Martin Corne

Martin Corner
VP Supply Chain Management Nissan Europe & Alliance Production Control
Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance

Martin is Vice President of Supply Chain Management for Nissan Europe and Head of Production Control Europe for the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Supply Chain Management function. His current responsibilities involve securing the supply for Nissan’s sales needs across their global manufacturing operations, ensuring the right car gets to the right place on time whilst balancing business metrics of cost, cash flow and profit and ensuring the supply base delivers parts at the right quality and capacity. On top of this the SCM function is also actively building the supply chain of the future for a digital customer focussed marketplace.

Juan Manuel Santiago Mendez
CEO of Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics UK
Mercedes-Benz Parts Logistics UK

Juan, who is also Head of Parts Logistics Cluster, UK and South Africa, joined Daimler in 2004 as Aftersales Market Manager for Mercedes-Benz Spain. In 2005, he joined one of the biggest Mercedes-Benz Spanish retail groups as Aftersales Director. In 2007, he took over the position of Warehouse Manager in the Logistics Centre Miralcampo, in which he was responsible for all the warehouse operations and the delivery of all spare parts for dealers in Spain and Portugal. In 2012, he became Head of the Logistics Centre Middle East in Dubai, and in 2017 he took on additional responsibility for the Logistics Centre in Cairo.

John R Buchanan

John Buchanan
Manager Powertrain Programming & Constraints
Ford Motor Company

John joined Ford over 30 years ago as a graduate recruit. After spending 12 years in manufacturing engineering he discovered logistics and moved into Ford’s Material Planning & Logistics organisation. He has since held a variety of management positions, covering programme management, logistics planning and production control. He is currently responsible for the team managing all European powertrain production programs, and vehicle and powertrain supply chain constraints. For many years John has also been the global lead for green logistics at Ford.

Peter Ward
Chief Executive
UK Warehousing Association (UKWA)

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in international transport, logistics and supply chain management, including process design and network optimisation throughout Europe, Asia and North America. A graduate of the Institute of Export and member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, his career started in the export shipping department of Courtaulds, before joining his family's freight forwarding company, DH Ward (Shipping), where he became Managing Director. In 1994, he masterminded the company's merger with American-owned Fritz Companies, which under his leadership became a top-five forwarder in Europe prior to acquisition by UPS in 2001. More recently, Peter worked as Director Europe of P&O Nedlloyd Logistics, and Commercial Director at DP World London Gateway. He joined UKWA as Chief Executive in January 2015.


Olivier Thouard
Customs & Tax Director

Olivier first joined GEFCO in January 2006 after 10 years working in the ELIS group (industrial laundry) as a Trainer, Customer Service Manager and Profit Center Manager. He started out in the GEFBOX (reusable packaging system) business division, initially holding the position of Head of Supplier Relations, before moving on to become Head of Asset Management and Development. In January 2012, he joined the Corporate Customs & Tax department as Head of Customs and Tax Engineering, before joining GEFCO France in July 2016 to take up the role of Customs Country Manager. He joined GEFCO Corporate as Customs & Tax Director in May 2018.

Martin Benecke
Manager, West European Light Vehicle Forecasting
IHS Automotive

Martin is responsible for integrating sales demand market research and analysis into IHS Markit’s Light Vehicle Sales Forecast for West Europe and leads an experienced analyst team at various locations. His main focus area is the D-A-CH (German-speaking) region. Martin holds a degree in European management from the University of Applied Sciences in Bergisch-Gladbach, in Germany.

Rachel Sellers

Rachel Sellers
Supply Chain Principal Consultant
SMMT Industry Forum

Rachel provides technical leadership and end-to-end ownership of the supply chain management area for the SMMT Industry Forum. She has considerable experience in supply chain, logistics and procurement across automotive, retail, wholesale, FMCG and manufacturing. After completing a variety of complex forecasting, demand planning and stock management improvement projects, Rachel also became an associate lecturer at the University of Manchester Business School. Her qualifications include CSCM – Accredited Level 7 Consultant Member of the Institute of Supply Chain Management, MAPM – Chartered Member of the Association of Project Management, and Prince2 Practitioner.

Mileva Krasina

Krasina Mileva
Co-founder, COO & Legal Counsel

Krasina is a lawyer with over 11 years of experience in contract and commercial law. She was previously head of an international legal department at Coull, dealing with civil and international matters. From there she moved to become a self-employed legal consultant, focused mainly in contract, commercial and company law, whilst co-founding a construction business in Belgium. As head of legal at an ad-tech company she discovered her passion around data protection, privacy and smart legal agreements. She moved from there to become co-secretary at Associated British Ports, a move that gave her an additional layer of corporate governance expertise to apply in her current role at the blockchain platform provider DOVU.

James Wheale

James Wheale
Head of Digital
Skills for Logistics

James Wheale is an award-winning creative technologist and the head of digital for the not-for-profit development firm Skills for Logistics. He has built his career on working with emerging technologies, from bio-data to haptics, virtual reality to artificial intelligence, and applying them in robust, real world environments. As part of his role at Skills for Logistics, James has been working on the UK skills shortage, benchmarking the breadth of the issue and exploring digital solutions that engage young talent. Skills for Logistics is committed to supporting the UK logistics sector in becoming a world leader.

David Heer Orbis

David Heer
Senior Commercial Director

Eamonn Casey

Eamonn Casey
Intercontinental Business Director

Eamonn has spent the majority of his working life with pallet and container pooling expert CHEP. In 1985 he joined the business as a transport clerk and since that time he has held positions in account management, sales, project management and numerous roles in supply chain. During the last five years Eamonn has been dedicated to launching CHEP’s Intercontinental business in the automotive industry. In simple terms this involves extending the standard CHEP offer of “share and re-use” to a global scale. He studied at Salford University where he achieved a degree in Transport and Logistics and an Msc in Management.

Tom Jacobson

Tom Jacobson
Automotive Consultant

Tom Jacobson has managed independent automotive logistics consultancy alljoinedup for 12 years, which provides cross-functional services to automotive OEMs, LSPs, port and terminal operators, combining project management methodology with operational expertise. Over his career Tom has worked extensively with a variety of OEMs including Volkswagen, Kia, FCA and Ssangyong in senior management positions both in the UK and globally. He has also worked on projects for many UK and European port operators, including Associated British Ports (ABP), and a wide range of automotive LSPs and OEMs covering all aspects of finished vehicle and parts processing, compound design and management.

Ruud Vossebeld
Director Business Development

Ruud joined the world of supply chain software after roles in the car and truck industry at Nissan Europe and DAF Trucks. His work currently involves promoting new technologies that help companies reduce their logistics costs (particularly in transport, inventory management and packaging) via intelligent logistics software that delivers real-time optimisation techniques. He is a particular advocate of collaboration, both between inbound and outbound logistics and between different industrial sectors.

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