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SCiP Networking Event, 9 September 2020

Supply Chain Resilience: 3 practical things you can do - Webinar

The Global Economic Crisis, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Brexit and COVID-19 are examples of significant shocks that have tested the resilience of supply chains. These risks to the supply chain, were only a disruption for the organisations that could not mitigate against the risk. Mitigation strategies require contingency. Contingency comes at a cost, whether it be spare capacity, dual-sourcing or inventory. Unfortunately the siloed, procurement led cost-reduction strategies of the last 20 years have removed many of these buffers, leaving our supply chains exposed, and with limited resilience.

Whilst much is written about the need to improve supply chain resilience, there is little practical guidance. This webinar will address that gap. Reflecting on the results of a survey of 200+ UK manufacturing firms, the current state and future potential will be discussed. This will be followed by 3 practical things that you organisation can do, drawing on experience from Crimson and Co, Tata Consumer Products and Pinsent Masons.

11:00 am Welcome Dave Rawlins
11.05 am

Current state and future potential

Jan Godsell, WMG, Frances Zhang and Ximan Li
11:25 am

3 practical things you can do

- Risk Management mindset
- Buffer Management
- Contract Management

Jonathan Gibson
John Burdett
Clare Francis/Cerys Wyn-Davies

12:10 Panel discussion Jan Godsell, WMG
12:25 Closing comments TBC
12:30 Close  



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.

John Burdett is the Global Operations Director for Tata Consumer Products leading the end to end supply chain operations for our tea, coffee and water B-C businesses. We operate a network of more than 20 factories plus co-manufacturing partners across the world with a range of different routes to market and a team of more than 3,500 people working in our supply chain.

John Burdett has worked as an engineer for ICI in Malaysia and UK. He spent 14 years with Mars in manufacturing, NPD, S&OP and European supply chain roles. He was the Supply Chain Director for a private recycled plastic packaging business prior to joining Tata as the VP for Global Operations Planning in 2009.

Jonathan Gibson is Associate Director and Head of Logistics at Crimson & Co.

Jon started in 3rd Party Logistics, and then moved into supply chain consultancy with PWC. As Customer Service Director at Carlsberg UK Jon led the transformation of the in-house logistics function into a 3rd party supplier to both other breweries and pub groups. Following this he joined Shell, where in both Lubricants and Fuels he held global roles supporting the operation to drive through on-going cost and service improvement.

Since joining Crimson & Co 5 years ago he has led involved in a number of strategic and operational improvement projects across multiple sectors including FMCG, Retail, Life Sciences and Humanitarian Aid.

Cerys Wyn Davies is a Partner at Pinsent Masons, who specialises in intellectual property, information technology and information law and has extensive experience advising major public companies, banks, universities and government bodies.

Most recently Cerys has advised for large scale companies such as Microsoft, for the IP issues in respect of the sale of the rare games software business. In addition to this she has also been advising on the technology licensing issues of the use of a multimedia package in London taxicabs and gave her knowledgeable recommendations on intellectual property ownership and licensing in relation to smartcar.


Clare Francis, Pinsent Masons (Awaiting)