CILT - Golf Society

Welcome to the CILT Golf Society.

Chair: Paul Symes CBE FCILT

Business networking and golf fit well together, so in 1995 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: E: T: 01536 740174

 CILT Golf Society Committee Structure



Paul Symes CBE FCILT

Retired Army and Logistics Consultant


Cameron Grant

MD SecureSeal Systems


Angus Whyte

Director Internat’l Accounts, Hoppecke

Past Captain

Peter Taylor

Retired Logistics Consultant


Chris Sturman FCILT

CEO Food Storage and Distr Federation

Sponsor Secretary

Adrian Malupa

Director FPS


Paul Ritchie

Bus Dev Director NYK Logistics

Tour Manager and Website

John Winter

Director Bishopsgate IT Logistics



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This year, 2018, our main meetings are being played at Beaconsfield, Hankley Common, Copt Heath and Northamptonshire County.  We will be playing team matches against the Royal Logistic Corps and Transport Golf Societies at the Army GC (with a dinner in the RLC HQ Officers Mess), against the Liberal GS at Muswell Hill and against the Oil Industry GS at Denham.  We also organise a 3-day tour to Cornwall in September (playing Trevose, St Enedoc and Newquay).  Some, being championship courses, challenge even the best golfers.  To our mixed-ability members they provide a treasured experience and an-often repeated story!  Many remember in 2010 when one of our guests at Hankley Common GC was the Captain of the R&A, Hamish Ritchie, and in his thank you speech told us about life as the R&A Captain and that his next speech would be to welcome the Amateurs to The Masters at Augusta National!

Whenever possible, we try to attract support from sponsors and offer packages at subsidised affordable rates, including occasional golf clinics and after-dinner speakers.

All members and past members of the Institute are eligible and welcome to join the Golf Society. For an annual membership subscription of £20 you can enter all events, be eligible for the discounted member rate (£50 to £60) and bring a guest (about £70 to £75).  These subsidised fees cover coffee and bacon bap on arrival, 18 holes of golf on a top-quality golf course with prizes and a 3-course meal with wine.

Join us – varied swings and abilities are ALL welcome!

How do I join?

The Golf Society provides CILT members and past-members an opportunity to foster professional, business and sporting contacts.  Its membership list reads like a ‘who’s who’ of transport & logistics professionals.  To join the Golf Society please contact – T: 01536 740 116.

The Golf Society organises a full programme of events for its members and their guests at attractive venues and at subsided rates.  Our meetings are primarily played at good quality traditional members’ clubs and our priority is always for members and guests to enjoy their golf, the venue and each other’s company.

Members and former members of the CILT(UK) (or the forming Institutes before integration on 1 June 1999) and members of a membership body within CILT (e.g. IOM) are eligible to become members of the Golf Society. That eligibility includes staff at the Institute HQ and nominated ‘key employees’ of organisations or companies with a Corporate Partnership with the Institute. 

For those of you who have not previously been a member of the Institute, please note that our discounted rates go some way to offset the cost of CILT (UK) subscriptions (in 2018: Affiliate grade £117, Retired Member grade £65) so, if you have not done so before, please join the Institute.

All correspondence and notices for Society events are sent out to those on our Membership List by the Institute Centre at Corby. Our contact (administrator) there is Emily Cameron, please help her by quoting your CILT(UK) membership (or past member) number when requested; and choose to receive your Golf Society correspondence by e-mail whenever possible.

For Further Information: T: 01536 740 116.
Regions & Forums Coordinator, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), Logistics and Transport Centre, Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby, Northants NN17 4AX.

Alternatively, you can download PDF or Word and complete a printed application form and return to the office address shown. 

Message from, CILT Golf Society Captain

A very warm welcome to the CILT Golf Society, a most friendly group of keen golfers which, if you are not yet a member then, we encourage you to join us and get involved.

I’ve had the pleasure of being a member of the CILT Golf Society starting in the 90’s and then re-joining in 2009 after a brief posting to Canada for a few years. The society is a fantastic combination of fellowship, tradition, and fun with numerous events every year including four regular outings, a separate 3-day tour, a match-play knockout cup, and three inter-society matches to be enjoyed. You can play as much or as little as you like.

I am very proud to be the Captain for 2018, and as so my enthusiasm for this year is a focus on our core principles of camaraderie, fellowship, sociable networking, and friendly competitive fun on the course. Also, as part of our proactive committee I look forward to 

welcoming all new members into the fold so please get in touch as I would be delighted to introduce you to the society and make you feel at home.

As an active and well supported society, we offer the wonderful opportunity to play at some of the loveliest and well-respected golf clubs and venues mainly in the heartland of England but also as far afield as Scotland, Wales and even France and Belgium. Our varied events are always well supported by members and guests, and year after year we grow the society to expand our networking community as well as the base of enthusiastic players.

In closing may I take this opportunity to wish all our members, guests, and new members to come, a most enjoyable year of golfing companionship with success on the links, and hopefully kind weather for us along the way.

Please do come and join us for a warm welcome to this friendly group of likeminded logistics-based golfing optimists!

Cameron Grant.

Past Venues used by the CILT(UK) Golf Society

Venue golf clubs have included:


The Forest of Arden,

Northamptonshire County

Goring & Streatley,

St Pierre,

The RAC Club,

Frilford Heath,

Little Aston,



North Hants (Fleet),

Gerrards Cross,


Dunstable Downs. 


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)

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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.

Since 1994 Cameron has held various Director roles within the OEM Group of Companies, including a 10-year export market re-location in Canada, but always retaining this Technical Directorship over all new developments. Cameron has now been the Managing Director of the Group since 2009 with the consistent personal remit to produce outstanding innovative products for the niche transport/logistics area of unpowered assets.

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.

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. After extending his education and gaining a CILT professional qualification, this was swiftly followed up by a Diploma in Logistics and CPC qualifications to confirm great working practices, could be proven in the distance Learning arena. 

After a period of senior roles at Acumen and NYK Logistics developing new business in retail and warehousing distribution, he was able to manage a few years of logistics and business consultancy, before returning to manage IT developments of Freight and Cargo with OAG Worldwide and recently Wisetech Global group. 

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.

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. Over the last 10 years Gus has worked for 2 years in Germany setting up the companies Systems Division and a further 3 years in the Export Division finding and developing business partnerships in many parts of the world.

Gus is now back in the UK and supporting many recognised names in the logistics sector to improve their battery handling and management systems. While organisation and safety is always his main focus helping customers reduce their operational costs and lowering their carbon footprint is also a major advantage offered.  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.

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Peter gained experience in and detailed knowledge of a variety of logistic environments.  Starting as a Stock Control Manager with Rank Hovis Mcdougall he worked his way up, via various warehousing, transport, depot and project management roles, to the position of Regional Operations Manager with the global NYK Group of Companies. On the way he studied for, and obtained, a formal qualification in Quality Management and a NEBOSH Health & Safety Certificate. For the last 11 years of his career Peter was a successful self-employed logistics consultant - working with the Freight Transport Association as well as household names such as: Proctor & Gamble; Next; McCain’s; and Stena Line.

Peter joined the CILT (then the ILDM) in 1991 and was an active member of the Eastern Region Committee for many years. He was in at the ‘birth’ of the CILT Golf Society and had the honour of being Captain in 2017. Peter is proud of the fact that he never felt the need to advertise his abilities. All his appointments and new/repeat business originated from a network of colleagues and members of the CILT or their golf day guests.


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.


The FSDF is the leading Trade Association representing all aspects of the Food and Drink Logistics Sector and Supply Chains.  With it’s roots dating back to 1911, the FSDF provides it’s members with a wide range of advisory, support, research and business generation services as well as being the lead trade body interfacing with the UK Government and Brussels.


Further information can be found on our website at or contacting Chris Sturman on 0118 988 4468 or email :

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

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

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

Since 2012 i have been working in a consultancy roles 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 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.

A memorable moment in 2009 – on the 1st tee between Richard Givan, the Hankley Common Golf Club Captain, and one of our guests, Hamish Ritchie, Captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.


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