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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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


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


July 2019
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



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