Exciting times ahead for CILT

CILT is set for a highly successful 2013 as a result of some important changes and developments this year.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has announced the appointment of a new President to lead the international organisation from January 1st 2013. The announcement of Dr Dorothy Chan was made by the current President, Professor Alan Waller OBE, at CILT’s International Council Meeting in June 2012. She was warmly welcomed by Professor Waller and UK Patron HRH The Princess Royal, who joined delegates from over 20 countries from around the world.

Dr Chan has had a distinguished career in the transport sector in Hong Kong, including the post of Deputy Commissioner for Transport. She became the President of CILT Hong Kong in 1989 and has served as the International Vice-President and Chair of the Membership & Education Committee, and in 2011 was awarded the International President’s Medal by Professor Waller.

Dr Chan said: “Promoting the knowledge and professional development of logistics and transport has been the Institute’s mission, and that echoes my sentiments in many ways. It is my hope that our members would be credited not only for improving the mobility of society, but also for creating a better environment. My current work in education reinforces my belief that our young members will create a dynamic future for the profession.”

Professor Waller commented: “I am delighted that Dr Dorothy Chan has been appointed to succeed me. With Dorothy as its President, the Institute will be in good hands to further develop on our agenda of growth for the supply chain and transport profession in today’s competitive economy.”

Speaking at the conference, HRH The Princess Royal congratulated international delegates for going the extra mile, or in some cases several thousand miles, to attend the conference and promote its professional sectors. She added that members may be competitors in their profession, but through the Institute have a common aim: To promote their industry and ensure that standards are upheld even in challenging times.

CILT’s new websites
CILT introduced a new international website and a new UK website in November 2012. The new sites introduce a range of exciting features.

The UK website features many new functions including a new online events booking facility.

The website is launched in conjunction with CILT (UK)’s new customer relationship management (CRM) system, which means the Institute can meet its members’ needs and answer queries faster than ever before.

Both new websites feature a clear, modern new look and will ensure members, and everyone visiting the sites, are kept up to date with industry news, and all the Institute events and training opportunities the organisation offers.

As well as giving the latest global news and links to the International newsletter, CILT’s International site also acts as an invaluable portal to member countries own Institute websites.

CILT in Poland
In October 2012, CILT (UK) created a partnership with The International University of Logistics and Transport in Wroclaw, Poland to create a new Polish section of CILT. The university specialises in logistics and transport courses.

CILT Poland will be offering education, training and a range of other CILT services as well as recruiting members from the student faculty and industry.

CILT has had close ties with Wroclaw for some time; some of the University’s courses are already accredited by the Institute.

CILT (UK) Chief Executive Steve Agg met with Dr Marcin Pawęska, the new President of CILT Poland, to officially launch the new Institute. Dr Paweska said: “This is an important moment for logistics in Poland. CILT, with its international reach and more than 33,000 members, is recognised world-wide as an organisation that brings together top professionals and academics to develop and share best practices.

“The creation of CILT introduces to Poland professional recognition standards for individuals, corporations and specific projects. Every practitioner in industry knows that the peer assessed membership grades and professional standards developed by CILT mean that its members uphold the highest standards.

“CILT in Poland has been created as a not-for-profit organisation by the International University of Logistics and Transport. This university, the top logistics university in Central-Eastern Europe, has more than 12 years of experience in education and research within logistics and transport. We are very excited to establish CILT in Poland – we believe it will bring a whole new perspective to industry.”