Jerry Stewart of Eagle Couriers, which has bases in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bathgate, will take up a fellowship in the IoC next month (February 2015) and become its first representative of independent Scotland-based firms.
He'll be crowned a Fellow at a special gowning ceremony in the House of Lords before going on to become a key policy influencer - taking a leading role on all policies affecting Scotland.
Stewart was involved in establishing the firm and has since worked for Eagle Couriers for 26 years. He was nominated and approved as a Fellow due to his passion for the industry.
Tracy Worth, secretary at the IoC, said: “Being asked to become a Fellow at the Institute of Couriers marks Jerry out as a leader within the industry.
“The Institute has a huge influence on the Government – who present it with proposed changes to policies – then a dialogue takes place and official industry feedback is given.”
Stewart's election follows a stringent approval process.
Following the panel endorsement, the final approval was given by Viscount Falkland, president of the IoC, who works prolifically on transport issues and is advised by two former Ministers of Transport – Steven Norris (Conservative) and David Jamieson (Labour).
Stewart said: “I am understandably delighted to be recognised within the industry and excited to become a fellow at the Institute of Couriers.
“This is a chance for me to provide a voice for Scotland – and ensure that we are shaping policy around what is best for our industry – and the Scottish economy.
“I have seen the industry change a great deal as I approach my third decade as a courier – It was great to be there in the early boom years and it is fantastic to see that it has grown into such an important industry for the UK.”
The gowning will take place on February 6 in the House of Lords. Stewart will then have regular correspondence with the IoC to help its aim of establishing a national recognition of standards for those who work in the industry and to promote professional safe practice.
Eagle Couriers has been operating for 30 years and its work includes emergency deliveries for the NHS and the Scottish Blood Transfusion Service.
It has a 3500-strong client base, including the BBC and the NHS, other public sector organisations and sole traders.