Seminar Programme Day 2 - 30 September


CM Show Seminar Programme Day 2 - 30 September

Plenary session - The Road to Zero

In this session we will hear operators’ experiences with three different types of low carbon alternative fuels – biofuels, electric and natural gas. Leading players in each of these fuels will share their experiences good and bad and dispel some of the myths that still surround anything that isn’t diesel

09:30 | Biofuel case study

Justin Laney, partner and general manager of central transport, John Lewis Partnership

Justin Laney manages the John Lewis Partnership fleet of nearly 4,000 commercial vehicles and 1,300 cars. The fleet is recognised for leading in innovation, and the priorities remain to reduce all emissions including those affecting air quality and noise, through efficiency and displacing all diesel with low carbon alternatives.

Areas of focus include using biomethane in heavy trucks, electrification of home delivery operations, high capacity vehicles, aerodynamics, and other methods, based on good science and rigorous testing. Key John Lewis Partnership commitments include running all heavy trucks on biomethane by 2028, and achieving a zero carbon fleet by 2045, together with an ambition to remove all fossil fuel from the fleet by 2030.

Justin’s career started with London Transport (Buses), having obtained a BEng at Liverpool University. He also worked at UPS for 20 years, managing fleets in EMEA as well as the UK.

Justin is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, a Director of the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership, and Chair of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight (SRF) Steering Committee.

09:45 | Barriers to electrification

Tim Jones, director of marketing, DPD UK

Tim joined DPD in 2005 and leads an 11-strong team responsible for the company’s marketing strategy, corporate identity, communications, PR, Political Affairs and event management.

As a member of the company’s management board, Tim has been a key player in DPD’s 15 consecutive years of profitable growth, helping it grow revenue from £350m in 2005 to £1.4bn in 2019. Tim and his team have been instrumental in re-positioning DPD from a middle of the pack B2B carrier to no.1 in the UK home delivery market.

10:00 | Living with gas

Mervyn McIntyre, head of fleet, Hermes

Mervyn McIntyre is an experienced transport leader with a demonstrated history of working in transport, distribution and operations for over twenty years and is now Head of Fleet at Hermes UK. He is passionate about transport efficiency and has a keen eye on creating a greener, more sustainable fleet for the future.

McIntyre is responsible for development, procurement, provision and management of fleet, car, commercial and manual handling equipment to maximise environmental, operational efficiencies and overall delivery. He also leads Hermes’ driving academy with a solid understanding of changes in demand for CAT C & E drivers. He delivers operational excellence at optimal cost through transformational management to drive Hermes’ commitment to become the carrier of choice. McIntyre has extensive commercial knowledge as well as a natural ability to adapt to change and solve problems with sustainable solutions that are defining the future of our business and our industry.

11:00 | Making green hydrogen for vehicles

Mark Griffin, market development manager – clean fuels, BOC Gases

Mark has worked in the gases industry for over 17 years. His early years were spent working in sales and account management, looking after some of BOC's largest accounts in rail, construction and manufacturing. From there he moved into a sales management role where he helped commercialise a portable hydrogen fuel cell generator, Hymera, and a designated cylinder package to accompany it.

It was here where he got hooked by the hydrogen and fuel cell industry and his interest in hydrogen for transport really started to gather momentum.

In 2017, he became Market Development Manager for Clean Fuels, responsible for the ongoing operation of existing hydrogen refuelling stations in Swindon and Aberdeen. He provides technical leadership on hydrogen for all vehicle types from bikes and cars through to buses, trains and marine vessels. He delivers profitable growth in line with the company’s commitment to develop and deliver solutions for the decarbonisation of transport. Collaborating closely with technology providers, vehicle manufacturers, fuel cell integrators and fleet operators throughout a project lifecycle, Mark maximises the impact of hydrogen used for transport within individual companies, city regions or whole industries.

11:15 | Addressing grid capacity challenges for EV charging

Danny Jones, director, Off Grid Energy

Danny began his career with GEC Industrial Controls in Rugby as an applications engineer for power conversion and process control in sectors as diverse as steel production, mining, automotive manufacture, military, marine and power generation. He spent 25 years working with micro hybrid power generation systems for marine, automotive and fixed off-grid applications. Former chairman of the British Marine Electronics Association, co-author of the code of practice for electrical installations in small craft. Since forming Off Grid Energy in 2009, he has pioneered the manufacture and use of energy storage technology focused in carbon reduction and air quality improvement for temporary power and grid-re-enforcement in construction, events, utilities and the rapidly developing EV charging sector.

11:30 | Building a low and zero carbon refuelling station

David Horsfall, director of property, Tylesey Energy Park

A Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. Having worked within the development industry for 10 years David joined Webster & Horsfall in 2008 to lead the delivery of Tyseley Energy Park (TEP). David is responsible for the site development strategy for Tyseley Energy Park and works with the management of Webster and Horsfall to support the consolidation of the company’s 300 year old manufacturing operation.

11:45 | Hydrogen refuelling

Dr. Duncan Yellen, MD, ITM Motive

Dr Duncan Yellen is Managing Director of ITM Motive. The subsidiary of ITM Power that runs the majority of the UKs hydrogen refuelling stations. Duncan has had a 30 year career in the energy and environmental sector. Prior to joining ITM Motive, he was M&A and Business/Project Development Manager at Storengy, part of Engie, where he was responsible for identifying new business streams and successfully developed its business strategy in green gases.

ITM Motive own and operate a network of seven publicly accessible hydrogen refueling stations, which will expand to 11 by the end of 2020. Each incorporates an ITM Power electrolyser and a Linde IC90 compression, storage and dispensing system. ITM Power has successfully sourced both UK and EU funding to support the build and deployment costs, and developed a siting agreement with Shell for deployment on their forecourts in the UK.”


Breakout session 1 – Staying compliant

Compliance with regulations and standards is a constant concern for road transport operators living in their highly regulated world. Here we look at two key areas – TfL’s impending Direct Vision Standard and the DVSA’s Earned Recognition scheme. The Direct Vision Standard is due to come into force in 2021 and will affect all vehicles over 16 tonnes. These will be required to achieve a one star Direct Vision rating or have a Safe System fitted before being able to enter Greater London. Why has the scheme been introduced and how can operators either retrofit their vehicles or ensure new trucks will comply?

1:00 | Policy background and timetable

Alina Tuerk, strategy and planning manager, TfL

Alina is a Strategy & Planning Manager at Transport for London with a specific remit for efficient roads and freight. Together with her team, she is responsible for developing freight policy and initiatives across London aimed at reducing road danger and environmental impacts, and ensuring provision for deliveries and servicing across transport planning projects. Alina managed the technical team leading on the development of the Direct Vision Standard for Heavy Goods Vehicles in London, in order to address the high number of collisions involving HGVs and pedestrians and cyclists. Prior to joining TfL, Alina worked in consultancy on national and international projects.

1:15 | What is a Safe System?

James Ashford, key account manager – Midlands, Brigade Electronics

1:30 | Specifying direct vision from the factory

James Turner, product marketing manager, DAF Trucks

Overall responsibility for product range specification in the UK and Irish markets to ensure DAF meets customer and legislative requirements. James began his career with DAF in Devon as an apprentice technician in 2009; since then James moved to head office to serve as a technical support engineer before joining DAF Marketing in 2016.

1:45 | Q&A

Earned Recognition is the DVSA’s flagship scheme to enable highly compliant operators to report to the DVSA how they are scoring a number of key performance indicators and as long as they stay in the blue their vehicles should avoid being delayed at precautionary roadside checks. This will enable the DVSA to focus resources on the seriously non-compliant. Is the scheme worth making the effort to join and how hard is it really?

2:15 | A progress report

Phil Breen, ER National account manager, DVSA

Phil Breen has worked for the Driver and Vehicle Services Agency (DVSA) for over fifteen years, working in both Testing and Enforcement departments. Having been a Traffic Examiner for several years, he has brought this knowledge forward into heading up bus compliance for DVSA and now looking after Earned Recognition. Earned Recognition is the flagship Enforcement scheme for DVSA, which enables the agency to free up resource so they can target the serial and serious non-compliant. This helps us all stay safe on our roads, as well as offering both costs savings to members & giving commercial advantages.

2:30 | IT systems for Earned Recognition operators

Marc Caplin, compliance advisor, Aquarius IT

Marc has held a number of instrumental roles during his 15 year involvement in the industry, not least as Driver CPC trainer, ‘O’ licence holder and national account manager. In his current role with Aquarius IT, Marc is often found in an advisory capacity to key accounts due to his extensive experience and knowledge with tachograph compliance and drivers hours legislation. In order to help to keep the company’s portfolio ahead of the curve with legislation and technology Marc sits on steering groups in Brussels to discuss the future of digital tachographs and drivers’ hours law. He can be seen quoted in numerous industry publications where he acts as a valued source of information.

2:45 | From PI to ER

Lesley O’Brien, partner, Freightlink Europe

Lesley O’Brien is an award winning business professional, an advocate for women in transport and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). She is a tireless ambassador of the road transport industry using her voice whenever possible to promote compliance, raise standards, improve road safety and change industry perception.

Her Company Freight Train offers transport consultancy, compliance audits and Driver CPC training Lesley hosts a monthly Freight People #talkingtransport forum encouraging people of all stages in their transport career, age and skills set to meet, listen to a presentation on an industry hot topic, discuss issues, challenges, share best practice and support one another.

As a testimony to Lesley’s commitment to raising industry standards, her Company Freightlink Europe, is a founder member and one of the first vehicle operators to earn the accolade of being a DVSA Earned Recognition operator.


Breakout session 2 – Skills shortages and Brexit

While Covid-19 has raised the profile of logistics key workers, finding the right skilled people to work in logistics does not get any easier. A range of initiatives have come and gone to get the message out to young people that the industry offers good rewarding careers. This session looks at the practical steps being taken to help operators recruit and retain the right people. Covid-19 has also seen the suspension of HGV driver testing just as Brexit risks shutting off the supply of Eastern European drivers so what can be done to make sure that the driver shortage does not become a barrier to economic recovery?


1:00 | Road to Logistics

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.

1:15 | Finding the right drivers

Lorenz Fischer, co-founder, Yuno

Lorenz Fischer, PhD, is co-founder and CEO of Yuno Technologies Limited, a mission led tech startup supporting workers whose jobs are under pressure from technological shifts caused by globalisation, automation, or more recently Covid-19. With a team consisting of experts in software development, machine learning, vocational training, and business development, Lorenz is building the Yuno platform, which intelligently matches employers and workers who want to reskill, based on personality, interests, and values.

Lorenz is a data engineer with almost 20 years of professional experience, has earned his PhD in Big Data analytics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and is living in east London with his wife.

1:30 | Promoting careers in logistics to young people

Ian Nichol, head of logistics, Career Ready

Ian is Head of Logistics at Career Ready, a UK-wide social mobility charity that has been helping to prepare young people for the world of work for 18 years by matching them with volunteers from the world of business.

He leads the award-winning Think Logistics project which began in 2013 and is focused on raising young people’s awareness of the logistics sector and developing talent pipelines to meet future skills needs for logistics employers.

Ian has a passion for education and development spending over 25 years teaching and managing in Further Education.

1:45 | Restarting the driver training pipeline

Paul Spink, development director, Skills for Logistics

In my role as Director of Skills for Logistics, I work at the heart of apprenticeship standards to support the development of learners across the sector. Working closely with employers and learning providers, I help them develop learning for a high quality, personal apprenticeship and consistently positive outcomes. I want companies to feel confident in their apprenticeship offer and understand how best to spend their levy.

Skills for Logistics is the UK’s only specialist end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) in the transport and logistics sector. We are currently approved to deliver EPA for the 7 main apprenticeship standards in the sector, including: • LGV Driver
• Express Delivery Operative
• Supply Chain Warehouse Operative
• Supply Chain Operator
• Supply Chain Practitioner
• International Freight Forwarding Specialist
• Team Leader – with transport/warehouse specialism

2:30 | Creating the right environment to recruit and retain staff

Matt Draper, national officer for road transport, Unite

2:45 | Securing a more diverse workforce

Dan Myers, managing director, transport, UK and Ireland, XPO Logistics

“Dan Myers leads the transport business of XPO Logistics in the United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the company’s global logistics and supply chain network. He joined XPO Logistics (formerly Christian Salvesen and Norbert Dentressangle) over 20 years ago as a graduate trainee after gaining a BSc Hons degree in Management from the University of Manchester. In his spare time, Mr. Myers likes to stay active and is a keen cyclist.”

3:00 | Driver behaviour in lockdown

Vernon Bonsor, European sales director, VisionTrack

Vernon moved to the UK from Africa in 1999 and has spent the last 20 years in telematics, working in key roles at Cybit, Masternaut and latterly head of Corporate business for Webfleet Solutions (Formerly TomTom Telematics). Vernon moved to VisionTrack just over a year ago, Citing video telematics as the next big thing within the sector. He brings with him a wealth of experience in return on investment for the client alongside strong relationship skills to the table. He retains a “hands on” approach to management and sales and is focussed on growing VisionTrack’s already impressive blue chip client list across all channels.

3:15 | Enforcement during the lockdown

Mark Horton, enforcement policy manager, DVSA

Mark joined the DVSA (or Vehicle Inspectorate as it was) back in 1997 working as a traffic examiner (enforcement officer) for a number of years before taking up the role of an enforcement manager in Leeds and later in Sheffield/Nottingham. He has also worked as an area manager and been involved in a number of projects. In 2013 Mark joined the enforcement policy team where he managers the traffic enforcement side of the business which involved areas such as drivers hours, operator licensing, impounding, load security amongst others. He worked closely with the HSE in designing DVSA enforcement policy on load security producing the guidance which is currently available on which resulted in DVSA winning a Prince Michael of Kent International Road Safety award in 2015.

During the current lock down Mark has been heavily involved in the DVSA Covid-19 response working with colleagues and stakeholders on how roadside encounters could be safely undertaken whilst reducing the risk to both drivers and enforcement staff.

4:00 | Employing foreign workers post Brexit

Aldijana Hoad, director, OTB Legal

Co-founder and director of OTB Legal, Aldijana Hoad is an immigration law specialist and has been practicing for over fifteen years. She specialises in corporate immigration law which includes offering support with Sponsor Licence applications, immigration health checks and Brexit advice.

She was also named as a recommended lawyer in the area of immigration law in the 2019 ‘Legal 500’ and is fluent in Bosnian/Serbo-Croatian.

4:15 | Legal implications of Brexit for the Irish border

Jonathon Backhouse, partner, Backhouse Jones

Jonathon is the seventh generation of solicitor in a continuous lineage that can be traced back to his ultimate grandfather who first practised law in 1819. His grandfather started the firm’s specialism in road transport law (1930) when the first Transport Act was introduced.

Today, with his twin brother James, Jonathon practises regulatory law and is quoted in Chambers Guide as having “extensive experience in the road transport industry, acting in Public Inquiries concerning a multitude of issues, as well as in transport-related court cases”. He is described as “pragmatic and gives you confidence” whilst market sources describe him as “extremely good”. He acts for Logistics and Passenger Carrying clients throughout the UK and specialises in Public Inquiries, Health and Safety investigations, Crown Court matters representing operators in serious criminal cases such as prosecutions for Causing Death by Dangerous Driving, Corporate

Manslaughter and serious Health and Safety offences.

He regularly advises RHA and FTA members and is a frequent speaker at seminars held by Associations representing the bus, coach, haulage and logistics sectors. When not defending operators at court he likes to fly fish, mountain bike and renovate a Spitfire – the car not the plane!

4:30 | Is the UK ready for the end of transition?

Andrew Baxter, managing director at Europa Worldwide Group

Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in the freight industry. At the age of 18 he joined the Sheffield branch of RH Freight – a family business founded by his father Neville Baxter.

Andrew and his brother performed a management buyout of the business in 2005, acquiring the company from other family members, the business was expanded and sold to Kuehne + Nagel in 2011 for £60m.

In 2013, Andrew acquired Europa Worldwide Group which at that time had 490 employees and a turnover of £76m.

The company now employs 1000 people with a turnover of £205m at the end of 2019.