Sixty-six years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, 200 guests, a new Vice President; former minister John Hayes CBE joined Steve Norris and David Jamieson as a Vice President. Twelve fellows of the IoC were ceremonially gowned by Viscount, Lord Falkland on the terrace of the Lords via Black Rod’s gate. Guests from DfT DWP and DfE amongst TfL and TfGM with the Master Carmen.

Trio of colonels celebrate hon membership for National Courier Award winner staff Sgt Shaun

The 2018 Honorary Fellow was surface transport guru Leon Daniels. Professor Ming Lim was elected IOC chair for Asia group for the IOC. Services to industry winners, Jeffrey Ritterband, Kevin Grey & Justin Moore joined Lord Falkland as Kate Lester of Diamond Logistics was honoured with her services to industry hood.

Ssgt Shaun Stevenson 29 Regiment RLC took honorary Associate Membership from his National Courier Award. Lt Col Dave Miller and Lt Col Richard Hallet OBE RLC joined Lord Falkland and Lt Col Jane Hunter to present the award.

Girl Power in the line as IOC CEO Tracey Worth closed the 2018 line calling Carole Walker boss of Hermes for a 2018 fellows hood. CitySprint director, Gerard Keenan & Addison Lee head of courier, Kevin Valentine joined Tony Mannix from Clipper and Graham Thomas from Ocado to take 2018 hoods. Jason Gowan Diamond Logistics, David Summerhayes Planet Logistics, Tiemen van Bruggen, Post NL – Dutch Post, Michael Spence Swift Group & Nick Cusworth for APC formed part of the 2018 dozen ceremonial hoods. Existing fellows took line in tradition to welcome the new twelve. 2018 looks a year to remember as Express numbers continue their explosion and top talk from the top players was at the fingertips in the network event of final mile, courier and express for 2018.

Honorary Fellows of the IOC present included Sir Peter Hendy, chairman Network Rail, Vice Chancellor of the University of Staffordshire, Prof. Liz Barnes and Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell. The Master Carmen was present, LMU Dean Prof. Simon Jones Dean of Guildhall School of Business alongside DfT, DfE & DWP officials making a transport and trailblazer and compliance showcase for express and courier.

The evening of celebration. Viscount Falkland President IoC. ‘The Institute has become a family of the courier sector, a truly expanding and evolving sector. Joining our Vice presidents Steve Norris and David Jamieson, we welcome a new vice president for 2018, former minister John Hayes.’ ‘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.’ ‘This evening is about individuals, those who have stepped forward to be recognised as individual fellows of the institute. With common goal for best practice and excellence in developing and promoting the sector of final mile, express delivery and courier.’

Carl Lomas MBE Chairman IoC, ‘The IOC is the only body focused on express today.’ Outside our world I endlessly get asked the question, what is this thing called Express? Express is final mile, final meter delivery, driven by e-commerce, driven by client, it sits in a new term called the client chain.’ Let me quote 2018 comments of our industry.

Patrick Gallagher, ceo CitySprint, ‘Our responsibility to the environment has never been greater’ Ian Wainright former TFL ‘The client must recognise delivery is not free of charge’

Nick Langdon boss of Royal Mail parcels, ‘Express is exploding’ Mike Cooper, new ceo Yodel ‘This will be year of change’

Justin Opie, md IMRG: ‘Over the past few years Black Friday has consistently demonstrated a remarkable capacity for shifting in terms of size and scale.’

David Sleath, SEGRO ceo, ‘Growth of the digital economy and ecommerce are likely to underpin occupier demand for some time to come’

Nick Beighton, ceo ASOS ‘We achieved an exceptional performance in the UK with the launch of Try Before You Buy and ASOS Instant, our same day delivery proposition.’

Honorary Fellow Address – Sir Peter Hendy, chairman Network Rail, ‘The Institutes commitment to LoCity, challenge of clean air and congestion has been hugely interactive with govt from TFL to TFGM Manchester, fellows of the Institute have showcased in both consolidation and final mile electric. IOC chair of electric vehicle, Sam Clarke at Gnewt has pioneered electric final mile in the City of London and fellow Darren Warmsley has evolved consolidation models for M25 shuttles into Central. Tracey Worth engaged with STAT and the Institute working at the heart of the Trailblazer apprenticeships in Express.