CILT - Confirmed Annual Conference Speakers 2017

2018 Annual Conference Speakers 

Air Cdre Richard Hill MA FCILT RAF

Air Cdre Hill joined the Royal Air Force Supply (now Logistics) branch in 1987.  He has commanded at each rank to group captain. He was OC Base Supply Flight, RAF Kinloss. Richard commanded a shift as a Duty Air Movements Officer at RAF Wildenrath in Germany, before managing the project to relocate the Movements Squadron to RAF Bruggen, and subsequently becoming the Squadron Second in Command. He then completed a tour as OC Air Movements Flight at RAF Mount Pleasant in the Falkland Islands. As a squadron leader, Richard next commanded the new, Joint Army/RAF Movements Squadron at RAF Aldergrove in Northern Ireland. He became the RAF’s Head of the Logistics Branch & Trades in January 2017. 

Caspar Berry

Caspar Berry is a professional motivational and keynote speaker started his career early on as the lead in the first series of Byker Grove on BBC1 alongside Ant and Dec. He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and, after aiming to become a professional film writer – he was able to have his first screenplay produced by Film Four in his final year.  At the young age of twenty-three, Caspar was writing for Columbia Tri Star and Miramax. Merely two years later, however he decided he needed a change in his life, which led him to Las Vegas where he became a professional poker player. While at twenty-first-century media, he began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business about risk-taking and decision-making. In 2008, he decided to sell Twenty-First Century Media to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps. 

His presentations focus on the need to embrace uncertainty and taking calculated risks in order to get ahead and achieve success. They are not sector specific and are therefore perfect for any training day or conference where new ideas need to be discussed or debated. He is very inspirational and stimulates change with his upbeat and energetic style.


Chris Ward

Chris is an executive director with 24 years of consumer services leadership experience and has worked for blue chip brands including M&S, Boots the Chemist and Accenture. He was the Global Supply Chain Director at B&Q UK and Ireland from 2011 to 2013 and Chief Executive Officer of Tuffnells Parcels Express from 2015 to 2017.He is currently lecturing on the Global Business Environment at the University of Chester as well as running a presentation coaching/ training business. 

Terry Murphy FCILT

Terry Murphy has worked in the logistics and supply chain industry for almost four decades.  Initially studying Geography at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, he subsequently graduated with a Master’s degree from Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University). 

Initially he worked for many years with Whitbread, where he was employed in both the drinks and food logistics businesses.  Following this, since 2000, he has concentrated predominantly on non-food retail supply chains, firstly with Argos and latterly with DSG (Dixons), where he was Distribution Director for the Home Delivery operation, responsible for the stockholding and delivery of circa 1.8 million customer orders per annum.

Since joining John Lewis just over ten years ago, he has assumed accountability for the national distribution and fulfilment network, which supports the replenishment of the retailer’s 50 shops and 23 Customer Delivery Hubs as well as the ever increasing demands of John Lewis .com, which now comprises almost 50% of total sales.


James Spencer 

James Spencer started his career in oil refining in 1994, after graduating from Cambridge University.  Having been shouted at by Production and Jetty Operators for a few years, he was transferred to BP’s Head Office for a quieter life in Supply and Trading.

In 2003, James joined the Bayford Group of Companies (Gulf Petrol Stations, Commercial Fuels, Home Heating and Routemate Fuelcards) as Group Operations Director, looking after their £500m pa operational portfolio.  During this time, he also became Chairman of the Association of UK Oil Independents, which represented the petroleum interests of Supermarkets, Importers and Wholesalers in the UK.

In 2009, he set up Portland Fuels, a specialist trading company offering fuel price hedging, fixed price fuel supply, niche oil trading lines and downstream advisory services.  He is a regularly contributor to national UK debates on oil prices and has appeared numerous times on the BBC and other British media outlets.


Scott Dance

Scott Dance has been working in the recruitment industry with Hays for the past 15 years, with an exceptional network of contacts and relationships across the procurement, supply chain and logistics industries.

Scott is currently the head of the procurement, supply chain and logistics specialisms and leads the strategy for the UK & Ireland business.


Robert Flello 

Robert is a political, transport and business consultant having previously been an MP for twelve years until June 2017. He is also the Chair of the Transport Board for an international consulting firm.

In Parliament, he was an elected member of the Transport Select Committee as well as founding and chairing the All-Party Parliamentary Freight Transport Group. He was a member of the Speaker’s Panel of Committee Chairs, chairing secondary legislation committees and debates in Westminster Hall. 

Between 2010 and 2013 Robert was Shadow Justice Minister and during the last Labour government was the Parliamentary Private Secretary (“PPS”) to the Secretary of State for Defence. Before that he was PPS to the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government and Cabinet Office, and prior to that was PPS to the Lord Chancellor. 

Robert was the Parliamentary delegate to the Financial Reporting Advisory Board and a member of the House of Commons Finance and Services Commission. He is also a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust having undertaken study with several multinational businesses. 

Prior to being elected, Robert was Chief Executive of the Malachi Community Trust and was also a city councillor on Birmingham City Council. 


Photo Robert Flello

Richard Potter - Director of Innovation, Sopra Steria

Richard advises business leaders in the UK and Europe on a range digital transformation challenges. However, it is building an innovative enterprise that is his real passion. As well as leading Sopra Steria’s own global innovation programme, Richard works with customers helping them turn ideas into results. Richard lives in the UK but travels extensively throughout Europe.



Nicky McGroarty

Nicky McGroarty qualified as CIMA Accountant 11 years ago having spent 7 years working in finance for a high street Retailer. Having spent most of her early career in Retail, she decided to move into Telecommunications in 2003 and joined Telefonica O2. Not long after Nicky moved from Finance to Supply Chain and now runs the Supply Chain for the UK business. Her passion is for the customer experience whilst delivering a cost efficient Supply Chain, what’s pivotal to this is having the right partnerships in place across the whole Supply Chain. Nicky is married with 3 children and most weekends are spent walking and cycling in the countryside.



Director of Marketing & Communications, CILT(UK)

Richard joined CILT in January 2016, after 34 years in the RAF where he initially flew the F-4 Phantom and subsequently the Tornado F 3. In 2008 he was promoted to air commodore and, in February 09, was appointed as Air Officer Scotland and Station Commander RAF Leuchars. He attended Her Majesty as an Aide de Camp, commanded the transition of Leuchars from a Tornado into a Typhoon base, and led RAF Engagement throughout Scotland. 



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