After 45 years as a consolidator of choice and consistent innovator, family-owned Unsworth have appointed Richard Hogg as their new managing director, to unleash an evolved Unsworth and a new type of digital forwarder.

Established  in 1974 and wholly owned by Geoff and Kathy Hogg  soon after, Unsworth has grown constantly, and is today one of the UK’s largest privately held forwarders.

Innovating and embracing change since its foundation, Unsworth were among the first to launch consolidation services when China acceded to the WTO and, by pioneering packaging technology, are now one of the UK’s leading automotive and caravan transporters.

Digitalisation is bringing a new swathe of innovation and disruption to the forwarding industry and it is into this challenging landscape that Unsworth announce the appointment of Richard Hogg as managing director, to spearhead the business’ evolution and growth for the decades ahead.

Graduating from Durham University with a BSc in Physics, Richard joined the global professional services network, KPMG, where he qualified as a chartered accountant, and was responsible for the application of analytics and data modelling for Bluechip clients, a forerunner of supply chain modelling.

For the last nine years with Unsworth, Richard, also a chartered shipbroker, has been working alongside his brother Charles, with particular focus on Unsworth’s finance, technology and human resources, leading Unsworth’s adoption of leading-edge operating systems and response to the digitalisation that is transforming the freight sector.

Among his first tasks, as managing director, Richard is overseeing the relaunch of Unsworth’s ground-breaking digital rate platform Cargocost, and a suite of digital tools that will position Unsworth as a forwarder first, and a technology expert second. ‘The digital face of forwarding’.

Commenting on his appointment, Richard said. “It is obviously an honour to maintain the Hogg family connection with Unsworth and I want to thank my entire team for their support and valued contribution. Technology is undoubtedly transforming shipping, but too much attention has been given to the tech and the ‘disruptors’, rather than the value either actually provide shippers. Which is why all our technology is focused entirely on simplifying shipping and empowering the shipper. Unsworth will transform forwarding by putting the shipper in control, by providing the information they need, when they need it, total supply chain visibility and control is just one-click away.”