Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye was awarded the hon fellowship hood of the Institute of Couriers in standing room only to recognise excellence in the express industry. Sixty-five years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne the gala evening ceremony of recognition for best of the best in the courier &express final mile sector was a sold out success. As has become the tradition of the Institute, new Fellows were ceremonially gowned alongside the honorary fellow by IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland. National Courier Award winner, reserves army, Sgt Dean Channell received an hon associate membership and to round the evening a life time services hood was awarded to former National Courier Awards chair, Justin Moore, CitySprint making the dozen hoods of 2017. Hon Fellows, Sir Peter Henday and Vice Chancellor, Prof Liz Barnes gave key note speeches, road, compliance and qualifications issues on the agenda before John Holland- Kaye talked freight at the port of Heathrow and the importance of express to the UK economy. Inst of Directors City chair David Stringer- Lamare concluded with words for the guests on economic sustainability of logistics.

Viscount Falkland President IoC. said: “The Institute has become a family of the courier sector, a truly expanding and evolving sector. I returned again to Guildhall last year to see the IOC motorcycle courier bike branded for trade in the City of London. Such events showcase the nature of fellows interaction between City, ceremonial and operational delivery. It has been a great pleasure to see the Institute evolve and to do so in the most professional manner.’

Carl Lomas MBE Chairman IoC, said: “This evening is about individuals, those who have stepped forward to be recognised as individual fellows of the Institute. With common goals for best practice and excellence in developing and promoting the sector of final mile, express delivery and courier.”

Honorary Fellow Address –

John Holland Kay, CEO Heathrow Airport. Hon fellow 2017 talks ports in the UK – ‘Heathrow is the largest freight airport in the UK. Home delivery evolution is driven by access of urgent goods, Heathrow Airport is committed to support of final mile solutions to your clients.’

Sir Peter Hendy, chairman Network Rail, ‘The Institute’s commitment to LoCity, challenge of clean air and congestion has been hugely interactive with govt from TFL to Manchester and TFGM, fellows of the Institute have showcased in both consolidation and final mile electric. Clean air is a challenge to be met.’

Prof Liz Barnes Vice Chancellor Staffordshire Univ, said: “It has been a great pleasure to see this evolving sector grasp and embrace learning to move forward in its emergence to clients demanding ever more service in deliveries generated from the internet shift of shopping to home delivery.

The latest Trailblazer work chaired by Justin Moore will stand the sector in excellent position to form a next generation workforce, from both operational level 2 to managers with degree apprenticeships and even a Masters level 7 in strategic express management.”

2017 fellows hoods at the House of Lords in alphabetic order. Simon Baker CitySprint Ian Beattie Knights of Old Debbie Charlton, Swift despatch Liverpool Tim Clements APC, Team Express Logstics Brett Duxbury, Lt Colonel, BFPO, Royal Logistics Corps, Army Richard England, Cambridge Courier Company Conor Ormsby, Hermes Rosanna Scott, GLH Darren Walmsley, Top Flight Martin Woodcock, Tarmac

Institute of Couriers is the govt stakeholder organisation for the Express delivery and courier sector. Latest research on ‘how do people shop online’ – Recent reports from the three national trade shows, IntralogisteX, CV and Multimodal can all be found on the IoC web. IoC works with TfGM and TfL with their LoCity programme for alternative fuel final mile solutions. Facilitating the Trailblazer employer group for Express qualifications with DfE and aligned with DWP for next generation workforce. A host of key sector dates with more detail on the web.