2019 Agenda Day 1

Day 1 - Tuesday 18 June 2019

Seminar places can be booked when registering to attend Multimodal 2019.   Register free here. 

Seats are available on a first come first served basis so please be prompt!

Opening Keynote

Awdry Room - 10.30 - 11.30

Disruption in the logistics industry

  • Why is the logistics industry vulnerable to disruption?
  • Who are the disruptors?
  • What will the future look like?

Keynote Speaker: John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Intelligence





Awdry Room - 12.00 – 13.00

Here to help – weathering the perfect storm.

Companies capable of adapting their working practices to the needs of the modern commercial landscape will benefit from a wealth of opportunities.

But the current and future logistics landscape is one that will be negotiated successfully only by companies able to recognise that opportunity, embrace innovation and adapt to operate in an unpredictable world.

Major associations from across the supply chain will share a platform to discuss challenges and opportunities with a focus on how we can work better together.

Chair: Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer, United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA)

Speakers: Maggie Simpson, Director General, Rail Freight Group

Duncan Buchanan, Policy Director - England and Wales, Road Haulage Association

Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association


Awdry Room - 14.00 - 15.00

Transforming Northern Freight Flows - the route to improving freight transport in the North?

Manufacturers in the Liverpool/Humber Axis are working with transport suppliers and logistics companies to examine new ways of reducing costs and emissions.

The project is a consortium of a number of transport companies and other bodies including P&O, GB Railfreight, DB Cargo, Nestle, Kraft Heinz, the Universities of Hull and Lancaster, ABP, Peel Ports, Oxford Rail Strategies and others.

Using real time flows of actual freight movements, the group is examining the current logistics requirements of producers on the Liverpool/Humber axis, who at present are largely served by north/south movements and looking into ways in which these same requirements could be met by a greater emphasis on east/west movements.

Chair: Dr Adele-Louise Carter, LHOFT Project Manager, Kiteway Ltd

Speakers: Stephen Weaver, Head of New Business Development, P&O Ferries & Chair, LHOFT

Karla Jakeman, Innovation lead - Connected Transport, Innovate UK

John Holwell, Transport Consultant, Oxford Rail Strategies

Lisa Featherstone, General Manager, J. Long & Sons (Haulage) Limited

Professor Amar Ramudhin, Professor and Director, The Logistics Institute, University of Hull


Dunlop Room 14.00 - 15.00

The Labour Crisis

The freight industry is facing an unprecedented labour crunch, with the growth of e-commerce, the impact of Brexit, and a poor industry image to contend with. Our panel looks at solutions

  • Investing in automation to boost productivity
  • Creating an appealing career path
  • Addressing the home-grown skills shortage
  • Improving the profile of the sector
  • Breaking out of the low pay low quality cycle of decline

Chair: Ian Nicol, Head of Logistics, Career Ready UK

Leigh Anderson, Managing Director, Bis Henderson Recruitment

Sally Gilson, Head of Skills, Freight Transport Association 

Beth O'Neill, Business Development Director, UKI&MLEMEA, DHL LLP 

Hamish Nisbet, Global Head of Resourcing and Onboarding, HSBC

Dr Naomi Irvine, Director of Naomi Irvine Ltd  

Boulton Room  14.00 - 15.00 - United Kingdom Warehousing Association (UKWA) Surgery

The UK Warehouse Association represents the logistic sector, full members include warehousing and logistics providers as well as manufacturers, retailers and wholesalers.  CEO Peter Ward will be available to discuss your challenges and opportunities.

Topic: Opportunities for Success in the new digital world

Hosted by: Peter Ward, Chief Executive Officer, UKWA

Lanchester Room 14.00 - 15.00 - Transport Intelligence Workshop 

What is the biggest disrupter in the logistics industry today?

Ti’s analysts will each present an issue which will impact the logistics industry over the next year.  But which will cause the most significant disruption?

This workshop, unique to Multimodal, will give you the chance to challenge, question, argue or agree in a lively and interactive format.

Each analyst is an expert in their field giving you unprecedented access to discuss the topics most important to you.

Topics will include:

  • Future mobility
  • The near death of conventional retailing
  • The disruption of start-ups
  • The use of advanced technologies
  • Digital platforms and freight marketplaces

Can our experts convince you their issue is the most critical?  Attend this workshop to find out!

Hosted by: John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Intelligence


Awdry Room - 15.30 – 16.30

The Power of disruption

Keynote speech: Jeremy Nixon,Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd.

Followed by a panel discussion and Q and A session

What can we learn from each other and what will the future look like?

  • Jeremy Nixon, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Network Express Pte. Ltd
  • John Manners-Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Transport Intelligence
  • Ariaen Zimmerman, Executive Director, Cargo iQ

Hosted by: Julian Pryke


Whilst the organisers do everything to maintain the content and timing of the programme, it may be subject to change without notice.