• Bethany Windsor

    Bethany Windsor

    Head of Programmes and Relationship Management CILT(UK)
    Bethany’s role centres around promote the profession to underrepresented groups and securing the next generation of supply chain professionals through a wide range of programmes, including Generation Logistics. Her work with Women in Logistics won Bethany the 2015 Multimodal “Woman of the Year” award, followed by recognition as a finalist in the Everywoman in Logistics and Transport awards (2018) and securing the Talent in Logistics awards (2019), both for “Industry Champion”. As a former teacher, inspiring the next generation to choose the logistics sector is a personal and professional passion.  https://www.linkedin.com/in/bethanywindsor/
  • Clare Bottle

    Clare Bottle

    Vice Chair, Women in Logistics UK CEO, UK Warehousing Association
    Clare Bottle FCILT is CEO of the UK Warehousing Association and Vice-Chair of Women in Logistics UK. Having joined the logistics industry in the 90s she has worked across a number of sectors including chemicals, construction and food & drink. Before joining UKWA in 2021, Clare was Associate Director of Warehousing at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners. As head of UKWA, a leading trade association with 1,000 members, Clare has pursued an agenda of economic, social and environmental sustainability, as well as driving diversity and inclusion. She has led a co-ordinated campaign to highlight the opportunities offered by solar power and advises Government on the significant benefits and barriers of solar power on warehouse rooftops, and has launched ‘2024 The Year of Warehousing,’ an initiative designed to build awareness and recognition of the sector as a crucial part of supply chains and a major contributor to the UK economy.
  • Damian Brett

    Damian Brett

    Editor Air Cargo News
    Damian Brett is editor of Air Cargo News and has been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007. He began covering the industry as shipping reporter at UK title International Freighting Weekly where he was later promoted to the role of chief reporter. After a stint in PR, he went onto to work for Containerisation International, where he became editor, and Lloyd’s List, where he was editor of container shipping. Damian joined Air Cargo News in 2015 as news editor and in 2019 was promoted to editor.
  • Danny Clayton

    Danny Clayton

    Managing Director Droptop Business Solutions
    Danny, an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in the freight forwarding sector, runs a consulting bisiness called Droptop which helps both retailers and logistics providers to improve and develop their supply chain capabilities. Danny was formerly Joint Managing Director at retail supply chain specialist, Allport Cargo Services. Danny’s career highlights include pioneering supply chain visibility systems and developing origin logistics solutions for Allport’s retail clients. His work over the past 25 years has been highly recognised within the industry, winning numerous prestigious supply chain awards.
  • David Leighton

    David Leighton

    Chief Executive Aviation Services UK,
    David is Chief Executive of Aviation Services UK, the trade association representing ground service providers in the UK aviation sector.   He is also founder director of Front Street Consulting, a consultancy specialising in sustainability, public affairs and communications, supporting clients across sectors including automotive, aviation, logistics and maritime.  David has advised HM Government on a range of international trade issues and previously worked for Associated British Ports and Rail Freight Group. 
  • David Wells OBE

    David Wells OBE

    Chief Executive Logistics UK
    David is Chief Executive of Logistics UK, one of the biggest business groups in the UK, and the only organisation which represents all of logistics. With more than 20,000 members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers, the members of Logistics UK operate more than half of the UK fleet of HGVs, and consign over 90% of freight moved by rail, and 70% of air and sea freight.   David joined Logistics UK in April 2009 as Finance and IT Director, subsequently taking on additional responsibility for the Vehicle Inspection Service and Training and Tachograph Analysis Service.  David became Chief Executive in early 2015 and since then has seen membership grow by 10%.   David was awarded the OBE in last years' honours list for his services to Transport and Logistics. 
  • Debbie Cavaldoro

    Debbie Cavaldoro

    Chief Executive Port Skills and Safety
    Debbie comes from a communications background and has spent more than ten years in the maritime sector. Initially working in shipping supporting seafarers’ rights, she moved to the ports sector in 2021 as the Chief Executive of Port Skills and Safety. This professional membership association is focussed on improving safety and skills in the UK ports sector.  Debbie is very proud to have become a champion for increasing diversity and inclusion in the maritime sector. She is also a charity Trustee for The Seafarers Charity and two other charities.
  • Ian Matheson

    Ian Matheson

    Founder Impress Communications
    Ian has enjoyed a 35-year career in communications within the freight transport industry, starting as a member of the editorial team at Dredging & Port Construction Magazine; then IFW; before moving into PR with ABP.  He set up Impress Communications in 1994; and currently provides consultancy services to the British International Freight Association, Davies Turner and the U-Freight Group. In 2007, he launched Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding magazine, before selling the business in 2019. Married with three grown up daughters, he supports Coventry City;  holds a season ticket at Selhurst Park; and a membership of Surrey County Cricket Club.
  • Irene Rosberg

    Irene Rosberg

    Programme Director Executive MBA in Shipping & Logistics (The Blue MBA)
    Irene has been responsible for the design, development and co-ordination of The Blue MBA. On behalf of CBS, she has a fundamental role in building global relationships and networks within the maritime industry. She also promotes research identifying challenges and future issues for the maritime industry.  Based on her extensive international network and experience, she has held major roles in varied maritime-related activities, and speaks at leading maritime events.  From 2005 to 2009 Irene was Director of the DBA (Doctor of Business Administration) programme and was involved in several maritime-related research undertakings and research-based conferences.  Since 2013 she has been an evaluator for the Association of MBAs (AMBA), which is described as representing “the highest standard of achievement in postgraduate business education.” In 2014 Irene joined the Board of Advisors for the Panama Maritime. In 2017 she was appointed a member an EU expert group for the motorways of the seas. She is also the Director for the Blue Board Leadership Programme which was established in 2022.  The Blue MBA under her guidance has been praised by shipping and logistics leaders as a key driver for the modernization of the maritime sector.
  • John Steventon

    John Steventon

    Associate Director EU,  Global Destination Operations Wayfair (UK) Limited
    John Steventon currently heads destination operations and procurement in Europe for Wayfair within their Castle Gate Forwarding business. Prior to this John spent 27 year at Tesco working across all areas of Supply Chain in a number of markets across Asia and Europe. After Heading Transport in Central Europe John’s final role was managing transport for supplier inbound volume into the extensive Tesco network in the UK and Ireland as well as heading Tesco’s rail operation and development
  • Kelly Hobson

    Kelly Hobson

    Shape Tomorrow Managing Director
    With over a decade of experience in the international logistics sector, Kelly is an extraordinary Sustainability Consultant. Her career has been marked by a steadfast commitment to helping business leaders recognise commercial value through sustainability initiatives that are embedded across an organisation. With a deep understanding of the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability, she has become a driving force in helping the business world navigate the path towards a more responsible and sustainable future. Kelly’s experience has given her a comprehensive view of the supply chain landscape, allowing her to appreciate the intricate interplay between sustainability and operational efficiency. Her commitment to making the world a better place through sustainable practices make her a transformative figure within the industry. Kelly is founder of consultancy Shape Tomorrow and an ambassador for the charity Transaid.
  • Maggie Simpson OBE

    Maggie Simpson OBE

    Director General Rail Freight Group
    Maggie Simpson is Director General of the Rail Freight Group, the representative body for rail freight in the UK. Since joining in 2005 she has worked to promote growth in rail freight and to support member companies of the Group in their activities. She is also a Trustee of the Railway Benefit Fund.
  • Mike Daly

    Mike Daly

    Director of Warehouse-Space & Official Transaid Ambassador Warehouse-Space
    Mike is a Fellow of the CILT and has been a major figure in the Logistics and Forwarding industry for over forty years appearing in the Motor Transport Hall of Fame in 2022. He built DTS Logistics himself from one van to 1,000 employees over 25 years. He sold it to Clipper Logistics in 2005 when he became their Group Sales Director for a number of years.  Lattelly he became a NED to the Group but stepped down in 2022 following the acquisition by GXO when it had grown to over 10,000 employees. He is still actively involved in logistics consultancy and a NED of Warehouse-Space. He is also a passionate Ambassador for Transaid since 2013 and has been involved in the ambulance bicycle campaign and road safety trips to Zambia.
  • Murray Gibson

    Murray Gibson

    Managing Director Murray Gibson Associates Limited
    Murray Gibson operates an independent consultancy, specialising in ports, logistics and supply chains. He comes from a technology R&D background with BT, joining Hutchison Ports (UK) at Felixstowe in 1986 where over 28 years he held several senior management posts in both an operational and commercial capacity, latterly as Head of Sales & Marketing for the UK Group. Murray left the company in 2014 to concentrate on running his own business, designing the solutions architecture and managing several supply chain projects for clients across the country. On a professional level, Murray is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and a member of the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) where he is a regular speaker and panel moderator at National Conference level.
  • Peter Acton

    Peter Acton

    Executive Chairman Logistics Leaders Network
    I have a 30 year track record of developing innovative communications and marketing strategies for over 100 business in the logistics sector, winning 27 national awards for clients. I created the first logistics magazine Distribution Business and was runner-up in two national journalist awards when editor of Motor Transport. I launched the Logistics Leaders Network in 2010 to provide a networking platform for emerging logistics leaders, where they could meet their peers, share best practice and be exposed to the latest operational innovations. Logistics Leaders Magazine showcases the best brands in logistics and supply chain and the Logistics Leadership Awards reward excellence in leadership skills across 10 categories.
  • Peter Livey

    Peter Livey

    Managing Director (Great Britain) HMM (Europe) Ltd
    Peter Livey FCILT is currently Managing Director (Great Britain) at “HMM (Europe) Ltd.” and ‘Global Sustainability Ambassador’ for HMM. With more than 30 years’ experience in global to local logistics solutions, he has a deep knowledge of liner shipping, international logistics, global supply chains and sustainable business practices. Since 2009 Peter has also represented HMM in ‘Clean Cargo’, a global initiative which enables B2B collaboration dedicated to integrating environmentally and socially responsible business principles into the maritime supply chain. Peter is also an ordained CofE priest, serving as a ‘Self Supporting Minister’ at Christ Church in Felixstowe (UK).
  • Richard Ballantyne OBE

    Richard Ballantyne OBE

    Chief Executive British Ports Association
    Richard Ballantyne joined the British Ports Association in 2007 and became the Chief Executive in 2016.  Richard has in-depth expertise in ports, transport, trade and environmental policy matters and he is a champion of sustainable development. He is a Director of Maritime UK, a Trustee of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board charity and was previously a Director of Port Skills and Safety Ltd. Richard was also awarded an OBE in the 2022 New Year’s Honours for his services to the maritime sector. 
  • Steve Parker

    Steve Parker

    Director General BIFA
    Having worked in the industry for 5 decades Steve has extensive knowledge in all the aspects of freight forwarding, during this time he has specialised in anything related to Customs and the border, believing that to ensure legitimate freight crosses our borders safely a good sense of partnership and community is needed by all stakeholders.  At the end of 2022, having helped to steer the company through EU Exit, he left DHL Global Forwarding where he was Head of Customs for the UK and joined BIFA in January 2023 as its Director General.