-pilot who works as a shift manager at Amazon’s delivery station in Birmingham has been named as one of three winners of the 2022 Amazon Stars programme, earning himself a personalised Dream Box prize worth £1,500.
Jack Moore has taken home one of the top prizes in this year’s Amazon Stars campaign, a UK-wide programme to thank employees who make an outstanding contribution to their community through volunteering, fundraising and using their unique skills and talents to help others.
Jack, who was nominated for the award by his colleagues, works to eliminate the barriers into the aviation industry for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. He and a group of volunteers take young people with a passion for flying on adventure flights over Birmingham to inspire them to fulfil their potential and encourage them to follow their dreams of becoming pilots.
Alongside his work as a mentor, Jack completes aerobatic flight challenges in aid of charities in the surrounding area. One of these charities is Little Hearts Matter, the only national UK charity offering specialised support to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition. The charity is important to Jack as it supported his friend during a difficult time. Last year, these events raised over £1,000 for a range of charities.
As part of his personalised Dream Box prize, Jack received an overnight stay and two VIP tickets to a major snooker event. Jack has fond memories of his father bringing him to play snooker at their local club, and whilst other children were interested in football or rugby, it was the sport he followed avidly growing up. He has also won a donation of £500 on his behalf to Little Hearts Matter.
Speaking after learning that he’d won one of this year’s Amazon Star awards, Jack said: “The support I receive from Amazon to pursue my passion for mentoring young people is excellent, and the ethos for community engagement on site is incredible. The team is always excited to hear about my adventure flights, and I can’t believe I’ve won an Amazon Star award because of them - it’s an honour to have even been nominated!”
Birmingham-based Jack has worked at Amazon since January this year, starting as a yard marshall supervisor before moving into his current role as an operations shift manager. Before starting his career at Amazon, Jack was a commercial airline pilot. He decided to make the move to Amazon during the first lockdown of the pandemic when he found himself out of work, as he felt it would be a challenge and he wanted to learn more about logistics.
As an ex-airline pilot, Jack is passionate about aviation and diversifying the industry by providing opportunities for people from a wider range of backgrounds. He said: “I’m so glad to give back and provide opportunities for young people that may not have thought about their career or their potential.
“Many years ago, aviation was a closed-off industry, but I hope that through my charity work we can open it up and make careers in aviation possible for children from underprivileged backgrounds. I want them to believe that they can succeed at whatever they set their minds to – because they can!”
Ant Moore, Delivery Station Manager at Amazon in Birmingham, added: “Jack’s efforts in the community are inspiring and we’re so pleased that he’s been rewarded with an Amazon Star award. Jack is a highly valued member of the team here at Amazon in Birmingham and we’re proud of everything he’s achieved by going the extra mile for a cause he cares so deeply about.”
Now in its third year, Amazon Stars is a UK-wide campaign that recognises and rewards Amazon employees who make an outstanding contribution to the local community by using their skills, time and knowledge to help others.
Amazon employees in the company’s UK operations network do exceptional work to deliver for customers. Many of them have been combining their great work at Amazon with serving their communities through volunteering their time, raising funds and much more.
In 2020, to recognise and reward the Amazon heroes going the extra mile for others, Amazon created the Amazon Stars programme. At the end of each year, employees are called to nominate colleagues who have done outstanding work inside and outside of Amazon.
Hundreds of nominations were received in the UK this year, with inspiring stories of employees working to meet the needs of colleagues, customers and communities.