The announcement of Dr Dorothy Chan was made by the current President, Professor Alan Waller OBE, at the International Council Meeting on June 12th. She was warmly welcomed by the CILT International President and UK Patron HRH The Princess Royal, who joined delegates from over 20 countries from around the world.
Dr Chan has had a distinguished career in the transport sector in Hong Kong including the post of Deputy Commissioner for Transport. She was Honorary Secretary and Membership Officer for the Hong Kong CILT in 1978 and became the President of Hong Kong CILT in 1989. She has served as the International Vice-President and Chair of the Membership & Education Committee, and in 2011 was awarded the International President’s Medal by Professor Waller.
Professor Waller commented: ‘I am delighted that Dr Dorothy Chan has been appointed to succeed me. Dorothy will be the second woman to be President in the history of the Institute since 1919. The first of course, was HRH The Princess Royal, so it is very fitting she could be here today. With Dorothy as its President, the Institute will be in good hands to further develop on our agenda of growth for the supply chain and transport profession in today’s competitive economy.’
Dr Chan said: ‘Promoting the knowledge and professional development of logistics and transport has been the Institute’s mission, and that echoes my sentiments in many ways. It is my hope that our members would be credited not only for improving the mobility of society, but also for creating a better environment. My current work in education reinforces my belief that our young members will create a dynamic future for the profession.’
Speaking at the conference HRH The Princess Royal congratulated international delegates for going the extra mile, or in some cases several thousand miles, to attend the Conference and promote our professional sectors. She added that members may be competitors in their profession but through the Institute have a common aim, to promote their industry and ensure that standards are upheld even in challenging times.