Tuesday 29th Sep 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Learn from the best at LSC

The Logistics & Supply Chain Conference 2017 promises to deliver valuable insight from a host of supply chain industry leaders.

LSC17_logo_stackedCollaborative partnerships, end-to-end supply chain, analytics, customer service and forecasting are just some of the pressing issues that will be discussed during this year’s Logistics & Supply Chain Conference.

Speakers at the two-day event will explore a range of advanced strategies, tried and tested by award winning companies like MAN Truck and Bus. Not only does the conference present an invaluable opportunity to gain knowledge about how to improve the supply chain, but it also enables delegates to improve their continuous professional development – the Logistics & Supply Chain Conference is recognised by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and each day of the conference counts for five CPD hours.

Day one

Winning supply chain strategies are top of the agenda at this year’s Logistics & Supply Chain conference – aptly demonstrated by an opening presentation from MAN Truck and Bus – Overall Winner of the Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2016. MAN created a supply chain concept called ‘plan@parts” that harnesses “big data” and calculates supply by a holistic view of the supply chain. Christian Seemann, MAN’s vice president supply chain management parts, will discuss how it has employed these innovative and creative strategies to ensure the supply chain is effective.

Transformational change will be the focus of the presentation from Alastair Charatan, supply chain director at SIG Distribution, the construction materials supplier. He will examine the challenges of building and executing an integrated supply chain strategy, using real life case studies.

Dealing with big data has become a key issue for many supply chain professionals. Dr Irina Neaga, international shipping and logistics lecturer at Plymouth University, will examine the way big data can help organisations in their day to day operation and identify how big data can be used by data analytics to help in the running of consumer and demographic needs.

Amazon’s Vishal Bansal, uk supply chain director, will be exploring the evolving marketplace of customers and new technology. At the event guests with discover how Amazon is using robotics and other technologies in the UK.

Richard Wilding OBE, full professor & chair of supply chain strategy, chairman of chartered institute of logistics & transport, Cranfield University School of Management, will be talking about cost-to-serve and how insights and supply chain analytics can boost profitability management. He will also explore how cost-to-serve can be an integrated part of future supply chain visibility and transparency.

Day Two

The second day of the conference will open with a presentation from the 2016 Team of the Year. Dave Howorth, supply chain director, General Mills Northern Europe, will explain how the company developed a port centric approach to logistics and built a strong collaborative partnership with Culina and Peel Ports.

Thames Water took the Award for Customer Service and Support at the 2016 Logistics & Supply Chain Awards. Theresa Gardiner, project manager – logistics & inventory, and Peter Leeman, senior commercial manager, will talk about the approach it has adopted and the benefits that have been achieved.

Nelsons, the manufacturer of natural healthcare products, was highly commended in the Supply Chain Strategy and Design category at the awards. Paul Metherell, supply-planning manager, will explain how it has strengthened its end-to-end supply chain to enable it to achieve significant growth internationally.

Ray Bennett, performance improvement manager at National Grid, will examine the role of lean management in supply chain. He will start by looking at what lean management involves and how an organisation can use it to improve its performance excellence.

Best practice in procurement will come under scrutiny in a presentation from YPO’s Paul Smith, executive director. The presentation will look at how YPO maintains its procurement standards.

As extended supply chains expand, and organisations face up to the challenges of managing suppliers from a long distance, there is a growing focus on ethics. Dr Alexander Trautrims, lecturer in supply chain and operations management at Nottingham University Business School, will ask the question: How ethical is your Supply Chain?

Talent in the industry

Attracting the right talent into the supply chain is always a challenge, and with so many options available, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find quality and experienced talent in the industry. Neil Caldwell, think logistics project manager at Career Ready, and Ian Nichol, STEM development manager at Think Logistics and Career Ready, will look at the key competencies, skills and experiences required to be a future leader in supply chain. They will also discuss the different types of training opportunities that are available to new individuals in the industry.

Nicole Geerkens, executive officer at the European Logistics Association, will focus on the challenges finding talent in the supply chain and logistics sector. She will also look at how to increase and develop a network of female workers into the sector.

Forecasting and Planning

Forecasting and planning will be the focus of a series of presentations from international leaders including GlaxoSmithKline and Shell.

Ian Randall, EMEA demand planner at Shell, will focus on ways to succeed and eliminate errors in demand forecasting. He will discuss the application of lean concepts to assist with the flow of demand data, as well as best practice in analysing market demand to ensure the organisation is targeting the right market.

Collaboration and S&OP will be at the heart of the presentation by Neil James, vice-president, core commercial cycle at GSK. He will look at the requirements for cross-functional collaboration to drive an effective S&OP process, as well as the key factors for creating and sustaining a strong organisation-wide S&OP process.

Thierry Bruyneel, partner at Delaware Consulting, will examine Cost to serve sales & operation planning alongside Nicolas Maes, manager at Delaware. He will ask if sales & operation planning and inventory optimisation can create an even more powerful planning process.

Panel discussions

The UK’s referendum decision to leave the European Union is going to have a major impact on how supply chains operate in the future. And the subject will come under scrutiny from a panel of speakers including Pauline Bastidon, head of European policy, Freight Transport Association, Dr Alexander Trautrims, lecturer in supply chain and operations management, Nottingham University Business School, and Ray Bennett, performance improvement manager, National Grid, on day one of the conference.

On day two of the event, a second panel discussion will examine future challenges including the impact of automation and robotics. Speakers include Alexia Evans, group director of regional supply at Clarks, Neil James, vice-president, core commercial cycle at GSK, and Paul Smith, executive director at YPO.

Where and when?

The Logistics & Supply Chain conference takes place on 21st and 22nd March at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London.

Full information is available at:



Pauline Bastidon, head of European policy, FTA.

Pauline manages the Brussels office of the Freight Transport Association, and represents the interests of FTA members in EU institutions. She also oversees FTA’s Brexit activities from the Brussels end, providing FTA and its members with an informed view about the implications of an exit from the EU.

Ray Bennett, performance improvement manager, National Grid.

Ray Bennett has 30 years experience working in the Logistics industry (Nissan, Unipart, HP, Vodafone and Jessops). He is a fellow at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and sits on the Benchmarking Steering Committee member of the Best Practice Awarding Body.

Thierry Bruyneel, partner, Delaware Consulting

Thierry is responsible for performance management at Delaware. He is also driving the company’s big data and analytics growth initiative.

Neil Caldwell, Think Logistics project manager, Career Ready

Neil is currently working with Career Ready in a consultancy role. He has previously undertaken a series of senior management roles across a wide range of logistics and supply chain operations during an extensive career.

Alastair Charatan, supply chain director, SIG Distribution

Alastair is supply chain director for SIG Distribution, which comprises the main trading brands in the UK of SIG plc. Prior to this Alastair has worked in the builders merchant and construction materials sector as supply chain director at Jewson, part of Saint Gobain, logistics programme director at Aggregate Industries, and director of supply chain programme at Travis Perkins Group.

Dr. Stella Despoudi, lecturer in operations and supply chain management, Coventry Business School, Coventry University.

Stella has been a lecturer at Coventry Business School since June 2015 and has been newly appointed as associate course director of the MSc International Business Management. Her research expertise includes: food supply chain management, supply chain resilience, and emergency logistics.

Alexia Evans, group director of regional supply, Clarks

Alexia’s current role involves the development and delivery of the service proposition and commercial priorities for Clarks in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Outlet business.

Theresa Gardiner, project manager, logistics and inventory, Thames Water

Nicole Geerkens, executive officer, European Logistics Association

Nicole has previously worked in the construction sector, where she soon rolled into purchasing. Changing from the construction to the metal industry showed her the diversity of the job and soon she was responsible for the commodities in stainless steel and aluminium alloys.

Dave Howorth, supply chain director, General Mills Northern Europe

Dave has been responsible for overseeing supply chain development in support of a multi temperature/ channel business that has more than trebled in size over recent years. This has included logistics network design; supply chain reengineering to reflect acquisition, implementation of an IBP/S&OP process and development of a customer engagement strategy.

Neil James, Former vice president, integrated business planning, GSK

Neil has 20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, with an extensive track record of delivery in a range of commercial roles.  He has wide leadership experience both in operational roles as a general manager and in strategic transformation programmes.

Peter Leeman, senior commercial manager, Thames Water

Nicolas Maes, manager, Delaware Consulting

Nicolas Maes is manager at Delaware Consulting and responsible for solutions regarding supply chain planning and digital manufacturing. In his career he has worked actively on different type of projects including greenfield ERP implementation and supply chain optimization projects.

Paul Metherell, supply planning manager, Nelsons

Paul is the supply planning manager for Nelsons, manufacturers of natural healthcare products. He has over 15 years experience in the manufacturing and supply chain environments working in both food and pharmaceutical sectors servicing domestic and global markets.

Dr Irina Neaga, lecturer and MBA top up programme leader, Plymouth Graduate School of Management

Irina is a lecturer and MBA top up programme leader within Plymouth Graduate School of Management at Plymouth University, Plymouth, United Kingdom. Her research and teaching are focused on international logistics systems, and supply chain management applying advanced computational techniques and software systems.

Ian Nichol, STEM development manager at Think Logistics and Career Ready

Ian has over 30 years experience of working in the public, private and charitable sectors. He has held strategic and operational management posts in human resources, staff development, customer service, employer engagement and income generating functions.

Ian Randall, EMEA demand planner (Germany/UK), Shell

Christian Seemann, vice president supply chain management parts, MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany

Paul Smith, executive director, YPO

Paul is responsible for all procurement, IT and finance activity. He joined YPO in November 2010 having spent the previous 20 years in various procurement roles in the private sector with organisations such as Jaguar, Capita, RM and Aviva.

Dr Alexander Trautrims, lecturer in supply chain and operations management, Nottingham University Business School

As well as lecturing at Nottingham University Business Schhol, Alexander teaches procurement at Royal Holloway-University of London and at Copenhagen Business School. His research focusses on ethical issues and compliance in supply chains.

Richard Wilding OBE, full professor & chair of supply chain strategy, chairman of chartered institute of logistics & transport, Cranfield University School of Management

Richard Wilding is a European and chartered engineer and a chartered fellow of the institute of engineering; technology (manufacturing division); the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He has published widely on the subject of supply chain management and supply chain risk is a key focus of his research.


Workshop Partner

Delaware Consulting:

Delaware Consulting is a fast growing, global consultancy firm providing advanced solutions and services to organisations striving for a sustainable, competitive advantage. As a prime partner for SAP and Microsoft, Delaware Consulting centers its activities around three main pillars: operational excellence, business insights and customer experience.

Exhibitor & Meeting Partners

Import Services:

Import Services has been in business for over 30 years, during which time it has developed a port-centric warehousing and distribution business in Southampton, importing products and supplying major, multiple and Independent retailers across the UK and Continental Europe.


Lucas provides solutions for intelligent Mobile Work Execution that transforms picking and other warehouse processes without changing WMS or host systems. The solutions include Dynamic Work Optimisation tools that reduce travel and maximise efficiency in hands-on tasks, management dashboards that improve operational visibility and flexibility for managers, and mobile, voice-directed applications running on ruggedised smartphones that make work easier and better for workers.

Progressive Recruitment:

A leading international staffing and recruitment consultancy that provides specialised contract and permanent recruitment services within the STEM sectors. The Retail and Logistics practice is its most exciting area of expertise and growth, where it focusses on the provision of WMS professionals, from a technical and operational perspective.

Networking Partner

XPO Logistics:

XPO Logistics is a top ten global provider of cutting-edge supply chain solutions to the most successful companies in the world. Its solutions are developed by applying knowledge gained across 40 years’ experience; providing warehousing, retail and e-Commerce fulfilment and returns solutions for industry leading retailers. XPO Logistics is the leading outsourced provider of e-Commerce fulfilment logistics in Europe.


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