The Freight Transport Association has announced the membership of the FTA Board for 2008/09. The Board supervises the management of FTA's business through Chief Executive Theo de Pencier, who reports directly to the Board.
The FTA Board consists of up to nine members elected annually by the FTA Freight Transport Council plus up to six members that it co-opts. The Chairman of the Board is the President of FTA and in addition there are two Vice Presidents and a Treasurer, who are chosen by members of the FTA Board from amongst their number.
This year FTA is pleased to welcome three new members to the Board – Ian Jones of Mercedes-Benz UK, Graham Roberts of PD Ports and Ian Veitch of NYK Logistics (UK). Profiles of these three new members appear below.
The officers and members of the FTA Board for 2008/09 are:
President and Chairman:
Andrew Haines, Tate & Lyle Food & Industrial Ingredients Europe
Adrian Burleton, Argos Ltd
Rebecca Jenkins, Wincanton plc
John Coghlan, Inchcape Shipping Services (UK) Ltd
Members of the Board:
Janet Entwistle, BT Fleet
Perry Watts, DHL
Eddie Fitzsimons, Freightliner Group
John H Williams, Maritime Transport Ltd
Ian Jones, Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd
Stewart Oades, Norbert Dentressangle
Ian Veitch, NYK Logistics (UK) Ltd
Graham Roberts, PD Ports
Alastair Parker, Shell International Petroleum Company
Ian Jones is the Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz UK commercial vehicle operations – a £1 billion business selling, financing and supporting 38,000 vans and trucks each year, sold through an independent dealer network.
He has spent most of his career in the commercial vehicle business working with DAF, Volvo, Scania and Leyland in various roles and countries. He has also held a number of Board roles, particularly in the finance sector, as well as having been a Council/Board member of the SMMT.
Graham Roberts has a distinguished career in the transport sector and is currently non executive Chairman of Hellenic Carriers Ltd, a Piraeus based company incorporated in Jersey operating in the dry bulk shipping sector, and a non executive director of PD Ports.
He has previously held the position of Chief Executive at PD Ports, London Luton Airport Operations Ltd, Merseyside Transport Ltd and Servisair plc. These positions followed a long career with NFC, later Exel plc, where he rose to become Chief Executive for Continental Europe, having overseen the formation and disposal of the Lynx parcels business, and run the transport division.
Ian is currently Chief Executive Officer of NYK Logistics (UK). The business covers 35 sites, circa 5,000 people, and 1,000 vehicles with an annual turnover of approximately £370 million. He joined NYK in 1995 as Managing Director of UCI Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary.
As well as CEO for the UK logistics business, Ian also serves on the NYK European Board and as a Corporate Officer of NYK Group in Tokyo. Group activities cover container shipping, car carriers, cruise liners, bulk shipping and parts, as well as logistics. Annual revenues exceed $23 billion. Ian is the first European to be appointed to the Japanese Board.
Prior to joining NYK, Ian served as a Director of Christian Salvesen Distribution, and before that held two Director positions with Exel Logistics (now DHL).