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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

Speakers for Global solutions to global challenges

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.



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