CILT - Round Table Events




Corporate Round Table Events

CILT Round Table events provide a unique opportunity to hear the topic-specific views of industry’s thought-leaders and innovators regarding contemporary supply-chain and logistics issues.

As a Corporate Member, Round Tables can provide you with a platform to present your opinion, views and general solutions concerning contemporary supply-chain and logistics issues, for the benefit of CILT members and others. 

Round Table events are usually free-of-charge to attend and typically provide the delegate audience with an opportunity to interrogate the events speakers further. Opportunities to share views and experiences, discuss best-practise, network and possibly collaborate with other interested parties are common.   

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April 2019
Start Date:04/04/2019 09:30:00
End Date:04/04/2019 14:30:00
Event Code:COR0372

When: Thursday 4th April 2019, (09:00 registration) 09:30 - 14:30
Where: Computacenter Head Office, Hatfield Avenue, Hertfordshire, AL10 9TW
CPD: 2 Hours

Are you planning to grow your business in Germany?

Or perhaps Brexit uncertainties require a review of your distribution strategy in mainland Europe?

Maybe you would like your company to look “more European” post Brexit, perhaps with a branch or subsidiary registered in Germany (GmbH)?

If you are looking towards Europe to secure existing business or build more, then the CILT Round Table “Doing Business in Germany” on Thursday 4 April 2019 in Hatfield, Herts should be of interest.

Our speaker is Ms Dagmar Wülknitz, a Project Manger for NRW.INVEST, the economic development agency for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany – see

NRW is Germany’s most economically successful and populous state, adjacent to the Netherlands and Belgium. It is Germany’s industrial and commercial heartland and includes the cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Duisburg and the Ruhr.

NRW is also the logistics and transport centre of Europe with 160 million people living within a 500 kms radius of the state capital Düsseldorf.

Dagmar and her UK based colleague Andrew Harfoot. Help UK firms to set up and grow in NRW, Germany. Their service is free and confidential.

There are over 1,500 UK firms already based in NRW including GKN, BP, Dyson, AO, Lush, Vodafone, Johnson Matthey and Computacenter.

If you are considering Germany then NRW.INVEST can help you find land or property in NRW, recruit local people or set up a German legal entity.

As an existing investor in NRW, Germany, Computacenter is kindly hosting this CILT Round Table at its Hatfield, Herts Head Office. The morning presentations will be followed by a tour of Computacenter’s Integration Centre.

If you are considering expanding your business in Germany post Brexit, this event will provide valuable insight.

Please see here for venue map.

Tea, coffee and a light buffet will be provided.


Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, NRW.Invest, 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: COR0372

How can we utilise rail to strengthen supply chains in the light of the HGV driver shortage?Book Now
Start Date:25/04/2019 10:00:00
End Date:25/04/2019 14:00:00
Event Code:COR0374

When: Thursday 25th April 2019, 10:00 - 14:00
Where: PD Ports, Eustace House, Teesport, Grangetown, TS6 6UD

As the UK continues to feel the impact of an over-burdened road network and a chronic HGV driver shortage, shippers are looking for alternative ways to move cargo. Rail freight is a reliable and cost-effective method for transporting cargo around the country. Although using rail can help customers reduce carbon emissions and cut costs in their supply chains, there are still companies out there not seeing what using rail could do for them.

With an onsite rail terminal that celebrated its fourth anniversary late last year and the introduction of a second rail connection to Scotland recently, Teesport is well-placed to start a discussion about how businesses can utilise rail more within their supply chains.

Our roundtable event looks to discuss rail freight with representatives from different elements of the supply chain. A panel discussion will take place for those working within logistics and supply chain management to give their perspective on rail, its’ benefits, how they think rail will progress, and talk about what more we can do more collectively to encourage its use.

This panel is aimed at people wanting to know more about what using rail can do in the supply chain.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, PD Ports, 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: COR0374
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 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.

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.

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


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. Add to this burden that this event is just over 6 weeks after Brexit, how does the future look? 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
  • 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

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


June 2019
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



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