Seminars 2021 - Outline Agenda

Sustainable logistics - how tech innovation, modal shift, and people power are shaping resilient supply chains

Multimodal and Logistics UK have teamed up to produce this three-day series of panel discussions and keynote speeches focused on the theme of sustainable logistics.

The speakers will look at how tech innovation, modal shift, and people power are shaping resilient supply chains.

Places are on a first come basis, please indicate your interest when you register to attend

Strategic Partner

Logistics UK strategic partner of Multimodal Seminars 2021

Day One Plenary

Port of Tyne Theatre

The morning plenary session is relevant to all and will focus on our action plan as an industry, for the year ahead



​Opening Plenary With Keynote - Logistics Report 2021: the resilience of our sector across all modes
The Logistics Report contains data from a wide range of national and international sources including government departments, NGO’s and industry bodies across rail, road, air and sea and includes bespoke analysis commissioned by Logistics UK on business costs, business sentiment and the challenges facing the industry.
  • David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK 

The state of logistics in a post Brexit and COVID world : Plenary Panel
The combination of COVID-19 on top of Brexit has created unprecedented challenges for businesses of every size, in every market. Against this backdrop, the logistics industry is facing an era of unprecedented change as digitisation takes hold and customer expectations evolve. Our panel takes a look at the lessons learnt from the last 18 months, how best to plan ahead and what the future industry will look like.
  • Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere (chair)
  • David Wells, Chief Executive, Logistics UK
  • Chris Warn, Global Logistics Director, Pentland Brands Limited
  • Paul Durkin, Chief Customer & Innovation Officer, Wincanton
  • Frank Dunsmuir, Head of Customs and International Trade, Fujitsu

Day One Afternoon Sessions

Port of Tyne Theatre

14.00-15.00 Logistics UK's panel discussion: Road Freight - key policy issues 
A look at topical issues such as the HGV Driver shortage, as well as a look forwards to include Net Zero and Autonomous vehicles.
  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)

15.30-16.30  What's next for trade after Brexit?
Panel discussion – a review of the impact of Brexit so far, and a look ahead to the introduction of import controls for trade from the EU in January 2022. The panel will look at the best ways to prepare  for the first of January 2022 learning from lessons this year to limit errors down to lack of preparation.
  • Elizabeth de Jong, Director of Policy, Logistics UK (Chair)
  • Patrick van Cauwenberghe, UK Trade Development Director, Port of Zeebrugge
  • Peter MacSwiney, Chairman of ASM (UK) Ltd Trade Chairman of the Joint Customs Consultative Committee (JCCC) & EU Transition Sub Group
  • Robert A Windsor, Director-Policy and Compliance, BIFA

Forth Ports Theatre

14.00-15.00  United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) seminar - Warehousing of the future
Going Green: Sustainability is a key issue for warehousing, both in terms of operational and embodied carbon emission. We look at greener buildings from a real estate perspective and consider opportunities for reducing environmental impact through new technology.

15.30-16.30  United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) seminar - Warehousing of the future
Going Digital: Hand in hand with sustainability, digitisation can reduce paperwork, increase efficiency and improve performance. We ask how warehouse operators can embrace digital logistics without huge investment or major operational disruption.

Multimodal Theatre

14.00-15.00  Sustainable lighting, can you afford to ignore it?
Zumtobel Group has extensive experience in providing lighting solutions for the logistics sector. From understanding the well-being of employees, how lighting can optimise organisational efficiency and using sustainable solutions we have the offer for your environment. Please join this session for a detailed overview.

  • Neil Raithatha, Head of Marketing, Zumtobel
  • Sophie Parry, Technical Application Consultant, Zumtobel

15.30-16.30  Creating inclusive workforces
  • Caroline Barber, Chief Executive, Transaid (chair)

Day Two

Port of Tyne Theatre

10.30-11.30  Understanding and reducing scope three emissions 

12.00-13.00  Logistics UK's panel discussion: Maritime, Ports and Inland Waterways
  • Tim Morris, Chief Executive, UK MPG

14.00-15.00  Logistics UK's panel discusson: Rail Freight - Key policy issues
A focus on how rail freight can support the UK supply chain. Topics to include the impact of COVID on passenger rail and what this means for freight; the Williams-Shapps review and targets for freight growth; and infrastructure developments.
  • Alex Veitch, General Manager – Public Policy, Logistics UK
  • Maggie Simpson, DG, Rail Freight Group

15.30-16.30 Development of UK border management and freeports 
The Institute of Export and International Trade are pleased to be attending Multimodal 2021 to give insight into the long term border strategy, changes to the Border Operating Model and also the introduction of Freeports into the UK.  This will give businesses an opportunity to look forward and to plan for long term sustainability in the evolving landscape of international trade.
  •  Vicky Payne Trade and Customs Specialist Team Lead

Forth Ports Theatre

10.30-11.30  Tech innovations – Lessons from COVID - Panel discussion
COVID 19 has put huge pressure on the logistics industry, accelerating a digital transformation already driven by changing customer behaviour, unpredictable demand, supply interruption and restricted movement. From blockchain to Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and smart data, disruptors are harnessing the power of tech to rebuild a more efficient, reliable, transparent supply chain.

  • Jeremy Haycock, Managing Director, Europe, NYSHEX (Chair)
  • Marcus Campbell, CTO, Hermes Logistics Technologies
  • Tristan Koch, Chief Commercial Officer, Awery
  • Steven Holmes, Director Sales, BluJay Solutions, now part of E2open
  • Rickie Cole, UK TransitNet Manager, SGS United Kingdom 

12.00-13.00   Creating Value for Logistics Services Buyers by Post-Coronavirus Supply Chain Resilience
Creating customer value is becoming increasingly important for the providers of logistics services. But there is still a lack of understanding about the actual values that logistics service providers can  offer to their customers to make them better off, especially during the times of crisis and uncertainties imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. This seminar will look at the roles and approaches of post-Coronavirus supply chain resilience in delivering superior multiple values to the business-to-business buyers of logistics services.

  • Alexandre Metreveli (PhD, MSc, SFHEA, CMILT), Assistant Professor in Operations and Supply Chain Management, Course Director for BSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Integrated Degree Apprenticeship), School of Strategy & Leadership, Coventry University (Chair)

14.00-15.00  How 5G will drive efficiencies at ports - panel discussion                     
5G technology allows more data to be handled, at faster speeds and from more devices. As a result, new opportunities are arising around smart solutions which enable ports to manage freight more effectively. This panel discussion will draw on experience from two live projects funded through DCMS’s 5G Testbed and Trials Programme. The 5G Logistics and 5G Ports projects are testing 5G-enabled cargo tracking, condition monitoring, crane maintenance and port security. As well as looking at technological solutions, the motivations for using 5G and considerations prior to investing in private networks will be tackled in the discussion. Opportunities for audience views and questions will make for a lively and needs-focused session.

  • Prof. Andrew Potter, Professor in Transport and Logistics, Cardiff Business School (Chair)
  • Karen Poulter, CIO Europe Division & Head of ISD Hutchison Ports (UK) Ltd

15.30-16.30  People Power – how to build a diverse Next Gen workforce and put mental health wellbeing top of the agenda

  • Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, Health and Work Branch, HSE (Chair)
  • Corinne Lamoureux, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Mental Health Switch
  • Jennifer Swain, Road to logistics

Multimodal Theatre

10:30 Trading with Northern Ireland since Brexit
Making the NI Protocol work for GB Suppliers and their NI Customers

  • Jonathan Walsh, Director, Fortior Insight Ltd

12.00 - 13.00 Zeus Labs workshop

Day Three

Port of Tyne Theatre


How to implement an effective apprenticeship scheme - panel discussion
  • Carl Hobbis BIFA (Chair)
  • Colin Smith, Metro Shipping

Plenary Panel What the Next Gen want from a career in logistics
  • Bethany Windsor, Career Ready (chair)
  • Ryan Wilkes, Tender Specialist, Kuehne + Nagel

Stand visits 
– visit stands and chat with recruiters