Logistics UK has today (16 February) announced James Adcroft, Transport Compliance Manager at Tesco, as the new Chair of its national Road Freight Council – as elected by members of the group – following its quarterly meeting held yesterday in London.  

Mr Adcroft succeeds former Chair, Allison Kemp MBE – Managing Director at A.I.M Commercial Services – who joined initially for a two-year term, which was extended to almost four years following the pandemic. Ms Kemp was the first female to hold the position and in her time as Chair, was also awarded an MBE for services to road freight and transport.  

David Wells, Chief Executive of Logistics UK, comments: “We are delighted to announce James Adcroft as Chair of our Road Freight Council and we are sure that his 25 years of industry expertise will provide invaluable support to our Council members. Mr Adcroft will be succeeding Allison Kemp MBE who has led our largest Freight Council through Brexit, Covid-19 and the driver shortage. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank Ms Kemp for her enormous contribution throughout the past four years, and to wish Mr Adcroft the best of luck in this role.” 

Mr Adcroft comments: “I am delighted to be announced as the new Chair of Logistics UK’s Road Freight Council. These Freight Councils are a vital opportunity for members to meet with fellow operators and Logistics UK representatives to discuss the challenges and needs of industry, which can then be represented at a higher level. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of these councils and ensuring industry’s voice is heard.” 

Ms Kemp, MBE, comments: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Chair, tackling some of the biggest industry issues of this generation and helping to guide our road freight members through the challenges of the pandemic. These Freight Councils are an invaluable resource and allow members to raise concerns and discuss potential solutions to the challenges that matter. I am grateful for this opportunity and wish Mr Adcroft every success as he takes over the position.”

Logistics UK is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With decarbonisation, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods. For more information about the organisation and its work, please visit logistics.org.uk