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

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

Virtual Conference 

£36 CILT members and £90 non-members

The CILT Annual Conference 2021 is your conference and a must attend event for members. 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 our digital conference will provide insights, offer best practice examples and real world case studies from thought leaders and influencers across our profession. We’ll be addressing 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.

The one day event will consist of key note speakers with live Q&A in the morning. Followed by breakout streams in the afternoon. The breakout rooms will be hosted by a panel of experts with representatives from across logistics, transport and supply chain operations. 

Conference Chair

Jo Godsmark FCILT, Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Advisory Plus

Stay at the forefront of developments within your profession and book your place today! 

Keynote Speakers

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.   

He undertook an External Industry Placement with AECOM in its Civil Infrastructure Division for 9 months.  Working within the Global PMO, the placement provided experience and exposure to complex major National Infrastructure projects, including project delivery and the commercial aspects of bidding, project set-up, negotiation and dispute.      

Early appointments in the Army included service in Germany, Northern Ireland and the UK.  He was Deputy Chief of Staff for 1 Mechanised Brigade and was a Squadron Commander in 3 Logistics Support Regiment.  On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel he was posted to the MOD Operations Directorate during the period of ‘double medium’ operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.       

He took command of 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC in August 2009 and deployed the Regiment to Afghanistan as the Theatre Logistic Group in 2010.  From 2011-15 as a Colonel, he was the Assistant Director Logistic Strategy and Plans in Army HQ and the Assistant Head Operations, Defence Support Chain and Operational Movements (DSCOM) in DE&S. He commanded 104 Logistic Support Brigade from 2015 to 2017, which comprised over 4,500 specialist support troops providing the UK’s only land theatre enabling capability.

Operational experience includes tours of Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan and he was awarded the MBE in 2004 and OBE in 2011. He has attended both the Advanced and Higher Command Staff Courses and he has an MA in Defence Technology from Cranfield University, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and graduated from the SAID/Oxford Business School’s Major Projects Leadership Academy.

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.

Stream One: Supply chain resilience in an uncertain world

Amy Shortman FCILT, CEO, ASC Associates

Stream Two: Accelerate the route to sustainability

Catherine Weetman FCILT, Director, Re-think Solutions
Malcolm Brown FCILT, CEO, Angel Trains
Morag Robertson CMILT, Associate – Logistics, Jacobs

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

William Walker, Managing Director, Walker Logistics


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