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.


Professor Richard Wilding

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.

Gwen Powell

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.

Per Nilsson

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.

Maria Gallucci

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

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 member of a regional FTA Freight Transport Council.
Mike will be offering a legal view around keeping your employees in work.

Kate Cooper

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.

Jo Wright

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…

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.

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.

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

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.

MA-system is a Swedish based company and the biggest supplier of training material for operators in Scandinavia.

Woodfines Solicitors is a full service law firm, with a specialist team of road transport lawyers based in Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge. Our team serve both the goods and passenger sectors, and are widely recognised as being amongst the leading road transport lawyers in the country.

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.