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SCiP Networking Event, 10 September 2019

Beyond the Hype: Blockchain in the Supply Chain

Since blockchain technology emerged in the late 2000’s, it has been repeatedly heralded as a solution to many supply chain ills. Despite this, recent industry reports have shown that supply chain investment in blockchain has lagged behind the hype and there is widespread misunderstanding of how this technology can be usefully deployed. This event unpicked the myths around block chain, what it is and what it is not, while exploring how it can be used in practice to promote better integration and traceability through the end-to-end supply chain.


Jan Godsell Professor Jan Godsell joined WMG in October 2013 from her prior position of Senior Lecturer at Cranfield University School of Management.

Professor Godsell's career has been split between both industry and academia. She joined the faculty of Cranfield in 2001, following the completion of her Executive MBA there. She also completed her PhD at Cranfield, researching the development of a customer responsive supply chain.

Prior to her return to academia, Professor Godsell developed a successful career within industry, beginning at ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. Following this, she worked up to senior management level at Dyson, in both Supply Chain and Operations Management functions. At Dyson, she undertook a number of operational and process improvement roles within R&D, customer logistics, purchasing and manufacturing.

Professor Godsell is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the IMechE. She is on the board and scientific committee of EurOMA (European Operations Management Association), the cabinet of the UK roundtable of CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) and the manufacturing steering committee of the IMechE.She is on the editorial board of 3 journals, including the International Journal of Operations and Production Management, and she is an advocate for improving the uptake of STEM subjects by school children.

Evgeny Gokhberg Evgeny Gokhberg leads Everledger’s commercial operations, maintaining a consistent growth trajectory in new and existing markets where Everledger’s end-to-end emerging technology solutions are applied. In his role, his astute understanding of opportunities and risk in the commercial landscape across a multitude of industries strongly drives Everledger’s position as a global emerging technology leader for real-world applications.

He also oversees the UK & EMEA region in running all operations, building client relationships, business development and regional projects. He ensures regional objectives are met and aligned with Everledger’s global objectives.

He has a decade of investment management experience and has been managing and raising funds for financial institutions and delivering client projects over the years, most recently before Everledger with the leading wealth management bank - UBS.


Michael HoeyMichael Hoey has extensive Industrial and Advisory experience with a strong track record in designing and delivering significant business transformation and improvement. Operating at an Executive Board and Senior Manager Level within Blue Chip Organisations, he has a proven track record in designing and implementing complex transformation and improvement programmes. He has successfully led and programme managed European & Global engagements, re-engineering organisational operating models, processes and systems architectures. He does this through linking Business and Emerging Technology to innovate & transform the Enterprise.

Michael currently is the IBM Global Client Executive partnering with Jaguar Land Rover.

Ian RobertsonIan Robertson is a Royal Academy of Engineering Professor at the University of Warwick in the Department of Computer Science.His interests are in information security and applications such as distributed processing using block-chain technology, secure on-line voting, artificial intelligence for threat and vulnerability monitoring.

Prior to Warwick, Ian was a senior consultant at IBM specialising in computer security and lead major IT projects in financial services and the public sector, including:

  • UK Border Agency – immigration and visa system
  • UK Driver and Vehicle Licensing systems
  • Transport for London – Congestion Charging Scheme
  • HM Land Registry – digital document signing and conveyancing.

Martyn Walker Martyn Walker began writing front and back office applications for the financial industry in the eighties. In 1997 he co founded Adeptra in 2000 which sold for $115m to Fico California in 2012. He built Adeptra’s fraud resolution SaaS platform which enables financial services institutions to take advantage of mobile communication to manage risk, fight fraud and improve customer experience in real time.


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