Meet the 2017 Global Freight Awards judges
Editor, Containerisation International
James Baker has been reporting on business and shipping for over 20 years. After eight years as news editor at Lloyd’s List, he has since taken the helm at sister publication Containerisation International, where he covers the global liner, ports and logistics industries.
Director general, British International Freight Association (BIFA)
Robert Keen was appointed as director general of the British International Freight Association, the prime trade body for the international logistics sector, in 2014. He was previously the BIFA general manager and an executive director.
Robert joint the freight forwarding industry in 1970 from school working as a messenger. He worked for a variety of logistics companies, mainly in the Heathrow area and joined industry owned software company ASM in 1997, before moving to BIFA in 1999.
Founder and lead consultant, Actualis Marketing
Paul is founder and lead consultant at Actualis Marketing; providing consultancy and outsourcing solutions to the freight forwarding, supply chain and logistics sectors.
A chartered marketer and logistician, Paul gained extensive freight operations experience in forwarding and client-side environments, before a successful career change in advertising, design and marketing.
For the last 15 years, Paul has been supporting the introduction of effective marketing strategies into the UK forwarding sector and is committed to providing SME forwarders access to the same marketing resources available to the largest.
Paul is a long-time supporter of the London Region committee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and is also chair of the Freight Forwarding Forum; committed to raising the profile of the forwarding sector and highlighting the lifetime value of freight forwarding as a profession.
Editor, SHD Logistics
Peter MacLeod is editor of SHD Logistics and has over 25 years’ experience across both business and consumer journalism. Initially qualified and trained as a chemist, he was drawn into journalism by the lure of a junior role in motorsport. He rose up through the ranks to launch, publish and edit his own Formula One magazine.
Switching to B2B PR and journalism, Peter edited a number of titles before being appointed editor of SHD in 2006. Since then, he has overseen the launch and success of SHD’s partner website (www.shdlogistics.com) and its awards and conference brands.
Logistics strategy manager, Sainsbury's
Simon has worked in transport and logistics for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in retail distribution. His management experience includes positions in Bibby Distribution, Wincanton and Sainsbury’s, where he has spent the last 15 years.
During his career at Sainsbury’s he has held several leadership roles within transport, including being responsible for network planning, primary operations, petrol distribution, transport development and, more recently, the opening of Sainsbury’s Rail Terminal at their new General Merchandise and BWS NDC at DIRFT. He currently works in the logistics strategy team focusing on the future needs of the network.
Marco L. Sorgetti
Director general, International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA)
Marco Sorgetti was appointed to the position of director general of FIATA on the 1 January 2012. Prior to his current role in FIATA he was CLECAT’s director general in Brussels for nine years, and well known to EU institutions and peer organisations.
Marco has been an entrepreneur in freight forwarding for over 20 years, before switching to the sector’s associations in 2000. Aside from his work in the industry’s private sector and associations, Marco has served as a member of the Turin Chamber of Commerce, where he is still a registered expert. He has also been a teacher of logistics and trade facilitation as a defending professor at MEL, Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Marco has published extensive literature, inter alia, in 2002 a forwarding and transport manual which has been adopted by many Italian universities. His media and public presence in recent years is appropriately conspicuous.
Nicolette van der Jagt
Director general, CLECAT
Nicolette van der Jagt has been director general of CLECAT, the European organisation of Logistics Service Providers and Freight Forwarders, since January 2012 with a collective membership of 19000 companies.
For 10 years Nicolette was secretary general of the Brussels-based European Shippers’ Council, which represents the interests of the national and international freight industry. Nicolette started working in public affairs with the Dutch organisation of transport and logistics (EVO) in 1992, and worked for the Brussels office of the Freight Transport Association for a number of years before taking over as secretary general. She has a university degree in international relations, French and European studies from the Universities of Utrecht (NL) and Strasbourg (FR).
Managing director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd, and founder and current chair, Women In Logistics
MD of Labyrinth, Ruth is a recognised industry leader in the areas of logistics compliance, health and safety, and operational improvements. Ruth recently served for two years on the board of the CILT UK and has 26 years’ experience of working in different roles within the transport industry.
Ruth is well-respected and well-connected throughout the logistics and transport community, and in 2008 she set up the voluntary organisation Women in Logistics UK, which now has over 3,600 members. Ruth was recognised for her work when she won “Industry Champion” at the prestigious FTA everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards, and is currently a member of the Logistics 100.
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