FTA announces new president, Stewart Oades

Former Christian Salvesen CEO Stewart Oades is to be the new president of the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Oades, who takes over from Andrew Haines in April, is the chairman of Wesupply and non-executive director of Clipper Logistics Group. In addition to these roles, he is also a director of GS1 (UK), the global standards organisation and a director and trustee of the charity Transaid. He has been on the FTA Board since 2007 where his depth of industry knowledge and experience has already proven to be a great asset. Andrew Haines, logistics director at Tate & Lyle Sugars Europe, will remain on the FTA Board.

Stewart Oades has over 30 years' experience in the logistics industry and has operated at a senior level for Safeway Stores, Exel and Christian Salvesen, where he was responsible for its successful turnaround and sale to Groupe Norbert Dentressangle. He comes from a family with interests in general haulage.

Oades has an honours degree in business studies and a CPC with which he was awarded by FTA in the early 1980s. His specialist subjects at university included economics of transport and his dissertation was on the use of inland waterways for freight.

Outside of business, Stewart Oades has been married to Janet for 32 years and has two daughters. His interests include watching most sports, fly-fishing, opera and spending time at his house in Italy when time permits.