Supply Chain Council


The Supply Chain Council is made up of members from the University of Leeds and other research institutions, government bodies and businesses involved in various aspects of supply chain management.

The aims of the Council are to:

  • Bridge the gap between academia and industry
  • Develop and share the latest thinking and knowledge in supply chain management
  • Promote a holistic approach to supply chains
  • Make supply chain an existing and valid career choice
  • Address current issues in supply chain management with the aim of developing new research initiatives to address these issues

The Council holds quarterly meetings and an annual summit for members and invited guests. Breakfast seminars on specific topics are held throughout the year for members and the wider public.

Professionals and researchers interested in supply chain management and local economies are welcome to join as council members and benefit from networking, knowledge sharing, funding and commercial opportunities, and access to the latest research insights from our publications, blogs and resources. 

The Council is chaired by Professor Chee Yew Wong. We have members from a wide variety of organisations including: Yorkshire Water, British Steel, Turner & Townsend and Leeds Enterprise Partnership.

Supply Chain Council summits

Tony Mannix, CEO - Clipper

The 2017 Supply Chain Summit was co-hosted by Leeds University Business School and Squire Patton Boggs.

The focus of the 2017 Summit was on the evolving nature of global supply chains and how businesses in Yorkshire and the northern region can ensure that they are well-placed to tackle future challenges and take advantage of opportunities.

Keynote speakers included:

  • Stephen Wardle - Ernst & Young LLP
  • Gregg Barton - Director - Infrastructure, Turner & Townsend
  • Simon Garbett, Partner and Head of Litigation, Birmingham Office, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Tony Mannix, CEO, Clipper Logistics Plc
  • Professor Chee Yew Wong, Leeds University Business School

The second supply chain summit took place at Yorkshire Water’s headquarters in Bradford, in May 2016.

The following Supply Chain Council members and guests presented at the summit:

  • Andy Clark, Head of Procurement & Contract Management, Yorkshire Water
  • Professor Chee Yew Wong, Professor Supply Chain Management, Leeds University Business School
  • Frank Ashton, Leeds City Region LEP Supply Chain Lead, Founder and Director, Uppards (Consulting) Ltd
  • Bill Timms, Process Improvements Manager, Tata Steel
  • Professor Richard Baker, Head of Supplier Engineering, Rolls-Royce Aviation, Aerospace Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor in Engineering Supply Chain Innovation
  • Jillian Lillico, Managing Director, Demeter Developments.
Members of the Supply Chain Council at the 2015 summit at Weetwood Hall
Delegates and members of the Supply Chain Council at Weetwood Hall for the 2015 summit.

The first summit was held in March 2015 at Weetwood Hall, Leeds. Click on the links below to view the presentations made at the inaugural summit.


Meeting dates

Supply Chain Digitalisation and Innovation: Looking Forward

Wednesday 7 November 2018

Register here

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?

Visit the event page for further details.


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Supply Chain Council or would like some further information, please contact Professor Chee Yew Wong (