2017 Annual Conference Speakers & Presentations

Beverley Bell FCILT - Senior Traffic Commissioner, Great Britain

Beverley Bell recently completed her term as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain and Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England. She was originally admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and established her own practice in 1994, specialising in criminal and transport law.
She was first appointed as a Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England in 2000, becoming the first ever female commissioner. In 2012, she was appointed as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain. She is a Fellow and Vice-President of CILT and a Fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE). She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

Presentation:From ‘Men in Black’ to ‘Ladies in Red’ and everything in between


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Lucy Holland, Logistics Project Support Manager, Sainsbury’s

Lucy was part of the first intake of students onto the NOVUS Scheme in2013 whilst studying at the University of Huddersfield towards a degree in transport and Logistics Management.As part of the degree course, Lucy undertook a one-year logistics placement with Sainsbury’s where she spent six months in the role of Team Manager in a depot, managing and leading a team. Lucy then spent six months working within the Logistics Implementation Team on the set up of an automated High Bay operation into a 1 million square foot new build depot.Lucy then returned to university to complete her final year whilst continuing to work with Sainsbury’s on a part-time basis. Lucy graduated in 2017 at which time she became a full-time Project Support Manager within the Logistics Implementation Team.

Presentation with Bethany Forvague: So you think you know young professionals…?

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Bethany Fovargue MILT - Operations Manager, NOVUS

Bethany joined NOVUS, part of the CILT family, in early 2017, as Operations Manager. NOVUS works with leading companies and the University of Huddersfield and Aston University to create work-ready graduates for management roles. As OperationsManager, Bethany is responsible for maintaining links between students, sponsors and universities, ensuring that the provided programme of mentoring, placements and work experience is both efficient and effective.

Presentation with Lucy Holland: So you think you know young professionals…?

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Andy Parsons,  Director, AutoLogic Systems Limited

Andy Parsons is a Director at the supply chain software specialists AutoLogic Systems Ltd. He has been with the company for over 20 years and in that time has introduced the latest modelling platforms that enable customers to plan, test and demonstrate new equipment and facilities. His technological foresight and relationship management have been instrumental in the successful growth and development of the company. Previous to AutoLogic Systems, Andy was responsible for operating companies at

Presentation With Martin Elliott and Neil Griffiths:

Using 3D Models: Delivering facility enhancements on time and on budget

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Neil Griffiths FCILT, Divisional Director – Logistics, Arco

Neil joined Arco in 2008 bringing with him 17 years of experience within logistics and supply chain management. Neil
has been responsible for transport planning, export operations and running a highly automated distribution site.Upon joining Arco, Neil initially ran the Arco National Distribution Centre and carrier contracts, before taking additional responsibility for the Arco Clothing Centre and programme managing an extensive, business wide portfolio of projects. Neil has recently completed an impressive £4m upgrade to the existing National Distribution Centre and is working on a 200k sq ft extension to the existing facility.

Presentation with 
Martin Elliot and Andy Parsons
Using 3D Models: Deliver facility enhancements on time and on a budget
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Martin Elliott FCILT, Solutions Manager, Logistex

Martin has 30 years design and project management experience working on major automation and storage system projects. His current role is designing warehousing and distribution solutions for customers as well as supporting existing customers in providing enhancements to business changes. He has experience in designing and implementing the development of an existing mail order business utilising a new bulk warehouse, sortation centre and picking solution within the existing multi-level building to process over 50 million orders per year.

Presentation with Andy Parson and Neil Griffiths,
Using 3D Models: Delivering facility enhancements on time and on budget
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Neil Ashworth FCILT - Chief Executive Officer, Collect+

Following a long career in retail spanning a range of senior multichannel retail and logistics roles, Neil joined Collect+ as CEO in 2013. Neil’s previous roles included six years at Tesco as their Operations and Development Director, and as their Supply Chain Director, where he was instrumental in designing and launching Tesco Direct, including its ‘Click and Collect’ service.In 2011, he was appointed as Chair of CILT(UK) having been a Board Director since 2007. He is currently an Independent
Non-Executive Director of NISA Retail in addition to activities with Cranfield, Warwick and Nottingham Universities. In the latter
of these, he holds the position of Professor of Operations Management & Information Systems.

From an Invisible Force to an Active and Differentiating Experience
Utilising social media to drive your business forward


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Professor Edward Sweeney FCILT - Director of Aston Logistics & Systems Institute

Professor Ed Sweeney is Director of the Aston Logistics & Systems Institute at Aston University in Birmingham. In that capacity, he leads a multidisciplinary team with expertise in a wide range of logistics and supply chain domains to assure collaboratively working within the business. As an educator and advisor, he has worked with leading firms in many sectors including automotive, life sciences, FMCG and 3PL. Ed’s research has been widely published is a past winner of the CILT(UK) James Cooper Memorial Cup and the CILT(Ireland) ‘Member of the Year’ award.  Ed was elected Chair of the CILT’s Logistics Research Network (LRN) by his peers in 2015 and is a member of the CILT West Midlands Regional Committee.

Presentation: Supply Chain Design and Integration: Putting theory into practice.
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Shulah Jones MA DipM MCIM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Head of Business Strategy and Project Director, Port Academy Liverpool

Having spent two decades working within the Liverpool City Region in various marketing and business development roles, Shulah joined Hugh Baird College in 2013 to develop a range of strategic opportunities for business growth. Shulah is the strategic lead on Port Academy Liverpool and has conceived and grown the offer on behalf of the College and its maritime partners. She also sits on the NW Regional Board of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), is an active member of the
Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), as well as being involved in many local and regional networks.

Presentation: Port Academy Liverpool: Towards a new Horizon.

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Major-General Angus Fay FCILT - ACDS (Logistics Ops), MOD

Angus Fay was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1983 and served the majority of his early Regimental Duty in Hong Kong with the Brigade of Gurkhas in various Regimental appointments. He completed two Combat Arms attachments and held appointments as a Platoon Commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and subsequently as Assistant Military Assistant to the Quartermaster General. Over the period, he was deployed on operations to Northern Ireland and Bosnia (IFOR). Staff appointments have included: SO2 J4 Plans in the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK), with responsibility for support to operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, FYROM, East Timor and Sierra Leone; and, SO2 RLC Officers in the Army Personnel Centre. On promotion to Lieutenant Colonel, he was posted to the United States Army Command and General Staff College as the British Exchange Instructor, gaining a Service Masters Degree (MMAS). Subsequently, he took command of 10 Transport Regiment, The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, and, following selection for promotion to Colonel in 2005, he was posted back to the Permanent Joint Headquarters (UK) as Deputy Assistant Chief Of Staff J4, dealing predominantly with operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was appointed Head of Defence Operational Capability in the MOD, 2011. He assumed the post as Head of Defence Support Chain Operations and Movements in 2013, focusing mainly on redeployment from Afghanistan. Selected for promotion to Major General in 2014, he assumed the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Logistic Operations in 2014. Major General Fay is a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Logistic Corps and is Colonel of The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment. He is also a Trustee of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, President of Army Basketball and Admiral of the Royal Logistic Corps Sailing Association. Presentation The Challenges Facing Defence Logistics: Delivering the Defence Support Network Transformation, vision, strategy and planning as an enabler

Presentation:Supply Chain Design and Integration: Putting theory into practice.
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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.

Presentation: Beyond Digital

Our digital world is moving so rapidly it is extremely hard to anticipate the next innovation, next novel use case, the next big digital thing.  How should we chart our journey through these digital times and beyond?  Sopra Steria’s Director of Innovation, Richard Potter, shares his observations on what he sees in the digital world around him and the forces shaping the future of business.



Professor Alan McKinnon FCILT, Professor of Logistics, Kuehne Logistics University

Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg. He was
founder and director of the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and is
now Professor Emeritus of the university. He has held visiting professorships in China, Malaysia,
Sweden, South Africa and the UK. He is an advisor to several governments, parliamentary committees
and international organisations, including the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations and the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics
and Supply Chain Council and is currently a member of its Council on the Future of Mobility. He was a
member of the European Commission’s High-Level Group on Logistics, and, until recently, was Chair of
the Transport Advisory Group of the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. He is a Chartered Fellow
of the CILT and a recipient of its highest distinction, the Sir Robert Lawrence Award.

Presentation; Logistics Skill Shortages: A global perspective


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Tony O’Brien, Managing Director, Panasonic System Solutions Europe

Tony joined Panasonic in2015 to create a new Business Division (Panasonic SystemsSolutions Europe). This new division is intended to transform Panasonic’s Business to-Business operations from an indirect device business to a complete end-to-end solutions provider.
Prior to joining Panasonic, Tony was the Sales and Marketing Director for Siemens building technologies. Combining his previous experience of software, with Panasonic’s profound knowledge of hardware, his paper presents evidence that B2B and B2C connected solutions will transform the way customers approach logistics in the future

Presentation:Driving innovation from a technological perspective

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