Tony Mohan, the United Kingdom Warehousing Association’s incoming chairman, says UKWA has emerged from the recent recession in a position of strength and is determined to grow, either organically or through strategic alliances with other trade bodies.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to lead UKWA for the next two years, and very grateful to my company for giving me this opportunity to become more involved in the day-to-day running of a well respected trade body that is the voice of the third party logistics sector. These are exciting times for our industry and for UKWA. They are challenging times too.
As far as UKWA is concerned, many of our long-established officials are approaching retirement age, and one of my tasks is to persuade younger members of our industry to commit to playing an active role in the Association’s evolution.
The Association is also conscious that it operates in a commercial world and, to ensure that we continue to offer our members the kind of services that will deliver the most benefit to their business, we are currently engaged with Westminster University on a study programme – the main objective of which is to establish the needs of all categories of UKWA’s member companies, to help us develop a whole range of new value added services to ensure that membership of UKWA continues to represent an excellent value proposition. We shall be announcing the new services soon.
Generally speaking, the logistics industry is a dynamic place to be at the moment, with the rapid growth of e-commerce and the development of ports within the UK just two of the factors that are impacting on the way the sector operates.
So it is perhaps surprising that the industry still faces a skills shortage. To some extent, the skills shortage is an inevitable consequence of the image problem the sector has been struggling with in recent years and it is essential that logistics or supply chain – call it what you will – grabs the attention of our brightest school and university leavers and encourages more young people to make a conscious decision to enter the industry as a conscious career move.
UKWA will be working with partners such as Skills for Logistics in an attempt to address this issue.
We will also be seeking to promote our members within the corridors of power. For such a nationally important industry, the logistics industry has, it seems, always struggled to get its voice heard within Government departments and the ability to engage with Ministers on a broad range of issues is something that UKWA will be looking to develop.