Professional Development Sessions

Knowledge. Skills. Ideas. Actions. That’s what managers, trainers and Instructors will take away from the Talent in Logistics Conference.
Invest one day in your development at our conference and go back to your business with the tools you need to make the changes that matter.
Our seminars teach, update and share best practice, our panel discussions offer chances to learn from peers, and our debates cover the issues that matter to you.
Explore the Conference Agenda below (provisional timetable, subject to change)

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Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Neil Griffiths

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Hear first-hand how Shropshire Fire & Rescue rescued a forklift driver after 9 hours trapped in a haulage firm’s warehouse after their racking collapsed in 2016. Group Commander Neil Griffiths will cover the rescue and how local and national assets to were used to achieve the end result.

Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

Melanie Luteijn FCIPD

Go Further Goals

This session will look at why individuals are sometimes resistant to learning. Find out how to overcome resistance and how to create readiness in your team for organisational and behavioural change.

This session will be particularly helpful for anyone wishing to take away tips and tactics to improve driver engagement with Driver CPC Periodic Training in their business.


Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Christina Barsoum

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England

This session will explore the benefits of Mental Health First Aid, how to spot signs and symptoms of common mental health issues. Plus hear case studies of successful mental health first aid programs in industrial businesses.

Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

Laura Nelson


This workshop will look at common forklift training myths.  Using an interactive and lively quiz, delegates will identify where they are wasting money on unnecessary operator training. The session will also explore when forklift training is essential, ensuring delegates leave with methods to achieve safety, compliance and reduced costs in their business.




Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Mark Winn


Hear from the DVSA about their plans for the future of vocational training and testing.

Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

Young people and recruitment and skills experts will share their views on what you need to do to attract the next generation of talent, plus they will be on hand to answer all your questions in this lively, interactive discussion.

Meet the Panel

   Matt Burney, Indeed UK

   James Billingham, Skills Office / Logistics Skills Alliance ( LSA)

  Reece Gomes, LGV Driver Apprentice, Gregory Distribution

   Alex Johnson, LGV Driver Apprentice, Gregory Distribution


Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Andrew Hopkin

Browne Jacobson

Andrew is an expert in prosecutions brought by regulators such as the Health & Safety Executive, he will provide practical tips on achieving compliance plus what to expect following a workplace transport accident, how to handle HSE investigations and what you should and shouldn’t do post incident.

Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

David Lynch

Bis Henderson Academy

Bis Henderson Academy is seeing a third of companies affected by the Levy who have tangible plans to spend their funds, a third who are thinking about it and another third who are not active at all on the issue. At Talent in Logistics they will provide information about the tangible benefits it can bring to businesses who are paying into the funds and not yet utilising them. Bis Henderson Academy helps businesses to maximise the value they can gain from their Apprenticeship Levy contributions – advising them on up-skilling their managers, first line team leaders, as well as warehouse operatives, supply chain professionals and customer service teams.




Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Professor Adrian Furnham

Professor Adrian Furnham, one of the world’s most productive psychologists and one of HR Magazine’s 20 Most Influential People, will deliver a keynote presentation on the psychology behind attracting individuals from diverse and under-represented groups of society to careers in the transport, warehousing and logistics sector.

Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

Chris Gibson, The Leadership Team


Room 1 – Beckbury Suite

Panel of journalists, ex-MPs and diplomats to be announced shortly

This debate will look at the following key questions

  • What impact do you expect Brexit to have on transport/transport training regulations?
  • Do you expect the UK transport manager qualification to continue to be accepted in the EU?
  • Do you believe Driver CPC will be changed in any way by the UK Government post Brexit
  • Will dangerous goods driver training regulations be changed post-Brexit?
  • Do  you think we will see an increase in transport regulation post-Brexit or will there be a reduction in “red-tape”
Room 2 – Pattingham Suite

Is all lift truck operator and HGV driver training going to become redundant as we move towards platooning and automated warehouses? What training will be needed in future logistic? Our panel will explore these questions and more during this informative view into the next 10-20 years.

Meet the Panel

  Mike Vernon, Kuehne + Nagel

  Derek Wright, Advanced Intelligent Supply Chain

  James Tillyer, Transformotion