Peter Ward, CEO of UK Warehousing Association (UKWA), has announced his intention to step down after six years at the helm of the sector’s leading trade organisation. His successor will be named shortly.

Peter joined the Association in 2015, having held a series of major industry roles at director level with prominent companies within the sector. Since joining UKWA he has transformed the fortunes of the Association, substantially improving revenues, widening membership to encompass retail and manufacturing logistics users, and introducing significant new benefits to membership. During Peter’s tenure, UKWA membership has continued to grow strongly – even over the last twelve months, as the global pandemic and the impact of UK’s exit from the European Union created arguably the most challenging period since the Association’s inception during the Second World War.

Paying tribute to Peter’s contribution, Chair of the UKWA management board Nicola Ridges-Jones said, “As UKWA CEO Peter has been a passionate advocate for our industry, raising the profile of the Association within the sector and well beyond. His strong industry track record and undoubted leadership skills, combined with extraordinary energy and drive, have ensured that he leaves UKWA a thriving and successful organisation, ready to lead members through the fresh challenges ahead. We wish him every success as he steps into semi-retirement to pursue personal interests.”

As UKWA CEO, Peter has provided a ‘voice’ for the industry both at government and local authority level, ensuring the concerns and issues facing members and the wider logistics community have been recognised, understood, and acted upon. On his watch, UKWA has helped shape Government policy around the departure of the UK from the European Union and has guided members through the complexities of planned changes.

He has also fostered strong links with Transaid since taking on the role of CEO, and over the last six years UKWA has raised over £100,000, for the charity, including £75,000 pounds donated by members to mark the Association’s 75th milestone.
Commenting on his decision to step down, Peter said, “It has been my privilege to represent the warehousing and logistics sector as CEO of UKWA. I am proud to have been able to instigate change, drive improvement and help this great industry achieve the respect and recognition it deserves.”

He adds, “As we emerge from lockdown and adjust to the changes brought by Brexit, the world has changed. Having steered members through such turbulent times, I am ready to hand over the reins to my successor, who I am confident will continue to support members in negotiating the challenges of the ‘new world’ and seizing the exciting opportunities that now lie ahead.

In the meantime, I would like to express my thanks for the excellent support I’ve enjoyed from the UKWA management board, my hard-working executive team and, of course, the UKWA membership. I hope to ‘stay in touch’ with many friends and industry colleagues; and from the side-lines will continue to watch my beloved logistics industry, contributing wherever I can add value.”

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Pictured: UKWA CEO Peter Ward

Note for editors:
UK Warehousing Association
The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the warehousing and third-party logistics (3PL) sector.  The association’s 800+ member companies operate some 12 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK. For more details, visit www.ukwa.org.uk or contact pward@ukwa.org.uk

UKWA CEO Peter Ward comments on the Government’s agenda
In the Queen’s Speech yesterday, the Government outlined its priorities for the country post-pandemic and post-Brexit.

For the warehousing and logistics sector, there were some key takeaways. The emphasis on training and education, with the lifetime skills guarantee designed to boost jobs, was welcome news and resonates strongly with UKWA’s own agenda, which is focused on promoting career opportunities in what has become the fastest growing sector in our economy, and one that has taken centre stage during the last year of lockdown.

UKWA is also encouraged by the Government’s emphasis on trade, infrastructure and Freeports. As trade enablers and facilitators, logistics providers will be affected by the avowed intention to ‘put trade at the heart of Global Britain’, and we look forward to hearing in more detail what measures will be put into place to ‘level up’ for this industry. As e-commerce rises along with the imperative for greater digital integration and data security, the pressure will be on our community to invest, something we cannot do on current low margins without meaningful support from the Government.

Once again, planning reform was vaunted. Not surprisingly, the focus was as usual on house-building, which needs to be properly thought out. Every new home creates an additional doorstep delivery point, and so it is vital we see a fresh approach to national planning policy that includes logistics and will enable us to provide the essential services that have proved critical during national lockdown and are here to stay, becoming ever more important the ‘new world’.
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Pictured: UKWA CEO Peter Ward

Note for editors:
UK Warehousing Association
The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the warehousing and third-party logistics (3PL) sector.  The association’s 800+ member companies operate some 12 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK. For more details, visit www.ukwa.org.uk or contact pward@ukwa.org.uk

 

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is proud to be the lead sponsor for Transaid’s 2021 UK fundraising event, ‘Way of the Roses’, a 170-mile coast-to-coast cycling challenge, which will take place from 24-26 September 2021.

The international development organisation’s sixth UK cycling event challenges logistics and transport professionals to take part in the Morecambe to Bridlington adventure and raise money in support of Transaid’s work in sub-Saharan Africa, improving logistics safety and healthcare supply chains for communities across the region.

UKWA CEO Peter Ward said, “We are pleased to be able to support our chosen charity yet again this year by sponsoring the ‘Way of the Roses’ UK cycling challenge – an event more important than ever to Transaid this year as planned fundraising activity during 2020 was cancelled. In 2019, our own 75th Anniversary year, UKWA members raised £75,000 for the charity and we look forward to helping Transaid achieve a bumper year in 2021!”

This year’s challenge will involve two days of scenic cycling through the beautiful Lancashire countryside and Yorkshire Dales, before culminating in a much-deserved celebratory dinner for participants on the final night.

Riders will begin their adventure in the seaside town of Morecambe, setting off along the River Lune on a 77-mile journey to Harrogate, for a well-earned overnight stop. Day two will take the 95-mile-long leg through the historic walled city of York towards the final finish in Bridlington.

Speaking on behalf of Transaid, Head of Fundraising Florence Bearman, said “Our cycle challenges are always a sell-out, with a real sense of camaraderie among the riders – but most importantly because they are a fantastic chance for supporters to raise essential funds for our lifesaving programmes – a cause close to all our hearts. We are delighted to have long-time supporter UKWA on board as lead sponsor and cannot wait to welcome participating cycilsts back to the saddle in September.”

Entries for the ‘Way of the Roses’ challenge are encouraged from individuals and teams although space is limited and places are expected to fill up fast, so participants should sign up quickly to secure their place.

There is a registration fee of £99, with participants asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,000 to take part.

For more information about the challenge, and to sign up, contact Nicola Parkes on 07909 009568 or via email at nicola@transaid.org.

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NOTES FOR EDITORS

UK Warehousing Association
The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) is Britain’s leading trade organisation representing the warehousing and third-party logistics (3PL) sector. The association’s 800+ member companies operate some 12 million square metres of warehousing from around 2000 depots across the UK. For more details, visit www.ukwa.org.uk  or contact pward@ukwa.org.uk


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