BIFA adds youth to its National Council

Both are important members of BIFA’s Young Forwarder Network (YFN) and their selection is in recognition of their endeavours to make the YFN the success that it is today, as well as BIFA’s desire to see YFN representation within the membership of the National Council.

Kyle Lawrence joined the industry in 2017, was a finalist in the inaugural apprentice of the Year category of the BIFA Freight Service Awards in 2018, becoming chair of the London East region of the newly founded YFN in 2019. In 2020, he became chair of the national YFN, which had become virtual as a result of the pandemic. He is employed at OIA Global.

Laura Hobby, who works for F.S Mackenzie, started her freight career in 2015 and took over the Chair of the ‘Virtual’ YFN from Kyle in 2021, driving the online events forward. Earlier this year she was named Young Freight Forwarder of the Year at the BIFA Freight Service Awards.

BIFA director general, Robert Keen says both Kyle and Laura have made huge strides in their short careers with their respective employers. Each of them have been instrumental in the development of the YFN; have spoken at careers events, and are generally great ambassadors for the industry.

“Without their drive and commitment the YFN, especially the online version, would not have developed to what it is today.

“As the voice of the younger generation within the freight forwarding industry, both are very welcome additions to our National Council, which consists of the chairs of BIFA’s regional and policy groups, the executive and non-executive directors, as well as the president and vice presidents of the trade association.”

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Pictured below, Laura Hobby and Kyle Lawrence. Hi res images available on request.

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Kyle Lawrence