Seminar Programme Day 1 - 29 September


CM Show Seminar Programme Day 1 - 29 September

10:00 | Introduction

Will Shiers, editor, Commercial Motor

Will Shiers is the editor of Commercial Motor magazine, and the UK jury member for the International Truck of the Year. Over the last 20 years he has also held posts on other industry magazines, including Motor Transport and Truck & Driver.

Baroness Vere, Minister of State for Transport

Baroness Vere of Norbiton was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 23 April 2019. She was appointed as a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) on 21 December 2016.

Charlotte studied Biochemical Engineering at University College London (BSc Eng) and completed a MBA at the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Before entering politics, Charlotte spent 4 years as the Executive Director of the Girls’ Schools Association, including 6 months as the General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council. Prior to that she was the CEO of Big White Wall, an online mental health service, and Finance Director at Recruit Media, a digital recruitment agency. Her early career was spent in investment banking.

The minister is responsible for:
• Roads and motoring
• Buses and taxis
• Devolution
• Housing
• Light rail

Richard Burnett, CEO, RHA

Richard Burnett’s career in logistics has spanned over 30 years. During that time he has worked for many well-known logistics operations including TDG, Wincanton, Hayes and Samworth Brothers, looking after some of the most prestigious high street names such as HJ Heinz, GSK, Panasonic and Adidas.

Since joining the Road Haulage Association five years ago he has restructured the RHA, making it a far more relevant and effective organisation that delivers value for its members with a powerful and effective lobbying voice.

His is the face of a backroom media campaign that has effectively raised the visibility of the RHA on a wide range of industry issues including the skills shortage; Brexit; fuel prices; migrant camps in Calais, air quality and electric vehicles at international, national and local level – published, online and broadcast.

During the recent Coronavirus pandemic, Richard was a key player in ensuring that the road sector remained high on the political agenda. If it’s road transport-related then the RHA has a view on it and the RHA makes regular appearances in the media at international, national and local level – published, online and broadcast.


Plenary session - The post-Covid-19 future

As the UK recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic what will its short to medium term legacy for the logistics sector? Will the spike in online retail prove to be temporary or has this acceleration in an existing trend spell the demise of the high street? What other sectors such as infrastructure should 3PLs be looking at? And with many operators seeing a devastating impact on their finances from the pandemic what are their options for financing new vehicles?


10:30 | Can the high street make a comeback?

Dino Rocos, non-executive director, Clipper Logistics and former COO, John Lewis Partnership

Dino Rocos joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1976, spending his first ten years in various roles in shops before moving into the Supply Chain. He was appointed Operations Director in August 2010, with responsibility for the end to end supply chain, including National Distribution Centres, E-fulfilment, home delivery and Customer Contact Centres and the entire shop estate comprising 51 shops.

Following a spell as Interim John Lewis Managing Director, Dino was appointed Partnership Supply Chain Director leading the ongoing work to ensure an efficient, agile and resilient supply chain to respond to the evolving retail market. Since his retirement from the Partnership in 2019, Dino has taken roles as Chairman Segura Systems and Non Executive Director at Clipper Logistics.

Dino is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Directors.

10:50 | Fashion retail logistics in the 2020s

Tony Mannix, chief executive, Clipper Logistics

Tony joined Clipper in 2006 and can boast a career in retail logistics spanning over 30 years. On graduating from university as an Architectural Engineer, he briefly worked in the construction industry before moving into logistics, where he developed a passion for ‘the supply chain’.

A Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics & Transport, Tony has a wealth of experience in all facets of multi-channel retail logistics. Pre Clipper he worked directly for a number of retailers, managing in-house operations, which afforded him a clear insight into the retail world. This clear understanding of how retail works is at the heart of Clipper – it operates as a very focussed retail solutions provider.

Tony is passionate about the business, the Clipper Team, and innovation. He strives for operational and commercial success whilst not losing sight of the need for outstanding customer care.

11:10 | The role of infrastructure logistics

Steven Cleary, sales director, Wincanton

11:30 | How will the industry finance new trucks?

Toby Poston, director of corporate affairs, BVRLA

Toby Poston is Director of Corporate Affairs at the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association. He has worked within the sector for more than ten years and currently oversees the association’s communications, events, campaigning and research activities as well as fostering relationships with key industry stakeholders.

Prior to joining the BVRLA, Toby was a business journalist for fifteen years, spending much of this time as a reporter and editor within the BBC Business and Economics Unit, working across TV, radio and online channels.


Break out session 1 – The Road to Zero

The Covid-19 pandemic will not deflect the government from its Road to Zero strategy of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and with 30 years representing just six more buying cycles for heavy trucks the industry needs a steer on what technology to invest in – quickly. There a range of options when it comes to cutting carbon emissions from goods vehicles and battery electric seems to be the weapon of choice for final mile and urban deliveries the jury is still out on whether batteries will be able to power 44 tonners over 400 miles. Will hydrogen replace natural gas and diesel in the UK’s pipes and filling stations to provide homes and trucks with clean power or will biofuels step up to enable the highly efficient diesel to live on in a zero carbon future?


2:00 | Hydrogen v battery power for road transport

David Cebon, professor of mechanical engineering, Cambridge University

2:20 | The role of biofuel in cutting emissions

Brian Robinson, head of commercial vehicles, LowCVP

Brian leads LowCVP’s various van and truck-related initiatives, and acts as their main point of contact on freight transport decarbonisation issues. Brian is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist and has over thirty years’ experience in transport, energy and climate change policy, sustainability, vehicle safety and programme leadership. Before going freelance in 2014, Brian spent 16 years in increasingly senior roles at TRL Ltd, carrying out mostly HGV-related safety and environmental research, and 12 years at IMechE, much of that as Head of Energy Policy.

2:40 | Tomorrow’s electric vehicles today

Rob Fowler, CEO, Volta

Rob Fowler is Chief Executive Officer of Volta Trucks. Volta Trucks is a start-up full-electric commercial vehicle manufacturer and services company with offices in the UK and Sweden. It’s first product is the Volta Zero - the world’s first purpose-built full-electric 16-tonne vehicle designed for inner-city freight deliveries, reducing the environmental impact of freight deliveries in city centres. The Volta Zero will be launched in September 2020, with the first pilot test vehicles due to start evaluation with customers in Q1-2021.

Rob joined Volta Trucks in early 2020 having previously held a number of positions at UK-based freight carrier, DPD Group Ltd. He was DPD Group’s General Manager and eMobility lead, taking DPD from a fleet of 5 EVs to the largest commercial EV fleet operator in the UK with 600 EVs within three years. Prior to this, he was DPD’s Property Manager, Strategic Analysist and Transport Analyst. Rob is aged 33 and has a BSC in Economics and an MSC in Real Estate Management.

3:00 | Low carbon heavy trucks

Jorge Asensio, alternative fuels business development manager, Iveco

Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from University Carlos III de Madrid and degree in Mechanical Engineering from University de Zaragoza. Jorge’s academic background has always been focused on mobility and transport, developing studies to reduce emissions in combustion engines and projects for alternative fuels fleet implementation in large cities. He also worked on a project investigating connectivity systems to improve the navigation performance in ships for one of the major companies within the sector.

Jorge began working for IVECO Spain in 2015 and participated in a pilot project working on the conceptualisation and development of the connectivity based services of IVECO’s commercial vehicles that was ultimately extended to the EMEA region.

In 2016 he took on the role of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) and Connectivity Services Manager for IVECO UK and ROI. In 2017 he became additionally responsible for the Repair and Maintenance department in IVECO UK.

His current position within IVECO UK & ROI is that of TCO Services Manager for UK & ROI.

Jorge is an associate member of the Institute of Sales Management.


Break out session 2 – Eco trucks

While the focus has shifted to cutting emissions from truck engines, has the UK neglected a huge opportunity to reduce carbon emissions per tonne-km by moving to larger, more efficient vehicles? While double-deck trailers are a common sight on UK roads, artics are still stuck with the same 44 tonne GVW and 16.5m overall length limit. This is despite many other countries around the world running at much greater weights and lengths in safety. So what are the options for increasing the payload and so the efficiency of HGVs?


2:00 | High cube, high efficiency

Kevin Buck, MD, HazComp

I first got the ‘transport bug’ in the 1970’s at the age of 14, when I started going out on some jobs as the required ‘drivers mate’ on abnormal load haulage in ballast tractors. Having got the bug, I then went on to have a long and illustrious career in various forms in the road haulage industry. I gained my HGV licence in the early 1980’s and I went in to partnership with an ex Ford engineer in a marine engineering and international haulage business. Sadly, as a luxury business, we were a victim of the late 1980’s recession and the business folded. At the beginning of the 1990’s I then started work with a waste company called Cleanaway Ltd in their technical waste division. Cleanaway was bought out by Veolia in 2007 and I continued with Veolia in various managerial rolls, with my last position being within the fleet senior management team. Having left Veolia in 2015, for the next 2 years I worked as the Technical Director for an SME waste management company in Hertfordshire. At the age of 55, I took the opportunity to semi retire and started my own consultancy business, which continues to thrive 3 years later and is currently challenging any notion of semi-retirement. In 2018, I was elected as a councillor in the unitary authority of Southend on Sea and am currently the Shadow Cabinet member responsible for transport and highways.

2:15 | 48 tonnes within 48 miles

Andrew Malcolm, chief executive, Malcolm Group

Age 58, Andrew’s experience has covered every practical and managerial aspect of the Company. He started from school in the repair workshops and progressed to driving general haulage vehicles; he became Road Foreman and then Depot Manager. In 1989 he took over the running of the Logistics Services Division and was the driving force behind its transformation into a major, countrywide player in the logistics sector. In 1994 he became Chief Executive of both divisions and joined the Grampian Holdings plc Board in 1997. In 2005, he successfully led the deal to take the plc Company back into private family ownership. His vast and detailed knowledge of his industry, customers and employees, has been built up over his forty years with the Company.

2:30 | The Swedish experience with LHVs

Thomas Hull, owner, Gnesta Frakt

Our niche is temperate transportation of food and pharma in Scandinavia.

7 years ago, Gnesta Frakt started operating Sweden and Norway with a 25,25 m Link and trailer(LHV)combination.


Break out session 3 – Future technology

The pace of change in road transport will not slow just because of the Covid-19 pandemic and operators have to keep up to stay afloat. Tyres, fridges and tachographs are all seeing rapid technological progress and smart operators need to be aware of what is coming over the horizon.


2:00 | An environmentally friendly future that delivers dividends for all

Gary Powell, technical manager – north region, Bridgestone

Bridgestone’s North Region Technical Manager Gary Powell is responsible for ensuring high product quality and reliability across all of Bridgestone’s product ranges. Gary supports research and product development in both product applications for customers and future development requirements as a whole.

Gary’s technical tyre knowledge is second to none, having held a number of senior technical positions at Bridgestone for 20 years and boasts 31 years’ experience in the industry as a whole. An original equipment senior manager role also saw Gary work on bespoke products for Toyota, Honda, Ford and Aston Martin, not to mention a host of other manufacturers.

2:15 | Fridges without engines

Graham Usher, managing director - Eco Truck Refrigeration (Hultsteins Distributor)

Graham has over 30 years of experience working at the fore front of capital goods sales and marketing. He has held key positions with a number of industry-leading manufacturers to the Commercial Vehicle Transport Industry.

2:30 | The latest in lubrication technology

Shawn Whitacre, senior staff engineer, engine oil product development, Chevron Lubricants (Richmond, California USA)

Shawn’s career spans 24 years focused exclusively on the research and engineering of heavy-duty engine lubricants, fuels, and materials.

Before joining Chevron in 2013, he spent 12 years leading global fluids and materials engineering activities for Cummins. He also spent five years conducting lubricant, fuel, and emission research for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. At Chevron, he is a Senior Staff Engineer primarily responsible for product formulation of the Delo Brand of Heavy-Duty Engine Oils.

Shawn was the lead formulator responsible for development of Chevron’s API CK-4/FA-4 product line upgrade and for Delo 600 ADF. He is currently the chairman of the ASTM Heavy-Duty Engine Oil Classification Panel.

2:45 | Smart tachographs

Adrian Barrett, director, Road Tech

Having been involved in the transport industry IT sector for over 30 years, Adrian has been at the forefront of innovations that Road Tech have brought to the industry. These include Tachomaster which resulted in Road Tech being invited to the FastTrack Sunday Times awards 2018. Adrian was invited on to the Road Tech board in 2017.