Freight Transport Association

Multimodal 2019

No alternative text provided

CEO of Associated British Ports honoured for lifetime achievement

No alternative text provided

The Chief Executive of Associated British Ports, James Cooper, has been honoured with a prestigious lifetime achievement award, in recognition of his contribution to the logistics industry.

Mr Cooper was presented with the Logistics Lifetime Achievement Award at the Freight Transport Association (FTA) Logistics Awards 2017. 

The event was hosted by leading entertainer Alistair McGowan and supported by Multimodal.  It was attended by representatives of all modes of freight transport, including air, sea and road, as well as the industry’s buyers and support sectors.   Mr Cooper says the award was totally unexpected:

“It is a huge honour and I am completely taken aback.  I have had a lot of fun in this industry.  I have seen a lot of change and progress.  Logistics, freight transport and the role that ports have played, have been at the forefront of my life.  I think this industry has a glorious future.  The digital world is going to take it above and beyond and the people here tonight will see incredible change over coming years.  I look forward to being part of that as well.”

Before taking over as ABP Chief Executive, Mr Cooper was a non-executive director at ABP and was director of Infracapital, part of M&G Investment Management Limited.   He has also worked for BNP Paribas, Hambros Bank and was Chairman of Red Funnel Group Holdings Ltd.

Mr Cooper praised the work of FTA in organising the awards ceremony:

“This is an event that celebrates success, achievement and innovation across this industry.  These are important occasions to recognise and reward companies and individuals who contribute to that success.  Nothing happens without the support of logistics.  No one gets their flat screen television without logistics; no one exports a car without logistics; no one trades without logistics, so its hugely important to the country.

FTA Chief Executive, David Wells, says the event showcased the very best of British industrial delivery and innovation:

“The inaugural FTA Logistics Awards have proved a great success, celebrating outstanding performance in multimodal supply and logistics from organisations both big and small.  It’s wonderful to see multinationals such as thyssenkrupp AG being recognised alongside household names like TomTom Telematics and supply specialists such as the Cartwright Group. 

“The logistics sector often goes unrecognised and yet its work forms the backbone of British industry – without it, Britain simply would not keep trading.  Our members supply everything from raw materials for our factories, to high-tech devices and medication for hospitals, along with food to every single supermarket and corner shop in the UK.” 

The full list of winners is as follows:

Freight Carrier of the Year sponsored by The Port of Dover:

  • Delamode

Retail Shipper of the Year:

  • John Lewis Partnership

Manufacturing Shipper of the Year sponsored by Santander Corporate and Commercial:

  • thyssenkrupp AG

Logistics Partner of the Year sponsored by Howard Tenens:

  • TomTom Telematics

Most Innovative Product of the Year sponsored by ASB Law:

  • Cartwright Group

Most Innovative Company of the Year sponsored by Associated British Ports:

  • Freightliner

Logistics Champion of the Year for Essential Services sponsored by Romex:

  • Flogas Britain Ltd

Logistics Champion of the Year for Public Services:

  • London Borough of Croydon – Pollution Team

Logistics Lifetime Achievement Award:

  • James Cooper of Associated British Ports

The Freight Transport Association is the UK’s largest and most influential membership association in the freight and logistics sector, with more than 16,000 members operating over 220,000 goods vehicles – half the UK’s fleet.  Established in 1889, FTA’s members move goods by road, rail, sea and air, consign over 90 percent of the freight moved by rail and 70 per cent of sea and air freight.

Opening Times

Tues 18th June 2019 10:00 - 17:00

Awards/VIP Dinner 19:00 - 24:00

Wed 19th June 2019 10:00 - 19:00

Multimodal Mixer 17:00 - 19:00
(Late night opening & happy hour)

Thurs 20th June 2019 10:00 - 15:00


Supply chain management for logistics and cargo owners.

Browse the Multimodal exhibitor list.

Check out our Programme of features.  

Contact Us

To speak to a member of the show team call +44 (0) 207 384 7759. For more information go to our Team contacts page

Quick Links

Go to the Exhibitor list

Follow us on Twitter

Sign up for the Newsletter

Join the debate on LinkedIn

View the 2018 Meet the Experts Interviews