2019 Annual Conference Speakers

Each year we aim to provide a stellar line up of speakers and experts from across the industry to offer you real insight into a range of topics and issues relevant to the industry right now. This is year is no different, with speakers ready to debate the big issues and offer their expertise on the latest training and development strategies.


Colin Donnelly - Sainsbury's Argos

Colin is Contracts General Manager at Sainsbury’s Argos, where he has been developing and delivering strategic initiatives and projects for over 25 years.

He has managed all operations and transport requirements at two Argos National Distribution Centres, servicing more than 900 Argos stores in the UK & Eire and despatching more than 50m items a year. He has managed a huge range of key logistics projects, ranging from major automated warehouse start-ups to national Terms and Conditions talks and overseeing several TUPE and redundancy situations, as well as the delivery of multiple Warehouse Management System deployments and synergy projects with Sainsbury’s.

He has amassed a wealth of experience and is well-placed to advise on a huge range of logistics challenges, from product sourcing all the way through to delivery.

Dr. Dorian Dugmore

Dr. Dorian Dugmore has been working in Cardiovascular Medicine and Wellness for 30 years and has written extensively on health, exercise and heart disease.

He is the senior consultant to the LMA at the FA Elite Performance Centre at St. George's Park and invented the Fit to Manage programme, which looks after a wide cross section of high profile football managers and celebrities.

He is one of the most sought after speakers on his subject of Wellness and speaks all over the World for businesses and organisations that are keen to understand the impact of Corporate Wellness on their performance.

Gwen Carter - Powell, Investors in People

Gwen Powell is the manager for Investors in People (IIP) International and supports a team of global practitioners and clients. Gwen is an active practitioner herself enthusiastically sharing best practice in people management, leadership and culture.
Gwen believes that staff and workforce engagement is key to every organisations success as well building and maintaining a culture that provides a positive workplace environment. Gwen will be taking a seminar on defining your culture in order to retain talent, in the Engage theatre.

Jennifer Swain - Clipper Logistics plc

Jennifer has been in logistics and supply chain recruitment for 18 years, running her own business for a number of them before switching over to internal recruitment for Clipper Logistics.

She is passionate about raising the profile of the logistics sector, in order to make people aware of what an amazing industry it is, and a great place to forge a successful career.

She sees Diversity and Inclusion as a cornerstone of improving the perception of logistics, and is working hard to ensure Clipper is a beacon for D&I within the sector.

Jo Wright - Coaching Culture

Jo Wright worked for over 22 years in blue chip organisations until she became an accredited ICF Coach, a qualification that she says ‘totally changed her life’.
Since then she has co-founded Coaching Culture, to bring together a community of like-minded-professionals to drive a coaching culture within organisations, and as part of this she is the Editor of Coaching Culture Magazine.
She says that her purpose in life is now to inspire as many people as possible to think differently through the power of coaching…

Kate Cooper - The Institute of Leadership & Management

Kate Cooper is head of research, policy and standards at The Institute of Leadership & Management where she shapes an innovative research programme to inform, inspire and impact the practice of great leadership wherever it happens.

Kate joined the Institute after a career as a senior academic in a university business school where her focus was strategy, leadership and professional development.
Kate will be leading a seminar on hints and tips for first time managers.

Liz Veasey - Yusen Logistics

Liz is an experienced L&D professional with a track record of successful development at individual, team, and organisational levels across a breadth of sectors and in businesses ranging from 50 to 8,000 employees within the UK and Europe.

Strategically focussed with over 20 years’ experience as a business partner, consultant, facilitator and coach, she is passionate about developing individuals to fulfil their potential and supporting businesses to achieve their ambitions.

Having previously run her own business, worked as an interim consultant and developed other training professionals to achieve CIPD qualifications, Liz will be sharing the recent development journey for Yusen Logistics along with straightforward top tips on how to set up and run a practical, business focussed L&D function.

Matt Burney - Indeed

Matt is a well-known figure in the Recruitment industry, with a career spanning over 20 years. Matt has worked both sides of the table, as an in house practitioner managing major global and APAC specific projects as well as working on the vendor side. Matt has a huge amount of industry knowledge and experience to share.

Matt has been privileged to have been involved in some of the industry’s leading events around the world as a speaker, panel member and event host and has been regularly featured in national and international media as well as across industry specific publications and media channels.

Having spent the past few years travelling the world, speaking at events and working with some of the world’s largest employers on recruiting strategy Matt has gained a huge amount of insight into the motivations, issues and opportunities the recruitment industry has right now.

Maria Gallucci - Woodfines Solicitors

Maria is a Partner at Woodfines Solicitors and has been a qualified Employment Law solicitor since 2001, predominantly advising and acting on behalf of employers, but also employees.

During this time, she has developed a wealth of expertise in all areas of employment law and supports clients in a wide range of employment law issues.

Maria will be offering a legal view around keeping your employees in work.

Mike Hayward - Woodfines Solicitors

Mike leads Woodfines Solicitors’ Crime and Regulatory team, specialising in the representation of individuals and businesses against prosecutions.

He acts for those in the transport, haulage and distribution industry; advising on all aspects of operator licensing, and is a regular contributor to media outlets and to industry associations.

Mike will be offering a legal view around keeping your employees in work.

Per Nilsson - MA System

Per Nilsson is a senior expert in the development of operator training material with over 25 years of experience in the area. His assignment for MA-system’s e-learning initiatives includes business intelligence, pedagogical tools and input of international e-learning trends. He will be discussing how to make e-Learning powerful in training.

Professor Richard Wilding - Cranfield University

Professor Richard Wilding OBE, BSc, PhD, CEng, Eur Ing, FIET, FCILT, FCIPS, PFHEA is recognised globally for his thought leadership in Logistics & Supply Chain Management. He is Chair in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management U.K. and also current Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport U.K. Richard works globally on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors and industries. He is a champion for ensuring knowledge can create action and impact within the organisations he works with. Richard will be hosting the 'Brexit - What do we do now?' session in the Attract theatre.

Steve Backley OBE

Steve Backley OBE was a four time European Javelin champion, winner of three Commonwealth golds, and the only British athlete to win medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. He was ranked in the top ten for a decade, three times as world number one.

With a background in sports psychology, Steve focuses on mental preparation and how he trained to peak for major championships.

He identifies the three main attributes which lead to success: self-belief, motivation and application. Winning is more than just natural talent. We all have the ability to tap into these natural sources to make the ultimate difference on the day.

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Find out about our brilliant sponsors, without whom we couldn’t put on such brilliant events…

TruckLOG from Davis Derby is one of the most advanced driver access control and fleet management systems available today and they are proud to support Talent in Logistics.

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. Indeed is the #1 job site in the world and allows job seekers to search millions of jobs on the web or mobile in over 60 countries and 28 languages.

Pertemps Driver Training was founded in 2009 as a solution to the increased demand throughout the UK for skilled, trained and compliant drivers. A clear but simple business strategy was built; enhance commercial drivers skills, improve drivers behaviour and reinvest profits into the next generation of drivers.

MA-system is a Swedish based company and the biggest supplier of training material for operators in Scandinavia. Their focus lies on forklift trucks, MEWPs, cranes and fall protection, their customers are both local and multinational companies.

UniCarriers are a well-established materials handling equipment provider with over 50 years’ experience of supplying new counter balance and warehouse trucks into the UK market.

Woodfines provide tailored transport law advice to organisations of all sizes, from small vehicle owners to major logistics companies, representative organisations to local government and enforcement bodies.

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