By John Maguire, National Chairman, UKWA
I am both delighted and honored to take on the role of UKWA Chairman. Following in the footsteps of Derrick Potter who has led the Association so expertly and with unstinting commitment and passion for the last four years will be no easy task, but I will endeavor to carry on Derrick’s excellent work and, in doing so, ensure that the Association continues to evolve to meet the ever changing needs of the modern logistics industry.
My appointment represents something of a departure from the traditional profile of a UKWA chairman in so far as I am the first representative from a company whose core-business is not third party logistics, to take up the position.
My company – Flexi Narrow Aisle Ltd – is a supplier to the 3PL sector and, in many ways, my appointment as your new chairman reflects the fact that UKWA’s ranks have swollen significantly in recent years thanks to an influx of a host of materials handling equipment and service providers.
Of course, the overwhelming majority of UKWA’s members remain third party warehousing and logistics services companies, but the increasing number of suppliers – as well as own account warehouse operators – who are drawn to the Association is helping to ensure that UKWA achieves its stated aim of becoming representative of the whole supply chain community.
I very much look forward to meeting as many members as possible during my term of office and will strive to uphold UKWA’s long and proud tradition and ensure that the Associations becomes an ever more powerful voice for the whole industry.