In June 2019, The Cold Chain Federation became the latest incarnation of the trade body that has represented the UK temperature controlled storage and distribution industry for more than a century. Watch the video below and find out more.

Cold Chain Federation is the voice of the temperature-controlled supply chain in the UK. Our members are made up of businesses who operate frozen and chilled storage facilities and/or temperature-controlled distribution vehicles plus companies who have mutual commercial or policy interests. Subscribe to our Newsletter

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The Federation is made up of a dynamic team, based in the countryside just South of Reading.

Phil Pluck, Chief Executive

Phil brings to the Cold Chain Federation a wealth of experience in leadership roles at professional membership bodies, including The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association, the Glass and Glazing Federation, and the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has also worked with and advised on operational and commercial strategy for a number of other membership bodies as well as holding commercial directorships in the charity, private and government sectors.

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Tom Southall, Deputy CEO

Tom joined the Federation in November 2019 having spent 6 months previously on secondment with us. He is responsible for the development of the new Cold Chain Compliance product and other policy work including food safety, sustainability, energy efficiency and overseeing the Federation’s Climate Change Agreement.

Tom’s passion is long distance running… a marathon is just an arbitrary distance apparently.

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Jane Jones, Marketing and Events Manager

Jane joined the Federation in 2014, bringing varied sales, marketing and event management experience. She has made a real impact on all aspects of Federation events.

She is a keen sportsperson and outdoor lover, with her current passion being for open water swimming. One husband, two children, two dogs. That’s enough to keep you busy.

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Nicola Goddard, Finance Manager

Nicola joined the Federation in 2016. She brings significant experience of managing the finances of a variety of companies. She makes sure the organisation is running like clockwork.

She’s kept busy by numerous outside work interests, mostly linked to community volunteer activities. She is also one half of the lunch time running club.

Yvonne Taylor, Executive Assistant and Membership Co-ordinator

Yvonne joined the Federation in 2013. Having worked in executive support and communications roles in a variety of companies, Yvonne is the knowledge center of the Federation’s people and membership.

Yvonne has a passion for travel, and sunshine generally, not necessarily the sort of person you would call naturally at home in a frozen warehouse. She is the other half of the lunch time running club.

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Liam Challenger, Communications & External Affairs Director

An experienced campaigner and communications professional, Liam joined the CCF in November 2022. Tasked with expanding their public affairs work across government, local and devolved. He leads our engagement with elected officials across our policy asks.

Alongside that he runs our social media, website and other communication channels. Outside of work he is a keen swimmer and cricket player.

You can view Liam’s LinkedIn profile. 

Rachel Nunn, Membership Engagement Manager

Rachel brings varied experience of Management from the corporate world as well as having had her own business and worked in the charity sector. Rachel chose to use these skills to help support businesses and not for profit organisations through the Chamber of Commerce Membership for 5 years. Now she brings all the transferable skills across to the Cold Chain Federation to help support and grow our members.

You can view Rachel’s LinkedIn profile.


Our Board of Directors is made up of industry leaders, drawn from our member companies.

Paul Bennell, Managing Director, Samworth Brothers Supply Chain


Meeting regularly, our expert groups set strategy and agree policy in the specific areas of warehousing, distribution and technical and safety. If you would like to get involved in any of the expert groups, please get in touch.