Meet the 2018 Global Freight Awards judges
Managing Director, Droptop Supply Chain Solutions
Danny has over 30 years of experience in the freight forwarding industry and now runs a consulting company called Droptop which helps both retailers and logistics providers to improve and develop supply chain solutions and global freight management. Danny was formerly Joint Managing Director at Allport Cargo Services, the UK’s largest privately owned freight forwarder.
Danny’s career highlights include pioneering supply chain visibility systems in the UK retail sector and developing innovative, customer-centric logistics solutions throughout Asia and the Indian Sub-Continent. His works over the past 20 years has been highly recognised within the industry, winning numerous prestigious awards.
Director General, British International Freight Association (BIFA)
Robert Keen was appointed as director general of the British International Freight Association, the prime trade body for the international logistics sector, in 2014. He was previously the BIFA general manager and an executive director.
Robert joint the freight forwarding industry in 1970 from school working as a messenger. He worked for a variety of logistics companies, mainly in the Heathrow area and joined industry owned software company ASM in 1997, before moving to BIFA in 1999.
Managing Director, Actualis Design & Marketing
Starting his working life in forwarding, Paul progressed through senior client-side roles, before a career in design and marketing.
Embracing an opportunity to return to a marketing role in forwarding, Paul now manages one of the sector’s most creative agencies, with a growing list of forwarding clients.
Paul is a supporter of demonstrating professionalism and is a keen advocate of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport.
As chair of the CILT Freight Forwarding Forum, Paul is dedicated to raising the profile of the forwarding sector and educating the next generation of the values and opportunities that freight forwarding offers as a profession.
Director of Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) at Smart Freight Centre.
Alan Lewis is the director of the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC) at Smart Freight Centre. GLEC is a voluntary industry partnership of multinationals, green freight programs and industry associations, organised by Smart Freight Centre to develop and implement a single, harmonised framework for carbon footprint calculation as a key enabler of carbon reduction efforts in the logistics sector.
Alan has a PhD in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University, which has been followed by over 20 years working to support the transport industry, as well as local and national policy makers. Much of Alan’s time has been spent on logistics projects, freight transport policy and emissions mitigation.
Managing Director, Tokema Ltd
Pierre Liguori is an experienced international supply chain & logistics professional with over 25 years in warehousing, logistics and freight forwarding operations, international business development, supply chain project management, strategic accounts sales development and consulting.
With more than 12 years at board of directors level. Pierre Liguori has worked for companies like Reebok, Expeditors, La City, CMA CGM, Soflog Telis and P&O Nedlloyd Logistics before founding Tokema Ltd, a British registered company offering international supply chain and global logistics consulting services to clients across industrial sectors and logistics service providers.
Managing Director, Union Hand-Roasted Coffee
Violeta Stevens is a leading expert in coffee supply chains and Managing Director at Union Hand-Roasted Coffee, one of the UK’s largest speciality coffee roasters and suppliers. Union was the first UK company to link sustainable development with exceptional quality coffee through its pioneering business model Union Direct Trade, and remains a leader in this area.
Joining the company in May 2016, Violeta is responsible for driving Union’s growth while ensuring the business remains at the forefront of sustainable business practices. Her background is in managing sustainable value chains and strategic reorganisation.
Prior to her role at Union, Violeta was Head of Supply Chain and Procurement at Café Direct. Violeta holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Value Chains from the University of Cambridge.
Imports General Manager, Sainsbury’s Group
Jon has worked in end to end supply chain for 15 years, and has extensive experience in retail supply chain. His management experience includes positions at ASDA and Sainsbury’s, where he has spent the last 7 years.
During his career at Sainsbury’s he has held several leadership roles within the Non Food Supply Chain. Jon now leads the Sainsbury’s Group Import function. Jon is responsible for the end to end movement of all Imported goods across both Sainsbury’s & Argos incorporating a wide portfolio including Clothing, General Merchandise and Beers, Wine and Spirits.
Nicolette van der Jagt
Director General, CLECAT
Nicolette van der Jagt has been director general of CLECAT, the European organisation of Logistics Service Providers and Freight Forwarders, since January 2012 with a collective membership of 19000 companies.
For 10 years Nicolette was secretary general of the Brussels-based European Shippers’ Council, which represents the interests of the national and international freight industry. Nicolette started working in public affairs with the Dutch organisation of transport and logistics (EVO) in 1992, and worked for the Brussels office of the Freight Transport Association for a number of years before taking over as secretary general. She has a university degree in international relations, French and European studies from the Universities of Utrecht (NL) and Strasbourg (FR).
Managing Director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd, and founder and current chair, Women In Logistics
MD of Labyrinth, Ruth is a recognised industry leader in the areas of logistics compliance, health and safety, and operational improvements. Ruth recently served for two years on the board of the CILT UK and has 26 years’ experience of working in different roles within the transport industry.
Ruth is well-respected and well-connected throughout the logistics and transport community, and in 2008 she set up the voluntary organisation Women in Logistics UK, which now has over 3,600 members. Ruth was recognised for her work when she won “Industry Champion” at the prestigious FTA everywoman Transport and Logistics Awards, and is currently a member of the Logistics 100.
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