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April 2019
Operations Excellence in Disaster Relief: Operation RUMANBook Now
Start Date:29/04/2019 14:00:00
End Date:29/04/2019 15:00:00
Event Code:ABC0664
Description:Logistics and operations management is traditionally thought of as the preserve of manufacturing and retail, where profit motive is key. But they are essential when responding to a crisis too, as this webinar on disaster relief illustrates. Operation RUMAN won the CILT Operational Excellence award in 2019. Severe hurricanes hit the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean in September 2017. Operation RUMAN was a combined service UK military response to the problems caused by Hurricanes Irma , Jose and Maria. Humanitarian aid and assistance was given to a critical situation where lives were at risk and stabilisation of the area was essential.

Group Captain Neil Jones, RAF, Assistant Head, Defence Logistics Directorate played a leading role in the Defence Logistics Directorate co-ordination and leadership of the humanitarian aid given in Operation RUMAN, which he will discuss in this webinar.

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May 2019
Enabling Supply Chain GrowthBook Now
Start Date:02/05/2019 14:00:00
End Date:02/05/2019 18:00:00
Event Code:COR0373

How to achieve real value from your business systems

When: 2pm – 6pm on Thursday 2nd May (plus optional networking to 7pm & beyond)
Venue: Oracle, 1 South Place, London EC2M 2RB

Supply chain has become a key battle ground for customer loyalty as companies respond to fast changing demands and business controls whilst dealing with massive disruptions and changing expectations, often without sufficiently robust and flexible support from their business systems.

Brought to you by the CILT Operations Management sector and supported by Oracle this is a ‘must attend’ event that combines expert opinion from all perspectives for delivering success for your business by combining excellent processes, people and technology. It promises to be both informative and interactive and will provide true thought leadership to enable you to develop greater understanding of how your organisation can achieve real value from business systems in the areas of operations management and supply chain.

We will be bring together different perspectives across a variety of systems, to give you a complete view on what the real value of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) is, what goes wrong and why, how to prevent problems and how to achieve real value and return on investment. Confirmed speakers and panelist's include:

Conference Chair, Hugh Williams, EFESCO Consulting

Hugh has worked in end to end Supply Chain Planning and optimisation for more than 30 years. Before that Hugh worked with the author of The Goal, Dr Eli Goldratt, introducing major corporations to new ways of thinking. Hugh has worked with many global companies in the areas of business performance and integrated work systems including the likes of Castrol, Kraft, Heinz, Pernod Ricard, GSK and Cargill. Hugh now enjoys a global reputation as a lively conference chair, facilitator and engaging speaker. 

Chris Cottingham, Operations Design Director, Wolseley

Chris will focus his presentation from the customer perspective on how to use technology to transform systems and deliver simplification, efficiency and a step change in the Customer and Colleague Experience.

Graham Newland, Future Business Design Delivery Lead and Business Architect, Wolseley

Graham Newland is the Future Business Design Delivery Lead and Business Architect at Wolseley to design and deliver the new Oracle systems and business processes to transform the Wolseley UK business. The initial focus of the programme is around supply chain management, purchasing and order orchestration.

Graham is a respected expert in the world of supply chain management. In recent years, he has won 2 international awards for supply chain contribution in retail and related manufacturing industries, and has also been appointed as one of the Top 9 Minds advisory group supporting future operational and IT strategies for the Joint Armed Military services in the UK. Graham is also a guest lecturer on omni channel management and international value chain management for Oxford University, working with CxO’s from around the world on how to transform their global operations.

Graham’s career has embraced working for BP, Fujitsu, Oracle, PwC, IBM, Granada, and Liberty. He has been directly involved with providing solutions for many other leading organisations including Rolls-Royce, Vodafone, Sony, Pepsico, Proctor & Gamble, Tesco, 3M, Diageo, Macy’s, Kingfisher, Argos, and many others.

Tom Davies, Sales Director, Oracle Corporation

Tom is a mechanical engineer with an MBA from Cranfield who has worked at Oracle for the past 20 years and has a wealth of supply chain experience across all industries in the UK and Ireland.

Bryan Oak, COO and Head of Strategy and Architecture, Searchlight Consulting

Bryan is an experienced consultant and advisor with over 26 years in business and IT consulting, including 16 years leading global and multi-site ERP implementations. He has led the delivery of multiple business transformation initiatives, spanning end-to-end programme definition and delivery, working for Druid, Xansa (now SopraSteria), CSC and Atos. He is now the COO of Searchlight Consulting. His presentation will demonstrate how technology is key to delivering strategic business objectives, competitive advantage & sustainable improvement. Too often technology-enabled changes fail to deliver expected returns, take too long & cost too much. The presentation will focus on delivering value from business technology investments & change that sticks.  

Vikram Singla, Strategy Director – Commercial Industries, Oracle Corporation

Vikram is strategy director for the commercial sector in UK. He helps business leaders leverage technology to deliver better outcomes for their organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, including deploying supply chain digital transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. One of his initial assignment was to build digital factory models to drive capital investment decisions at an automotive major. He is big advocate of design thinking as a structured approach to manage cultural change and align the organisation around the customer.

He is currently responsible for defining and executing the go-to-market strategy for Oracle Cloud including emerging technologies. Vikram has an MBA from Warwick Business School and graduated from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi, India.

Dr. Geoff Relph, Managing Director - Inventory Matters Ltd

Geoff has over 40 of experience working in the area of Inventory and Business Systems Management in operational, consulting and academic roles and in a wide range of blue-chip companies at both strategic and operational levels. He helps companies improve business effectiveness by facilitating and improving their business skills. He has delivered courses internationally in Logistics & Operations Management and Supply Chain Integration as associate lecturer at Warwick University and has presented papers at the International Symposium on Inventory Research which were published in July 2014. Geoff is a Past Chairman of the Institute of Operations Management.

The event will include additional presentations, breakout sessions, Q & A's and extensive networking opportunities.


Unlock your Telematics savings potentialBook Now
Start Date:14/05/2019 14:00:00
End Date:14/05/2019 15:00:00
Event Code:COR0376

When: Tuesday 14th May 2019, 14:00 - 15:00
Register here:

There are a multitude of ways that telematics solutions can provide savings opportunities within most industries. Some examples include:

Improving driving behaviour

Driver behaviour can have a major impact on your bottom line, especially fuel consumption. For example, research has shown a vehicle’s MPG is reduced by 2.2% for every mile per hour a driver goes over 55 MPH.

Using a digital tachograph

A tachograph gives you the ability to automatically download drivers’ hours instead of pulling the information manually. This will save you labour time and, ultimately, money. It also tracks activity on the road. This data gives fleet managers insight into what cost-saving actions they need to take.

Implementing preventative maintenance

Monitoring your vehicle for faults or potential failures prior to breakdowns happening can extend the life of your vehicle, decrease downtime and reduce repair costs.

The above examples are just the tip of the iceberg. If you want to hear all of the ways you can save with telematics, come join our free webinar taking place on May 14.

Supply Chain Digitalisation – Industry 4.0 beckonsBook Now
Start Date:16/05/2019 10:00:00
End Date:16/05/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:COR0371

Thursday 16th May 2018, 9:30 Registration 10:00 - 16:00
Where: The Manufacturing Technology Center MTC, Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU

By the time this conference opens Brexit “should” have happened. Whether deal or no deal we have to deal with the consequences. The digitalisation of business processes is continuing at a rapid pace .Industry 4.0 is continuing its revolution, or evolution? With GDPR, globalisation, security, customs, mergers and acquisitions, 4PL contracts, outsourced suppliers, understandably the strain on communications and IT is immense. This event is aimed at supply chain-logistic managers, directors and interested parties who have great systems, but may be severely tested by the transition. Perhaps more phone calls and emails as cross border transactions become more complex. Register now if you wish to attend and hear first hand from various experts who have embraced and delivered differing solutions and practices in the digital world. See a previous review below:

"This was one of the best one day conferences I have filmed at in a long while. Speakers were excellent. Q&A was so healthy and focused that it caused the event to overrun. If you missed it then don't make the same mistake when they run the next one" Michael Patrick, The Media Studio

  • Phil Lavin. Development Consultant IT, Siemen Digital Logistics
  • Christian Schmidt, CTO, Siemen Digital Logistics
  • Theo Quick. VP and Global Marketing Leader: Transportation and Hospitality, Atos
  • Mark Lincoln. Institute of Export & International Trade, Board Member
  • Richard Potter. CIO Microsoft UK
  • Paul Hingley. Data Services Business Manager Siemens PLC
  • Jesper Bennike. EVP Business Development, Project 44
  • Daniel Adam, Director of Operational Excellence

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, Siemens, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0371


Total Supply Chain SummitBook Now
Start Date:20/05/2019 09:00:00
End Date:21/05/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:ABC0644

The Total Supply Chain Summit is a unique two-day event which brings together

supply chain, logistics and distribution professionals with suppliers to the sector for a series of pre-arranged, face-to-face meetings.


The Summit will cover the full spectrum of products and services across:


  • Supply Chain Management & Planning
  •      Transport & Logistics
  •      Warehousing


It’s free for supply chain professionals to attend and they will also have the opportunity to attend seminar sessions throughout the event.

Overnight accommodation, all meals and refreshments plus an invitation to our gala dinner with entertainment, is complimentary.

Find out more at

June 2019
Tiger Trailers - WinsfordBook Now
Start Date:06/06/2019 18:30:00
End Date:06/06/2019 20:30:00
Event Code:CHG0355

When:06 June 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:30
Where: Tiger Trailers. Alan Cartwright House, Winsford Industrial Estate, Winsford, Cheshire, CW7 3RL
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Darren Holland - Sales Director - Tiger Trailers

Tiger Trailers design and manufacture high quality commercial vehicle bodywork and semi-trailers at their brand new manufacturing facility in Winsford. Having established the company in March 2014, the manufacturing facility is the newest in the industry and benefits from state of the art machines and processes.

Tiger has grown in a short period of time to become one of the leading suppliers in the industry, providing equipment to many transport, retail and logistics companies. The Tiger product range varies from 3.5t rigid bodywork through to 44T double deck semi-trailers.

This presentation & tour will take in the full manufacturing facility, showing the stage by stage production process of the range of products in current assembly.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0355

Sainsburys - Presentation and Visit to Regional Distribution CentreBook Now
Start Date:11/06/2019 18:30:00
End Date:11/06/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:MWG0375

When: 11 June 18:00 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: Sainsburys, Hall Wood Road, Haydock Park, WA11 9WB
Meeting Point: Meeting room

Speaker: Darren Higginbotham, Operations Support Manager and Shift Manager, Sainsburys

Sainsburys are offering a rare chance to visit their Haydock Distribution Centre and learn more about their operations at this busy site that serves stores in the North West. Darren Higginbotham will give us a presentation on operations and then we will have a site visit. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: MWG0375

Investing Wisely in Warehousing TechnologiesBook Now
Start Date:13/06/2019 10:30:00
End Date:13/06/2019 14:30:00
Event Code:COR0375

When: Thursday 13th June 2019 (09:30 registration) 10:30 - 14:30
Where: Fawsley Hall Hotel, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3BA

Most large warehousing operations are facing serious challenges when it comes to accommodating growth and future-proofing large-scale investments. Labour shortages, already severe in many popular areas, are predicted to worsen. Land and property costs are rising due to a shortage of supply of quality options. Speed of fulfilment to meet the continual growth of e-commerce. These are all driving carefully designed technology solutions.

Understandably, risk mitigation is at the forefront of such business-making or business-breaking investment decisions, so how can organisations address such big decisions with more certainty?

Answering certain questions, which at face value seem straight-forward, can be difficult in today’s technology-driven but uncertain times; questions such as:

  1. Will the proposed solution actually work as promised and has it been proven elsewhere?
  2. What assurances can be provided for total site benefits that are sustainable?
  3. Has sufficient flexibility been built into the solution for future uncertainty?
  4. How can I ensure maximum ‘value-for-money’ when spending large sums?

In seeking to answer such questions, this roundtable will discuss how to:

  • Take a truly integrated total site view rather than just spot solutions in part of the building
  • Produce a rigorous business case to back up the investment request with confidence
  • Achieve sufficient future flexibility through a best-of-breed approach
  • Realise value for money through the most appropriate sourcing and procurement model.

Refreshments will be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, Fortna, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0375


July 2019
Activities of the Tactical Supply Wing (MoD/RAF)Book Now
Start Date:02/07/2019 14:00:00
End Date:02/07/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:STG0372

When: 02 July 2019, 12:30 (for 13:00) - 16:00
Where: Tactical Supply Wing, MoD Stafford, Beacon Barracks, Beaconside, Stafford 
Meeting Point: Guardroom at Main Entrance

Speaker: Officer Commanding, TSW

The Group have been invited again by the Officer Commanding TSW  at MoD Stafford and members of his group to hear about the activities of the Tactical Supply Wing, responsible for the timely supply and delivery of material required for operations under battlefield conditions.

The tour will include a display of helicopter refueling in a war setting.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: STG0372

Sainsbury’s Basingstoke Multi Temperature Distribution Centre VisitBook Now
Start Date:02/07/2019 16:30:00
End Date:02/07/2019 18:30:00
Event Code:RLF0318

When: 02 July 16:00 (for 16:30) - 18:30 
Where: Sainsbury’s DC, Houndsmill Road, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 6XW
Meeting Point: Reception


  • Martin Wilkinson – Regional Operations Manager, Sainsbury's
  • Jim Waller – Distribution Centre Manager, Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what we do since 1869. As we celebrate our 150th birthday, we welcome you to visit one of our newest distribution centres in Basingstoke that is a fast moving multi temperature food DC.

Delegates will learn about the history of the site and its unique rebuilding programme as well as how the distribution centre serves its regional stores within the Sainsbury’s National Logistics network, including reverse logistics and how we are leveraging the scale of the Group.

Following a presentation, delegates will be taken in groups on a tour of the site highlighting its day-to-day operations and site dynamics.

After the tour, we will hold a question and answer session and delegates are welcome to stay with us for a networking opportunity.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book by completing your booking form and emailing it to contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: RTL0318

Cost: Member: £10; Non-Member: £15

Brexit: Navigate the Complexity and Mitigate ChaosBook Now
Start Date:03/07/2019 10:30:00
End Date:03/07/2019 15:00:00
Event Code:COR0377

When: Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 10:00 Registration 10:30 - 15:00
Where: The National Motorcycle Museum (Conference Centre), Coventry Road, Solihull, B92 0EJ

What's certain about Brexit? Uncertainty. The full impact on supply chain and global trade is yet unknown, however, there will be impact. Is there still time to optimise your operations? Absolutely.

With the next chapter in the Brexit saga still uncertain, implementing mitigation strategies and contingency planning should be the focus for many organisations.

Taking advantage of existing Customs Processes and Procedures from HMRC can help minimise the amount of Import Duty to pay while maximising cash flow.

This event is targeted at any UK based importer or manufacturer trading with the EU or 3rd countries, such as China, who are interested in improving operational efficiency and compliance with HMRC.

Highlights of attending:

  • Understand how to plan/action the possible post-Brexit impact on your supply chain
  • Learn how to automate customs compliance documentation for high volumes of multi-modal shipments and boost productivity
  • Discover how to accelerate the speed, accuracy, and transparency of multi-country customs 
  • Simplify and enhance the process of reducing or maintaining zero duty payments

NB: Please note that the structure and topics covered may change based on the political situation that might unfold over the coming weeks/months.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, Blujay Solutions, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0377


Advanced Techniques for Inventory Management?Book Now
Start Date:08/07/2019 18:30:00
End Date:08/07/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:TVG0375

When: 08 July 18:00 (for 18:30) to 20:00
Where: Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, West Berkshire RG1 1QH
Meeting Point: Soane Space

Speaker: Catherine Milner, former Chair of the Institute of Operations Management and Managing Consultant for c2mc

Catherine will explain how and why Inventory techniques must relate to how an organisation wishes to operate as a company: corporate strategy has to be the driver of all things.

So, what products  and services do we wish to provide and how will these be costed and priced? ('cost' being what we spend to make and 'price' being what we charge the customer)

What will our chosen market demand of us? and what business model will that impose?  Example companies will be presented and discussed including Lego and Zara

The event is likely to be live-streamed on Facebook, but Q&A may be taken off-line to allow more freedom of expression for personal views.

As usual, discussion will continue after the formal presentation in the adjacent pub at 2000.  All are welcome to join us.


Book by completing your booking form and sending to Membership Services, quoting the event code: TVG0375  or alternatively call them on Tel: 01536 740104

Member: Free; Non-Member: £10.00

Wiggle Fulfilment Centre Warehouse VisitBook Now
Start Date:17/07/2019 14:00:00
End Date:17/07/2019 18:00:00
Event Code:WT0305

When:                         17 July 13:45 (for 14:00) - 17:00
Where:                        Wiggle Ltd. – Citadel, Black Country New Rd, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7BR
Meeting Point:           Reception


  • Dan Corrigan, Logistics Director, Wiggle Ltd.
  • Martin Brickell, Operations Director, Accenture; Forum Chair, CILT Warehouse Technology & Materials Handling Forum
  • Bob Jane, Business Development Manager - Dynamic Systems, SSI Schaeffer

Other speakers will be confirmed in due course.

Organised by the CILT Warehouse Technology & Materials Handling Forum, this is a unique opportunity for delegates to visit Wiggle, one of the largest global, online players in the cycle and tri sports industry, and experience its “best in class” eCommerce, pure-play, purpose-built fulfillment centre. The facility combines suitable warehouse technologies to provide a solution that allows Wiggle to consolidate operations, have sufficient capacity to get ahead of growth demand and achieve a step change in productivity.

A successful pure-play business that continues its year-on-year double-digit growth, Wiggle has a global reach with the UK facility being a global fulfillment centre.

Join us in Wolverhampton to hear first hand the story of Wiggle's growth from the key players who delivered the successful creation of the 322,0002 feet Citadel facility.  The talks, which will be delivered by the Supply Chain consultants and solution providers, will be followed by a tour of the facility with an opportunity for delegates to ask questions as well as network.

Join us and learn about this fascinating Brand, a real example of best in class warehouse logistics. 
Refreshments will be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted.
Secure your place now by booking online. Alternatively, fill in and email your Booking Form to or call us on Tel: 01536 740104, quoting the event code WT0305.

Cost: Members: £10;  Non-Members: £15


September 2019
Mail Rail and Postal MuseumBook Now
Start Date:17/09/2019 15:00:00
End Date:17/09/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:GTG0365

When: Tuesday 17th September, 15:00 - 17:00
Where: Mail Rail & Postal Museum, 15 – 20 Pheonix Place, London WC1X 0DA
Meeting Point: Museum entrance

Visit to the postal museum run by the Postal Heritage Trust to learn about Britain’s postal heritage and to travel on the recently created Mail Rail exhibit which recreates part of the old Post Office Railway used to transport letters around London. Note specific conditions apply for those with mobility issues see website for details

Book online now or contact Membership Services with your completed booking form, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: 

Cost: Member: £13.50; Non-Member: £13.50

IMHX 2019Book Now
Start Date:24/09/2019 09:30:00
End Date:27/09/2019 15:00:00
Event Code:NW0534

IMHX is the UK’s largest intralogistics exhibition and a platform for those involved in the handling, movement or transportation of goods throughout the supply chain to come together and do business. It is a unique opportunity for visitors to meet exhibitors; discover the very latest technology; see live demonstrations; glean insights from a diverse conference program; connect with clients, existing and new, and take advantage of premium networking opportunities. IMHX 2019 will connect suppliers with senior decision-makers – all looking for innovative solutions to their logistics challenges – from every part of the supply chain industry.

Visit the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT UK) at IMHX 2019 on Stand 6D215.


October 2019
"Events, my dear boy, events: How logistics and transportation impact the image of the Edinburgh festivals and tourism"Book Now
Start Date:08/10/2019 17:30:00
End Date:08/10/2019 19:30:00
Event Code:SR0469

When: 08 October 17:30 - 19:30
Where: Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Prof  Joe Goldblatt, is the author, co -  author and editor of 37 books in the field of event management. He is Professor Emeritus  at Queen Margaret University.

Pro Joe Goldblatt is the author, co-author and editor of nearly forty books in the field of event management. Before coming to Queen Margaret University, he served as chairman of the US state of Rhode Island's Tourism Advisory Commission, which has been recognised for best practice in tourism promotion and management.  He advocates that Edinburgh should follow North American custom in imposing a transient visitor levy to support tourism promotion and operations.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code:  SR0469

December 2019
Hitachi Rail Factory VisitBook Now
Start Date:11/12/2019 16:00:00
End Date:11/12/2019 18:30:00
Event Code:TTG0322

When: 11 December 15:30 (for 16:00) - 18:30
Where: Hitachi Rail Europe, Merchant Park, Millennium Way, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6UG
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: TBC

The manufacturing and assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham supports the DfT-led Intercity Express Programme and future Hitachi Rail projects. The decision to manufacture and assemble rolling stock at these premises is a fundamental building block in Hitachi Rail Europe’s strategy for growth.

This is a great opportunity for members to visit and the tour the assembly plant in the North East.

Factory scope
• 35 vehicles can be manufactured each month
• Production capability includes: high-speed trains, commuter trains and metro trains
• Research & development facility and test track on site
• £82 million investment, plant fully owned by Hitachi Rail Europe
• Our trains will be manufactured in the UK for use across the UK and Europe

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: TTG0322


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