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Welcome to the CILT Golf Society.

Chair: Paul Symes CBE FCILT

Business networking and golf fit well together, so in 1994 the CILT Golf Society was formed “to provide golfing members of the CILT(UK) with the opportunity to foster professional, business and sporting contacts”.  Over the years our programme has been expanded and refined and we now focus on organising events at top quality traditional members’ clubs and courses.

It is a successful formula which has forged many friendships and business contacts, enabled members to entertain guests and to have an enjoyable day.  Why not get in touch and attend one of our events just to experience the camaraderie of this friendly and welcoming golf-based forum.  

If you are interested, please contact: T: 01536 740175 and for further information you can also visit the CILT Golf Society website –


CILT Golf Society Committee Structure

 Chair  Paul Symes CBE FCILT  Retired Army and Logistics Consultant 
 Captain  Bob Harper  Director Rack Storage Systems Ltd
 Vice-Captain  Brian Reid   Retired Head of Warehouse & Logistics Habitat Ltd
 Past Captain Angus Whyte  Director International Accounts, Hoppecke
 Treasurer  Chris Sturman FCILT  CEO Food Storage and Distribution Federation
 Sponsor Secretary  Adrian Malupa  Director FPS
 Publicity  Paul Ritchie  Bus Dev Director NYK Logistics
 Tour Manager and Website   John Winter  Director Bishopsgate IT Director 
 CILT HQ Liaison  Cameron Grant  Managing Director SecureSeal Systems Ltd

Captain's Message

Message from, CILT Golf Society Captain

Hello and welcome to the CILT Golf Society.

This year we are playing at some fabulous golf courses: Beaconsfield GC in April, Hankley Common GC in May, Copt Heath GC in June and Northampton GC in October. There are also three matches against: the Royal Logistics Corps & Transport Association golf Societies; the Oil Industry Gs and the Liberal Golf Circle. The annual CILT GS tour this year is to Yorkshire - playing 3 top courses around York.

I was introduced into the golf society by a member 10 years ago and never regretted it a moment. I have met some wonderful characters and enjoyed many happy fun times. I hope you will too.


Bob Harper - CILT Golf Society Captain 2021
Mobile: 07809676343



Past Venues

Past Venues used by the CILT(UK) Golf Society

Venue golf clubs have included:


  • Denham
  • The Forest of Arden
  • Northamptonshire County
  • Goring & Streatley
  • St Pierre
  • The RAC Club
  • Frilford Heath
  • Yorkshire
  • Ganton
  • Kirkbymoorside
  • Little Aston
  • Fulford
  • Huntercombe
  • Hollinwell
  • Northants (Fleet)
  • Gerrards Cross
  • Basingstoke
  • Dunstable Downs
  • Moortown



Tour venues and golf clubs have included:

  • France (Le Touquet, Hardelot, Belle Dunes, Wimeraux Deauville and Golf d'Etretat)

  • Scotland (Royal Troon, Dundonald, Prestwick and Western Gailes)

  • Jersey (Royal Jersey and La Moye)

  • Belgium/Ghent (Royals Ostend, Latem, Hainaut, Antwerp and Zoute)

  • Wales (Royal Porthcawl, Machynys Peninsula, Pyle & Kenfig)


Bob Harper

Bob started his career in the storage and materials handling world working for Lancer Boss FLT. He then joined Dexion Ltd for 6 years. After spotted a niche in the market he started his own business RSS in 1978 buying second-hand pallet racking/shelving and mezzanine flooring, then selling it at 1/2 the price of new.

RSS Ltd today still operates from Welwyn Garden City. Bob represented his county at various levels of football and achieved an England youth cap. He continued playing semi-pro football for 11 years. Bob was also a keen tennis player and still enjoys skiing and playing golf.

Paul Symes CBE, JP, FCILT

Paul served a full career in the Army including a tour as a helicopter pilot together with a variety of command, logistic and administrative posts.  He was head of Logistics & Personnel at brigade, divisional and Corps HQ level and was appointed CBE for his role as Chief Logistics officer in the Falklands during the clear-up operations immediately after the war.  He commanded the Central Ordnance Depot and Garrison at Bicester, was the director responsible for all Ordnance Depots in the UK and still maintains close links with his successors in the Royal Logistic Corps. 

Towards the end of his Army career he took on the additional role as the MOD representative on the Council of the Institute of Logistics, forging closer links between the Armed forces and the Institute.In this capacity he recognised the opportunity for combining business networking with golf days and so began the Institute’s Golf Society in 1995.

Brian Reid

Brian has worked within Retail Sector for over 40 years, starting initially with the British Shoe Corporation and then for nearly 30 years within the Habitat organization operating in various roles and ending up running their worldwide inbound logistics and European warehousing until 2007. Latterly, Brian worked as an Independent Consultant predominately helping retailers with warehousing, logistics and home delivery operation. Brian has now retired from business in 2019 and enjoys playing golf amongst other interests and passions.

Brian has been a member of CILT and the CILT Golf Society since the early 1990’s, he has been one of the most consistent players in the society participating in most events and Tours.

Angus Whyte

Gus Whyte is in his 40th year of support to the Logistics and Transport industry. After completing an apprenticeship as a motor engineer and a short career traveling the world in the Merchant Navy, Gus joined the industry in 1978 supplying batteries to the Materials Handling sector. During his 40 years connection with the industry, Gus has worked with fabricators and electronic companies designing changing machines, battery storage systems and electronic management systems to make charging areas safer and more efficient.

For the last 18 years Gus has worked for a German motive power battery manufacturing company who supply quality solutions to users of Materials Handling equipment.

Gus has been an active member of the CILT Golf Society since 2010 and during this time has played many enjoyable and varied golf courses while networking with many interesting and helpful members and their guests.

Cameron Grant

Cameron Grant has been developing and supplying innovative products primarily for the Transport and Logistics sector for 30 years with the OEM Group of Companies which is a family concern that he now owns and runs. After completing his B.Eng (Hons) degree majoring in RF and Digital communications he started his commercial business career as Sales Director for Gamid Ltd representing various Israeli manufacturers of engineering products then after 4 years travelling between Tel Aviv and London he joined the family business based in Enfield, North London.

Cameron has been a keen club golfer for over 35 years and started as a member of CILT and the Golf Forum more than 20 years ago. In addition, he was honoured to be selected as Captain of this illustrious CILT group of enthusiastic souls for the 2018 season.

Christopher Sturman

Christopher Sturman is Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Food Storage and Distribution Federation, an appointment held since May 2009.

His forty five year career in the logistics industry from early days with TDG, NFC/BRC Southern, Ross Youngs and Wincanton with wide experience of operational, tactical and strategic food supply chain and logistics management, followed by roles as Managing Director of West Kent Cold Storage and Chief Executive of Linq Alliance. Chris also has undertaken high profile consultancy assignments across the supply chain and logistics sector in UK, Europe, Central Asia and USA.

Chris previously served as a Board member of FSDF. He is a Fellow and past member of the Council and Board, of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK, and is a Transaid Ambassador.



Adrian Malupa

After leaving 6th form in 1976 entered the logistics sector as a Customs Officer based at Stratford ICD.

Moving into the 1980s I spent 14 years working for OCL and Hapag Lloyd in the developing containerisation sector.

The 1990s and 2000s saw me move into the wider Logistics sector working for Exel, Kuehne and Nagel and Bernard Group working in Senior Key Account roles with companies such as Unilever, P&G, Colgate, Palmolive, Mars, Ford, Smiths Group etc.

Since 2012 I have been working in a consultancy role in Customs and Supply chain compliance.

I joined the CILT Golf society in 1997 and have been involved on the Committee and Sponsorship ever since and a Past Captain.

Paul Ritchie

Paul commenced his tutelage in logistics working with TNT International in Automotive collections services, managing major contracts with Rolls Royce, Rover Group and Land Rover Cars.   

Paul has been a firm advocate of Education and professionalism in the Logistics Industry and has a real desire to encourage and promote the services of the CILT to more and more young people, who form the backbone of our growth and innovation. I joined the Golf Society in its infancy as an opportunity to meet like minded industry geeks and have enjoyed the mix of business and social benefits. 

I was especially honoured to Captain the society in 2014 which was both a real pleasure and memorable experience.



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