House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2019 - Full report

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House of Lords terrace packed full in post Feb heatwave

IOC Fellows' Gowning has full house Hon fellows turnout

Youngest fellow ever in the 2019 dozen, family of final mile.

Hottest Feb on record filled the outside terrace of the House of Lords with fellows of the Institute of Couriers for the March 1st sold out full house express delivery event of the year.

Institute of Couriers 2019 fellows' gowning, a life services hood & a new hon fellow to make the twelve ceremonial fellows for 2019 in a year that saw the youngest fellow ever elected to the institute, Scott King, age 24, CitySprint. Welcomed by Viscount, Lord Falkland, president of the Institute of Couriers in a rousing speech of engagement.

Keynote by TfL boss commissioner Mike Brown MVO, Hon fellow of the Institute of Couriers, talking clean air and ULEZ for the Sixty-seventh year since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne. From A to W for the ceremonial twelve of 2019. Viscount Falkland, instructed Tracey Worth, IOC chief exec to ceremonially gown twelve fellows of the IOC on the terrace of the House of Lords to a full house of all things express, final mile courier that began with A for Ashworth, Neil Ashworth Collect Plus and finished with Wilson, Darren Wilson DPD in a ceremony that saw the youngest fellow ever elected, age 24 Scott King from CitySprint.


The 2019 ceremonial fellows dozen


Carolyn Dwyer, honorary fellow 2019, City of London Corporation

Adrian Smith, services to industry hood, Swift Logistics

Neil Ashworth Collect plus

Rosie Bailey, CitySprint

Richard Ball, Clipper

Alistair Deas MBE, former Brigadier Royal Logistics Corps.

Adrian Harris, Yodel

Scott King CitySprint

Jason Kirkup, Diamond Logistics

Carl Lyon, Hermes

Lt Col Paul Vickerman, RLC

Nick Wells, Whistl

Darren Willson, DPD


WO Toni Hill, National Courier Award military winner, RLC Honorary associate member 2019


Tracey Worth chief exec of the IOC asked fellows there present to join the line of fellows of the Institute to welcome the new dozen of 2019. Master Carmen, Steve Britt present made the line for a just in time delivery of the welcome of new fellows that has become one of the most ceremonial events of courier, final mile in the UK.


First to walk the fellows line in alphabetic order was Ashworth, Neil Ashworth. In tradition of the IOC, once gowned, the new fellow walks the line of old to be welcomed into the IOC family of fellows of express delivery.

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A for Ashworth, alphabetic order, first fellow to walk the 2019 line, Neil Ashworth, Collect Plus.

The 2019 IOC ceremonial fellows' gowning enjoyed world-wide networking to catch up with fellows, friends and industry as guests talked down-under electric from Bob Black's latest thousand EVS at Australia Post to Madrid sustainable cities and Dutch NL Post with Tiemen Van Bruggen.

IOC chairman, Carl Lomas MBE welcomed guests from GLA, TfL including James Smith, Donata MacCrossan and Peter Binham, DVSA Sharon O'Brian, DWP Alex Farkas, IoD David Stringer Lamarre, DfT Philip Martin and the Master Carmen Steve Britt and employment law guru Melanie Stancliffe from Irwin Mitchell. Lomas asked for an applause of celebration for IOC fellow, Graham Thomas, Ocado, this week's winner of Which final mile grocery delivery of food to home address before talking agenda of the IOC, employment status, clean air and education.

Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell spoke with motivation before introducing the 2019 hon fellow of the Institute of couriers, director of City of London Corporation, Carolyn Dwyer spoke clean air in the City of London for express delivery.

Life services gown to Adrian Smith of Swift Logistics drew a standing ovation, Adrian celebrated with fellow life services winner Jeffery Ritterband as the golden hoods wowed the expert focus of the express sector.

IOC Chair, Carl Lomas opened the event with a look at the agenda for client chain final mile.

Parcel volumes continue to explode. Projects of the IOC include understaning the perception of value of free delivery; in Coventry this week we took almost 500 surveys of delivery value from logisticians at the Intralogistex trade show and we will be reporting data over a five year survey before summer. IOC continues to develop a pledge, a code of practice, ‘doing the right thing in final mile and work continues with our steps to chartership. ‘the IOC big ticket agenda items for 2018 included employment status, education & clean air. Employment status saw 100 thousand vans at our heads of industry table, Irwin Mitchell partner, courier law guru, Melanie Stancliffe is with us this evening. Education, the L2 driver apprenticeship is ready and Tracy Aust from West Thames is here to talk delivery opportunities. Clean Air, IOC is proud to chair the TfL LoCITY group and welcomes Mike Brown to speak.’

Address by Viscount Falkland President IoC. The Institute has become a family of the courier sector, a truly expanding and evolving sector.


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. Particularly recognising excellence.

I returned again to Guildhall last year to see the IOC motorcycle courier bike branded for trade in the City of London by the Carmen, I welcome their Master here this evening. 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. I introduce our Hon Fellow for this evening's address, Mike Brown, Commissioner for Transport for London TfL.


Mike Brown, Commissioner, Transport for London,

Mike Brown spoke apprenticeships in Express, diversity and clean air before welcoming new hon fellow Carolyn Dwyer.

Recognise the power of the apprentice within your workforce. Employers of the Express sector forged ahead with the creation of Level 2 and Level 6 Express Trailblazer apprenticeship qualifications, at the forefront of the transport and logistics trailblazer successes. I appeal you to utilize this qualification; take up the opportunity within levy to support those who will be following in Fellows footsteps. The next generation built on design not just experience.

The year of Diversity -Driving Transport and logistics forward will be launched in May, Tracey Worth leading the initiative for a greater and stronger workforce built on Diversity and Inclusion. Through the year events will be held to enable and support you as employers of the sector to think differently and support a diverse and inclusive workforce supporting the excellence in our industry.

The City of London has shown the world a ‘clean pair of heels’ leading the world in clean air initiatives. London, TfL are committed to you as a family and as an industry and these initiatives are here to help our commitment to clean air. The Hon Fellow tonight Carolyn Dwyer is testimony to this.


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TfL boss, Mike Brown delivers clean air keynote to IOC fellows' gowning 2019


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2019 Hon fellow elected, Carolyn Dwyer joins the line of IOC with Viscount Lord Falkland and chairman Carl Lomas MBE.


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2019 Hon associate member to National Courier Award winner WO Toni Hill Royal Logistics Corps.


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Ede and Ravenscroft golden gowns, life services. Jeffrey Ritterband congratulates Adrian Smith appointed 2019


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Tracey Worth talks diversity in Express workforce at House of Lords Fellows' Gowning 2019


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Master Carmen Steven Britt with Fellows on the terrace of the gowning event


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David Stringer-Lamarre, Present IoD London Region Chairman with IOC President Viscount, Lord Falkland


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Fellows Alistair Cochrane, Whistl and Tony Mannix, Clipper Logistics chat in the Gowning network


2019 Fellows nominations


Neil Ashworth

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Neil Ashworth is the CEO of Collect Plus. Neil started in retail logistics with the Co-op, Hallmark and that iconic brand of Woolworths. From 2006 Neil took a challenging role with Tesco’s that saw him develop the strategic and tactical non-food operational capabilities for Tesco. A strong believer in education Neil holds roles with Cranfield University, Nottingham University and Non Executive roles with CILT, Transform and Princess Anne’s charity for transport – Transaid.
From 2013 Neil has lead the growth of Collect Plus which provides a store-based parcel delivery service and is a force for our industry and we thank him for his contribution to the education of our next generation.


Rosie Bailey

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Rosie started in our industry with the company Target Express. Spending eight years managing and driving forward a growing depot she then moved on to City Link.

A sector specific strategically focused role in which she was instrumental in driving strategic focus, building key partnerships and managing a team of strategically focused Account Managers.
Then after only 2 years she saw the opportunity to expand her skills and experience new challenges and took up the role of Client Service Manager for CitySprint.

You might say the rest is history as her achievements show as she became head of client services, head of customer services and then asked to take her place on the board of CitySprint as the Director of Customer Management.

Rosie leads with passion and is such a strong influencer that we are delighted to see her recognised in our sector



Richard Ball

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1991 and his first job was as a transport clerk at Lowfield Distribution, a distribution provider for Sainsbury’s in the South East. This role was obtained to bridge a gap between his accountancy studies, however he really enjoyed, the challenge it gave and from that point on he was hooked in the world of logistics

1993 Crome International Transport a number of roles which saw Richard working within the transport teams, in-house workshops and retail distribution. This change of job roles saw Richard relocate to Leeds.

Fast forward to 2015 and the new job role of MD for a newly formed partnership with John Lewis and Clipper Logistics. Developing Clinklink Logistics to provide shared user platform for high street retail deliveries. Richard now enjoys a wide responsibility for operations across Clipper Logistics



Alistair Deas MBE

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Former Brigadier of HM Forces Deputy Chief of Staff with the Allied Rapid Reaction Corp for NATO for three years
Senior British Officer for United States Security co-ordinator of Palestine for two years and prior to that many years Armed Forces lead for Logistics.
Currently liaison for civilian Defence work.

Alistair has been played a key role bringing the military as we engage today to the civilian industry and his expertise is now being fully utilised to ensure a strong and integrated communication between our two worlds.


Scott King

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Knowledge and experience don’t always come with age and Scott King is evidence of this. A young man who joined the industry from school and has flourished.

Taking on all the challenges presented to him he has been quickly promoted and made successes of new roles with ease. From the Operations Co-ordinator to Operations Manager of a national sameday service CitySprint his skills inspire and motivate those who rely on him and those who work for him.


Jason Kirkup

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Starting as a delivery driver for Securicor Omega Express Jason has shown sameday is in his blood.

Racking up the miles he then moved to the warehouse taking on the night time shift, to warehouse manager and then in 2013 he met Diamond Logistics. Taking on Warehouse Night Manager he was eventually encouraged to change hours and become Depot Manager to then take over the largest depot at Guildford. The client focus is important to Jason and he leads his team to ensure that our sector provides a service that is a solution to a client’s needs. No one would disagree as a UK Karate Champion he has a firm hand to make sure stuff gets done right.


Lt Col Paul Vickerman

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Paul for the last 6 months has been the Head of British Forces Post Office and Courier Services. A service provision that within a year will deliver over 1.5million items to more than 200 overseas sites as well as to extensive UK deliveries.

As a Staff Officer Paul is responsible for policy and planning activity underpinning delivery of Postal Courier Services supporting Defence Tasks across the globe. He is the primary advisor to Headquarters Navy, Army, Royal Air Force, Joint Forces Command and the Permanent Joint Headquarters for operational planning. Advisor to Exercise Programme and other Defence tasks as well as the Principal Advisor to MOD Head Office on all things Postal. Paul is indeed the facilitator between military and civilian postal services


Darren Wilson

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One should never understate the achievements of a single individual to a company and to the sector. Darren has been with Dpd for 25 years and currently holds the position of Director Designate Central Operations - DPD Group.

Since 1994 Darren has held many different roles within the group, Head of Projects, Head of Linehaul, Head of Network or as National Hub Manager, each role has been accepted and devoured by the tenacity, diligence and application of his skills. Darren clearly has shown express parcel delivery is his life and we are delighted he represents our industry


WO Toni Hill

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