I never cease to be surprised by the rapid passage of time. As we gather our thoughts for the ELA general assembly meeting in Birmingham next month, it is salutary to reflect that at that point my first year as the Association’s president will have been completed. Time perhaps to consider where we have been, and where we are going.
I have certainly found my first year a pretty busy one. It has been my intention to improve the passage of information amongst the ELA’s members so that we can make full use of their considerable expertise for the betterment of European supply chain practice to ensure Europe remains competitive on the global stage. It has also been a priority for all of us to ensure the Association is on a sound financial footing. Building on the foundations laid in previous years, it has been possible to improve matters substantially over the past year. At the same time there is no doubt that the tempo of ELA activity has increased with a number of initiatives in place and a strong effort to improve the way we do business in the interests of getting the most from the efforts of volunteers.
As to the future, sound standards and qualifications for European logistics professionals are fundamental to European competitiveness: a higher profile for such issues is definitely on the agenda for this coming year.
The consideration of such matters should mean a lively ELA general assembly meeting next month. This is the opportunity for every member organisation to play a part in ELA business. It will be the first time the general assembly has met in the UK.
Not only does the general assembly coincide with a number of other working meetings but it is also concurrent with Eurolog, the premier ELA conference held annually, which will also take place in Birmingham, hosted by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), a well established ELA member. Taking place over two days, Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 June, the event will focus on strategic matters on the first day and operations on the second day. It also includes the ELA Trainers’ Conference. This European event provides the opportunity to present the ELA Award for European Logistic Excellence at the Gala Dinner on the evening of June 8.
All this gives a flavour for our increased tempo: I have no doubt my second year as president will be equally challenging.
Graham A Ewer, ELA President