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CILT Annual Conference 2021: A Blueprint For Delivering A Better Future

When: Thursday 17 June, 2021 (09:30 - 16:30)

Where: Virtual Conference 


There is a lot of uncertainty and change in the world right now and our profession is at the heart of that change.  There has never been a more important time to bring our members together and address the challenges we face as a collective. 

This year's digital conference did just that; providing insights, offering best practice examples and real world case studies from thought leaders and influencers from across our profession. The conference addressed how to maximise the potential of the UK economy post-Brexit and COVID-19, how to accelerate the route to sustainability and how to strengthen supply chain resilience in an uncertain world.




When: Thursday 16 June 2022

Where: The Slate, Warwick Conferences


Keynote Speakers

This Conference is sponsored by The Open University.

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For over 50 years, The Open University (OU) has led the way in innovative distance-learning. The University has a proven track record and rich heritage of providing workplace education solutions for employers across a range of sectors, which help employees fulfil their potential bringing education to the learner.

Specialising in developing high-quality learning materials, based on rigorous research and industry insight, the OU combines academic excellence with technological expertise to deliver flexible work-based learning. We have a range of options including apprenticeships, short courses, certificates, vocational programmes, diplomas and undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes as well as free badged courses.


Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Richard Wilding

Richard Wilding OBE FCILT, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management

Richard is Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management U.K. He is also Past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK and Director / Non Executive Director at Leidos Supply Ltd. He is described by the BBC as "one of the world’s leading experts in logistics & supply chain management".

Richard works with European and International companies on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food drink, professional services. He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences & international lecture tours. He has published widely and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals. His passion is taking knowledge and creating ACTION.

Richard’s special areas of interest include the creation of collaborative business environments, reducing supply chain risk, time compression & techniques for aligning supply chains to maximise customer value and reduce cost.


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Major General Simon Hutchings OBE FCILT, Director of Joint Support, MOD

Simon Hutchings is Director of Joint Support, a new organisation that stood up in Apr 20 as part of the wider Defence Support operating model. He is responsible for planning and delivering performance excellence, assurance, compliance, and shared services (including a new CIO/CTO function) across Support.Joint Support, through Defence Supply Chain and Operational Movements (DSCOM), also controls and coordinates the Strategic Base and Strategic Air Transportation.   

Prior to taking up this appointment he was Head of Commissioning and Managing Organisation (CMO) responsible for managing and assuring the £7.5Bn contract for Logistics Commodities and Services Transformation (LCST) with Team Leidos.   

Simon is President of British Army Motorsport, Army Tug of War and RLC Hockey. He has a passion for telemark skiing, mountaineering, running and motorsport, although his burgeoning car collection must now be hidden.


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Malcolm Brown FCILT, Chief Executive Officer, Angel Trains Ltd

Malcolm Brown joined Angel Trains as CEO in autumn 2020. Prior to this he was a Partner with AMP Capital’s Global Equity business as Head of Asset Management, responsible for the portfolio of infrastructure assets across Europe. Prior to joining the team, Malcolm had worked with AMP as a Senior Advisor since 2015. He held various AMP Capital-appointed board directorships including chairmanships. Malcolm has significant operational experience in both transport and utilities. He previously joined Angel Trains in 2008 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2009. He led the business through a period of successful commercial growth including a number of refinancing events and a change of control, and he also leads and chairs a number of cross-industry groups in the UK rail sector. Malcolm has held a number of executive positions on Plc subsidiary companies including Serco and National Express.

Will MacFarlane

William Macfarlane, Director Economics and Finance, UK Mission to the EU

Will Macfarlane leads UK Mis’ work with the EU and Whitehall on economic policy and the UK’s future economic relationship with the EU, financial services, the EU budget and the EU’s Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) and taxation and customs.

Prior to his posting in Brussels, Will worked in 10 Downing Street for four years, first as the Private Secretary for Economic Affairs to Prime Minister David Cameron and then as Deputy Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Theresa May where he retained his responsibilities for economic policy but also took on wider leadership responsibilities across Downing Street.

From 2005 to 2015, Will worked on a range of economic policy issues in HM Treasury covering a variety of domestic and European matters, principally on taxation, macroeconomic and fiscal policy. Also within HM Treasury, Will led the UK government’s cross-Whitehall analytical work ahead of the independence referendum in Scotland in 2014.

Stream One: Supply chain resilience in an uncertain world

Confirmed Stream One Speakers

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Amy Shortman FCILT, Director of Product Marketing, Overhaul

Amy is a Chartered Fellow of CILT and has 20 plus years’ experience within pharmaceutical logistics.  During this time, she has worked within operations and commercial roles and is passionate about creating supply chains that ensure product integrity is maintained throughout.

Amy started her career in an operations role for a global specialist clinical trial logistics provider, then went on to establish the UK and Irish operation for one of the world’s leading active temperature control container organisations.   She created brand awareness, as well as education to the healthcare and logistics industry, of the increasing need for improved compliance and cool chain management.

Amy has worked within the air, sea and road arena, and has extensive experience of setting up secure supply chains for high-value freight and temperature sensitive freight.  Working for a top 3 global third-party logistics (3PL) provider in healthcare and life sciences, specialising in business development and key account management for global clients.

Her penultimate role before joining Overhaul Group was with ASC Associates Ltd, which Amy established in 2011 as a global supply chain business services company that specialises in the areas of temperature-sensitive, high-value products.  In 2019 Amy joined the senior management team at Overhaul as their Director of Product marketing enabling her to utilise her practical experience of supply chains with her passion for the future and Industry 4.0.

Amy has also been facilitating and training for over 12 years and is an IATA external facilitator for CEIV Pharma.


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Rick Cudworth, Partner – Crisis & Resilience, Deloitte

Rick is a recognised leader and expert in organisational resilience, strategic risks, operational readiness and crisis/exceptional situation management, with over 30 years’ experience in this specialist field. He is also a Partner at Deloitte and founded their Reputation, Crisis and Resilience practice.

During his career, he has supported the hosts and organisers of some of the world’s greatest sporting events, worked across government to manage issues of national significance such as the UK’s exit from the EU and has helped many organisations improve resilience of supply. He has also been an interim Group Head of Business Continuity at two global banks.

He has worked with leading academic institutions and bodies to develop good practice and standards in resilience, including Cranfield University, King’s College London, the National Preparedness Commission and the British Standards Institution where he is Chair of the Technical Committee for Continuity and Resilience.

He provides crisis leadership training to 150+ executives worldwide on an annual basis, has been invited to lecture at several universities and awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Business Continuity Institute


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Dr Omera Khan Professor at Royal Holloway University of London and Executive Strategic Advisor at Skill Dynamics 

Professor Omera Khan PhD has gained international recognition for her research and thought leadership in Supply Chain Risk Management. Inspiring and visionary, Omera is skilled at presenting complex subjects in a simple and thought-provoking manner. A passionate educator and highly acclaimed speaker, Omera splits her time between academia and industry. She is Professor of Supply Chain Management and Director of the MSc in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Royal Holloway University of London (UK) and regularly teaches on an adjunct basis at Universities around the world. As a Strategic Supply Chain Risk Expert, she provides consultancy, advisory and training to businesses that are undergoing business transformation to embrace change, build resilience, develop dynamic teams and prepare for future disruptions through customised solutions. Omera works with organisations to inspire them to transform their processes. She brings both insight and sensitivity to companies facing the challenges of transition and develops effective tools and solutions that empower creative leadership to achieve their goals. She is a highly acclaimed speaker and is regularly invited as a keynote speaker and panellist at global conferences and corporate events. She is also the Executive Strategic Advisor at Skill Dynamics, a high impact online training provider for corporates.


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Charlie Henderson FCILT, Partner, PA Consulting

Charlie is a partner with PA Consulting Group and is their global lead for roads and logistic-related work.  He helps organisations in the sector with strategy and transformation, including adopting innovative technologies, transforming business processes, setting up new commercial arrangements and making better use of information. In doing this he brings 25+ years’ experience of delivering some of the most complex change projects in the sector.  Charlie has been a Fellow of CILT(UK) since 2019 and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transport, a Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, and a member of the Institute of Asset Management and the Institution of Engineering & Technology.


Stream 1 is facillitated by:

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Catherine Milner FCILT - Managing Consultant, C2MC Ltd

Catherine is a Chartered Engineer with over 25 years’ experience working in aerospace, petrochemicals and telecommunications in operational roles, and more recently in consultancy with Inventory Matters, iM3L and c2mc.  She has been involved over many years with operations management, training, business process analysis, project management, training and workshop facilitation and inventory strategy development. 

Catherine combines her consultancy work with her work as a lecturer for WMG at Warwick University in the UK and abroad. With a wide experience with MRP, EDI, SAP, inventory optimisation, forecasting and S&OP, she has been involved in systems implementations with an emphasis on people processes for long-term cohesion, including process analysis and training.  Catherine was Chair of the Institute of Operations Management for many years and sits on several CILT(UK) committees.  She has co-authored two recent books on inventory management.


Stream Two: Accelerate the route to sustainability (sponsored by Arco)

This stream session is sponsored by Arco. Arco RGB Logo 030321

Arco is the UK’s leading products and services company in health & safety. Founded in 1884, Arco are a family-owned business committed to delivering our core purpose of keeping people safe at work. Through its dedicated in-house experts, Arco helps to shape the safety world in order to ensure UK workers go home safe every night. It distributes a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products, including personal protective equipment, workwear, safety footwear, gloves, workplace safety and hygiene products. It also provides professional services encompassing training, consultancy and site services. 

Hull-based Arco has been at the forefront of the most significant recent global emergencies, including the response to both SARS and Ebola outbreaks. When the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in the UK, the company played a key role in the response, navigating the global supply chain restrictions that led to an international shortage of certain types of PPE. Arco's product and supply chain specialists worked quickly to source, procure and distribute over 140 million face masks, 18 million gloves, over 50,000 coveralls and 5,000,000 hygiene products to the NHS, ambulance services, other public health bodies, local authorities and critical industries.


Confirmed Stream Two Speakers 


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Catherine Weetman FCILT, Director, Re-think Global

Catherine Weetman works with entrepreneurs, business leaders and communities, helping them move towards a circular, regenerative and fair economy. She founded Rethink Global in 2013 and is fascinated by the ‘sweet spot’ where strategy, supply chain and sustainability come together. She hosts the Circular Economy Podcast and is a Mentor and Chapter lead for the Circular Economy Club.

Catherine’s award-winning A Circular Economy Handbook: How to Build a More Resilient, Competitive and Sustainable Business is published by Kogan Page. The book explains the what, why and how of the circular economy, and the latest edition includes a new chapter on packaging, over 100 extra examples, and many more updates to help people use the circular economy to create profitable, resilient, sustainable businesses.

Catherine qualified as an Industrial Engineer and began her career in garment manufacturing, before moving onto logistics solution design, project management, business intelligence and supply chain consulting, including senior roles with Tesco, Kellogg’s and DHL Supply Chain. In 2010, frustrated by the lack of awareness and ambition for a future-fit approach to climate, resources and ecosystem restoration, she began to focus on sustainability and the circular economy.

She is a Fellow of CILT(UK), a Fellow of The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), a university lecturer and has a Master’s degree from Cranfield University. Catherine’s awards include the Director’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement at Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Transportation, Dissertation of the Year from the CILT, and the British Clothing Industries Association Business Fellowship Award.


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Neil Wait, Head of Environmental Sciences, HS2

Neil Wait is the HS2 Head of Environmental Sciences, and is responsible for drafting, enforcing and ensuring all environmental requirements are met across all phases of the project. These include setting ambitious targets and requirements across carbon, climate change, noise & vibration, air quality and waste.

Neil has a background in Environmental Health and, prior to joining HS2, fulfilled a local authority role within the Environmental Health sector, covering air quality, industrial regulations, public health and licencing.

Neil aims to inspire effective collaboration, driving innovation aimed at reducing potential impacts across the programme, and wider construction industry.


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Olly Craughan, Head of CSR, DPD UK

Olly Craughan has been with DPD since 2012, joining  as a Depot General Manager, Olly ran the DPD Lincoln site covering one of the largest territories in the Network and delivering 13,000 parcels per day.

In January 2020 Olly took the challenge to lead DPD's strategy to become the UK's leader in sustainable delivery.  As Head of CSR DPD UK Olly has driven a number of initiatives including the 25-25-25 Vision to deliver all-electric to 25 towns and cities, servicing 25% of the UK population and over 100 million parcels by the end of 2025.  The project is on track to deliver 10 cities this year, supported by an increase of the EV fleet by 1,000 vehicles.

DPD’s sustainability mission goes further, and includes depots, hubs and offices, all powered by 100% renewable electricity. 100% of waste avoids landfill, of which 70% is recycled.  In addition, the Eco Fund supports community and school environmental projects, and is  financed by  DPD's circular economy initiatives in recycling waste, plastic and wood.

Based at DPD’s brand new Hub in Hinckley, Olly heads a team of six and lives in Lincolnshire.


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Morag Robertson CMILT, Associate – Major Programmes and Project Group​ Manager, Jacobs

Morag is a consultant at Jacobs involved in freight policy development and research, working with clients to help them develop freight strategies.  Morag has spent a significant amount of time working with operators to support them in getting the most out of their logistics operations as well as working with public bodies helping them to understand freight needs.  

Prior to working as a consultant, Morag was the Logistics Environment Manager at one of the UK’s leading supermarkets and so has been able to use the experience in these two fields to investigate the challenges of zero carbon transport in the rural environment to help understand what strategies need to be employed to ensure that pursuing low carbon solutions can be achieved whilst not disadvantaging the rural economy.


Stream 2 is facilitated by:

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Lynn Parnell FCILT - Logistics Partners Consultancy Ltd

Lynn has 30 years’ experience in logistics and supply chain including operational and software development roles.  In 2000 she formed Logistics Partners, an independent consultancy, that specialises in logistics systems and technology.  Her focus is assisting customers to ensure they have the right technology combined with the right processes and people, resulting in a tangible ROI and delivering business goals and KPIs.  Customers include retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and major construction projects.

Software and technology are key for a more sustainable supply chain.  Logistics Partners won the 2020 Construction Supply Chain Excellence Award, with customer Battersea Power Station, for the implementation of a new delivery management system.  This system removed CO2 emissions from idling vehicles by removing queues, replaces paper with tablets and calculates CO2 for all construction material deliveries.

Lynn is also an Ambassador for Transaid and a supporter of the Women In Logistics CILT forum.

Stream Three: Maximising the UK economy post Brexit and COVID-19

Confirmed Stream Three Speakers

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Mark Watts FCILT, Chief Executive of UK Transport in Europe

Mark Watts is Chief Executive of UK Transport in Europe, representing a dozen of Britain’s leading transport companies and organisations in Brussels.

Mark has worked at senior levels on the interface between transport, energy, environment and economic policy and regulation for over 25 years.

He was an elected Member of the European Parliament for two terms.  As testimony to his success, and above all his ability to build consensus and deliver successful campaigns, Tony Blair appointed him to be his Government’s transport and better regulation spokesperson in Brussels.  He served on the Transport Committee of the European Parliament for 10 years.

Mark studied at the London School of Economics (BSc and MSc Econ) and was a two-term Member of the Council of the University of Kent.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2010 and a Fellow of CILT in 2021.


Charlie Walker, Managing Director, Walker Logistics



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Matthew Bradley, Managing Director, Community Network Systems - subsidiary of DP World

Matthew has worked for CNS since 2000 and has been Managing Director since 2017.   He leads the management team and is responsible for the delivery of the company's strategic plan.

During his time in CNS, he has held a range of technical and business roles that have given him broad experience of the international trade ecosystem and the company's products and services for port communities across maritime and air sectors.  Major projects he has led include delivering first Vehicle Booking System in the UK, establishing the Port Community System for London Gateway and guiding customers and the company through the UK's exit from the EU. 


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Simon Argyle, Deputy Director and Counsellor, Competitiveness, Connectivity and Innovation, UK Mission to the EU

Simon is responsible for representing HMG with the EU institutions across a varied and cross cutting range of UK interests, including the internal market, transport, space, research, digital, competition and broader industry portfolios, including defence.  Post exit, Simon has also worked closely with Task Force Europe and broader Whitehall interests and participated in the negotiations that secured the recent EU/UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

Simon joined the Civil Service as graduate entrant in 1999.  Initially posted to the Office for Standards in Education, he moved to the Ministry of Defence in 2001 undertaking a number of policy, international and business transformation focussed roles.  He joined the then UK Representation to the EU in 2010 where he led front line negotiations with the European Commission, Council and Parliament to deliver the UK’s policy objectives in respect of Transport and Space legislation. 

Simon returned to MoD in 2014 as Command Secretary, HQ British Forces Gibraltar, where he acted as the Senior Political, Financial and Civilian Workforce adviser to Commander British Forces, followed by a secondment to Rolls-Royce PLC, working for the Strategy Director on business development initiatives.  Before his current Senior Civil Service role, Simon was engaged in driving through business and HR transformation in Defence Equipment and Support as the organisation moved from a traditional bureaucracy to a matrix delivery structure.

Simon holds a BA in Communications (Lincoln), an MSc in International Security and Global Governance (Birkbeck) and is a MBA graduate with the Open University Business School. He is a Chartered Fellow with the UK Chartered Management Institute and a Managing Successful Programmes® Practitioner.

Simon is married to Debbie and has a young son and daughter.

Stream 3 is facillitated by:

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Helen Gallimore FCILT FHEA - Director, Littledot Limited

Helen graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 1993, with a degree in Transport & Distribution.  Since then, her career has spanned operational management roles in 3PL organisations – designing, implementing and managing large distribution centres; consultancy; business improvement; industry benchmarking; education and research.  She has worked with many blue chip, High Street organisations as well as Government and professional bodies.  Whilst running her own business today, she is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby, leading modules on sustainable supply chains and retail logistics.

Helen was appointed to the Board of CILT(UK), having been an active member and Fellow of the institute for more than 30 years.

She has written logistics resources for schools which form part of the National Curriculum geography syllabus.  She is passionate about “bringing logistics to life” for a new generation and making the profession attractive as a career of choice to people of all ages and backgrounds.

Helen is married to Peter and has two young daughters. She readily admits the complexity of getting the girls to their various activities every day is her biggest logistics challenge to date.


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