CILT(UK) - Women in Logistics Speakers


09:00     Show opens

09:30     Registration, refreshments and networking

10:00     Professor Omera Khan (Risk Intelligence, Royal Holloway University of London)

10:45     Elizabeth Coggins-Hill (Supply Chain Future)

11:30     Chris Green (Young Foodies)

12:15     Lunch (and optional tour with Rob Fisher, Event Director)

13:30     Martin Port (BigChange)

14:15     Caroline Barber and Florence Bearman (Transaid)             

14:45     Jennifer Swain (Clipper Logistics)

15:15     James Gill (CEVA Logistics)

16:00     Close

17:00     Show closes


Omera Khan

Speaking at 10:00
Professor Omera Khan
Executive Strategy Advisor Risk Intelligence, Royal Holloway University of London
Using design innovation to unlock value in the supply chain

Supply chain begins on the drawing board! Supply chain design can have implications for cost, complexity and responsiveness. Organisations need a mind shift change to embed design thinking into organisational culture, improve connections between silos, develop more structural and organisational flexibility and support the change and innovation that will be driven by the synchronisation of human and machine.



Elizabeth Coggins-Hill

Speaking at 10:45
Elizabeth Coggins-Hill
Founder, Speaker and Supply Chain Enthusiast
What can we do about Modern Slavery in the Supply Chain?

Modern slavery takes many forms and any one of them can seriously damage a brand. This talk reviews the problem and the journey to build a technological solution that puts the power where it belongs: in the hands of the workers and the consumers. If you are interested in compliance, supply chain auditing and transparency, CSR, SDGs, marketing, sourcing, blockchain or just the right of workers to be paid and live free from coercion, then this is for you.

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Chris Green, co-founder, Young Foodies

Speaking at 11:30
Chris Green
Co-founder, Young Foodies
How a level playing field drives growth and innovation in small brands

The importance of logistics providers creating a more level operating field and rate cards for younger brands with smaller volumes to be able to operate and compete against their blue chip counterparts, which will truly support innovation in the food and beverage industry

M Port

Speaking at 13:30
Martin Port
Founder & CEO, BigChange
A Technology Entrepreneur’s View of the Logistics Sector

Martin Port, a technology pioneer, founded Masternaut, one of the first UK companies to offer software-as-a-service, with its web-based vehicle tracking solutions. Martin took Masternaut from a small startup in 2002 to become one of the UK’s fastest growing businesses, with places in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Martin’s entrepreneurial endeavours were recognised in 2008 when he won the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for Technology and Communications and, in 2010, won IOD Director of the Year. BigChange, launched in 2013, is Martin’s latest venture; Martin will explore how logistics companies must make a BigChange to their human, and technology, approach to business. 

Caroline Barber

Florence Bearman

Speaking at 14:15
Ms Caroline Barber
Chief Executive, Transaid

Ms Florence Bearman
Head of Fundraising, Transaid
Innovating to reach the last mile and reduce child mortality from severe malaria: a case study from Serenje District in Zambia

Severe malaria is a medical emergency that can result in high mortality without prompt and appropriate treatment, especially among young children. In rural settings in Zambia there are multiple barriers that delay the referral of children with suspected severe malaria to a health facility, adversely affecting treatment outcomes. A functioning supply chain to ensure access to medicines though to the last mile as well as a robust emergency transport system are essential. As a result of this project, a new live-saving drug (quality assured RAS) became accessible to rural communities in Serenje District and injectable artesunate was available at rural health facilities. Community health volunteers and front-line health providers were successfully trained to manage cases. Thanks to this innovation, the severe malaria case fatality rate fell by 96%.

Examples of how the transport and logistics sector have already supported this life-saving work and opportunities to do so going forward will also be shared. 



Speaking at 14:45
Jennifer Swain
Head of Resourcing, Clipper Logistics
Year of Diversity: Diversity and Inclusion in motion


In partnership with the Strategic Transport Apprenticeship Taskforce (STAT) Year of Diversity in Freight and Logistics, Jennifer will be talking about why diversity and inclusion is so important to the logistics profession. An insight into Clipper’s “Fresh Start” programme will demonstrate diversity and inclusion in action and how it benefits the business, the employees, and external organisations alike.





James Gill

Speaking at 15:15
James Gill
Finance Director CEVA Logistics UK, Ireland & Nordics
Re-booting Finance

Are you getting the best out of your finance function? Do you truly understand your own responsibilities when it comes to financial control? With 15 years’ experience in finance and operational roles at both CEVA and DHL, James Gill will share his strategies for creating a high performing team and outline what value this can bring to you and your organisation. The session will include practical techniques as to how you can ensure effective collaboration between Finance and Operations, to both maximise performance and safeguard internal controls. The re-booting of finance continues with the adoption of new digital technologies to reduce transactional processing burdens. How can you unlock this potential and get your finance team focused on driving real business value?




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