Justin Laney, General Manager - Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership
Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership (JLP) fleet of 3200 commercial vehicles and 1500 cars. One of the main priorities is reducing emissions, both carbon emissions and those affecting air quality, in a fleet already recognised for its environmental credentials. Areas of focus are using bio-methane in place of diesel in heavy trucks, clean transport refrigeration, high capacity vehicles, aerodynamics, and other methods based on good science and rigorous testing.
Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK.
Christopher Sturman, Chief Executive, Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF)
Christopher Sturman is chief executive of the United Kingdom Food Storage and Distribution Federation, an appointment held since May 2009. His 45 year career in the logistics industry from early days with TDG, NFC/BRC Southern, Ross Youngs and Wincanton with wide experience of operational, tactical and strategic food supply chain and logistics management, followed by roles as managing director of West Kent Cold Storage and chief executive of Linq Alliance. Chris has also undertaken high profile consultancy assignments across the supply chain and logistics sector in UK, Europe, Central Asia and USA.
Peter Ward, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)
Peter has over 30 years’ experience in international transportation, logistics and supply chain management; and is recognised as a principal of authority in global supply chains and logistics based on achievements at director level with some of the world’s leading global logistics providers.
A Graduate of the Institute of Export and Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Peter’s career started in the export shipping department of Courtaulds, before joining his family's freight forwarding company, D H Ward (Shipping), where he became managing director. In 1994 he masterminded the company's merger with American-owned Fritz Companies, which under his leadership became a top-five forwarder in Europe prior to acquisition by UPS in 2001. More recently Peter was director Europe of P&O Nedlloyd Logistics, and commercial director at DP World London Gateway prior to joining UKWA as chief executive in January 2015.
Tim Ward, Freight and Fleet Communications & Engagement Manager, Surface Transport, Transport for London (TfL)
Dimitris Zissis, Senior Research Fellow in Supply Chain Modelling, Cranfield School of Management
Dr. Dimitris Zissis is a Senior Research Fellow in Supply Chain Modelling at Cranfield School of Management in Cranfield University and a Research Fellow at the Operations Management and ERP Systems Center of the Management Science Laboratory at Athens University of Economics and Business. Dimitris holds an M.Sc. in Statistics and Operations Research and a Ph.D. in Supply Chain Management. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals and presented in leading conferences. Dimitris has participated as a researcher in various research projects and submitted several research proposals for public (Horizon 2020, LIFE+) and private (General Electric) funding.