IAS Industrial & Logistics Conference

Wednesday 5th December 2018

Daytime Conference


1 Charlie Chaplin Walk



Post Conference Dinner

Park Plaza

Westminster Bridge,

200 Westminster Bridge Road,

London SE1 7UT

Conference Cost

£225 per person (no VAT) for conference and dinner to include - snacks, tea and coffee throughout the day, drinks, lunch, evening drinks reception, dinner with fine wines plus free bar

The BFI IMAX is the largest cinema screen in Britain. It measures 26m by 20m with a total screen size of 520m². It is a venue familiar with hosting many high profile premieres. Recently hosting the film premiere of Mission Impossible: Fallout with Tom Cruise in attendance, as well as The World Premiere of The Blue Planet II, where The Duke of Cambridge, Sir David Attenborough and Composer Hans Zimmer visited the venue for the event.

The BFI IMAX was the highest grossing IMAX cinema in the world for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


08.30 Registration opens
  Tea, coffee and breakfast snacks
09.10 Call through
09.30 Welcome - Ben Wiley, IAS Chairman
09.40 James Bellini - Leading Futurologist
10.20 Karen Smart - Managing Director East Midlands Airport
The Midlands Engine
10.40 Tom Riordan - Chief Executive Leeds City Council
Northern Powerhouse
11.00 Coffee break
11.40 Paul Johnson - Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies
12.20 Kevin Fong - Motivational speaker
13.00 Lunch
14.20 Steve Wall - Founder/MD of the Sequoia Partnership
and supply chain expert
14.45 Josh Valman - Founder and CEO of RPD International
15.10 Supply Chain Panel Discussion - "What is the impact of the growth in e-commerce having on the UK supply chain and directly on our industry"
Steve Wall - Founder/MD of the Sequoia Partnership (Mediator)
Josh Valman - Founder and CEO of RPD International
Martin White - Former Global Supply Chain Director for Primark
Craig Moore - Head of Supply Chain, DP World
15.30 Tea break
16.00 Rt Hon Lord (William) Hague - Keynote speaker
16.50 Closing remarks - Ben Wiley, IAS Chairman
17.00 Drinks reception at IMAX
18.00 Depart IMAX
18.15 Drinks reception Park Plaza (9 minute walk)
19.15 Call through for dinner
19.30 Dinner served
21.30 Open bar
00.00 Bar closes - carriages


Morning Speakers

Dr James Bellini

Leading Futurologist

Dr James Bellini is a leading futurologist and author with a considerable reputation as a thought-provoking speaker and moderator at top-level management conferences and business schools around the world. James has spent more than twenty-five years as a respected TV broadcaster, futures analyst and writer with a strong focus on social, economic and technological trends up to Horizon 2025.

Karen Smart

Managing Director East Midlands Airport

Karen joined East Midlands Airport as Managing Director in April 2018. She previously held several senior operational roles at London Stansted Airport. Joining Stansted in June 2014, she was appointed as the Customer Services and Security Director, responsible for over 800 people and one of the busiest airport terminals in the country, helping to ensure that 60,000 passengers a day have the best possible customer experience at the airport. Karen became the Asset Management Director in 2016, responsible for ensuring that the Airport infrastructure meets the demands of both our B2B and B2C customer; quite a challenge at one of the fastest growing UK airports.

Tom Riordan

Chief Executive Leeds City Council

Since 2010 Tom has overseen £300m of efficiencies across Leeds City Council and £3.9bn of investment in Leeds. Flagship developments include Victoria Gate, First Direct Arena and Trinity Leeds, with a further £7.35bn of projects in the pipeline. Plans are set to double the size and economic impact of the city centre through regeneration of the South Bank, developing the Innovation District and connecting HS2 to a redesigned station.

Paul Johnson

Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Paul Johnson is director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). The institute is widely considered the leading independent economic research and analysis organisation in the country. Paul has published and broadcast extensively on various issues in the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality and poverty, pensions, education, climate change and public finances.

Afternoon Speakers

Dr Kevin Fong

Motivational Speaker

Dr Kevin Fong is both astrophysicist, medical specialist and a natural storyteller. After working with NASA he specialised in lessons from the effects of extremes on human physiology. He is also part of hospital Emergency Response and Major Incident Planning, as well as an air ambulance Emergency Doctor. All of this provides a unique insight into how we all cope with risk and making decisions under pressure, as well as teamwork.

Steve Wall

Founder/MD of the Sequoia Partnership and supply chain expert

Pioneer of Numerically Assisted Thinking – using a statistically robust, data-driven approach to problem-solving. Increasingly undertaking client projects to design more sustainable Supply Chains and to release working capital from stock. A leading thinker advising the major grocery retailers and manufacturers and currently a powerful advocate of the fact that we are in the midst of a Grocery Distribution revolution.

Josh Valman

Founder and CEO of RPD International

Josh Valman is the founder and CEO of RPD International. RPD helps companies quickly develop new products, test them in their market, and scale for the first 12 to 24 months, reducing the cost and risk of innovation and exploring new ideas. Josh specialises in making innovation happen, not just talked about. He delivers practical steps for those seeking to change how they operate. Covering everything from problem-solving to market disruption, supply chain to R&D, he also looks beyond manufacturing to services and how they too can become more creative, flexible, responsive and open up huge potential for growth.

Martin White

Former Global Supply Chain Director for Primark

Martin has been a Chief Supply Chain Officer for over twenty years in a range of retail and wholesale businesses, the last of which was as Global Supply Chain Director for Primark, the fast growing apparel retailer. In those roles, growing and restructuring supply chains has seen him lead many programmes to create new logistics facilities and to close or repurpose older ones. He has led the strategy, design and implementation of over 20 distribution centres over 400k sq ft up to 1.1m sq ft. He is currently a Board Advisor on supply chain strategy to several businesses across Europe.

Craig Moore

Head of Supply Chain, DP World

Craig is a seasoned supply chain expert.He started his career, which spans almost 20 years to date, at Grampian Country Food Group working with the poultry division before then starting a 14 year spell at Tesco which saw him establish distribution networks in Eastern Europe and Asia. In 2017, he joined DP World and is now Head of Supply Chain, working with retailers, manufacturers, importers, exporters, shipping lines and third-party logistics companies to reshape UK supply chains and bring about environmental and efficiency benefits.

Rt Hon Lord William Hague

Keynote Speaker

William has been a prominent political leader for more than 20 years, serving as Leader of the Conservative Party and as Foreign Secretary. After announcing his intention to step down, he concluded his political career as First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons. In four years as Foreign Secretary William dealt with a turbulent period encompassing wars in Libya and Syria, withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Ukraine crisis.



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