Multimodal 2018 has teamed up with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) and the Freight Transport Association (FTA) to put together a programme of workshops, masterclasses, and panel discussions tackling the issues and trends which affect supply chain decision makers.

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Logistics as a differentiator in a changing and fragile world.

Exploring the geo-political and economic climate and global demographic trends, against a background of increasing and insatiable consumer demand in the digital world, setting the scene for some discussion on how the logistics industry is evolving at an unprecedented pace to compete.


  • CHAIR: Peter Ward, CEO, UKWA 
  • Walter Boettcher, Director of Research and Forecasting, Colliers International

The increasing role of logistics in meeting the needs of consumers.

Amazon and Alibaba – are they retailers, technology companies or logistics providers?  Looking at the increasingly blurred lines and the opportunities for third party logistics providers who are the enablers of agility and flexibility in the quest for closer proximity to the consumer.


  • CHAIR:  Peter Ward, CEO, UKWA
  • John Munnelly, Head of Operations, John Lewis 
  • Lucas Dawe, Commerical Director, Gist

The new era of digital sales and marketing for logistics service providers.

A number of new entrants into the sector has the potential to disrupt the conventional market of logistics, enabled by the application of digital technology - especially in meeting the sales and marketing challenge.  How will our traditional industry respond to this new approach, to minimise the risk of disruption and capture the opportunities of innovation?


  • CHAIR: Peter Ward, CEO, UKWA 
  • Pierre Liguori, Managing Director, Tokema International


What will drive the location and design of warehouses going forward.

The changing face of the logistics industry has to be supported by infrastructure that in many areas is already stressed, and subject to environmental and traffic regulation plans. What measures can be taken to ensure a balanced approach that delivers more distribution space with minimal planning constraints and without arduous conditions being placed on operators.

Speakers: ​

  • CHAIR: Peter Ward, CEO, UKWA
  • Kevin Mofid, Director of Research, Savills 
  • Tim Ward, Managing Director, Chetwoods

Logistics and Transport have been professions that leaders and managers have ‘fallen into’, rather than pursued as preferred professions of choice – this must change; Divesting society of the misperceptions of ‘dirty trucks and sheds’ will be crucial if we are to attract the right talent; Promoting these professions as dynamic, problem solving, creative and rewarding careers is a key challenge – ‘Think Logistics’ is central to the solution.


  • CHAIR: Beverley Bell CBE FCILT
  • James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, Freight Transport Association
  • Steve Granite FCILT, CEO, Abbey Logistics
  • Ian Nichol, Head of Logistics, Career Ready
  • Andy Kaye, CEO, Bis Henderson Group

Innovation does not flow on demand – it results from culture; Promoting diversity of thought, inclusivity and welcoming challenge – however uncomfortable it makes us feel are all key to successfully innovation; Some leadership approaches rather than others better unlock and harness innovation – how?


  • CHAIR: Julian Worth CMILT, Director, Transworth Rail & Chair - CILT Rail Freight Forum
  • Ed Wilson CMILT, Business Development Manager - Freight, Network Rail
  • Ian Brooker FCILT, Director - Logistics, WSP

The 2.7 million people involved in the logistics and transport professions are key to our safety, freedoms and prosperity, though most of the population does not know it – let’s change this! Railway people talk about bus; airport people talk about retail; ports people talk about distribution – let’s create the cross-sector conversation to be creative together; Only joined together by CILT can we hope to find the collective imagination and solutions to drive the performance and productivity necessary for the future.

Speakers: TBC

Authorised Economic Operator status shall most likely be vital for success beyond Brexit – but what is it and how do you get it? Brexit shows uncertainty, but what opportunities are revealed? What new markets and new ways to serve them might be developed?


  • CHAIR: Geoff Lippitt FCILT, Business Development Director, PD Ports
  • Susan Morley FCILT, Director, Morley Consulting Training Ltd
  • Sue Terpilowski OBE FCILT, Managing Director, Image Line Communications


  • TBC

How do we choose outsourced providers? Is it cost or service, and how can we find the right balance? A look at how to motivate providers to deliver a tailored service and how to make sure you get the benefit of your provider’s specialist knowledge.


  • Nigel Kotani, Solicitor, Excello Law

The equilibrium between supply and demand is constantly changing, and when companies don't respond, they run the risk of becoming the next has-been.  What does this mean for the supply chain industry?  The supply chain models of yesterday no longer meet the needs of customers and new competitors are cropping up, eager to snatch market share from complacent "has-beens".  Learn how to open the door to new opportunities by exploring macro-optimisation which will allow for scanning the entire network for cost-saving opportunities.


  • CHAIR: Patrick Maley, EVP Product Strategy and Marketing, BluJaySolutions
  • Other speakers TBC

Speakers :

  • CHAIR: Samantha Spackman, Event Marketing Coordinator, WiseTech Global
  • Francis Blackmore, Director - Customer Solutions & Marketing, Kuehne + Nagel

A look at trends, challenges, and opportunities for freight by water in the UK including short sea shipping and innovative ideas for last mile delivery, linking inland water freight and cycle deliveries.


  • ​CHAIR: Alex Veitch, Head of Global Policy, FTA 
  • Warren Marshall, Group Planning Director, Peel Ports
  • Ivor Chomacki, Consultant, UK Cycle Logistics Federation
  • Guy Bates, Head of Freight DevelopmentNetwork Rail
  • David Lowe, Chairman, Commercial Boat Operators Association (CBOA)
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive and Director, British Ports Association

Developing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for air freight shippers. Service providers and shippers have been working together to establish new KPIs, setting an international standard for the air cargo industry to measure performance from a shipper perspective. The Global Shippers’ Forum and Cargo iQ have established nine overarching KPI’s, which align with Cargo iQ’s Master Operating Plan (MOP) – a route map developed by Cargo iQ members and including 16 milestones against which shipments are measured.


  • ​CHAIR: Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum, and Director of Global and European Policy, FTA
  • Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo IQ
  • Lothar Moehle, Director Security Standardisation, DB Schenker
  • ​Tristan Koch, Managing Director Cargo Sales EMEA, American Airlines
  • ​Other Speakers TBC

A focus on the ramifications of the Brexit Bill, border controls, Customs’ procedures and transport and logistics issues connected to market access. How will UK operators be able to access EU and pan-European markets and vice versa? An estimated 180 000 traders doing business only within the UK and EU have no knowledge of border control and Customs’ procedures – what will they need to know? The international trade element will look at trade with EU countries and in particular the opportunities presented by Free Trade Agreements as well as Trusted Trader and Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status.


  • CHAIR: James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA
  • Alex Veitch, Head of Global PolicyFTA
  • Chris Welsh MBE, Secretary General, Global Shippers' Forum and Director of Global and European Policy, FTA
  • Pauline Bastidon, Head of European Policy, FTA
  • Richard Christian, Head of Policy and Communications, Port of Dover

A discussion on how collaboration can help speed up the movement of containers entering and leaving port. How can we better manage the port hinterland and improve reliability in the supply chain?


  • CHAIR: John Fossey, Maritime Transport Consultant, Moffatt & Nichol
  • ​Chris Lewis, Managing Director, DP World UK, CEO, London Gateway
  • Jordi Torrent Pujol, Director of Strategy, Port of Barcelona 
  • David Kennedy Browne, ​Sales Director UK and Ireland, Maersk Line
  • Geoff Lippitt, Business Development Director, PD Ports


  • CHAIR: Robert Keen, Director General, BIFA (British International Freight Association)
  • Peter MacSwiney, Chairman, Agency Sector Management Ltd
  • Robert Windsor, Policy & Compliance Manager/Executive Director, BIFA
  • Tom Thornton, President, IIFA (Irish International Freight Association)

Tech companies and start-ups are revolutionising the logistics landscape from freight marketplaces and freight finance to web-based ratings and pricing transparency. Will digitisation replace the human touch, or do people still buy from people? And what lessons can we learn from each other.


  • Jim Bralsford, Vice President Sales EMEA, INTTRA
  • Zvi Schreiber, CEO, Freightos
  • Ivan Tintore, CEO, iContainters
  • Neel Ratti, General Manager, Tuscor Lloyds
  • Steve Walker, CEO, SWG

You cannot open a newspaper anywhere in the world without reading about trade deals. These deals set the rules through which the goods we rely on move around the world. Headlines are dominated by these discussions for good reason: the decisions affect us all.

Politicians set the rules but there is something they have little power to control which has just as much impact on global trade as their negotiations: technology.

Globalisation and connectivity are driving the emergence of new technologies that will dramatically change the way goods are moved around the world. Four companies at the cutting edge of these developments discuss what the future of trade will look like.


  • CHAIR: Charlie Pool, CEO, Stowga
  • Tom Self,  Partnerships, what3words
  • Alex Hersham, CEO, ZenCargo

Speakers :

  • CHAIR: Nick Platts, Head of Cargo, Heathrow Airport 
  • Other speakers TBC

Transport for the North (TfN) was formed to transform the transport system across the North of England, providing the infrastructure needed to drive economic growth.


  • Lucy Hudson, Lead Officer Freight and Logistics,Transport for the North (TfN)
  • Other Speakers TBC

Creating superior customer value is becoming increasingly important for the providers of logistics services. But there is still a lack of understanding about the actual values which logistics service providers can offer to their customers to make them better-off. This seminar will look at the values which can be created for business-to-business buyers of logistics services and have to fill the gap in the mismatch between what logistics buyer companies value and what logistics service providers offer.


  • CHAIR: Dr Alexandre Metreveli, Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Associate Course Director - MSc International Business Logistics (CILT and CIPS accredited), Coventry University
  • CO-CHAIR: Fred Lemke, Professor of Marketing & Sustainability, Vlerick Business School
  • Chris Mills, Managing Director, C.H. Robinson
  • David Hogg, Smart Dispense Service Delivery Manager, Innserve Ltd


The seminar will look at the law relating to the following topics:

  • Legal defense
  • Mitigating factors
  • Case studies drawn from speakers’ careers
  • Real-life circumstances and facts used to defend prosecution


  • CHAIR: Richard Silver, Senior Solicitor, Richard Silver Solicitors
  • Alison Mafham, Criminal Defense Specialist, Richard Silver Solicitors
  • Paul Jorgensen, UK Principle Shareholder and Senior Partner, Strategic Analytics Team


  • John Keefe, Director of Public Affairs, Eurotunnel
  • Nick Lowe, MD, DACHSER UK
  • Joachim Coens, President and CEO, Port of Zeebrugge

Unfortunately due to circumstances outside the control of the organisers, sessions, speakers and timings may be subject to alteration or cancellation.  The organisers apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The organisers have the right to refuse admission. 

Opening Times

Tues 1st May 2018 10:00 - 17:00

Awards/VIP Dinner 19:00 - 24:00

Wed 2nd May 2018 10:00 - 19:00

Multimodal Mixer 17:00 - 19:00
(Late night opening & happy hour)

Thurs 3rd May 2018 10:00 - 15:00


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