Speakers & Panellists


Chair's welcome and Logistics UK introduction 


Phil Roe, Non-Executive Director, Logistics UK

Until recently Phil was Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain with responsibility for leading the Sales, Marketing and Customer Experience agenda for the UKI.

Phil has substantial experience of supply chain leadership across multiple customers, sectors and geographies, with 30 years' experience in a variety of senior leadership and operational roles and functional experience in marketing, new product development and sales.

Phil is a member of DHL’s International Business Leader Program and recently completed a mini MBA at Salford Business School. He is a non-Executive Board Member of Logistics UK and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Keynote Speech - Scene setting

Alan McKinnon, Professor of Logistics, Kühne Logistics University, Hamburg and Professor Emeritus, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Alan has been researching, teaching and advising in freight transport / logistics for over 40 years and published widely in journals, books and reports on many different aspects of the subject. He has been an adviser to several governments, parliamentary committees and international organisations, including the International Transport Forum/OECD, the World Bank, European Commission, World Economic Forum and UN agencies. In 2018 he published a book on Decarbonizing Logistics.




Panel Session - Resilience post covid 

James Wroath, Chief Executive Officer, Wincanton

James Wroath is CEO at Wincanton, leading supply chain partner for UK business. He was formerly Head of North America with LSG Sky Chefs, the airline catering division of Lufthansa AG, best known as one of the world’s largest airline and rail catering and hospitality companies. Before joining LSG in 2015, James worked for Kuehne + Nagel as the SVP in North America for both Contract Logistics and Overland Transportation, as well as Managing Director in the UK for their Drinks Logistics business. Prior to this, he was Head of Distribution for Scottish & Newcastle plc.


Freda Rashdi, Head of Customer Journeys, National Highways

Freda is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, predominantly in the roads transport sector. Starting her career on the Channel Tunnel and then moving into local government, she has spent the last 22 years with National Highways in a variety of roles.  Currently she is Head of Customer Journeys, with responsibility for how National Highways is improving its service to freight and roadside facility customers.

Freda has long experience of working with stakeholders to better understand how the strategic road network is used by the logistics sector, and what their current and future needs are. She is also collaborating with the Department for Transport to understand where there is need for lorry parking, and engaging with operators to prioritise and facilitate improvements.


Keynote Speech - Economic and financial resilience

Merisa Lee Gimpel, Managing Director, Head of Working Capital Solution Development, Lloyds Banking Group

Merisa has over 15 years of experience in commercial banking, with a focus on product development and improving customer journeys. Merisa is a regular industry speaker on the topics of trade and supply chain finance, working capital and innovation. Merisa and her team engage customers along the entire solution development cycle, from understanding their biggest pain points through to designing and implementing solutions and ensuring these stay relevant through continuous feedback. Merisa sits on the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) Fintech Committee, the ICC UK Banking Committee and the BAFT Innovation Council. Prior to joining Lloyds Bank in 2018, Merisa was most recently Product Head of Supply Chain Finance at Citi for the European, Middle East and African region.


Panel Session - Resilience of international supply chains

Nick Boland, VP Sales EMEA and ASPAC, Everstream

Nick Boland leads the Commercial team at Everstream Analytics, centered on EMEA and APAC. He focuses on using digitalisation programs to deliver value for complex organizational needs. Nick has worked across Europe, North Africa, Asia, and the U.S. and has held a variety of executive-level positions at firms including Coupa Software and Infor. Key clients have included GSK, Siemens, Unilever, Renault Nissan, Bayer, and JLR. Nick speaks frequently at conferences and seminars throughout Europe and Asia, and has published several peer-reviewed articles on a variety of international trade topics. 




Tim Morris, Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group

Tim joined the UK Major Ports Group from the communications consultancy Hanover, where he was the Director responsible for the energy and infrastructure practice. Prior to Hanover,Tim spent eleven years in the steel industry with Tata Steel Europe and its successor companies, latterly as the Head of Public Affairs and interim Director of Corporate Communications. His prior roles in steel included those involving energy, environment and strategy. Tim spent six years as a management consultant for McKinsey before joining the steel industry. He has degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Warwick.


Doug-1.pngDoug Bannister, CEO, Port of Dover

Doug has over 30 years’ experience in international business, and has held roles with the Ports of Jersey and leading sea transportation companies including P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk Line UK & Ireland.  He has deep experience in leading asset intense operational businesses, having operated in shipping, maritime and aviation sectors.





Panel Session - Workforce resilience

Corina Forman, HR Director, APC Group

Corina Forman, was appointed HR Director at The APC in 2016, having previously advised the business from 2000 as a self-employed HR consultant.  

Corina’s career spans almost 30 years. It began in the retail sector, in roles which combined operational management responsibilities and human resources. Corina then gained extensive HR consulting experience with SMEs, before joining Gordon Dadds Consulting LLP as HR Director in 2013.  

More recently, Corina has completed an MSc in Organisational and Business Psychology and takes great interest in applying research best practice and innovation to the business environment. 



Lindsay Bridges, SVP Human Resources UK & Ireland, DHL Supply Chain

Lindsay Bridges is SVP Human Resources for DHL Supply Chain UKI, providing HR leadership to a business of c. 40,000 employees.

Lindsay has over 25 years professional HR experience and has held a number of senior HR leadership roles in DHL Supply Chain’s European businesses.

In 2014 Lindsay moved into the role of SVP HR for DHL Supply Chain’s Mainland European, Middle East and Africa business, responsible for a population of c30,000 employees across 25 countries. She has been in her current role in the UK and Ireland since August 2018




Panel Session - Resilience whilst reaching Net Zero

Nick Wildgoose BA (Hons) FCA FCIPS, Independent Supply Chain Risk Consultant, Supplien Consulting Limited

Nick is a qualified accountant, supply chain and risk professional and has held a variety of global financial, procurement and commercial positions in several industry sectors. Working for companies such as PWC, Linde Group, The Virgin Group, Zurich Insurance Group and DHL Resilience360.

He has served on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply which is the biggest procurement professional body in the world with over 100,000 members. He also served as a specialist advisor to the World Economic Forum on the topic of systemic supply chain risk and was Chairman of the Supply Chain Risk Leadership Council and still serves on their Board. He has spoken and written extensively on supply chain management.

From 2008 he led the development and rollout of innovative and multi award winning supply chain resilience products for Zurich Insurance Group, which gave him the opportunity to interact with many global companies and help them address the real risk issues they are facing in terms of their supply chains and driving business performance.

Over the last three years he has been working with DHL Resilience360 and several other software companies in supporting their customer solutions in terms of the use data, AI, and technology. He worked as the senior advisor for the Institute of Risk Management in the development of their new Supply Chain Risk Management certificate training launched in 2020 and is now the module coach. He is also the supply chain advisor to the University of Cambridge Judge Business School Centre for Risk Studies.


Justin Laney, Partner & General Manager, John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership fleet of 4,500 commercial vehicles and 1,000 cars. The fleet is recognised for leading in innovation, and the priorities remain to reduce all emissions (including those affecting air quality and noise) through efficiency and displacing all diesel with low carbon alternatives. Headline commitments include eliminating fossil fuels from the fleet by 2030 and achieving a zero carbon fleet by 2035.

Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK.

Justin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Director of Zemo Partnership and Chair of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) Industrial Committee.


Panel Session - New technology as key the to resilience

Richard Tucker, Business Development Director, Quincus

With over 20 years knowledge, experience and expertise working in end-to-end SaaS technology within supply chain and logistics, retail, fulfilment, third party logistics, ecommerce, customs, returns management, and final mile strategy customer facing solutions.  

Instrumental in high growth new product go-to market new innovation disruptive strategy launch and have worked with and for some of the biggest logos in this fast-paced ‘new normal’ logistics industry. I am a capable and consistent problem-solver who is very ambitious, energetic and motivated to succeed. 

For the last 10 years focused on an Enterprise SaaS software within Supply Chain and Logistics technology solutions delivery end-to-end advanced technology. From delivery management, customs software, transport management and mobile final mile software solutions.  

Implementing a range of market leading business solutions to help customers determine the most sustainable, efficient, and price-conscious logistics operations. 

Worked for and with some of the biggest brands and companies in the UK and EMEA, from Wincanton and iForce, to John Lewis and Waitrose, Collect+ and Whistl, Ideal Shopping and Burberry and many Global Brands, successfully streamlining and connecting end-to-end supply chain operations in the UK, EMEA and more recent in the US and UAE. 


Rob Wright, Executive Director, SCALA Consulting

Rob is a multi-award-winning Logistics Consultant and heads up SCALA’s major logistics operations projects and network optimisation consultancy. He has considerable logistics consulting experience in driving step changes in performance and continuous improvement in cost, service, resilience and environmental sustainability. Prior to SCALA Consulting, Rob headed up UK Logistics for a global snack food business and he has a very strong reputation as a leading logistics professional within both grocery logistics and the distribution industry.



Karl Sawyer CIRM, Industry Specialist, Technology, Media and Telecommunications/Sharing & Gig Economy, WTW

Karl’s career spans 20 years of experience in insurance and risk. He has utilised technology, workshops and data driven interactive tools to help engage colleagues with risk management. 

Karl has analysed risks in then new logistics business models with a focus on quick commerce but has a wider remit covering new tools and risks such as electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles and robotics and usage-based insurance.  

Karl is both a certificant of the Institute of Risk Management and passed the Business  Continuity Certificate in 2013 with Merit. 






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