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1965 to today’s business that employs close to 250 staff and operates five distribution centres offering more than 1.6 million square feet of covered warehousing space However, he has also given large amounts of his time

to the industry, and has variously served as a director of the Rail Freight Association, a Chartered Fellow of

Derrick Potter D

Founder, Potter Group

errick Potter is founder and executive chairman of Potter Group Logistics, having taken the company from a one-man band in Yorkshire in

the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Transport Administration and is a member of the Advisory Forum of the University of Hull Logistics Institute. This year, he retired from his position as chairman of

the UK Warehousing Association and used his outgoing speech to urge for fresh investment into training in the industry, claiming that the Skills for Logistics programme faces crucial funding cuts and that these need to be addressed.

Peter Quantrill Director General, British International Freight Association A

rguably winning one of the top jobs in UK freight, Peter Quantrill joined the British International Freight Association (BIFA) in 2007. He began his career with Aer Lingus, in operations

and cargo sales, before joining Mercury Airfreight International where he became managing director. Following Mercury’s acquisition by Rockwood,

Quantrill left to manage UPS’s activities in the UK. He joined Emery Worldwide in 1994, rising to

become vice-president and board member. Quantrill is a Chartered Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.

BIFA represents some 1,400 UK logistics and supply

chain companies, but its importance lies in the code of conduct its members adopt. Each must trade under a nationally accepted set of

standard trading conditions (STCs), which are backed in the insurance sector. The STCs are for the exclusive use of members, and

give forwarders an easier and cheaper option for contracts. BIFA, which is not-for-profit and funded by its members, also provides representation, advice, information, training and industry promotion.

David Robinson CEO, PD Ports

admirable, with a series of sustained marketing campaigns focusing on port-centric logistics and the need for a decent rail freight connection. There is a lot of contention as to who initially


brought port-centric logistics to the UK, but there is no question that it was PD Ports that brought it into the wider concisuoness of the UK freight industry.

lthough it is by no means the largest port group in the UK, the energy with which PD Ports has reinvented itself and its facilities at Teesport is

Behind the company’s renaissance has been CEO

David Robinson, who has been at the helm May 2006. He started his career at the port of Felixstowe and

held a variety of operational management positions culminating as Divisional Head of Trinity Container Terminal in 1994. That was followed by a period at Hong Kong

managing Hutchinson’s container operations in that territory. He joined the PD Ports in August 2002.

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