Ian Veitch, managing director of Yusen Logistics (UK), has won the chairman’s award at the UK Warehousing Association’s annual awards.

The award is presented to an individual or company who has made “a real and lasting contribution to the logistics industry”.

"I am absoutely delighted to receive this award," said Veitch. "It is particularly significant for Yusen Logistics as we actually among the original founder members of UKWA back in the very beginning."

Over 400 UKWA members and their guests, together with suppliers to the warehousing industry, attended UKWA’s Awards for Warehousing 2012 at the Dorchester Hotel in London recently. A total of ten awards were presented across categories that included technical innovation, training, warehouse manager of the year and environment.

UKWA chairman John Maguire, of Flexi Narrow Aisle, presented Veitch with the award.

Veitch spent 15 years at British Road Services, later Exel Logistics, followed by two years as a director at Christian Salvesen Distribution before joining NYK in 1994 as managing director of subsidiary company UCI Logistics. He became chief executive of NYK's merged UK logistics businesses in 2005 and in 2007 was appointed to the Board of Corporate Officers of NYK Group in Japan, the first European to do so. His responsibilities increased and diversified in 2011 with the merger of Yusen Air & Sea and NYK Logistics, forming the new Yusen Logistics UK. He has been a member of the FTA Board since 2008 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

The main sponsor of the event was Jungheinrich UK.