Alan Draper
Director, Purchasing Ford of Europe and Global TVM

Alan first joined Ford in 1979 and since 1995 has held a variety of key purchasing roles including Director, European Program Purchasing; Director, European TVM (Cost Management); Vice-President, Purchasing Ford of Europe; and, most recently, Director, Global Powertrain Installation Purchasing. He took on his current role with the manufacturer earlier this year.

Levent Yuksel
Plant Group Manager, Global Material Planning & Logistics
Jaguar Land Rover

Levent, fluent in English,Turkish and Japanese, graduated from Istanbul Technical University as a naval architect and marine engineer. He worked for white goods manufacturer Vestel Electronics for over 3 years and moved to Toyota Turkey during the establishment phase as production engineer. He worked across production for 10 years and then into production control for another 10 years, based in the Toyota headquarters for 2 years. He has been in his current role with Jaguar Land Rover since July 2013.

Luc Nadal

Luc began his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen & Cie in 1985, before joining MENSIA Conseil where he worked as a senior consultant, then manager, and later partner in charge of its infrastructure and transport sector. Luc joined SNCF in 2005 as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CNC, which he turned around and transformed into Naviland Cargo. In 2007, he joined the Transport and Logistics branch of the SNCF and was appointed Deputy Operations Director of SNCF Freight. In 2008, SNCF took over Geodis and he was appointed Deputy Managing Director of SNCF Geodis with responsibility for rail transportation and Director of Fret SNCF. Luc joined GEFCO as Freight Transport and Logistics Director in October 2010 and in July 2012 became Chief Executive Officer for the GEFCO Group. Luc was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors by the supervisory board on the 20th December 2012.

Awais Ajmal
General Manager of Supply chain and Business Process
Kia Motors (UK)

Awais has worked in the automotive industry for 15 years, prior to which he was employed as a management consultant and a process improvement manager at Arval PHH. He joined Kia Motors UK in 2004 as Business Improvement Manager and has held various process improvement/supply chain roles within the organisation. As General Manager of Supply Chain, he has overall responsibility for all inbound vehicles, preparation, finished vehicle logistics, used car refurbishment and dealer support.

Rolf Baumann
Supply Chain and Logistics Director
General Motors

Rolf joined GM in 1996 and since then has held a variety of positions in Germany, the USA, Spain and, most recently, the UK. He has been responsible for such areas as containerisation, programme management, supply chain engineering, material management and outbound logistics procurement. His is currently focused on directing supply chain and logistics operations at the Vauxhall Luton assembly plant. Rolf holds a degree in manufacturing engineering and an MBA from Duke University.

David Higgins
Director Programming, Logistics & Distribution

David has worked in the automotive industry for the last 25 years. He began his career in the aftermarket sector with Lucas Industries, holding positions in sales, marketing and purchasing before joining Peugeot Motor Company in 2000, where he initially ran the subsidiary all-makes parts operation, Motaquip. In 2007, he took on the role of Director – Parts while from 2009 to 2013, David held the position of Director – Parts & Service. At the end of 2013, David moved into his current role, with responsibility for the production programming and supply of new Citroën, DS and Peugeot vehicles to the group’s UK network of customers. He is a member of PSA UK’s board of directors.

Paul Nieuwenhuis
Senior Lecturer Logistics and Operations Management
Cardiff Business School

In addition to his role as co-director of the Centre for Automotive Industry Research within the Cardiff Business School at Cardiff University, Paul is also co-director of the Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence. He has a long track record of studying the impact of the car on our environment and has published a string of books and articles on this topic. He has also engaged in advisory work for most vehicle manufacturers and many international institutions, as well as national and regional governments.

Richard Marlow
Planning and Strategy Manager 
Jaguar Land Rover

Richard has worked in the Automotive Logistics business for over 25 years, initially in the third party logistics sector before moving to work directly for OEMs. After a number of years with Honda in the UK, he moved to Jaguar Land Rover in 2013 where he has supported new programme delivery and is now responsible for logistics strategy and planning for JLR’s UK Plant Group.

Philippe Funda
Autofacts EU & MEA Lead Analyst

Philippe has over seven years experience in primary and secondary automotive market research, customer insight analysis and market forecasting. He is Lead Analyst at PwC Autofacts for the European Union and Middle East & Africa. His expertise lies in analysing markets and trends, automotive production forecasting (Volkswagen Group), sales/registrations (EU28 + EFTA light vehicles, South Africa) as well as the management and execution of the PwC automotive study “How to stay No.1” among other publications (e.g. for the VDA Konjunkturbaromenter). Philippe holds a MBA and degree in Sociology and Political Science (M.A.)

Howard Nash
Managing Director – UK
ARS Altmann

Howard has been in the automotive sector for well over 25 years. Prior to joining ARS Altmann, he held senior positions within the international logistics and supply chain sector in companies including Gefco, Daewoo and Inchcape. He also founded award winning consultancy Automotive Vision.

Tomasz Spłuszka
Consulting Director
Comarch EDI

Tomasz Spłuszka graduated from Cracow University of Economics, where he specialised in international relations. He has been working for Comarch since 2006. He began his career there as Key Account Manager in the Business Services Unit. In 2007 he began working as Business Solution Manager in the Comarch EDI Business Unit. In his current role, which he has held since 2010, he manages the Comarch EDI consulting department, which is responsible for Benelux and CEE countries as well as for corporations.

Nils Lie
Head of Global Supply Chain Solutions
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics

Nils has more than 30 years’ experience in the shipping and logistics industry within the Wilhemsen Group, all related to outbound logistics for the automotive and industrial equipment sectors. In his current role, he works closely with OEMs, supporting and driving initiatives to optimise efficiency in their supply chains and processes. Through detailed reviews and analysis as well as the use of advanced tools, he has helped WWL improve many OEMs’ supply chains, cutting lead times, improving visibility and reducing costs. Nils has also acted as Project Manager for several logistics project implementations at WWL.

Simon Bird
Director, Humber

Simon took up his role with ABP on September 21st, in which he has responsibility for the ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole. He previously spent 15 years as Chief Executive of the Bristol Port Company, delivering a significant improvement in revenue and profit and expanding its portfolio of customers. Prior to that, Simon held a number of senior roles at the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company, International Water and BAe.

Barinder Lalria
Managing Consultant
PA Consulting Services

Barinder, who has a first class honours degree in automotive engineering, has 18 years’ experience of working in the automotive industry in various capacities and 10 years’ experience in management consulting. He has been particularly involved in areas such as product cost optimisation, manufacturing operations improvements and supply chain management and has a long track record of delivering turnaround projects with tangible bottom-line savings. He has worked in many sectors including automotive, renewable energies, consumer and healthcare products in the UK, Europe and USA.

Paul Gadd
Programme Manager – Automotive
Innovate UK

Paul joined Innovate UK in 2014 as Programme Manager for Low Carbon Vehicles (LCVs) and also has responsibility for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These programmes deliver approximately £80m per year of funding support for industry-led research and development. Paul manages the Integrated Delivery Programme for the LCV team, which aims to bridge the gap between strategic research and new vehicle development, supporting industrial research into technologies delivering growth for the UK automotive sector and faster introduction of low carbon technology. Paul also supports the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and its delivery of £100m over five years to support industry-led research and development projects in this space.

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