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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: WELL-BEING INITIATIVE
Ruth Edwards is Business Manager of Talent in Logistics, an organisation that is dedicated to the recruitment, development and retention of the people within our sector. Talent in Logistics has a complete people focus and works collaboratively with organisations to make real differences to the skills challenges we face.
Before her move back to Logistics in 2018, Ruth worked for Severn Trent Water where she looked after employee engagement and wellbeing within their contact channels (circa 1200 employees).
Ruth is excited to be a part of this year’s judging panel and can’t wait to read the submissions and seeing what great things the entrants have been up to.
Judging category: SAFETY
As one of HM Principal Inspectors of Health and Safety, Kanwal Kanda has over 17 years of regulatory experience with the Health and Safety Executive across numerous industry sectors.
In that time, Kanwal has personally conducted, prosecuted and managed investigations following multiple workplace fatalities, injuries and cases of ill health. Included are numerous incidents in a warehouse setting and with a workplace transport related element.
His current role as HSEs Head of Transport sector involves devising national transport policy aimed at addressing the worse than average record for health and safety performance in the transport and logistics sector.
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 was the boss at CollectPlus, the UK’s largest independent store based parcel network, 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, then Chief Strategy Officer until April 2019.
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 TRANSFORMATION
As a Senior Analyst, Nick Finill contributes to ABI Research’s Intelligent Supply Chain service. Nick’s research coverage focuses on how supply chain operators and logistics service providers can leverage transformative technologies to increase intelligence, visibility and efficiency across their operations.
His commercial analysis of the most transformative technology trends has focused on topics such as robotics and automation, AI in supply chain planning and IoT in inventory management.
As well as publishing reports for large and medium-sized enterprise clients, Nick provides custom guidance to supply chain stakeholders and speaks at industry events.
Judging category: FUTURE SKILLS
Beverley is the chair of TH!NK LOGISTICS LTD 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.
She also undertakes consultancy work providing strategic, governance and compliance reviews.
Born in Nigeria, educated at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School in Crosby and having read law at Liverpool University, she was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and established her own practice in 1994, specialising in criminal and transport law.
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. This is a statutory role with responsibility for giving guidance and directions on a range of matters to commissioners, in consultation with stakeholders.
Beverley is a Fellow and Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK, having previously served as President. She is Patron of the Society of Operations Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) as well as being a Fellow of the Institute of the Motor Industry, a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.
Beverley was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s birthday Honours List in 2017 for services to road safety and the freight industry. Beverley is also the Chair of Governors at Merchant Taylors’ Schools in Crosby.
Judging category: WAREHOUSE EFFICIENCY
Gwynne Richards 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.
His book on Warehouse Management published by Kogan Page has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. A book on Logistics and Supply Chain tools was published in July 2016.
Judging category: OPERATIONS (SME)
Marcos is the Group Transformation & Risk director at Wincanton, leading on health & safety, business optimisation, innovation, transformation and group risk management. Much of Marcos' work focuses on digital transformation, specifically looking at how new approaches like robotics and big data analytics can keep the fast-paced logistics industry moving.
Innovation is also at the heart of Marcos' role. He is influential in Wincanton's W2 Labs initiative, which invites start-ups to work with the company to turn great ideas into real businesses.
Prior to joining Wincanton, Marcos held senior positions in Carillion, Fujitsu and Severn Trent Water.
Judging category: ENVIRONMENTAL