Conference speakers

Session 1: Welcome, agenda and key issues 


The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

The Rt Hon Michael Gove was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on 24 July 2019. He was also appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office on 13 February 2020.

He was previously Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from June 2017 to July 2019. He was elected Conservative MP for Surrey Heath in 2005.


David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK

David is Chief Executive of Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, and the only organisation which represents all of logistics. With more than 18,000 members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers, the members of Logistics UK operate more than half of the UK fleet of HGVs, and consign over 90% of freight moved by rail, and 70% of air and sea freight.

David joined Logistics UK in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director, subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Vehicle Inspection Service and Training and Tachograph Analysis Service. David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%.

Having completed an engineering degree in Liverpool, David studied for membership of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, qualifying in November 1993 whilst working in industry. His career has centred around engineering and service businesses and has both European and North American finance and operations experience.


Doug Bannister, CEO, Port of Dover

Appointed in January 2019, Doug is the CEO of the Port of Dover, the busiest port in Europe.  Prior to joining the Port of Dover, Doug was Group CEO for Ports of Jersey which operated the island’s harbours, coastguard, marinas and airport.

In addition to Ports of Jersey, Doug has had over 25 years’ experience in leading international businesses.  This experience included Managing Director of Maersk Line UK, as well as various executive roles managing shipping businesses in North America, Europe, Asia, India, Australia and New Zealand. Doug is skilled at turnaround, restructuring and transformation of capital intensive transportation businesses.

He holds an MBA in International Marketing (Seton Hall University, New Jersey 1997) and a B.A in Economics (St Lawrence University, New York 1988).  In 2016 Doug was awarded the Institute of Directors Jersey Director of the Year for large businesses.

Born in Summit, New Jersey, USA, Doug holds dual British and American citizenship. 


Alex Veitch, General Manager - Public Policy, Logistics UK


Alex is responsible for Logistics UK policy positions, advocacy and influencing campaigns across all policy areas, leading our team of policy specialists. Alex has worked at Logistics UK since 2015 and was Head of Multimodal and previously Head of Global Policy, a role that included a one-year secondment to HMRC Customs EU Exit team.

Alex has a varied background across the transport and sustainability sectors, including developing low-carbon vehicle policies and programmes for the Energy Saving Trust; leading the sustainability unit for the global association of railways in Paris (UIC),  delivering multimodal passenger transport projects for passenger rail companies and leading EU policy engagement for the Rail Delivery Group.

In addition to his role at Logistics UK, Alex is Vice Chair of Living Streets, the national charity for everyday walking, and is a Chartered Member of CILT and IEMA.

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Session 2: UK to EU haulage – 'Check an HGV is ready to cross the border' and traffic management​


Heidi Skinner, Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Logistics UK

Heidi is Logistics UK's Policy and Public Affairs Manager. Heidi specialises in media, national political stakeholders, Westminster decision makers and Policy in South East England.

Prior to joining the FTA Heidi was a political consultant for a number of the UK’s leading public affairs agencies advising on political communications for transport clients.



Richard Thomas, Deputy Director, Post-EU Transition Border Readiness and Motoring Services Agencies Sponsorship, Department for Transport (DfT)


Mark Etherington, Senior Policy Advisor, Border and Protocol Delivery Group (BPDG)

Mark is a Senior Policy Advisor working within the Border and Protocol Delivery Group (BPDG). BPDG is a unit within the Cabinet Office that works with a broad range of Departments to ensure that the border operates effectively.




Session 3: UK to EU Customs requirements for Ro Ro  


Sarah Laouadi, Manager - European & International Policy, Logistics UK

As Logistics UK's European & International Policy Manager, Sarah plays an instrumental role in representing Logistics UK members’ interests in relation to European legislation affecting the transport and logistics industry. She also supports Logistics UK Brexit campaigns, leading on aspects impacting road operators. Acting as a contact point with European decision-makers and sister associations in other countries, she is responsible for informing Logistics UK members – in particular European road freight operators – of regulatory changes affecting their operations in Europe.

Prior to this role, Sarah worked as a European Policy Advisor at SNCF, focusing on the multimodal activities of the group, including its logistics subsidiary.


Marty van Pelt, Manager Business Relations, Marketing & Communications, Portbase

After studying Dutch Law in Maastricht, Marty started working at FENEX (Netherlands Association for Forwarding and Logistics) as manager customs affairs. After 10 years FENEX merged with Transport & Logistiek Nederland (Business organization for road transport companies and logistics service providers). Marty became manager FENEX and within TLN he was manager mainports and innovation. Nowadays he works as a manager Business relations & communications at Portbase. One of his key topics is Brexit. Together with the ferry companies, Dutch Customs, TLN, FENEX, evofenedex, Portbase coordinates the development of a chain solution for Brexit at ferry transport.


Wim Fossaert, Commercial Director, Rx Seaport


Celine O’Neill, Principal Officer for Brexit Policy within Revenue’s Customs Division, Revenue Ireland 

Celine is a Principal Officer in Revenue’s Customs Division. She is the policy lead within Revenue on Brexit with specific responsibility for customs issues associated with the landbridge and the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. Celine has worked in Revenue for 20 years, the last four of which have been dedicated to preparing for Brexit. Celine represents Revenue domestically at interdepartmental fora working on the whole of Government approach to Brexit and internationally as part of the EU’s ongoing discussions with Member States in relation to the impact of Brexit from a customs perspective. 


Session 4: Systems and Procedures: GVMS, Temporary Storage, Phyto-Sanitary, Safety and Security Declarations​


Alex Veitch, General Manager - Public Policy, Logistics UK


Emma Leam-Saville, Route Agency & Border Compliance Director, DFDS Seaways PLC

Emma has a career in shipping spanning over 25 years, starting as a customs clearance agent prior to the removal of the borders. Emma has worked in all areas of the shipping business, from distribution with a top manufacturer to freight forwarding and logistics. Emma is currently Director of the Route Agency & Border Compliance Division for DFDS Seaways in the UK, responsible for the freight routes in and out of Immingham and Newcastle. Emma has been DGSA qualified for the past 10 years and has several other management and shipping diplomas. With a strong operational background Emma plays a key role in preparing DFDS for the new border requirements facing the industry in 2021.

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Session 5: Permits and haulier market access  


Sarah Laouadi, Manager - European & International Policy, Logistics UK


Ben Rimmington, Co-Director, Road Safety, Standards and Services - Future EU Roads Relationship, Department for Transport

For the last two years, Ben has been the DfT Director overseeing all EU Exit/Transition work relating to roads issues, from market access negotiations to delivery of traffic management infrastructure in Kent. He joined DfT in October 2016, initially taking a wider role encompassing policy on all the ‘rules of the road’, so also including eg road safety and policy towards the road haulage sector. Previously most of Ben’s career was in DTI/BIS/BEIS, with senior civil service roles including company law and corporate governance, business finance policy, EU employment law negotiations and management of the Government’s relationship with the car industry.

Session 6: Northern Ireland Protocol – what hauliers need to know 


Seamus Leheny, Policy Manager - Northern Ireland, Logistics UK

Seamus is Policy Manager for Northern Ireland. Seamus specialises in Northern Ireland Policy including infrastructure, compliance, Brexit, road safety and skills.

His role also involves keeping members advised of legislative and best practice matters likely to affect the industry both in Great Britain and specifically in Northern Ireland.

Prior to working at Logistics UK Seamus worked in the shipping industry representing European and Deep Sea shipping lines at Belfast Port.


Frank Dunsmuir, Industry Lead Customs & International Trade, Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Frank leads Fujitsu’s International Trade and Customs practice, advising on the applications of technology in a UK future border strategy and solutions to the more immediate EU exit challenges. As the lead technology advisor to the Alternative Arrangements Commission, he gained in-depth knowledge of the complex implications on Northern Ireland trade and how technology may support addressing these.

He is a Non-Executive Director of IBMATA (International Border Management And Technologies Association) a not for profit organisation (NGO) committed to the safe and secure movement of people and goods across international borders. Working with the Technical University of Munich he is developing technology strategies which support economic growth in developing regions through the use of Special Economic Zones. Frank has published several points of view on the Future Border and provided the technical content for a response to the Chancellors Freeport Consultation document.


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Member price: £155.00 + VAT 

Non-member price: £195.00 + VAT




25 November 2020

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