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FTA’s Chris Welsh to retire

[ March 29, 2018   //   ]

Freight Transport Association director of global and European policy Chris Welsh is to retire at the end of May.

He spent his career at FTA advancing the interests of shipping line and airline customers and, through his work with the British Shippers’ Council, has provided an effective voice for the customer in these markets.

He was awarded the MBE in 2015 in recognition of his achievements.

Earlier in his career, Chris helped establish FTA’s Brussels office in 1995 and served as the secretary general of the European Shippers’ Council from 1996 to 2002.  In addition to his role at FTA, he is also the secretary general of the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) whose annual meeting in Melbourne on 8-11 May 8-11 will mark his final commitment to the organisation that he has run since its formation in 2011.

With the agreement of the board FTA deputy chief executive James Hookham will take over running the GSF from 1 June and will also take direct responsibility for the global and European policy team at FTA.

FTA chief executive, David Wells, described Chris Welsh as: “a tireless advocate for the needs and interests of businesses, managing sea freight and air cargo contracts for over 30 years, and I thank him for advancing FTA members’ interests in these modes of transport.  His award of an MBE in 2015 recognises the contribution he has made to keeping British, European and global supply chains safe, competitive and sustainable.  I am grateful for the service he has given to FTA over a long and successful career, and wish him an active and happy retirement.”


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