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HSE, Cranfield and Talent in Logistics set to judge The Logistics Awards in 2020

Entry to this year’s The Logistics Awards opens on Monday 16 March.

Entry to this year’s The Logistics Awards opens on Monday 16 March. Meet the judges ready to debate and judge leading projects from the industry.

The Logistics Awards is an annual celebration of excellence in the logistics and supply chain sectors. The awards recognise the most innovative projects taking place throughout the industry over the last 12 months. The next edition of the awards will take place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Entry submission will open on Monday 16 March 2020. The deadline for entries is Friday 15 May 2020.

This year's judges

Neil Ashworth – non-executive chair, board member and advisor

Neil was the boss at CollectPlus, having been at the forefront of digital developments in retail for over 15 years. Neil subsequently took accountability for Yodel's marketing and commercial functions in November 2017 through his appointment as chief commercial officer, then chief strategy officer until April 2019.

Before joining CollectPlus/Yodel, Neil worked as a business advisor to several blue-chip UK retailers and fulfilment businesses following a period at Tesco. Prior to Tesco, Neil held senior positions at Woolworths, Hallmark Cards and CWS Ltd. Neil is a former chairman of CILT (UK) and remains a great supporter of the Institute, and is an active member of the Engineering & Logistics Staff Corps within the British military, and an ambassador for Transaid.

He is a member of the Advisory Board at Cranfield University’s Supply Chain faculty, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Visiting Fellow at Warwick University (WMG) and is Hon. Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School.

Neil is currently non-executive chair of, a non-executive advisor at InPost and at IVIS Group and works with a number of other organisations on an advisory basis.

Ruth Edwards – business development director at Talent in Logistics

Ruth has been working in logistics for over 10 years, starting out in marketing before moving over to operations. In her current role as Talent in Logistics business development director she spends her time showcasing the amazing people that work in our sector and helping companies with their talent attraction, workforce development and employee engagement. Ruth previously worked for a FTSE100 company where she headed up engagement and wellbeing for circa 1,200 employees. Ruth is excited to be a part of this year’s judging panel and can’t wait to read the submissions and seeing what great things the entrants have been up to.

Kanwal Kanda – head of transportation at Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

As an HM principal inspector of health and safety, Kanwal has over 17 years of regulatory experience with the Health and Safety Executive across numerous industry sectors. In that time, he has conducted, prosecuted and managed investigations following multiple workplace fatalities, injuries and cases of ill health. Included are numerous incidents in a warehouse setting and with a workplace transport related element. His current role as HSEs Head of Transport sector involves devising national transport policy aimed at addressing the worse than average record for health and safety performance in the transport and logistics sector.

Professor John Manners-Bell – chief executive of Ti

John is an honorary visiting professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law, and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 30 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector. John started his working life as an operations manager of a logistics company based in the UK. Prior to establishing Ti in 2002, he worked as an analyst in consultancies specialising in international trade, transport and logistics. He also spent a number of years as a manager of UPS, in a strategic marketing and communications role. John holds an MSc in Transport Planning and Management from University of Westminster and is an Associate of King's College London where he studied Classics and Theology. He is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and former chair of the Supply Chain and Logistics Global Advisory Council of the World Economic Forum. He has also advised the European Commission Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. He has written five books on the industry.

Gwynne Richards – founder of Apprise Consulting

Gwynne has over thirty-five years’ experience in warehouse management and logistics. He began his career with BRS a forerunner of Exel Logistics which later became part of DHL. He founded his own logistics consultancy and training company in 2003. Gwynne works with companies on improving logistics operations, benchmarking performance and deciding whether to outsource or not. His course on Warehouse Management was recently accredited by CILT. He is also lecturer in Supply chain at Warwick University. His book on Warehouse Management published by Kogan Page has sold over 10,000 copies worldwide. A book on Logistics and supply chain tools was published in July 2016.

Kirsten Tisdale – consultant at Aricia 

Kirsten’s career in logistics has included operations, business development, HO roles and over fifteen years of consulting, since establishing Aricia Limited in 2001. Kirsten started off her logistics life as a graduate management trainee and then contract manager for what was NFC, now part of DHL. She then worked for TNT Contract Services and PE Inbucon before spending 12 years as an internal consultant for M&S working on projects spanning its supply chain operations. Kirsten now works with corporate clients who are planning change in their logistics infrastructure and operations – helping them to develop concepts and put facts and figures around options.


The Royal Lancaster London is Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon, with breath-taking views of the famous London skyline. The coveted location affords easy routes of transport from all major London train stations, with luxurious suites available for guests choosing an overnight stay. It is next door to Lancaster Gate tube station, with Heathrow Airport a mere 20 minutes from nearby Paddington Station.

The next edition of the awards will take place on Wednesday 16 September 2020 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Entry submission will open on Monday 16 March 2020. The deadline for entries is Friday 15 May 2020.

Register your interest here and be the first to receive this year's Entry Guide.

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