House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2018 - Full Report

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Institute of Couriers House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2018.

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.

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 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, 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.




Viscount Lord 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.


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Viscount, Lord Falkland hosts IOC 2018 Gowning ceremony at House of Lords 2018


John Hayes CBE

IOC new Vice President, former Transport Minister, John Hayes CBE.


Carl Lomas MBE


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 metre delivery, driven by e-commerce, driven by client; it sits in a new term called the client chain. Let me quote 2018 comments from 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, 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.

SEGRO CEO David Sleath  ‘Growth of the digital economy and e-commerce 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 Fellows' Addresses


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 TfGM Manchester. Fellows of the Institute have showcased in both consolidation and final mile electric. IOC chair of electric vehicles, Sam Clarke at Gnewt has pioneered electric final mile in the City of London and fellow Darren Walmsley 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.

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Sir Peter Hendy, IOC honorary fellow keynote to 2018 fellows gowning


Professor Liz Barnes, Vice Chancellor Staffordshire University

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. We at Staffordshire University alongside West London and Derby expect to be the amongst the very first to deliver the new express manager degree creating your next generation managers.

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Vice Chancellor, Prof. Liz Barnes, we will be one of the first Universities to deliver the Express Manager apprenticeship degree.


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 2018 Honorary Fellow, Leon Daniels


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Professor Ming Lim, Dean Chongqing University, new chair of the IOC Asia group


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Services to Industry Fellow Kate Lester, Diamond Logistics with IOC Founding Fellows Jeffrey Ritterband and Kevin Grey


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2018 Honorary Associate Member SSgt Shaun Stevenson 29 Rgt RLC with (L-R) Lt Col Richard Hallett, Lt Col Dave Miller, Lt Col Jane Hunter

2018 Fellows' hoods at the House of Lords


CEO Tracey Worth

IOC CEO, Prof. Tracey Worth MBA calls Fellows to the Institute for the 2018 line.


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Gerard Keenan CitySprint

Gerard is Finance Director for the CitySprint Group and has been a master of his craft since 1990.  Starting with the accountancy firm of Deloitte Touche, Gerard steered away from traditional accountancy and challenged his talents with television, holiday and hotel companies. Since 2004 he has taken to the demanding role as FD for Citysprint and has been a crucial cog in the growth of the company. His guidance and sound advice has created opportunity not only for the company but for the industry to follow in their footsteps. He is passionate about his craft and the future of our sector.

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Nick Cusworth APC, Courier Logistics

Nick started out his career as a plumber and this took him to work with John Lewis and in 1991 he became a self-employed courier. The legend begins. His courier company Courier Logistics was born and he hasn’t looked back since. Owning three depots now and having supported the industry network APC. So committed to the sector he took on the role of APC board member and then in 2016 became the Chairman of the APC Board. Dedication to the sector, his company and the network. Nick’s skills shine a light for others to follow. A great industry ambassador that we are proud to recognise today.

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Jason Gowan, Diamond Logistics

Jason’s proficient skills and charisma have successfully supported his achievements throughout his career. Selling houses, thank-you cards and foods led him to join REDSTAR in 1998. Redstar and Worldwide Express gave way to joining Diamond Logistics as the Network Development Manager in 2013 and now, with over 20 years of sector knowledge, Jason is showing others how to succeed in our sector. His passion and dedication to the express sector is the driving force of the future.

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Tony Mannix, Clipper

Tony’s career may have started as an architect with John Smiths Brewery but very quickly transferred to retail delivery at Burton Group, Homestyle and Furnishings place. Now three decades of retail delivery sector skills later, Tony joined Clipper Logistics as MD in 2004 and became CEO in 2014. Leading the sector in innovation of process, initiatives in return logistics and partnership ventures Tony was awarded Supply Chain Leader of the year at the Retail Week supply chain awards 2017.His passion for quality and innovation of last mile delivery is one the sector looks to follow.

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Jacqueline O’Donovan, O’Donovan Transport

Jacqueline was 17 when her father died, it was all hands to the pump, she rose to MD of O’Donovans. Age 17 Completing NEBOSH and then Management CPC at Willsden College. Jacqueline is presently working on a masters degree, she is livery of the Carmen, sits on the National FORS GSAG and can be found at the head of freight TfL tables, LoCity and CLOCS. Her quote to IOC, ‘We are fortunate that the profession is full of good characters and it becomes more a lifestyle than a job. Get your hands dirty and cover as many roles in the sector as quickly as you can.

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Michael Spence, Swift Group Logistics

Michael left school with the vision to work for himself. Choosing to set up M S Couriers Kent he successfully grew his business but when the opportunity rose to join a larger express logistics company Michael couldn’t resist. Joining Swift Logistics group in 2013 Michael has put his heart and soul into delivering a quality service. Now running the day to day operations of Swift Logistics Michael’s passion and lifetime experience sets the standard for others to follow.

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David Summerhayes, Planet Logistics

David left school to start on a YTS scheme with Readymix and over four years climbed the professional ladder, alas; it was not for him and he started his own company called Escort Express in 1990. His career was to flourish, Escort Couriers, Lynx Express and in 2000 his own company Planet Logistics. The sector is his, passionate about reactive same day delivery service David meets the sector head on. David’s skills and exceptional dedication to lead and provide for his clients is matched with our sector growth.

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Graham Thomas, Ocado

Graham has been working with fleets all his career. Starting out as a social carer you could say he still is. He cares for his fleet. How it works, how it runs, how it delivers and as importantly those who deliver. Everything about Graham comes from how he cares.  From early beginnings as a truck driver, Graham’s skills have transformed his career from yard supervisor, transport manager, logistics manager to his present role as Fleet Services Manager for Ocado. At the forefront of last mile delivery with the complication of 3rd party delivery and online application Graham has triumphed and led the way in fleet delivery. Graham has excelled in development of optimum vehicle specification that others will now follow. Sits on CLOCS, national FORS committee and attends heads of freight for both TfL and TfGM.

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Kevin Valentine, Addison Lee

Kevin is a team player whether it is for his family, his company or the sector. ‘looking to grow (my department) with the help of a great team’ is Kevin’s mantra. Never doubting that a career in delivery was what he wanted to do since leaving school, which he quotes as saying ‘should have done better’ led him to Addison Lee in the millennium. A team player that puts others first but still guides and leads with firm but gentle persuasion for others to achieve their best. Kevin attends TfL LoCity and heads of freight group for TfL.

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Tiemen van Bruggen, Post NL

Tiemen articulates his skills in econometrics and the effects of delivery. Starting out after university in warehousing and demand forecasting for the supply chain industry he has grown through TNT as Quantitative Manager, Project manager of Mail networks, head of TNT Post, Central Operations Director for Whistl and now Transformation Director for Post NL. Tiemen loves what he does and supports others to stretch for their goals and achieve their career dreams. His analytical skills improve the way we make our deliveries and use technology. Tiemen constantly looks for the next innovative process to deliver the best we can.

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Carole Walker, Hermes

Carole recently has taken the role of  CEO Hermes Europe from her previous role as CEO Hermes UK. Carole’s strong skill set has enabled her to rise through the ranks of Hermes with a passion that is contagious with all whom she works with. Dynamic leadership with a drive to succeed Carole includes everyone and supports others to grow within the industry. A keen supporter of women in transport she gives her support to outreach and young women in transport.


Gallery photos

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Life services fellow Jeffrey Ritterband, Lord Falkland, Carole Walker Hermes, Patrick Gallagher CitySprint


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Stuart Hurst UHY with Lt Col Jane Hunter


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Robert Massey Rush, Sean McGrae Tarmac


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Leon Gamble with guests


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Allison Kemp talks IOC Chartership with Harriet Ainsworth from Bircham Dyson Bell


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Cliff Webb and Tony Hawley


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Patricia Santos, City & Guilds


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Patrick Gallagher CitySprint in conversation with Lord Falkland, President IOC


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Michael Galvin


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Navin Sadanandan, Tim Clements and Kevin Grey P2P


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National APC group


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New IOC fellows Tony Mannix Clipper, Carole Walker Hermes with IOC chair Carl Lomas


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New IOC fellows Nick Cusworth, Carole Walker, Tony Mannix, Jacqueline O'Donovan with Carl Lomas
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