Chris Welsh receives MBE in Queen’s birthday honours list

The Freight Transport Association’s Director of Global and European Policy, Chris Welsh, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to shippers and the shipping industry.

In fulfilling his role, Chris readily offers help and advice to members and non-members alike to improve their international trading performance.

For more than 30 years he has played a leading role in the representation of UK freight shippers to the European Union and global organisations and in bringing shipper representatives together from across the world, giving voice to their collective concerns regarding the safe, efficient and sustainable movement of global freight.

When the FTA established a permanent office in Brussels in 1994 and he was appointed its Permanent Representative to the European Union, and in June 2011 Chris became the first Secretary General of the Global Shippers’ Forum.

David Wells, FTA’s Chief Executive, commented: “This much deserved award recognises the hard work and tireless effort Chris has devoted over many years on behalf of shippers in order to make sure their voice is heard.

“It is welcome recognition of the importance of the freight customers’ voice in maritime and air cargo matters – not just the providers of services.”

Chris Welsh said: “I am both thrilled and proud to have received this honour for services to shippers and the shipping industry.  I would like to thank my colleagues, both present and past, in FTA and elsewhere who have given me so much support and encouragement in my work on behalf of shippers.”