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The judging panel comprises independent, senior industry experts with expertise across the sector, chosen for their knowledge, objectivity and credibility.
Judges mark entries in categories relevant to their specialist knowledge and expertise, ensuring a considered and educated response to submissions.
Judging category: OPERATIONS (LARGE)
Professor John Manners-Bell is Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 25 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector.
John started his working life as an operations manager of a logistics company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Ti in 2002, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics.
John holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King's College London where he studied Classics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and former Chair of the Supply Chain and Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum.
Judging category: CORPORATE SOCIAL REPSONSIBILITY
Caroline Barber is chief executive at Transaid and has worked in transport and international development for over 14 years.
Prior to becoming chief executive, Caroline was Transaid’s head of programmes where she was responsible for Transaid’s current programmes as well as developing new partnerships and opportunities. Here Caroline managed a programmes portfolio spanning seven countries and covering transport management, community managed transport, emergency transport, rural access and professional driver training. Caroline continues to provide technical assistance to programmes in Madagascar, Nigeria and Zambia.
Caroline started her career with Wincanton where she previously held roles in project management, implementation and business development.
Judging category: SAFETY
Alan Craddock has worked in a variety of operational roles across many sectors during more than 30 years with HSE.
He headed up two HSE operational policy units, but stated he will never forget the first fatal incident he encountered, which involved transporting metal when it fell off the lorry.
Judging category: NEW FACILITY
Kirsten’s career in logistics has included operations, business development, HO roles and over 15 years of consulting, since establishing Aricia Limited in 2001.
Kirsten started off her logistics life as a graduate management trainee and then contract manager for what was NFC, now
part of DHL. She then worked for TNT Contract Services and PE Inbucon before spending 12 years as an internal consultant for M&S working on projects spanning its supply chain operations.
Kirsten now works with corporate clients who are planning change in their logistics infrastructure and operations –
helping them to develop concepts and put facts and figures around options.
Judging category: INNOVATION
Neil joined CollectPlus, the UK’s largest independent store based parcel network as CEO in early 2013 having been at the forefront of digital developments in retail for over 15 years. Neil subsequently took accountability for Yodel's marketing and commercial functions in November 2017 through his appointment as Chief Commercial Officer.
Before joining CollectPlus/Yodel, Neil worked as a business advisor to several blue-chip UK retailers and fulfilment businesses following a period at Tesco. Prior to Tesco, Neil held senior positions at Woolworths, Hallmark Cards and CWS Ltd. Neil is the immediate past Chairman of CILT (UK), a member of the Engineering & Logistics Staff Corps within the British military, and an Ambassador for Transaid.
He is a member of the Advisory Board at Warwick University Professional and Executive Programme faculty and on the Retail and Retail Marketing Masters Programmes at Cranfield University School of Management. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Visiting Fellow at Warwick University (WMG) and is Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School.
Neil additionally holds the position of Independent Non-Executive Director at NISA Retail, and is Chair of their Audit Committee.
Judging category: TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION (SME & LARGE)
Lynn Parnell has over 25 years’ experience in both technical and operational roles within the logistics and supply chain industry working for a 3PL and several software houses.
In 2000 Lynn formed Logistics Partners, a consultancy that focuses on systems and technology. Projects have included grocery wholesale, e-commerce retail, construction logistics, logistics services procurement and end-to-end supply chain visibility.
Lynn is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport - CILT (UK) and an Associate member of the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA).
Judging category: FUTURE SKILLS
Beverley is the chair of Think Logistics whose aims and objectives are to promote the transport and logistics profession as a career of choice and to attract, retain and develop talent within that profession.
Appointed as the first female Traffic Commissioner in 2000, she was then appointed as the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain in 2012 before retiring in May 2017. Beverley is a Fellow and Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK, having previously served as President.
She was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday Honours List in 2017 for services to road safety and the freight industry.
Judging category: GROWTH
Rob Riddleston is Head of the Transport & Logistics team at Barclays Corporate. He manages banking relationships with corporate clients in the sector providing banking solutions and ideas.
Rob has 30 years corporate banking experience and has specialised in the Transport & Logistics sector for nearly 20 years, heading up the industry team since 2005.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and an ambassador for Transaid.
Judging category: WAREHOUSE EFFICIENCY
Gwynne has over 35 years’ experience in warehouse management and logistics. He began his career with BRS, a forerunner of Exel Logistics which later became part of DHL.
He founded his own logistics consultancy and training company in 2003. Gwynne works with companies on improving logistics operations, benchmarking performance and deciding whether to outsource or not.
His course on Warehouse Management was recently accredited by CILT. He is also lecturer in supply chain at Warwick University.
Judging category: OPERATIONS (SME)
Marcos was appointed Business Optimisation and Transformation Director on 17 April 2016, having been the Project and Risk Director from October 2014 to April 2016. Marcos leads health and safety, sustainability, business optimisation, transformation, efficiency and innovation across the organisation.
Prior to joining Wincanton Marcos held senior positions in Carillion, Fujitsu and Severn Trent Water.
Judging category: ENVIRONMENTAL/SUSTAINABILITY