House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2017 - Full report

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Institute of Couriers House of Lords New Fellows' Gowning 2017.

Sixty-five years since Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne, Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye was awarded the honorary fellowship hood of the Institute of Couriers in a gala evening ceremony of recognition of the best-of-the-best in the courier, express and final mile sector.

As has become the tradition of the Institute, ten new Fellows were ceremonially gowned alongside the honorary fellow by IoC President Viscount, Lord Falkland.

National Courier Award winner, Army Reserve Sgt Dean Channell received an honorary associate membership and to round the evening a lifetime services hood was awarded to former National Courier Awards chair, Justin Moore, CitySprint making the dozen hoods of 2017.

Hon Fellows, Sir Peter Hendy and Vice Chancellor, Prof Liz Barnes gave keynote speeches; road, compliance and qualifications issues on the agenda before John Holland-Kaye talked freight at Heathrow airport.



2017 fellows viscount falkland


Viscount Falkland President IoC.

The Institute has become a family of the courier sector; a truly expanding and evolving sector. 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.



Carl Lomas MBE Chairman IoC,

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.


Honorary Fellows' Addresses


2017 fellows sir peter hendy


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 Manchester and TfGM, fellows of the Institute have showcased in both consolidation and final-mile electric. Sam Clarke at Gnewt has pioneered electric final mile in the City of London and fellow Darren Warmsley has evolved consolidation models for M25 shuttles into Central.


2017 fellows prof liz barnes


Prof Liz Barnes Vice Chancellor Staffordshire Univ,

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 and even a Masters level 7 in strategic express management.


2017 fellows john holland kaye


John Holland-Kaye, CEO Heathrow airport.

Heathrow is the largest freight airport in the UK. Home delivery evolution is driven by access of urgent goods, Heathrow in the West London hot spot is the UK largest freight airport and is committed to support of final mile solutions to clients.


2017 Fellows' hoods at the House of Lords (in alphabetic order)


2017 fellows simon baker

Simon Baker CitySprint

Simon started as a push-bike courier in 1985 and has metamorphosed through fleets, riders and drivers, vehicle management and managerial roles which have been critical to supporting the depth of knowledge needed for his present role. As head of fleet and compliance at CitySprint, Simon's route into fleet management has given him the perfect perspective and critical awareness on the courier industry today.


2017 fellows ian beattie

Ian Beattie Knights of Old

Ian Beattie is Managing Director of Knights of Old - one of the largest privately-owned logistics companies in the Midlands. Ian is a leader who supports training and education for everyone, at all levels and has huge admiration for all those on the road and works to ensure they receive his full support. The company’s combined statistics of 400 staff and 200,000 sq ft of warehousing focuses on trailblazer support for the next generation workforce in express.


2017 fellows deborah charlton

Deborah Charlton, Swift Despatch Liverpool

A young lady’s lifetime career since the age of 19 spent with Swift Despatch. Joining Vince Friery a Founding Fellow of the IOC in the 80’s, as a small local business providing efficient services to the local economy. The growth of the company relied heavily on making sure the background support to the road services was just as good and this is where Debbie came into play. Providing guidance and institutive decisions to administration and company strategy Debbie’s skills lead from the start. Debbie has proven that skilful leadership and dedication to succeed has supported the passion to share and encourage others to stay and join our industry. A great industry ambassador that we are proud to recognise today.


2017 fellows tim clements

Tim Clements APC, Team C Express Logistics

Having started the company in 1997 Tim has lead from the beginning to achieve delivery for the sameday industry with pride. Ensuring his Team C couriers deliver a letter to a pallet with the same attention and emphasis on quality of service. His passion and dedication to expressly deliver is the driving force of his career.


2017 fellows brett duxbury

Brett Duxbury, Lt Colonel, BFPO,  Royal Logistics Corps, Army

Operations Manager of the British Forces Post Office with responsibility to the CEO and Main Board for the delivery of outputs using an in depth understanding of the end-to-end supply chain and logistic operations.  Brett manages 3 discrete operating divisions of a complex international mail, logistics and courier service operation from a purpose built, technologically based distribution warehouse: His logistics capabilities matched by his passion to deliver come what may!


2017 fellows richard england

Richard England, Cambridge Courier Company

From the Astra van at YES couriers in 1988, Richard has been in the driving seat ever since. As director of Arrow Express and now The Cambridge Courier Company Richard has passionately delivered for his local clientele. Bringing young blood into the fold and encouraging apprenticeships on his team he leads by example for the industry trailblazer apprenticeships. Richard delivers on ambitions for himself, his team and the industry.



2017 fellows conor ormsby             

Conor Ormsby, Hermes

Conor’s career progressed from warehousing  through to Operations Director of Hermes. His strong ethos of people skills Conor leads by example to deliver the goods but also to deliver healthy strong relationships with his workforce, so they can deliver together. A passion and true belief in interpersonal skills that has been given to a lifetime of express delivery.


2017 fellows juana rossana scott

Juana Rossana Scott, GLH

GLH was founded by the late John Scott who was a founding Fellow and lifetime services National Courier Awards winner. John's son Rab Scott proudly wears the hood as the ‘first-ever second generation’ fellow of the Institute of Couriers. In honour of the Founding Fellow John Scott, his company’s Fiftieth year we recognise Rossana Scott for her work in preserving and pursuing sustainability of employees to the company and for the industry.


2017 fellows darren walmsley

Darren Walmsley, Top Flight

Darren has been at the heart of the company, Top Flight couriers. He has been dedicated to encompass Crossrail compliance with the cycle scheme for accident avoidance. His drivers are split between self-employed and employed by vehicle size as Darren highlights the principles of LoCity clean air by operating a parcel consolidation 'none-rush' alternative for clients routing packages into Central London.


2017 fellows matthew woodcock

Matthew Woodcock, Tarmac

Head of group logistics for supply chain at Tarmac, Specific innovation for cycle sensors to heavy vehicles operating in final-mile London geographics. An experienced senior supply chain professional, passionate about delivering real value through the practical application of supply chain thinking.  Proven track record of innovative strategy development, delivery and operational leadership achieved across a range of high profile companies and operating sectors.

 2017 fellows justin moore

Justin Moore, CitySprint re-gowned as a lifetime achievement Fellow



The 2017 Institute of Couriers Fellows' gowning concluded with words from David Stringer-Lamarre, Chairman City of London Institute of Directors.

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Logistics, courier and final mile express is in the life-blood of the City of London. It gives me opportunity to say a few words on the interaction of the IoD and IoC, It is always my pleasure to be with the Institute for the National courier Awards each October. A showcase of best practice making deliveries that drive the cities, not just London but the whole UK. The awards end with the military recognition of couriers acting in what are often austere circumstances, I ask reserves forces Major Andrew Gifford to review the last military awards, first for regular army, and then for the reserves who Sgt Dean Channell is here this evening. This is a rousing story of services to our country and aligned to the level of recognition of the fellows here this evening recognised for their work in the private sector driving UK economy.


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After the business of the evening, Fellows, Guests and Family members enjoyed the convivial atmosphere of the Terrace Pavilion.


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