About Us

About Us

UKWA is the leading trade organisation for the warehousing sector, with over 900 members. 

Full members include warehousing and logistics providers as well as manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers. 

Around 200 Associate members are suppliers of products and services to the logistics industry. 

Our role is to 

  • Represent members’ views to government departments and other policy influencers 
  • Promote the warehousing and wider logistics industry 
  • Protect the interests of members by offering effective Conditions of Contract 
  • Raise industry standards through training and best practice

UKWA History

1944

First established when representatives from warehousing companies formed a Committee to discuss the storage and distribution of food and materials in wartime Britain. Originally known as the National Association of Inland Warehouse Keepers – its role was to protect and further the interests of public warehouse keepers operating outside the major ports.

1952

After the war, the Association’s name was changed as many members by then were operating facilities within the ports as well as ‘Inland’.

1982

National Association of Warehouse Keepers merged with the British Public Warehouse Keepers Committee, further strengthening the Association’s base.

1994

The Association celebrated its 50th Anniversary and changed its name again to the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA).

1997

UKWA changes status to Limited by Guarantee.

2002

New UKWA logo developed.

2017

UKWA adds new Logistics Users category to membership.

2019

UKWA celebrates 75th Anniversary.

2024

UKWA celebrates 80th anniversary and declares 2024 The Year of Warehousing.

Today

UKWA is a well-respected trade association, representing over 900 member companies, who together operate around 100 million square feet of warehousing and distribution centre space, with some 2000 locations across the UK.

The Association now embraces all companies operating in the logistics sector and, as the voice of the industry, fulfils the following key roles:

  • Representing members’ views to government departments and agencies, Parliament and other relevant organisations
  • Promoting the warehousing and wider logistics industry
  • Protecting the interests of members by offering effective Conditions of Contract
  • Raising the standards of the industry through training and best practice

Governance

As the leading trade organisation for the warehousing sector, UKWA is governed by a team of highly respected industry professionals working in senior positions throughout the sector. This carefully selected Governing Board allows UKWA to draw upon their collective knowledge and experience to guide the full time Executive Team to successfully influence government policy and promote industry best practice.
BoardExecutive TeamChairmanHonorary PresidentHonorary Vice Presidents

Stuart Ager

Metro Supply Chain

Metro Supply Chain have been members of UKWA since 2002. Stuart joined our Management Board in 2022.

Richard Bartholomew

Bartholomew’s Specialist Distribution

Bartholomew’s have been members of UKWA since 1981 and Richard joined our Management Board in 2022.

Clare Bottle FCILT

Chief Executive

Neil Bowker

Bowker Group

Neil is a Director at Bowker Group, based in Preston. Bowker have been members of UKWA since 1965. Neil chaired the Board from 2021-23.

Stuart Charter

Aztek Logistics

Stuart is Managing Director of Aztek Logistics based in Letchworth. They became members of UKWA in 2012.

Joanne Gumery CMILT

Delamode International Logistics

Joanne is the Sales & Marketing Manager for Delamode International Logistics and has been on the Board for over ten years.

Ian Henderson

Associated British Ports

He has been on our Management Board since 2020, formerly when he was with Wincanton who have been a member of UKWA since 1971.

Andy Lawrence

Maxim Logistics

Maxim Logistics became a Member of UKWA in 1997 and Andy has been on our Management Board since 2008.

John Maguire

Flexi Narrow Aisle

John is Managing Director at Flexi Narrow Aisle who became members of UKWA in 2001. John Chaired our Board from 2011 to 2015.

Peter Masters

Miniclipper Logistics

Peter became Managing Director of Miniclipper Logistics in Leighton Buzzard in 1985, the year they joined UKWA.

David McCutcheon

Bullet Express

David is the former CEO of Bullet Express in Scotland, which he established over 30 years ago.

Duncan Pannell

Aztek Logistics

Duncan chaired our Board from 2005 to 2006 and remains an active member of the Management Board.

Victoria Pittman

Granby Marketing Services

Victoria is the newest member of the UKWA Management Board, having joined in 2023. She is the Head of Client Services at Granby.

Derrick Potter

Potter Space

Derrick is Executive Chairman at Potter Space based in Ripon. He's supported UKWA since the 1960s and Chaired our Board from 2007 to 2011.

Christian Ross

Metro Supply Chain

Metro Supply Chain have been members of UKWA since 2002. Christian is Metro’s Finance Director and joined our Board in 2023

Mike Thomas

Delamode International Logistics

Delamode has been a UKWA member since 1987. Mike has been their Client Services Director for over 15 years and is the current UKWA Chairman.

Gary Whittle

Meachers Global Logistics

Gary has been at Meachers Global for over 20 years as their Commercial Director. Gary is currently the UKWA Vice Chair.