Staffordshire Group - Forthcoming Events

June 2017
Tactical Supply Wing - Providing Aviation Fuel to Battlefield Helicopters in a Contested, Degraded and Operationally Limited EnvironmentBOOK NOW
29/06/2017 13:30:00 - 29/06/2017 17:00:00

When: Thursday 29th June from 1300 (for 1330) - 1700 hrs
Where: Tactical Supply Wing (TSW), MOD Stafford, Beaconside, Staffordshire ST18 0AQ

The TSW will host a Defence Forum event to offer CILT professionals the opportunity to learn more about how this specialist unit provides aviation fuel to battlefield helicopters. This unique organisation is one of the most heavily tasked, high readiness units within the UK’s Joint Helicopter Command and has seen almost continual operational service since its formation in 1970.

With a diverse range of capabilities, TSW builds and operates temporary storage sites, employs its fleet of cross-country tankers to transport fuel across the battlefield and conducts ‘Rotors Turning Refuels’ of helicopters. The unit is recognised as UK Defence’s subject matter experts in their field, and are specialists in activities such as parachuting fuel from C130s, flying it forward under-slung from helicopters or taking fuel direct from tactical aircraft such as the C130 Hercules into forward installations.

The event will include both static and live demonstrations, which will illustrate some of the equipment and capabilities the Wing employs, on exercise and operations. During these demonstrations, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with TSW personnel to ask questions regarding the equipment or procedures which the unit employs.  Delegates will hear from Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Jamie Miller, who will speak on TSW’s role as an Air Combat Service Support Unit, where they fit in to Defence and the challenges they face with the perceived change to the future operating environment. Specifically, the talk will outline how the Wing is planning to evolve its capabilities, both conceptually and physically in terms of desired changes to equipment. You will also hear about the support that TSW provides around the world to its diverse customers. He will also speak about how TSW’s capabilities are deployed to support Joint Helicopter Forces operating in a multitude of different austere locations, including desert, jungle and extreme cold weather environments. Subjects will include the levels of training that TSW personnel have to undertake in order to remain suitably qualified and experienced in refuelling helicopters in a combat environment.

The key to TSW’s effectiveness in meeting high readiness global deployed operations is its ability to prepare, generate and project personnel and equipment from MOD Stafford. Officer Commanding Headquarters Squadron will outline how TSW’s team of engineers, suppliers, drivers, administrators and training staff go about achieving this critical task.

With anecdotes from current and past operations, this will be a unique opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of recent developments.

Security restrictions apply to TSW and so delegates are required to provide full names, date of birth, nationality and if travelling by car, full vehicle details (make, model, colour and VRN) two weeks prior to the event. A form of photographic ID (passport or driving licence) will also be required on the day. As the visit will include an outdoor demonstration, warm/waterproof clothing is recommended.  

Refreshments and a light afternoon buffet will be provided.

To secure your place please contact Membership Services, with your ready filled booking form on Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: DSC0320.

Cost: Member: £10; Non-Member: £15.

July 2017
SCALA 2017 Supply Chain DebateBOOK NOW
06/07/2017 15:00:00 - 06/07/2017 18:00:00

Is today's supply chain a competitive advantage or just a support function? 

When: 6 July 2017, 14:30 for 15:00 - 19:00
Where: Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry, CV3 2AB

The SCALA Annual Debate has become one of the highlights of the logistics calendar and is a great opportunity for senior industry leaders and professionals to discuss the key issues of the year. 2017 will be our 14th year of running this highly successful event, which attracts top speakers and 150 senior professionals who will be meeting up in the stunning marquee and grounds of historic Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire on the 6th July at 4pm.

You are welcome to join us for Pimm's and canapés at 15:00, with a buffet supper at 18:00.

Guest speakers include:

Gavin Chappell, Supply Chain Director, Dunelm Mill
Emma Ross CMILT, General Warehouse Manager, WM Morrisons
Steven Thornton, Director UK Logistics & Supply Chain, BRITA
John Tomlinson, Supply Chain Director, John West
Tiger Wang, Chairman, Ocean Group (China)

SCALA Annual Supply Chain Debate Poster

To Book:
Contact Alison Hobson on 01484 437486 or - Online Booking Form

Delegates £145, or CILT members £105 excl. VAT

Social media channels for the event are as follows; LinkedIn, Twitter, and our website. The official hashtag for the event is #SCALADebate17.

Sponsors include;

Toyota Material Handling
AutoLogic Systems
Indigo WMS

Event code: WMR0315
Family Day Out at the Anderton Boat LiftBOOK NOW
08/07/2017 10:15:00 - 08/07/2017 16:00:00

When: 8 July 2017, 10:00 for 10:15 - 16:00
Where: Anderton Boat Lift, Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6FW
Meeting Point: Main entrance

Located in Northwich, the Anderton Boat Lift is in the heart of Cheshire and is one of the marvels of our canal system.  The massive iron framework, a masterpiece of high Victorian Engineering, lifts canal boats 50ft between the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. 

After looking around the visitor centre join the fully accessible, glass covered trip boat for the lift trip and a unique river cruise looking at the industrial heritage of Northwich, a town that has been making its living on salt for 2000 years.

The canal was engineered by James Brindley, who is celebrating his 300th birthday this year.

This is a joint social gathering for both Cheshire and Staffordshire members, their families and guests to participate.

Book online to register your interest, contact Andrew Dartnell on 07974 588052 or email

Event Poster

Event Code: STG0344.

There will be a charge to pay on the day.
Adult: £12.50
Child: £9.50
Family Ticket: £34.50 (2 Adults + 2 Children or 1 adult + 3 children)
Concessions: £11.50


September 2017
CILT Knowledge Centre OverviewBOOK NOW
07/09/2017 18:30:00 - 07/09/2017 20:30:00

When: 07 Sep 2017, 18:00 - 20:30  
Where: Pets at Home, Stanley Matthews Way, Trentham Lakes South, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, ST4 8GR  
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Peter Huggins, Knowledge Centre Manager, CILT

Membership of CILT offers access to a unique range of benefits and unbeatable services designed to support members, personally and professionally, throughout their career. One of the main benefits is the Institute’s Knowledge Centre. By combining traditional and online resources, The Knowledge Centre provides one of the largest specialist and comprehensive sources of logistics, supply chain and transport information in the world.

Peter Huggins, the Knowledge Centre Manager, will offer a unique insight into The Knowledge Centre so that you can learn about all of the information resources that are available to help members regarding the provision and sourcing of professional sector, company and topic-specific supply chain, logistics and transport information for your work and study needs.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0339.

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free

Visit to Amazon Distribution CentreBOOK NOW
12/09/2017 14:00:00 - 12/09/2017 16:00:00

When: 12 September 2017, 13:30 for 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Amazon Fulfilment Centre, Towers Business Park, Power Station Road, Rugeley, WS15 1LX
Meeting Point: Reserved parking spaces for delegates in main car park. All delegates will meet in the main reception.

Speaker: Joanne Wilkinson-Hughes, PR Specialist - Operations, Amazon

Come see the magic that happens after you 'click buy' on and join us on this visit Inside Amazon's well-oiled 800,000 square foot machine at Rugeley's Fulfilment Centre.

Following a short introduction, delegates will be given a tour of the site with an opportunity to ask any questions.

Please Note: 

  • Delegates who arrive after 14:00 will unfortunately be turned away 
  • The delegate list for this event will be vetted
  • No more than three colleagues from the same organisation can attend
  • Unfortunately no wheelchair access is available on this tour

To Book:
Book online now, complete our booking form or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: STG0348.

Places are limited so booking in advanced is advised. 

Member - £10  Non-Member - £20 -Booking Form

October 2017
Visit to the Eddie Stobart Training Academy and HQBOOK NOW
05/10/2017 18:30:00 - 05/10/2017 20:30:00

When: 05 October 2017, 18:30 for 18:00 - 20:30  
Where: Eddie Stobart, Stretton Green Distribution Park, Langford Way, Appleton, Warrington, Cheshire WA4 4TQ 
Meeting Point: Visitors' Reception - Training Academy

Speaker: Dave Pickering, Chief Operating Officer, Eddie Stobart

If you have ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the country’s most well-known logistics company, then this visit is for you. You will have the chance to visit Eddie Stobart's innovative head office in Warrington. As well as being home to their service support teams, their training academy is located there which caters for induction training, driver CPCs, management courses and much more. You will get to see where new vehicles are prepared with the distinctive Eddie Stobart livery (including the famous female names) and subsequently decommissioned after 2-3 years of service. Their Chief Operating Officer, David Pickering, will share the latest news about the company, following their listing on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year, and you will get the chance to see how a long-haul driver, or 'Tramper' as they are known internally, lives during their week on the road.
The event is being hosted by the Cheshire group but members of other North West groups are welcome. A site map and directions, plus joining instructions, will be provided nearer the time. Photography will be allowed.
Please notify the CILT in advance if you suffer from any food allergies

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Please note this event will be vetted.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0340

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member: Free


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