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David Wells, chief executive of Logistics UK, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, for services to transport and logistics during the Brexit transition.

Wells, 56, who has led Logistics UK for the past six years, has been recognised for “raising the voice and impact of the sector at a critical time to help make Brexit work and keeping Britain’s economy moving during the Brexit transition and the Covid-19 pandemic,” according to the association.

Wells said: “I am truly honoured to receive this OBE after an unprecedented period of challenge and change for our sector.

“I have always said that our industry shows resilience unlike any other, and that has been demonstrated time and again during my time as chief executive.

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“I am indebted to all our amazing members and their staff, as well as the team at Logistics UK, for the support and commitment which they have shown to keep goods moving, despite the challenges posed by Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic, skills shortages and other unforeseen circumstances. This award is for them too.”

Logistics UK said Wells has “dramatically” raised Logistics UK’s profile and achieved “unprecedented” recognition for logistics employees as key workers at the start of the pandemic.

Key achievements listed under Well’s watch include Logistics UK’s success in lobbying for higher funding for the new LGV apprenticeship standard, and campaigning for the interests of the sector to be recognised in the UK/EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA).

“Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the backing of our members, I am so proud to see the recognition and influence which the logistics industry is now rightfully starting to achieve at all levels of government and in the media. This visibility will also be key to ensuring that our industry continues to attract the brightest and best talent in the years ahead,” Wells added.