anne mcIntosh UKWA president

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) has appointed baroness Anne McIntosh as its honourary president.

The former MP for Thirsk and Malton and the Vale of York replaces Ivon Moore-Brabazon, who had held the title for 26 years.

McIntosh also worked as an MEP before she was awarded life peerage and moved to the House of Lords in 2015.

McIntosh said it was a "very vibrant time for the logistics industry".

"The world is going through a period of change," she said, "which is bringing a unique set of challenges yet extraordinary opportunities to the sector.

“UKWA’s ability to broker trusted information between members and policy makers means that the role of the Association as the voice of the logistics industry has never been more significant.”

The association's CEO, Peter Ward, said he looked forward to working with McIntosh, and that he is confident "that she will make an extremely valuable contribution to the Association as we strive to ensure that UKWA continues to serve its membership well”.

He also thanked her predecessor Moore Brabazon for "his outstanding support over more than a quarter of a century".

Ward warned of a perfect storm driving an "unprecedented pace of change" within the logistics sector at the UKWA's annual awards lunch last week.

He said that the global political and economic uncertainty, combined with shifting consumer behaviours, "means that logistics professionals are under greater pressure than ever to deliver new and innovative solutions that meet the demand for shorter lead times and faster delivery”.