UKWA’s new CEO identifies challenges in House of Lords reception speech

Peter Ward made his inaugural speech as UKWA’s CEO at the House of Lords reception.

Peter Ward recently made his first public address since taking over the role as chief executive officer of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) at a reception at the House of Lords.

The prestigious networking reception was hosted by UKWA’s president, Lord Brabazon of Tara, and attended by prominent representatives of the logistics sector, MPs and peers.

Addressing an attentive audience, Mr Ward said: “I am thrilled to be taking on this role at an exciting time for our industry, as it undergoes change at an unprecedented rate.  This presents logistics with major challenges so it is of paramount importance that we engage with decision makers in both houses, as well as with some of our larger member companies and other leading players in the industry.”

“The logistics sector is taken for granted.  It is a little bit like the electricity supply – unfortunately people only tend to think about us when there is a power cut and the supply fails.  Thankfully, due to the great people and talent in the industry, such power cuts are few and far between.”

Focusing on the fact that high speed, high velocity logistics is breaking away from the ‘old’ notion of warehouses, placing the sector under a new light, Mr Ward added that UKWA must reflect this change, and posed the question: In a sector increasingly about fulfilment, is the term ‘Warehouse’ still valid?

Finally, turning to proposals for stringent controls to be placed on the sector, including Health and Safety based regulations, he urged: “We must ensure that any legislation introduced is fair and balanced.”