CILT - South West

South West Region

Chair: David Coombes FCILT

Welcome to the South West Region of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK)

The South West Region currently covers two Groups: Bristol, Gloucester & Somerset Group and Devon & Cornwall Group


Committee Members

David Coombes FCILT - Chair

David Coombes FCILT FCMI is Chief Executive of The Skills Group and Managing Director of Skills for Logistics.

With 30 years’ experience, David now plays a pivotal role within the sector, helping to develop learning across the industry.  He is currently a route panel member for Transport and Logistics on the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education board; Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport; and Strategic Advisor to the UK Warehousing Association.

Having built his career in corporate and third-party logistics with a number of global operators, David started his own supply chain consultancy and recruitment practice in 2006.

David has an executive MBA from the Chartered Institute of Management 

The Skills Group is a Bristol-based recruitment, consulting and assessing organisation, working across supply chain and logistics, banking and finance, utilities and charitable institutions. 

Skills for Logistics is an independent end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) and international consultancy with unrivalled industry expertise. The company works at the heart of apprenticeship standards to support learners both at home and internationally.  Recent consultancy projects include the development of National Occupational Standards in Oman, where David worked closely with Omani government as part of their 2040 logistics strategy to upskill and employ circa 250,000 in logistics and supply chain roles

Colin Rees CMILT - Committee Member

Colin has worked in the transport industry, both in the private and public sectors, and been a member of the CILT for over 40 years.

Following completion of a post graduate transport planning degree at Liverpool University he joined the National Bus Company as a trainee, going on to work in a commercial management role in the bus industry.

Following a 25 year career in the bus industry Colin moved into transportation planning and public transport roles at local authorities in the West of England, holding the post of Group Manager Strategic Transport at Bristol City Council before retiring in 2017.

Since retirement he has played an active role in the Institute, sitting on the South West Regional Committee and representing that region at RAG.  He became Chairman of the Bristol, Gloucestershire and Somerset Section in 2019.

Dr Daniela Paddeu CMILT - Committee Member

Dr Daniela Paddeu is a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK), specialised in Transport and Logistics. She works as research fellow at the Centre for Transport & Society (UWE, Bristol). Her expertise is in sustainable freight transport, shared and innovative transport systems (e.g. driverless vehicles and new technologies), green logistics, city logistics, policy implications, stakeholder behaviour, user’s perception and customer satisfaction applied to the transport sector. In 2017 she was awarded a PhD in Civil Engineering and Architecture and a ‘Doctor Europaeus’ award in Civil Engineering and Architecture. She carries out qualitative and quantitative research, and has developed a report for the Government Office for Science towards the impact of new technologies and automation in freight transport and handling systems. She teaches Project and Risk Management, Supply Chain Management, Freight Transport and Logistics at UWE, Bristol. 

Dr Stavros Karamperidis CMILT - Committee Member

Dr Stavros Karamperidis is a Lecturer in Maritime Economics in the Department of International Shipping, Logistics and Operations at Plymouth University. Stavros is also a Visiting Professor at World Maritime University, Heriot-Watt University and he is regularly invited to deliver guest lectures at Merchant Maritime Academies. Prior to joining Plymouth, he has conducted research in various UK Universities, his research was funded by industry (e.g. ports, logistic companies), various Governments and UK research councils. Recently Stavros secured funding from the Horizon 2020 and the Innovative UK to conduct research on maritime cyber security. He also secured funding from EPSRC to decarbonise UK’s freight transport. His primarily research interests are in shipping and ports logistics, maritime cyber security, transport performance measurement, indices development and employability of millennials in logistics. Before joining academia, Stavros worked in various companies ranging from SME’s to multinational companies. Stavros is regularly invited to chair several key European and UK commercial and academic conferences (e.g. Stavros is chairman for Devon and Cornwall for Chartered Institute of Transport (Chartered Member) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

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George Lang FCILT - Committee Member

George “came ashore” in 1977 having gone to sea as a deck apprentice in 1966; served in cargo ships, oil tankers of varying types and sizes and SRN4 passenger hovercraft. He holds a Certificate of Competency as Master (Foreign Going).

He then worked with ACT Services as a ship-planning coordinator on the UK/Australasian trade before taking on the role of Distribution Manager with a company importing and distributing prawns into the UK and Europe.

He moved into training and education, becoming the Principal Lecturer at Warsash Maritime Academy (a part of Southampton Solent University) responsible primarily for courses using ship’s bridge simulators.

He obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Computing through the OU in 1996 and went on to study for an MBA.

He was a founder member of the Nautical Institute in 1972, and served a 9 year period as Vice President. He is presently a Director and Trustee of the NI.

An active member of the CIT then CILT from the early 1980s, he was a committee member, including chair, of the Hampshire & Dorset Group until 2010 when he retired to Devon.

He soon became an active member of the Devon & Cornwall Group, stepping down as chair in 2019.

martin curtis


Martin Curtis is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute having been a member for over fifty years. He worked for 49 years in the bus operating industry, predominantly in the Southwest of England, together with periods in London and overseas. This included roles as Regional Director with Badgerline and Managing Director of Bath Bus Company.

Since retiring from full time employment in 2021, he has undertaken periods as a transport consultant, writer and historian and for over five decades has regularly contributed to transport publications having written twelve books and numerous articles for magazines, covering bus manufacturing and operations, bus design, and aspects of branding and graphics.

He is also currently a member of the Institute’s Southwest regional committee.

Reports and Presentations


MetroWest and Rail Investment in the West of England - October 2020 - View here

Focus Articles

  • South West Portway Park Article - September 2023 - View here
  • South West Focus Article July 2023 - View here
  • South West  New Chair - April 2022 - View here
  • South West Regional Spotlight in Focus 2020-2021 - View here
  • South West Region - Focus Article - March 2020 - View here
  • Challenges facing the world of international sea freight - February 2020 - View here
  • Career opportunities in the Shipping Sector - December 2019 - View here
  • Transforming Support Delivery across the UK Military - March 2019 - View here
  • Motorway Services with a difference - January 2019 - View here



Bridgwater School Enterprise Day – Business on the Move - View here

Focus Articles

  • Hitachi Rail Depot, Stoke Gifford - December 2018 - View here
  • Avonmouth Port Tour & Bristol Pilots Lecture - December 2018 - View here
  • Sevenside Community Rail Partnership - July 2018 - View here
  • Regional Spotlight - June 2018 - View here
  • West of England Metro-Bus - April 2018 - View here
  • The Great Western Electrification Project – July 2016 – View here
  • South Western Railway: 2015 and beyond - View here


Want to find out more?

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