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  • Thursday 11 June 2020 Programme 

    Morning session

    Time Speaker  Topic 
    11.00 Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT(UK) Welcome
      Jo Godsmark FCILT, Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Limited Conference Chair
      William Higham, Next Big Thing Consultancy  Keynote Presentation: Consumer Futurist
      Dominic Scholfield, Mint Green Sustainability  The role of hybrids in transitioning to zero carbon heavy duty vehicles
    12.40   Morning session close

    Afternoon session

    Time Speaker Topic
    14.30 Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT(UK) Welcome
      Jo Godsmark FCILT, Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Limited Conference Chair
      Tessa English, Director, UK Research, Jones Lang LaSalle London's changing industrial market - what is driving the need to intensify land?  
      Professor Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics, Kuhne Logistics University Zero Carbon Logistics 
    16.35   Afternoon session close


    Friday 12 June 2020 Programme 

    Morning session

    Time Speaker Topic
    11.00 Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT(UK) Welcome
      Jo Godsmark FCILT, Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Limited Conference Chair
      Alan Braithwaite FCILT, Chair, CILT(UK) Freight and Logistics Policy Group Supply chain logistics- a new normal with the twist of COVID?                            
      Julian Worth FCILT, Chair, CILT(UK) Rail Freight Forum Zero Carbon Logistics: A New Model
    12.30   Morning session close

    Afternoon session

    Time Speaker Topic
    14.30 Kevin Richardson FCILT, Chief Executive, CILT(UK) Welcome
      Jo Godsmark FCILT, Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Limited Conference Chair
      Phil Roe FCILT, Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain The Route to Zero starts with the actions of today                               
    16.30   Conference close


Speakers for Route to Zero Conference


Alan Braithwaite FCILT - Chair, CILT(UK) Freight and Logistics Policy Group

Alan has also made a long-term academic contribution to his area of expertise through Cranfield University where he was a Visiting Professor for many years. He has contributed to research and teaching. He is a thought leader and educator, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of many papers and articles.  

In the last ten years he has taken a particular interest in freight transport policy and investment. In the course of this work he has published widely on freight policy including being the lead author of CILT(UK) Freight Vision 2035. He was awarded the Institute’s Sir Robert Lawrence Award for lifetime contribution to the industry. In the last few years he has been part of the core CILT team advising government on the logistics impacts of Brexit and the future of freight. He has prepared evidence on last mile logistics for government in the context of the Road to Zero and was a member of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Freight Policy Panel. He has worked on new Urban Logistics Concepts with Greater Manchester, supporting the Freight for the North Project.



Prof. Alan McKinnon - Professor of Logistics, Kühne Logistics University

Alan McKinnon is Professor of Logistics in the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Professor Emeritus at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and a Chartered Fellow of CILT.
A graduate of the universities of Aberdeen, British Columbia and London, he has been researching and teaching in freight transport/logistics for 40 years and has published extensively in journals and books on many different aspects of the subject. Much of his recent research has been on the decarbonisation of logistics and in 2018 he published a book on the subject.

Alan has been an adviser on logistics to several governments, parliamentary committees and international organisations, including the OECD, World Bank, United Nations, World Economic Forum, European Commission and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He was chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Logistics and Supply Chain Council and a member of the European Commission’s High Level Group on Logistics.

He joined CIT and ILDM in the early 1980s, was a founder member of the CILT’s Logistics Research Network and won the Institute’s Sir Robert Lawrence award in 2003.


Dominic Scholfield - Mint Green Sustainability

Dominic Scholfield consults on both policy and practice with regard to alternative fuel vehicles, with a particular emphasis on GHG emissions and air quality in relation to freight.

He runs his own consultancy, Mint Green Sustainability, and sits on the CILT(UK) Freight Policy Group, the LowCVP Commercial Vehicles Working Group and REA’s Renewable Fuels Group.


Jo Godsmark FCILT - Chief Operating Officer, BigChange Limited


Jo Godsmark is Chief Operating Officer of BigChange Limited, a leading provider of mobile worker and job management solutions, and is also Chair of the Board of Trustees for Transaid, the international development organisation specialising in transport solutions.

Previously a director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, Jo was jointly responsible for the development of Labyrinth’s award winning and pioneering cloud based audit system, SilkThread® (now BigChange Audit) in addition to leading Labyrinth’s consultancy projects in strategic consultancy, logistics and procurement. Before moving into consultancy, Jo had a long career in engineering, manufacturing, logistics design and procurement at Mars.

Jo is an active member of CILT and Chair of the Outsourcing and Procurement Forum and is co-author of ‘The Logistics Outsourcing Handbook’ that built on much of the forum’s work. In her spare time she is training for Transaid’s next fundraising cycle challenge in Malawi in September 2020.

Julian Worth - Chair, CILT(UK) Rail Freight Forum

Julian has spent 40 years in the railfreight industry in a wide variety of roles, including Managing Director, Transrail Freight, and Marketing Director, English Welsh & Scottish Railway.

He now works with a range of clients in the private and public sectors, providing strategic advice on rail-based logistics. He also writes on railfreight matters and speaks at conferences in the UK and abroad.

Julian is Chair of the CILT Rail Freight Forum and is a member of the Freight & Logistics and Strategic Rail policy groups. 

Phil Roe - Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain

Phil Roe is Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain with responsibility for leading the sales, marketing and customer experience agenda for the UKI. Phil has substantial experience of supply chain leadership across multiple customers, sectors and geographies, with 30 years’ experience in a variety of senior leadership and operational roles and functional experience in marketing, new product development and sales. Phil’s recent roles within DHL include Chief Operations Officer & Managing Director of the transport business.

Phil is an economics graduate; a member of DHL’s International Business Leader Program and recently completed a mini MBA at Salford Business School. He is a non-Executive Board Member of the Freight Transport Association and an active member of CILT.

Phil is passionate about the development of young people within logistics; ensuring career opportunities with DHL are well communicated, engaging and open to the wider industry.

Richard Wilding - Full Professor and Chair in Supply Chain Strategy

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management is recognised globally for his thought leadership in logistics and supply chain management.

Richard is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at industrial conference and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local universities and confederations of industry. He is passionate about taking and creating academic knowledge that creates action in business.

Richard was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of “Supply Chain Risk Management” in the world in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area. He is immediate past Chair of CILT(UK) and holds a number of non-executive directorships. Working with European and international companies on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food drink and professional services.


Tessa English - Director, UK Research, Jones Lang LaSalle

Tessa English is a Director in JLL’s UK research team and has spent the last nine years specialising in the UK industrial and logistics market research where she has advised some of the largest developers, investors and occupiers in the UK’s industrial market.

Tessa is also a member of JLL’s newly formed City Logistics team. The team has been set up to support the structural shift in the sector by focusing specifically on ‘city’ logistics which encompasses last mile strategy, suitability and ultra-low emissions quotas, optimal work processes and the change in model to cope with an increase in demand and the need for intensification. Within this role Tessa has been out to Asia and mainland Europe to see examples of intensified industrial solutions in large cities.


William Higham - Consumer Futurist

A global authority on innovation and strategy, Will runs strategic consultancy Next Big Thing, helping clients from Amazon to HSBC, Sainsbury’s to MTV understand what their customers (and employees) will think, do, expect, demand and buy in future: and how to adapt accordingly.  

He’s the man who championed Strictly Come Dancing to the BBC, warned the drinks industry about the new sobriety, and saw the wellbeing consumer coming a mile off. His keynote talks have inspired thousands globally: from conferences organised by the FT and Harvard Business Review to corporate events for Walt Disney, Barclaycard, Marks and Spencer and Primark.



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