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SCiP Networking Event, 8 December 2020

Sustainable manufacturing supply chains: A vision for 2035 - in conjunction with Blue Yonder - Webinar

Consumption driven economic growth has been at the heart of industrial growth since the 1st industrial revolution. It is increasingly recognised that we are now at a tipping point as the positive impact on the economy is beginning to be outweighed by the negative impacts to the environment and society. As we enter the next stage of our industrial evolution, new models of economic development will require more careful consideration of the economic, environmental and societal impacts. This will require more responsible models of both consumption and production, to achieve the ambition of sustainable development goal 12. Progress towards this vision is potentially being hampered by the lack of clarity as to what this means in practice, particularly for the manufacturing supply chains that have fuelled industrial growth over the last centuries. Circular economy, sustainability, responsibility are just some of the terms that are used interchangeably, with little consensus, and lack of vision as to how they can be implemented in practice.

  Welcome Jan Godsell, WMG

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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.