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Bob Jane, Project Sales Manager, SSI Schaefer

Bob JaneWith over 30 years’ experience in the materials handling industry, Bob has been involved in the design and implementation of many projects. From the early days of introducing high-density storage methods into the automotive aftermarket, through the lean manufacturing revolution and onto high bay palletised warehousing systems, Bob has specialist experience working in various markets with multiple applications.

During the last few years, he has turned his attention to the cold chain market, with a focus on developing storage solutions for cold stores and the food service sector. In recent projects with Yearsley, Bowman, Aryzta and AJ Snell, Bob has demonstrated how best to plan and design systems that ensure maximum use of space and efficient integration of materials handling equipment. 

Nick Hay, Chief Executive Officer, Fowler Welch

Nick HayHaving held a number of positions in chilled and frozen distribution, Nick joined Fowler Welch in 2010. In recent years Fowler Welch, under Nick’s leadership, has focused on adding value to its customers through a number of supply chain collaborations including a joint venture packing operation in Kent and Carbon reduction projects reducing CO² by 14% in five years.

Justin Laney, General Manager - Central Transport, John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney

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.

Mark Reeve, Chairman of Chalcroft Holdings, Chalcroft

Mark ReeveAs Chairman of Chalcroft Holdings, Mark has overall responsibility for ensuring Chalcroft Construction meets its commitments to clients, staff and the wider community. His knowledge and experience of Chalcroft’s specialist food & drink and temperature controlled storage & logistics sectors provides invaluable support and advice for clients and their teams, working with them to develop the right solution for the construction of their cold storage and production facilities.

Mark regards client relationships as his key task and believes Chalcroft’s success is due to its established values and clear objectives.

Christopher Sturman, Chief Executive, Food Storage & Distribution Federation (FSDF)

Chris SturmanChristopher 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 WardPeter 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)

Tim WardTim joined TfL’s Freight and Fleet team in October 2013 and leads on Engagement and Communications with all those involved in servicing and delivery in London. He has worked for TfL since 2002, holding a series of roles across the organisation, covering both political and business engagement, as well as during special events such as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the visit of the Tour de France.

Alan White, Managing Director, Fresh Logistics/Fresh Pharma

Alan WhiteAlan White is managing director of the Fresh Logistics Group, which was started in 2009 in Alan's study at home. That year the business showed a loss of £25k. For the following five years the Group grew 260% per year on average with all profits being reinvested into the business, enabling it to operate debt free. The Group now comprises of Fresh Logistics, which specialises in the transport, storage and bespoke projects for the food industry, Fresh Pharma which is dedicated to the healthcare, pharmaceutical and associated sectors, Fresh Fridge Hire that rents vehicles and offers short-term storage solutions to retail outlets, weddings, events and ad-hoc personal deliveries, plus our HQ the EMLC.space providing innovative serviced offices, meeting and conference rooms. The Group is now forecasting a turnover of £3.5m and employs over 150 people.

Alan has been honoured with being named in the SHD’s Logistics 100, Derby Telegraph’s Influential 250 and Medilink’s Special Interest Group for Supply Chain lead.

Dimitris Zissis, Senior Research Fellow in Supply Chain Modelling, Cranfield School of Management

Dimitris ZissisDr. 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.

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