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Young blood for BIFA National Council

[ June 21, 2022   //   ]

Young Forwarder Network (YFN) members Kyle Lawrence and Laura Hobby are to join the British International Freight Association’s National Council.

The 33-strong group acts as a sounding board for the views of the trade association’s membership.

Kyle Lawrence joined the industry in 2017, was a finalist in the inaugural apprentice of the Year category of the BIFA Freight Service Awards in 2018, becoming chair of the London East region of the newly founded YFN in 2019. In 2020, he became chair of the national YFN and is employed at OIA Global.

Laura Hobby, who works for FS Mackenzie, started her freight career in 2015 and took over the chair of the ‘virtual’ YFN from Kyle Lawrence in 2021. Earlier this year she was named Young Freight Forwarder of the Year at the BIFA Freight Service Awards.

BIFA director general, Robert Keen said: “Without their drive and commitment the YFN, especially the online version, would not have developed to what it is today.

“As the voice of the younger generation within the freight forwarding industry, both are very welcome additions to our National Council, which consists of the chairs of BIFA’s regional and policy groups, the executive and non-executive directors, as well as the president and vice presidents of the trade association.”