New CEO for UK Warehousing Association

New CEO for UK Warehousing Association

The UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) has announced at its Annual General Meeting that Clare Bottle FCILT has been appointed as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1st July 2021.

Clare, who will take over the role from Peter Ward, joins UKWA from Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, where she was Associate Director of Warehousing, responsible for managing 3PL contracts and running in-house warehousing operations across the UK.

Speaking on behalf of the UKWA management board, newly elected Chair of the UKWA management board Neil Bowker warmly welcomed Clare’s appointment, “The UKWA board is delighted to confirm Clare Bottle as our new CEO,” he said. “Clare brings tremendous industry experience to the role, having worked in the logistics arena for over 25 years. She enjoys a reputation for driving change and I have no doubt that Clare will continue to fight for our industry as the head of its leading trade association.”

Clare was one of the founder members of Women in Logistics. In recent years she has also been a trustee of CILT (UK) and of Transaid, UKWA’s nominated charity.

Peter Ward, who has led UKWA for the last six years, will be stepping down to semi-retirement, but has pledged his support for Clare as she takes up her new role as CEO.

The UKWA has also confirmed Neil Bowker, Commercial Director of Bowker Group, as its new management board Chair. He will take over from current Chair, Nicola Ridges-Jones, Managing Director of MS Holdings (South) Ltd.

Neil commented: “I am deeply honoured to have been appointed as the Chair of the UK Warehousing Association. The UKWA is uniquely positioned to help it’s 800+ members and, along with our new CEO Clare, I look forward to implementing an ambitious strategy during this critical period for warehouse providers, both large and small.”

Neil is third generation within Bowker Group, a transport and warehousing provider and one of the longest serving members of the Association.

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