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International Centenary Convention overview

Day one – Welcome to the delegations from around the world including sessions for Women in Logistics (WiLat) and the Next Generation (Young Professionals)

Day two – Theme New Institute for a new Era plus site visits to local places of interest

Day three – Theme – Global solutions to global challenges

Social / networking opportunities

Day one – Welcome/opening ceremony

Day two – Next Generation evening event

Day three – International President’s Dinner/Closing Ceremony

More details to follow

The first day of the Convention will be a welcome to all of the delegations from around the world!

Find a list of some of the activities below:

  • Hear Sean Culey's take on how to Thrive In an Age of Disruption
  • Explore the shifting landscapes of 21st century supply chains with Mark Millar 
  • Interactive panel session with Q&As
  • Women in Logistics (WiLat) meeting
  • Next Generation (Young Professionals) meeting

Finish up the day with drinks & canapés at our welcome reception Opening Ceremony at The Midland Hotel.

The second day of the Convention will see what the next 100 years of the Institute will look like alongside an evening of dancing!

Find a list of some of the activities below:

  • Hear from Sir Peter Hendy and CILT President Paul Sainthouse on the next 100 years of the Institute with their session A new Institute for a new era
  • Attend site visits with other professionals to various warehouses such as Missguided, Amazon and DHL (please contact Allison Glandfield to book your place)
  • Interactive panel session with Q&As
  • CILT(UK) Annual General Meeting - open to CILT members only.

Then join us for an evening of salsa dancing, tapas and cocktails at Revolucion de Cuba!

The final day of the Convention will be a jam-packed day which we have filled with exciting events and our International President's Dinner. 

Find a list of some of the activities below:

  • Hear from world-renowned motivational speaker Inma Martinez for her take on corporate tranformation in the new AI future
  • Chief Sustainability Officer & Group Vice President at Oracle, Jon S Chorley will also be joining us from across the pond for his views on the future of the supply chain
  • Experience streams throughout the day which will feature speakers facilitating sessions of the three following themes: Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability and Innovation & Technology
  • We will be joined by Dr David Steinberg for his brief masterclass on how we can explore change by asking questions
  • An interactive Q&A session sponsored by XPO Logistics will take place - get interactive with our mobile app!

Celebrate 100 years of Logistics and Transport with us at our International President's Dinner.

Speakers for Global solutions to global challenges


Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer & Group Vice President, Oracle Corporation

Jon Chorley is group vice president of product strategy for Oracle's supply chain management (SCM) applications and leads the team responsible for driving the business requirements and product roadmaps for these applications. Oracle's best-in-class SCM applications support value-chain transformation through the enablement of the information-driven value chain. These solutions include product lifecycle management, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, asset lifecycle management, value-chain planning, and order fulfilment.

Chorley is also the chief sustainability officer for Oracle. In this role, he drives and coordinates all initiatives, both internally and externally, related to environmental sustainability. This responsibility covers all areas, from IT infrastructure and business operation to corporate reporting and risk management. Oracle is committed to developing practices and products that help protect the environment.


Inma Martinez

Inma is an engaged figure in the entrepreneurial, innovation and digitalisation sectors. 

Martinez is currently an advisor to the board at the All Parliamentary Party Group on AI at the House of Lords, and has provided evidence at the EU Commission on AI and the misuse of citizen data in light of new GDPR policies. 

Fortune and TIME have described Martinez as one of Europe’s top talents in social engagement through technology. In 2018 she was listed at #1 amongst “The Top 10 Women Changing The Landscape Of Data In 2018” by Enterprise Management 360 and one of the top “50 AI Influencers To Follow On Twitter” by Cognilytica.



Dr David Steinberg

During his 35-year career, Dr. David Steinberg has built high-performance teams and directed sales operations and strategic account management processes in extremely fast-paced work environments and competitive markets involving multi-million-dollar contracts. He is a leading authority on the art and science of asking questions.

For eight years, David served as director of strategic development, Northeast US, for the Higher Education division of the Aramark Corporation. Prior to this, David worked for five years as director of sales operations and communications for (now Pearson Education).



Richard Cawston, Managing Director, XPO Europe

Richard Cawston leads the supply chain business of XPO Logistics in Europe. He previously held the role of managing director for XPO's supply chain operations in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Richard joined XPO in 2015 upon the company’s acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle, where he served first as business unit director, and then as country manager.

Previously, he was general manager for transportation company Christian Salvesen, now part of XPO, and operations manager for supermarket retailer Asda.



Catherine Weetman MSc FCILT FRSA, Director, Re-think Solutions

Catherine is a speaker, workshop facilitator and coach, focussing on the circular economy.  Her book, A Circular Economy Handbook for Business and Supply Chains, published by Kogan Page, includes a wealth of wide-ranging examples and tips on getting started.

Catherine has over 25 years' experience in contract logistics, manufacturing, retail and supply chain consultancy, and her career spans food, fashion and logistics, including Tesco, Kellogg's and DHL Supply Chain.

She is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Huddersfield and Vice-Chair of the Environment and Sustainability forum for CILT(UK).  She supports the Circular Economy Club as a Mentor and City Coordinator for the Tees Valley, UK.  Catherine is a qualified industrial engineer and has an MSc in Logistics and Distribution from Cranfield University.   


kirsten tisdale

Kirsten Tisdale BSc FCILT FRSA MIoD

Kirsten’s career in logistics has included operations, business development, HO roles and consulting, establishing Aricia Limited in 2001. Kirsten started her logistics life as a graduate management trainee and then contract manager for what was NFC, now part of DHL. She then worked for TNT Contract Services and PE Inbucon before spending 12 years as an internal consultant for M&S working on projects spanning its supply chain operations. Kirsten now works with corporate clients who are planning change in their logistics infrastructure and operations – helping them to develop concepts and put facts and figures around options.

Kirsten is a Fellow of CILT and a very active member, including of Women in Logistics. Her mathematics background, and passion for data visualisation and research, led her to analyse gender pay gap data and present to the WiL Forum Committee, including on some of the causes. She has also written for Focus on some of the questions companies should be asking themselves.


Daniel Hulme, Chief Executive Officers, Satalia

Daniel is a leading expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Emerging technologies. He's the CEO of Satalia, a global company that provides AI inspired solutions to solve industry’s hardest problems, and he is the Director of UCL’s Business Analytics MSc, applying AI to solve business and social problems.

Daniel is a popular keynote speaker specialising in the topics of Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, Philosophy, Technology, Innovation, Purpose, Decentralization and Organisational Design. He is a serial speaker for Google and TEDx, and is a faculty member of Singularity University.  


Marcus Madden-Smith BA(Hons) DipArch DipAP RIBA, Partner,
Stephen George + Partners

Marcus joined Stephen George + Partners (SGP) in 1997 as an architectural assistant and has progressed through the business becoming a Partner in 2016.

Marcus is an experienced architect who leads a dedicated team of architects and technologists delivering numerous complex schemes with challenging physical, ecological and legal constraints. Marcus has over twenty years’ experience working in most commercial sectors with particular expertise in logistics and masterplanning.

Marcus is responsible for managing the SGP's Building Information Modelling and IT strategy.


James Nicholls BA(Hons) DipArch DipAP RIBA, Managing Partner, Stephen George + Partners

Having worked predominantly in the commercial sector for several UK-based practices including a period in London, James joined Stephen George + Partners (SGP) in 1998 and established the Solihull office in 2002. He became a Partner in 2010 and Managing Partner in 2018.

James’ experience, which includes the design and delivery of a number of complex industrial, commercial and retail schemes, has led to him developing an expertise in the logistics and distribution sector. His close relationships with clients, contractors, end-users and the supply chain have also generated new opportunities for the Practice including those overseas.

James chairs the SGP Business Development Group, which is key in developing strategy for growth, and is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the Practice.



Sean Culey SCOR-P, FCILT

Sean has deep expertise in helping companies to develop customer-centric business models, value chains and engaged and passionate value chain teams, across numerous verticals and geographies. He has 25 years of experience, including 6 years as CEO of business and SAP benefits realisation consultancy. He has also been Global VP of marketing for an international business analytics software company, and a Principal consultant at global consultancy Efeso. Sean has designed and implemented Value Chain transformation projects for where he delivered improvement programmes for BAE Systems, Warburtons, Saint Gobain (US & UK), Edgewell Personal Care, The Consortium and Greene King.




One of Asia’s foremost speakers, Mark Millar is a renowned authority on supply chain and logistics. He leverages over 30 years' global business experience to deliver knowledgeable insights and independent perspectives that help empower better-informed business decisions. 

Mark’s enlightening, informative and engaging presentations address the supply chain implications of critical mega-trends that are impacting almost every business - Globalisation Shifts, Digital Disruption and the E-Commerce Frenzy. 

His widely acclaimed book Global Supply Chain Ecosystems - commissioned by leading business publisher Kogan Page of London - earned praise from both academics and industry leaders, and has sold in 50 countries across six continents. A Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Mark has also presented guest lectures at Georgia Tech (Atlanta), RMIT (Ho Chi Minh City), SP Jain (Dubai and Singapore), HKU SPACE (Hong Kong) and Warwick University WMG (UK).



Rear Admiral Andy Kyte, Assistant Chief Of The Defence Staff (Logistic Operations) & Chief Naval Logistics Officer, Royal Navy

Rear Admiral Kyte joined the Royal Navy as a Logistics Officer in 1987. Junior appointments included tours in the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL and the Type 21 frigate HMS ACTIVE, and on the staff of the Senior Naval Officer Northern Ireland.

In August 2014, he was promoted to Commodore and appointed Head of Defence Logistic Operations and Capability, responsible for the provision of strategic level logistic planning and direction in support of current and contingent operations.



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