BIFAlink May 2023


London Freight Club elects its fi rst lady chairman

About the London Freight Club The London Freight Club dates back to 1952/53 when it was formed as a club for executives within the liner industry. Today it has grown into a well-known vehicle for members of the shipping and freight industry to network within a pleasant social atmosphere. Choosing to stay focused on the good of the industry and its membership, the LFC offers a forum for its

FREE EVENT Employing apprentices – the secret to success BIFA has launched a new monthly online event for Members that will assist in navigating the perceived red tape around recruiting apprentices. Carl Hobbis, executive director at BIFA, who is responsible for apprenticeships, said: “With most of our Members being SMEs and following our own experience of employing our first apprentice, we thought it would be a good idea to share our own journey to help Members. “As an SME ourselves we were nervous at first, but like many things which seem daunting, it was quite easy. “So, we want to encourage the 1,400 plus BIFA Members who are SMEs to do the same and hopefully give a young person an opportunity in logistics.” The event, which lasts 45 minutes, will cover: • Costs • 10 tips for employers • Recruitment • Interview tips • Onboarding • School engagement. Hobbis added: “I host the event, but you will hear first- hand from communications manager Natalie Pitts and our apprentice Brooke Neilson who will share their experiences.” The next event is on Friday 26 May at 1100. You can register at

At the February luncheon of the London Freight Club, Christine Nichols FCILT, FRSA, founder, shareholder and director of Atlantic Paci fi c Group Ltd, was greeted by London Freight Club members as the new chairman of the club. Christine, known to most as Chrissy, started work at 15 years old and has nearly 50 years’ experience in the logistics industry, having worked for importers, exporters, freight forwarders, NVOCCs and shipping lines in the UK and internationally. Chrissy was the first woman to become a member of the London Freight Club 10 years immensely proud to become chairman of the London Freight Club in its 70th anniversary year. “As the first woman to hold this position, I am looking forward to encouraging many more women to join the club and to raise the profile of women in general within the logistics industry.” The ISO 14083 standard – ‘Greenhouse gases — Quanti fi cation and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions arising from transport chain operations’ was published by the ISO Committee in March 2023, after around three-and- a-half years of preparation. The much-awaited publication of the new ago and became vice chairman of the club in February 2022. Chrissy said: “I am

Above: Chrissy Nichols, Atlantic Pacific Group Ltd, chairman of the London Freight Club Below: Robert Keen, immediate past Director General of BIFA, receives honorary membership of the London Freight Club from Chairman Chrissy Nichols and Honorary Secretary Gordon Day

members to share the wisdom of hundreds of years collectively in the freight industry.

Honorary Membership for Robert Keen In recognition of his lifetime of service to the international freight industry and his retirement from the role of BIFA Director General, long-standing London Freight Club member

Robert Keen was conferred Honorary Membership during the March luncheon. For more information on the London Freight Club, or to apply for membership, go to

Publication of the ISO 14083 standard

international standard is welcome. It is expected to support the industry globally in its carbon reduction efforts by providing the first universal method for logistics emissions accounting. It has become increasingly obvious that a uniform, harmonised and transparent methodology to calculate CO 2

footprint across the logistics supply chain is required. The aim of the standard is to embed the principles of the Global Emissions Council (GLEC) Framework into a formalised ISO structure and ensure that companies, governments and investors use a single methodology, consistent with the framework.

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