Will Whitehorn to be next CILT UK president

Apr 18 | 2016

Will Whitehorn FCILT FRAeS FMS, Director of Stagecoach Group Plc and Chairman of Transport Systems Catapult, is to become the next president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

He will take up the one-year presidency from Beverley Bell when she passes on the honour at an inauguration lunch to be held in London on 20th May.  

Will is a Fellow of the Institute and has been a Vice-President for the past four years. He is a leading figure in the transport sector and has worked in the profession all of his working life. 

Commenting on his appointment, Will said, “It is a great honour to have been appointed president of CILT in the UK. I am thrilled to represent the profession at such a momentous period of technological change that is currently sweeping through every aspect of our activities. We are on a rapid curve towards artificial intelligence and autonomous systems transforming the future of transport and logistics; this change will require an increasing emphasis on new skills and qualifications.” 

Commenting on Will’s appointment, CILT’s outgoing President, Beverley Bell said, “I am delighted that Will Whitehorn has accepted our invitation to become the Institute’s President-Elect. He is an extremely well-liked and well-respected professional and his experience and expertise will ensure the Institute is at the forefront of the latest developments in our industry.” 

Will worked for Virgin Group for 25 years. There he helped establish Virgin Atlantic on the global stage before spearheading Virgin's move into rail. He was a founding director of London and Continental Railways and went on to lead Virgin’s bid for the West Coast Mainline franchise. In 2004 Will became president of Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group, overseeing the construction of the world’s first commercial spaceship. 

As well as holding several non-executive roles outside the industry Will is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and The Marketing Society. 

Photo: Will Whitehorn