Conference speakers



Conference Chair: 


Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK

An economist by background, Elizabeth has a strong track record of leading policy teams to deliver success. She has over 20 years of experience at a senior level in the transport sector which includes consultancy, business analysis, programme management, policy development and policy delivery.  She joined Logistics UK in July 2017 from Rail Delivery Group where she was Director of Policy, and prior to that worked at the Department for Transport.  At Logistics UK she is responsible for UK and Regional Policy, Public Affairs, Research & Information and the Member Advice Centre.


Session one: Transport Manager Calendar - setting the scene

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK

James Firth is Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy for Logistics UK and leads the development of the Association’s policies regarding operator licensing, DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners. He is also secretary to Logistics UK's National Road Freight Council. 

Before joining Logistics UK in 2006, he spent four years in the civil service including as Private Secretary to two transport ministers with responsibility for freight and logistics, and driver and vehicle licensing issues, then in the rail freight policy team. 

James graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2000 with a BSc in Biological Sciences and he currently lives in Leeds with his wife, two sons and a daughter.



Session two: A view from the Traffic Commissioner

Tim Blackmore, Traffic Commissioner for the North East of England

Tim Blackmore was commissioned into the Royal Corps of Transport in 1992 after graduating from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. He was promoted to Colonel in 2014 and assumed the role of the Head of British Forces Post Office. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics and the Chartered Management Institute.

As a young officer, Tim saw numerous operational deployments in the Balkans. In 1999, he assumed the appointment of Adjutant of 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Transport Regiment. In 2002, he completed an MSc in Defence Technology and Applied Sciences. He subsequently commanded 14 Transport Squadron and later 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment, having been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Tim saw operational deployments to Afghanistan during both of these commands. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014.


Session three: Compliance updates and findings of Logistics UK's compliance report

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK


Phil Lloyd, Head of Engineering Policy, Logistics UK

Phil has been the Logistics UK’s Head of Engineering Policy, taking up the role in June 2018, having spent most of his career working for the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA). 

He served his apprenticeship in Motor Vehicle Engineering in Manchester and joined what is now DVSA as a vehicle examiner, spending over 30 years with them in a wide range of operational roles, including Auditing, Training and vehicle certification.  For the last 13 of his years with DVSA Phil held a variety of senior management positions including; Head of Operations, Head of Policy, Head of Strategy & Planning and Head of Transformation, over that time leading the implementation of their Testing Transformation project, developing their Roadside Enforcement Strategy. 

Before joining the Logistics UK Phil was a self-employed contractor, providing technical training for MOT testers and consultancy to the Authorised Testing Facilities Operators Association (ATFOA); designing and developing a testing solutions strategy, which was supported by the Logistics UK as well as the other main Transport Trade Associations.


Session four: To be announced shortly 


Session five: Urban restrictions

Natalie Chapman, Head of South of England and Urban Policy, Logistics UK 



Session six: Reality check - HGV Platooning

To be confirmed 


Session seven: Load security and people smuggling and compartment security

Nina Day, Policy Advisor, Transport & Public Services Unit, HSE

Nina is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and DGSA specialising in road and workplace transport. She has worked for HSE for 20 years, previously working in HSE’s Science Division carrying out incident investigations in the transport, manufacturing, construction, and offshore industries, consultancy, and leading a research team looking at various aspects of transport safety including safe loading. She currently works in HSE’s Transport Sector, leading on load security and manual handling in road transport. She works closely with the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, Highways England, and police forces nationally, and is also involved in a number of industry groups.



Session eight: Lessons learnt from COVID-19

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK


Session nine: Practical preparations for Brexit

Heidi Skinner, Policy Manager - South, Logistics UK

Heidi is Logistics UK’s Policy Manager (South) supporting members interests across the region and working with political decision makers and opinion formers in Westminster to ensure the industry’s challenges are communicated to Government. As policy lead for the South Heidi engages with, and campaigns on behalf of, members on all the regional issues and ensure they are advised of key legislative and policy changes.

Prior to joining the Logistics UK Heidi was a political consultant for several of the UK’s leading public affairs agencies advising on political communications for transport clients.


Session ten: Reality check - Driver's hours

James Firth, Head of Road Freight Regulation Policy, Logistics UK


Session eleven: Under scrutiny - the impact on the driver

Andy Neale, General Manager at RED DRM & RED Wellbeing

Andy has worked in the field of ‘safer driving’ for most of his career, firstly, for 10 years as a Police Traffic Officer, then as an ‘L’ Driving Instructor followed by time spent as a Fleet Driver Trainer. In 2003 he set up his own business, the NFE Group which incorporated Automotional as the Fleet Driver Training arm and Performance on Demand as the Health, Wellbeing & Resiliency business. In March this year NFE was acquired by Red Driving Services where Andy continues to run the combined ‘Fleet’ business for RED.

Andy worked out very early on in his working life that most ‘incidents,’ ‘offences’ or ‘crashes’ were caused by drivers making a mental error rather than a driving error. It was then not a huge leap to try and understand why that error was made; this led to a basic understanding of Human Physiology and particularly how our emotions affect our ability to make good decisions. In essence, how we feel directly affects our performance and decision making, whether as a result of us being stressed, under pressure or even fatigued.