Supply Chain Digitalisation and Innovation: Looking Forward

Ideas in Practice Supply Chain Summit 2018

Using digital technologies to make the supply chain much more efficient is one thing, but a more radical proposition is one in which their innovative application leads to entirely new business models and market strategies. Predicting the future can be ineffective, therefore one solution is to shift from prediction to preparation and readiness.

This Supply Chain Summit brings academics and industry together to explore the supply chain opportunities and challenges of building future technological readiness, from a firm and wider Northern regional perspective, addressing the questions:

  1. What is the state of readiness of supply chains in the Northern region to seize emerging future technologies and transform their value added activity?

  2. Do large firms and SMEs have the capability to fully exploit technological resources to make them competitive now and into the future?

The Summit offers the opportunity to:

  • Hear from industry speakers in different sectors and learn how their organisations are addressing digital and advanced technology implementation.
  • Network with industry practitioners and leading academics.
  • Have access to the latest thinking, exemplar cases and practitioner knowledge on digital technological readiness.
  • Find out about research and collaboration opportunities with Leeds University Business School’s Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR).
  • Engage with the Supply Chain Council.

Panel discussions will inform the ongoing research of Leeds University Business School’s Centre for Operations and Supply Chain Research (COSCR), whose academics have long-established expertise in this area. The findings will be disseminated to all Summit participants.

The Supply Chain Summit is organised by Leeds University Business School in collaboration with the Supply Chain Council and Squire Patton Boggs.


Event format

08:30 Registration and refreshments
  Chair for the first session: Professor Julia Bennell, Deputy Dean, Leeds University Business School
09:00 Welcome from John Alderton, Senior Partner, Squire Patton Boggs and Dr Gary Graham, Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, Leeds University Business School
09:10 Andy Davidson - Head of Business Relations, Northern Powerhouse Partnership: From Small Model Reactors to Fintech
09:30 Professor Chee Yew Wong – Professor of Supply Chain Management: Digital Transformation Strategy: Do You Need One?
09:50 Ian Skinner - Senior Associate, Squire Patton Boggs: Data Sovereignty
10:10 John Pearce - Chief Executive, Made in Britain: One Thousand Reasons to Buy: Made in Britain in 2019
10:30 Q&A
10:50 Tea/coffee break
11:15 Panel discussion - Fourth Industrial Revolution: Challenges and Opportunities
  Chair: June Smith - Regional Affairs Manager, Yorkshire and Humber, EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation. Panel members: Jordan Appleson - CEO, Hark; Hayley Hadfield – Managing Director, Hotel Life Collection; Nichola Morgan – Operations Manager, Hotel Life Collection; John Pearce – Chief Executive, Made in Britain; Ian Skinner – Squire Patton Boggs
12:15 Networking lunch
  Chair for the afternoon session: Dr Kathryn Watson, Research Impact Manager, Leeds University Business School
13:15 Jon Bumstead - Director, Nisomar Ventures: Supply Chain Transformation at Schneider Electric through Customer Centricity
13:45 Tanya Suarez – CEO, IoT Tribe: From Smart to Intelligent. Supply chains for Industry 4.0.
14:15 Jonathan Matthews - Head of Delivery Ecosystem, R² Data Labs, Rolls-Royce: Rolls-Royce Digitalisation and Ecosystem Partnering for Transformational Impact
14:45 Tea/coffee break
15:00 Panel discussion - Innovation in Supply Chain Management
  Chair: Dr Luisa Huatuco, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, University of York. Panel members: Andy Davidson - Head of Business Relations, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Phil Dungey - Global Head of Advisory Services, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management; Jonathan Matthews - Head of Delivery Ecosystem, R² Data Labs, Rolls-Royce; Tanya Suarez – CEO, IoT Tribe
16:00 Wrap-up session: next steps – Professor Chee Yew Wong and Dr Gary Graham, Leeds University Business School
16:15 Networking and refreshments
16:30 Event close

For further information, please contact Naomi Colhoun at