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December 2018
From wartime roots, a century of professionalism in Transport and LogisticsBook Now
Start Date:18/12/2018 19:00:00
End Date:18/12/2018 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0358
: 18 December 2018, 18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN

Speaker: Richard Atkinson, FCILT, Director of Marketing & Communications, CILT

Richard retired from the RAF as an Air Commodore in December 2016 and joined CILT; he is also currently an RAF Reserve.  In his 34 years’ RAF service, Richard served as a fighter pilot, commanded both a fighter squadron and a fighter Station, was the Air Officer for Scotland and an Aide de Camp to Her Majesty. As the Director of RAF Media and Communications he led the programme ‘Thinking to Win’ to redouble the RAF’s innovation capability. Richard’s career evolved reflecting the adage ‘amateurs think tactics – professionals think logistics’. 
The work of logistics and transport professionals is essential to the National interest – our security, our freedoms and our prosperity – nothing less. This thinking is central to Richard’s preparations to mark the Institute’s Centenary in 2019, and to our ambition for the 100 years ahead!  

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0358

January 2019
Smart Motorways - Types, Use & ConstructionBook Now
Start Date:08/01/2019 18:30:00
End Date:08/01/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:MWG0373

When: 08 January 2019, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Winmarleigh House, 15 Winmarleigh St, Warrington WA1 1NB
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Trevor Ridley, Highways Team, AECOM Ltd 

Do you know the different types of Smart Motorways? Highways England is in the middle of a large campaign to install Smart Motorways on many of the busiest parts of the Strategic Road Network. There are several schemes on the M6 and M62 at different stages of development which will bring additional capacity to the local road network.  There is another section to be started soon from Warrington to Wigan. Come and find out more about them. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: MWG0373

Running the Railway - this event is now fullBook Now
Start Date:14/01/2019 18:30:00
End Date:14/01/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:TVG0364
When: 14 January 2019, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Reading Town Hall, Blagrave St, Reading, Berkshire RG1 1QH 
Meeting Point: Soane Space

Speaker: Mark Hopwood, Managing Director Great Western Railway 

Mark will update on GWR transformation, creating an electric railway with new bi-mode long distance Intercity services including castle class, HSTs, 387 electric trains, tri-mode 769 traction and the biggest change in a generation.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: TVG0364

Integrating Technologies in a DC OperationBook Now
Start Date:30/01/2019 15:00:00
End Date:30/01/2019 18:00:00
Event Code:WT0304
Please note revised date and time

When: 30 January 2019 14:45 (for 15:00) - 18:00
Where: Euro Car Parts T2,  Danny Morson Way, Dordon, Tamworth, B78 1SE 
Meeting Point:  Reception 

Speakers from Euro Car Parts, TGW, Accenture, AMHSA (Automated Materials Handling Systems Association)

T2 is a new build, semi-automated DC of @ 1.1m sq ft, intended to support the consolidation of the ECP logistics network footprint from 5 distribution centres to the T1 and T2 campus at Dordon.

T2 became initially operational in March 2016 for limited storage. A testing and commissioning program continued through 2016 with a  controlled ramp up through 2017 / 18  -  establishing service to the ECP nationwide 210 branch network during 2017 and with a target of full operation by July 2018. TGW Logistics were selected as the integrated supplier of both the automation and WMS for the site.

ECP has a SKU profile of around 140k and the mission is to make this available to the branch network on a same or next day basis with a 6 pm order cut-off.  The site has therefore been designed and profiled with a range of storage and picking solutions – including wide aisle pallet storage serviced by reach trucks, VNA aisles and fully automated storage and goods to person (GTP) picking.  

To support this objective, the DC includes a whole range of warehouse technologies – MHE accessed storage for 104,000 pallets plus a 582,000 tote capacity miniload and 98,000 tote shuttle system outputting to 24 workstations. Picked totes are routed via a Stingray despatch sequencer to automatic tote stackers.

Speakers from all main parties involved in the project will discuss the key decisions, challenges and learnings from the experience of bringing the installation from idea to fully operational reality. Additionally, speakers from AMHSA will give an overview of the current warehouse automation scene – technologies available now and on the horizon. The event will include tours of the impressive T2 site and offers a great learning opportunity for anyone interested in warehouse automation and technology integration. 

Refreshments will be provided. This event has been organised by the CILT Warehouse Technology & Materials Handling Forum.

To secure your place book online now or contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 or email: with your completed booking form quoting the event code: WT0304.

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: £10.00

February 2019
Visit to British Sugar Newark Factory in conjunction with Abbey LogisticsBook Now
Start Date:05/02/2019 15:00:00
End Date:05/02/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:EMR0321

When: 05 February 2019, 14:30 for 15:00 - 17:00
Where: British Sugar plc, Newark Factory, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1DL

Steve Granite, CEO, Abbey Logistics Group
Mark Haslam, Head of Logistics, British Sugar
Nick Morris, Agricultural Business Manager, British Sugar

A unique opportunity to see behind the scenes at British Sugar’s advanced and highly competitive food manufacturing facility.  The Newark factory is a crucial part of the rural economy for Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and Yorkshire, where 1.6 million tonnes of sugar beet are turned into 235,000 tonnes of sugar every year.  British Sugar plc supplies 50% of the UK’s demand for sugar; Abbey Logistics Group, the UK’s largest provider of bulk food transport services, was selected in 2016 to manage British Sugar’s bulk sugar movements.  The visit will be a chance to see Abbey Logistics’ Newark operation, as well as the sugar beet processing factory.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: EMR0321

Ted Baker Omni-Channel DC TourBook Now
Start Date:05/02/2019 16:00:00
End Date:05/02/2019 18:30:00
Event Code:RLF0317

05 February 2019 15:30 (for 16:00) - 18:30
Where: The Ted-Baker Distribution Centre, Derby Commercial Park, Derby, Derbyshire, DE21 7HW

Sarah Booth, Account Director - Continuous Improvement & Implementations, XPO Logistics

The Ted-Baker Distribution Centre Derby is a purpose-built omni-channel facility designed to streamline the business’s logistics profile and facilitate future growth through collaboration. A whirlwind journey that began in 2017 with a start-up entailing a warehouse build, system design, stock transition and the embedding of multiple channels, to stability, setting records and advancing service propositions.  A perfect example of collaboration, this is a fantastic opportunity for delegates to see first hand the delivery of a complex Logistics Transformation Programme for one of the most dynamic and quirky retailers in the UK.  

Ted Baker (Ted) pride themselves on being ‘No Ordinary Designer Label’. Their quirky nature, love of the brand and product plus their hands on approach to every aspect of their business, truly does set them apart from other retailers. Ted has grown from 7 distribution centres spread around the UK to a purpose built larger facility offering flexibility, variety and competitive service offerings to retain and attract customers. The stock required to replenish Ted stores spread across 308 locations in the UK and Europe is prioritised to maximise the saleability of Ted’s range and that it services eCommerce markets as well as wholesale customers.

With the support of XPO Logistics as their 3PL provider and through close collaboration, Ted have streamlined their logistics operation and service offerings. Services range from a traditional Inbound and Returns department to a reverse logistics handling solution which turns around dated stock from stores and re-processes for outlets. The management structure implemented by XPO and Ted Baker also allows for effective and timely, decisive operational decision making. Key events are planned for in huge depth e.g. this year's Black Friday event planning initiated 9 months before the sale which broke records for orders picked, packed and dispatched on one day whilst staying well within SLA throughout the whole of Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Delegates will be taken on a tour of this impressive facility and have an opportunity to ask questions.  Please note places are limited and the delegate list for this event will be vetted.

Refreshments will be provided.

To secure your place, book online now or fill in and email your booking form to quoting the event code: RLF0317. Alternatively, please contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104.

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: £10

Advanced Techniques for Inventory ManagementBook Now
Start Date:14/02/2019 18:30:00
End Date:14/02/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:LR0381

When: 14 February 2019, 17:45 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: London Metropolitan University, Electra House, Moorgate
Meeting Point: Security

Speaker: Catherine Milner, former Chair of the Institute of Operations Management

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 e.g.Lego and Zara

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LR0381

Artificial Intelligence in the Supply ChainBook Now
Start Date:20/02/2019 10:00:00
End Date:20/02/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:LR0380

When: 20 February 09:30 (for 10:00) - 16:00
Where: Greenwich University, Old Naval College, Greenwich
Meeting Point:Queen Anne Court 

Speaker: Various Speakers, TBC

This year's conference will cover Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the Supply Chain  with speakers from Manufacturing, E-Commerce,  Distribution Services, Academia, International Postal Services and a Supermarket. it will cover (AI) actually being used to facilitate processes within the Supply Chain and cutting edge developments yet to be introduced.  Speakers to be confirmed. Booking through the Greenwich University web site.

Refreshments will be provided

To book please go directly to the Eventbrite website by clicking here
Combat Support WeekBook Now
Start Date:26/02/2019 08:30:00
End Date:28/02/2019 18:00:00
Event Code:ABC0642

Meet senior decision makers from the military logistics and engineering communities 

Bringing together the previous Military Engineering and Defence Logistics events, the Combat Support Week programme will address the new challenges to both logistics and engineering commanders, as they look to meet Mobility Enablers, Predictive Analytics and Supply Chain Tracking solution providers.

Recognising the emerging technical requirements in the combat support, the conference will enable attendees to revolutionize their capabilities in line with modern operating conditions. The 2-day conference will feature an interactive scenario build with General Sir Peter Wall and will identify innovative, cost-efficient solutions to modernise operational capabilities including:  

Robotic and autonomous systems in the supply chain
Mobility enablers through new innovative bridging systems
New infrastructural developments to sustain the force

Find out more here
March 2019
Transport Masters Programme Prize Presentation EventBook Now
Start Date:06/03/2019 17:30:00
End Date:06/03/2019 19:30:00
Event Code:SWR0307

When: 06 March 2019, 17:00 for 17:30 - 19:30 
Where: Room 4Q56, Q Building, University of the West of England, Frenchay Campus, Bristol
Meeting Point: Room 4Q69 

Speaker: Helen Bowkett, Visiting Professor and Aracadis Consultancy 

The event features presentations by prize winning graduates of the MSc in Transport Planning and MSc Transport Engineering and Planning programmes, and a presentation by Helen Bowkett, Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England.

Booking for this event is external please click here to book online 

For more information please click here

Visit to Downton Haulage and Isover Insulation Manufacturing - CANCELLEDBook Now
Start Date:07/03/2019 18:30:00
End Date:07/03/2019 20:30:00
Event Code:CHG0352

When: 07 March 2019, 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:30
Where: Unit 2, Premier Point, Aston Lane South, Runcorn WA7 3BE
Meeting Point: Visitors' Reception 

Speaker: Gavin Shannon, Head of Northern Operations, The Downton Group

Downton Haulage Ltd. has established itself at the forefront of a highly competitive industry by offering clients what they cannot get from other providers: the infrastructure and scalability of a multi-national 3PL combined with the flexibility, agility and commitment to customer care of a family-run business. In 2018, Downton was acquired by EmergeVest allowing for further innovation and continued investment. The Downton philosophy is simple: no matter what the request, Downton will deliver. Keeping to this principle has seen the business win and maintain long-term contracts with major global companies and achieve consistent, significant growth for over a decade. 

Isover is a manufacturer of building and technical insulation and cladding. It is a key customer of Downton's and the reasons for choosing its supplier will be discussed in detail. The visit will include an overview of the company and a tour or the manufacturing facilities. 

Both companies are successful but face many challenges from the current market conditions, including the impact of the Mersey Gateway crossing. 

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: CHG0352

We are Women in Logistics 2.0Book Now
Start Date:08/03/2019 12:30:00
End Date:08/03/2019 14:30:00
Event Code:WIL0305

When: 08 March 12:00 (for 12:30) - 14:30
Where: University of Hull Business School, University of Hull, HU6 7RX
Meeting Point: Nidd Seminar Rooms     

Following on from a successful 2017 event for International Womens Day, Women in Logistics, in conjunction with University of Hull, would like to invite you to We are Women in Logistics 2.0! We will hear from:

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw is a lecturer, researcher and programme director in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the Hull University Business School, UK. Her research interests include green/sustainable logistics, closed- loop supply chains, performance measurement/reporting and agri-supply chains and food security. Her business experience includes positions held in a variety of senior supply chain management roles: operations, transport, reverse logistics and customer service management; she has also been instrumental in leading change on a number of transformational projects across the supply chain. She was recently highly commended in the ‘Leader of the Year’ by Women in Logistics, UK for her work within the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, aimed at encouraging young people to work in the logistics sector. She leads various multi-disciplinary research projects and has published in a variety of scientific journals.
Previous Accolades:
Winner of the CILT (UK) Richard McLeish Award for significant advances in study and career (2009)
Finalist in the Everywoman Newcomer of the Year Award – Transport and Logistics (2008) 
•       Finalist in the Junior Chamber – Outstanding Young Person’s Award (2008)

Vicky Cross

Vicky graduated from Hull University with a 2:1 LLB honours degree in Law.
Followed by an 18-month experience with Defra, inspecting farm subsidies, Vicky began her now 15-year career in the manufacturing and supply world with Reckitt Benckiser. After experiencing a range of roles, including quality compliance, customer service, embellishment planning and demand and supply, and working through many experiences with launches, buy-back, demerger and ERP implementations, Vicky is now driving strategic and innovative change as Global Supply Chain Director for specialty pharmaceutical company, Indivior, controlling logistics, manufacturing, planning, graphics and SAP.

Georgia Williams

Georgia has been a Logistics Officer in the Royal Air Force for over 20 years, having joined up soon after graduating from the University of Hull with a BSc in Applied Physics. Throughout her career she has fulfilled numerous roles in support of deployed operations, both in the UK and overseas, including 3 tours to Afghanistan.  She has enjoyed all her roles, but her personal highlight was as Officer Commanding 85 Expeditionary Logistics Wing, a unit responsible for the RAF’s deployable logistics capabilities of transportation, fuel, catering, inventory management and aircraft crash recovery.  She is a graduate of the UK Defence Academy's Advanced Command and Staff Course with an MA in Defence Studies, and also the University of the West of England with an MSc in Leadership and Management and a prize for ‘outstanding creative contribution to management research’ for her research based on personal experiences of masculinity in the Armed Forces. Georgia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. 

A light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: WIL0305

Logistic challenges and opportunities in a multi-channel strategyBook Now
Start Date:19/03/2019 19:00:00
End Date:19/03/2019 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0364

: 19 March 2019, 18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN

Speaker: Chris Marrow FCILT; Director of Logistics for Sainsbury's

Sainsbury’s is the UK's second biggest supermarket with Group sales of over £29bn, they offer customers choice across their wide range of food, general merchandise, clothing and financial services. On the 2nd September 2016 Sainsbury's acquired Home Retail Group plc, the owner of Argos and Habitat, creating one of the UK’s leading food, general merchandise and clothing retailers – a multi-product, multi-channel business with fast delivery networks. Chris Marrow FCILT, Director of Logistics for Sainsbury’s; Will share with you the challenges and opportunities for Logistics and the bringing together and execution that a multi-channel strategy brings

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0364

May 2019
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


Registered Office:

Earlstrees Court, Earlstrees Road, Corby
Northants, NN17 4AX
Main Switchboard: 01536 740100

Company Registration Number: 2629347 
(A Company Limited by Guarantee)
Charity Registration Number: 1004963

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