The events over the past year have highlighted both the critical importance and the frailties of manufacturing supply chains and have prompted organisations across a range of sectors to rethink their supply chain strategies.

Originally recorded in December, this special panel discussion - hosted by The Engineer and RS Components - will bring together experts from across industry to explore some of the latest thinking around ensuring resilient supply chain management and to examine some of the measures that can be taken to manage supply chain risks and disruption, and to build future fit supply chains.
Wed, Feb 10, 2021 · 3:30 PM London (GMT 0:00)
  • Short term measures to protect vital manufacturing capability
  • Designing a resilient future fit manufacturing supply chain through, for example, structural flexibility measures such as multiple suppliers
  • Innovative approaches to supply chain planning and management (e.g. predicting and anticipating fluctuating demands) to build resilience
  • Reshoring the supply chain
  • Growing supply chains in emerging strategic sectors
  • How the Circular economy can shore up the supply chain (i.e. through repair, remanufacture and redistribution)
  • The broader opportunities for strengthening the resilience of supply chains in the UK
Jon Excell
Editor - The Engineer
Professor Richard Wilding OBE
Professor in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK
Prof Richard Wilding is recognised as one of the world's leading experts in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management UK, and past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport U.K., Richard works with European and International companies on Logistics and Supply Chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food, drink and professional services to name a few. He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities & Confederations of Industry.
Julia Moore
Chief Executive GTMA / Reshoring UK
Julia Moore has been Chief Executive of the GTMA– since 1998. Responsible for six EU funded research and development projects for the industry, and several initiatives including the introduction of an engineering supply chain strategy for the high value manufacturing sectors of Automotive, Aerospace, Medical, Marine, Rail, and Energy through the introduction of Cluster Groups. More recently this initiative has been extended to over 30 engineering Trade Associations’ members bringing together a connected network to support Manufacturers source engineering suppliers in the UK at www.reshoring.uk
Richard Jeffers
Director, Industrial Digital Solutions, RS Components
Richard Jeffers trained as a Mechanical Engineer at the Victoria University of Manchester, gaining chartered status in 1999. Between 1995 and 2015 he worked in a range of operational and engineering roles in Cookson Group plc, Lionheart plc, Scottish & Newcastle plc and Heineken UK Ltd notably as Site General Manager at Dunston Brewery with Scottish & Newcastle and as UK Head of Engineering for Heineken UK. During his time as Head of Engineering, Richard led a network review and, between 2011 and 2015, was responsible for the execution of a £150m capital programme that saw the regeneration and expansion of 2 of the 3 main UK production sites. During this time he was appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of the Association of Project Management. From 2015-2017 Richard spent time with Coriolis Consulting, specialising in transformation within manufacturing business, leading the asset management team. Richard joined RS Components in November 2017 as Technical Director for Northern Europe, developing and supporting a range of solutions for industrial customers and leading the acquisition of Monition Ltd. He also led the group strategy for the development of digital solutions for industrial customers. Since May 2020, Richard has been focused fully on bring the RS Industrial IoT proposition to market.
Andrew Peters
Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries, Congleton
Andrew Peters has been Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries in Congleton since July 2014 having previously been Divisional Director of Drive Technologies from November 2009. Andrew is also currently an Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University in the areas of advanced manufacturing and culture change.

Prior to this Andrew held a number of General Management & Business Management positions within Siemens in the UK.

Andrew graduated from Leicester University in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Before joining Siemens, he worked for GEC ALSTOM, ABB and Cap Gemini in a number of Manufacturing, R&D, Engineering and professional Consulting roles.
Paul Kilmister
Head of Wing Supply Chain UK , Airbus UK, Broughton
Paul Kilmister is the Head of Wing Supply Chain for Airbus, a world-renowned aerospace company which leads the way in designing and manufacturing planes, helicopters and satellites. In this role he leads the supply management of aerostructures and equipment for Wing.
He was previously Global Head of Warehouse and Transportation for Satair Group / Airbus the world leader in aftermarket aerospace material. In this role he led the 24/7 global warehouse team which spanned 3 continents, 8 countries, and 10 sites, two of which being located in the United States of America.
In his 15 year career at Airbus Paul has lived and worked in the UK, Germany and USA covering wing manufacture, service development, and customer service operations.
Paul was born in the UK and leads the Wing Supply Chain team from Broughton. He is married with 3 children.