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Skills for Logistics

Paul Brooks, Chairman

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Paul has responsibility for the worldwide sales of logistics solutions across all sectors and for a wide range of clients on behalf of Unipart Logistics, a division of the Unipart Group. He has developed solutions with clients in the retail, technology, automotive and aerospace sectors across Europe, North America and Asia. He is currently involved with the deployment of solutions based upon Unipart Logistics’ unique way of working known as "The Unipart Way". Paul joined Unipart Logistics in January 2000 as managing director of Unipart’s e-fulfilment business and has extensive experience in the third party logistics sector, having previously held positions as managing director of Cert Logistics and business director with Exel Logistics. Prior to these posts Paul held senior positions in Business Services, IT and Automotive.

Paul holds a first degree in Mathematics from Hull and an MBA from Kingston Business School. He is currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), an organisation of 20,000 professional members covering all facets of Logistics and Transport.

Shirley Cooper

Shirley Cooper

Shirley is a successful leader with extensive financial, commercial and operational experience gained in a variety of organisations in both the private and public sector.  Shirley was recently appointed Executive Director for WE Connect International, with responsibility for Europe.  Previously, a director with services and solutions provider, Computacenter for 12 years with a remit that included leading the divisions for procurement of goods and services for resale and indirect procurement, supply chain services, technical configuration of products for customers and the quality division.  Her team comprised of 350 staff.  She and her team won awards for cultural and behavioural change as well as for best practice in procurement and use of technology.   Before joining Computacenter Shirley held a number of senior financial positions at Yorkshire Water, Leeds Hospitals and Allied Domecq.

Robert Bartup

Robert Bartup, SfL Board Member

Managing Director, GB Liners, the third generation of his family to be involved with the business. Robert became National Chairman of The Movers Institute in 1998 and led the DTI-funded ‘Moving Up’ project, providing a network of regional training centres and in-company training material. Robert was President of the British Association of Removers in 2002/3.

Geoff Dunning

Geoff Dunning

Geoff was born in Yorkshire, starting his life in a family that combined railways with farming. His father, uncle and paternal grandfather worked for over 150 years between them with British Railways, and his mother was one of seven children born of a farming family in North Yorkshire. His early years were spent in a small village, before moving to the well-known town of Harrogate when he was seven. Geoff was educated at Harrogate Grammar School, where he was a keen member of the school’s rugby team and enjoyed a brief career in amateur dramatics. His first part-time job involved working in one of the major exhibitions that was one of the first major events that developed into the town’s successful conference and exhibition trade. From Geoff’s viewpoint it was of real value, as it helped him to fund the lessons that helped him to pass his driving test. His first ‘proper’ job was at the Ford main dealer Ringways of Leeds, where he spent four years, initially as assistant to the General Sales manager, then as a car sales representative and eventually he set up their first Fleet Sales Department.

 In 1975, Geoff joined the Freight Transport Association, as Assistant Regional Secretary for the North West. He travelled widely across the north of England helping FTA Members, and played a major part in setting up their Managers’ CPC Course, and the first tachograph analysis service. In 1987, he joined the Road Haulage Association as the North East District Manager, and in over twenty years with RHA he pioneered a number of new initiatives, including Contracts of Employment, a Health and Safety Workbook, a Drivers Handbook, a BS5750 Quality Video and Vehicle Inspections. He was elected Chairman of the Yorkshire Section of the Chartered Institute of Transport in 1993 and elected Fellow of the Institute in 1995. In 1994, he successfully implemented the merger of two Districts to form the Northern Region of the Road Haulage Association and became the first Regional Director. He was promoted to Chief Executive of the RHA in May 2009. Geoff is a family man; he married Sandra in 1980, and has two daughters: Claire, born in 1983, and Beverley, born in 1986. Outside work, his main interest is his family, though he enjoys gardening and watching Formula One motor racing.

Andy Lawrence

Andy Lawrence

From my day job I have gained a great deal of experience of the logistics sector having worked from Contract Operator at Exel Logistics, to Transport Manager then Operations Director at David Maxim Haulage. In 2006 I undertook a management buyout to acquire 100% of the Maxim Companies, and am now MD and Owner of the successful, privately owned Maxim Logistics Group providing 3rd party warehousing and distribution to the intermediate food manufacturing industry.
I have a keen interest in developing skills in the workforce at Maxims.  Around 20% of the staff are, or have been apprentices and all operational staff have either completing or are in progress with a recognised level 2 qualification

My Role
I have a role on both the main Board and Finance and Resources Committee of Skills for Logistics, where we oversee the governance and  finances of the Executive Team and the Sector Skills Council overall.  We also provide guidance and overall direction for the SSC and input specific expertise as required.
I also sit on the National Executive Board of the National Skills Academy for Logistics and played a role in developing and delivering the bid to the Skills Funding Agency.
I sit on the Management Board of the United Kingdom Warehouse Association, covering the area of skills and training.

Robert Monks

Robert Monks, SfL Board Member
LL.B(Hons)  LL.M. 
Barrister of the Middle Temple

My Role
As the longest-serving independent member of the Board of ‘Skills for Logistics’, I have had an input into all the changes that have taken place within ‘Skills for Logistics’ since its inception.  Having previously served on both the old Executive Board and current Finance and Resources Committee, I now have Main Board responsibility for Pensions, being ‘Skills for Logistics’’ nominated Trustee on the ‘ITB’ Pensions Funds.

My Background
Having worked as a long-distance lorry driver for four years, I joined the United Road Transport Union as a Full-Time Union Official.  Following completion of my Masters in European and International Law at Liverpool University, I sat the Bar Finals before joining Chambers as a Tenant on the Northern Circuit.  In 2001 I became General Secretary of the United Road Transport Union, whilst continuing to retain a Door Tenancy at Old Square Chambers, Bedford Row, London.

Toni Eastwood OBE

Toni Eastwood OBE

Director of Talent and Academy, Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Toni has over 23 years experience working in business and organisational development, designing and delivering learning and development solutions. She has specialist experience in developing and implementing interventions to support leadership and management development and for the last 10 years, diversity and women in the workplace. A regular contributor to TV, radio and press and has published research into the issues and barriers surrounding The Glass Ceiling, Women in non traditional sectors and Social Inclusion. In 2007 Toni was recognised in the New Year’s honours list with an OBE for her contribution to Equal Opportunities.

Captain Nigel Palmer OBE

Captain Nigel Palmer
Nigel Palmer commenced his career at sea as a Cadet with BP Tanker Co. in 1967 and served on a variety of ship types before attaining command in 1984. He subsequently gained experience in a number of shore appointments before attending Business School in 1988.

He was seconded in 1991 to the Australian North West Shelf LNG Project in Tokyo and Melbourne, returning to the UK in 1997 to head-up the BP Shipping Fleet of oil, gas and offshore vessels.
Following retirement from BP in 2004 as Director of Government & Industry he continues to be involved in the shipping industry, and formed his own company in 2005 providing general industry marine advice.

Nigel was Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board from 2000~10, and has Chaired the Maritime Skills Alliance since its formation in 2004. He is also a Director of Skills for Logistics, the industry Sector Skills Council.

He is Chairman of the Britannia Steamship Insurance Association (marine liability insurer), the Marine Society & Sea Cadets and was a non-exec Director of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency from 2007 to 2011. He is a Trustee of CHIRP (confidential incident reporting) and the Shipwrecked Mariners Society and is a past Vice-Chair of the City of Glasgow College.  

Nigel is an Elder Brother of Trinity House and Deputy Chairman of the Lighthouse Board.  He was appointed OBE in 2007 for services to the shipping industry.

He lives in Felixstowe, Suffolk and is married with three adult children. Hobbies include sailing and golf.

Brigadier Alistair Deas MBE MA BSc FCILT FCMI

Brigadier Alistair Deas
Brigadier Alistair Deas was born and brought up in Scotland. He was educated at the Royal High School Edinburgh and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. He attended Sandhurst in 1985, commissioning into the Royal Corps of Transport. His early career saw service in Germany, Denmark, Canada and Italy, including attachment as a platoon commander with 3 Royal Anglian. He deployed to Cyprus with the United Nations and on Op GRANBY as Adjutant 1 Armd Div Tpt Regt.

After attendance at the Army Command and Staff College he joined the staff of 3 (UK) Division as the SO2 G1/G4 Operations and Plans serving in the UK and United States and on operations in Bosnia (Op PALATINE) and in Macedonia and subsequently Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA 1). He then commanded 23 Bde Sp Sqn in Kosovo (Op AGRICOLA), Germany and Poland. For his work in the Balkans he was appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

On selection to Lieutenant Colonel he was sent to the US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth as the British Exchange Instructor. In August 2002 he was awarded the US Meritorious Service Medal for creating and teaching courses on terrorism in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In September 2002 he assumed command of 2 Close Support Regiment RLC just prior to deploying the Regiment to Kuwait (Op TELIC), and assuming command of the 7th Armoured Brigade Support Group. He was awarded the QCVS for operations in Iraq. He was selected for promotion to Colonel in 2004 and appointed as Commander Logistic Support 1(UK) Armoured Division, which included a 6 month spell as the DCOS in Herford and a tour as the DCOS in HQ MND(SE) (OP TELIC 7/8) in Basra. He did a 2 year tour in the MOD Main Building as AD Logistic Policy and Plans (Army) which subsumed the Logistic Policy branch in Wilton. Brigadier Deas was selected for promotion and assumed the appointment of Commandant of the Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration and Commander Deepcut and Winchester Garrisons in January 2009.  The College was responsible for the training of 43,000 Defence personnel per year in all aspects of logistics, catering and personnel management. He commanded the College until July 2012 when he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff (Support) of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps where he is responsible for the logistic support of the Corps on operations and all personnel issues.  The Corps is NATO’s immediate deployable force used in response to any crisis.  

He is a member of the Skills for Logistics National Council and a Fellow of both the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and of the Chartered Management Institute. He is married to Shiona and they have two boys, Gavin who is studying medicine at Cambridge University and Lachlan who attends Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh. He and his wife are keen skiers and, while age now prevents a more active participation, Brigadier Deas retains a keen interest in both Rugby (President of Corps Rugby League) and Boxing (President of Army Boxing) and continues to ride his motorbikes.

Theo de Pencier BA FCILT

Theo de Pencier

My role
As FTA’s Chief Executive I am responsible for ensuring that we deliver our Mission and key objectives on behalf of our members and the wider logistics community. FTA is primarily a trade association representing industry’s freight interests by road, rail, sea and air. Our 14,000+ members operate over 200,000 trucks (half the total in the UK), consign 90% of rail freight and 70% of visible exports. Our mission is, “To help our members develop safer, more efficient and sustainable supply chains.”

My background
After university, where I read Economics and Politics, my early career was spent in sales and marketing with leading food and drink manufacturers Heinz and Diageo. I subsequently moved into the logistics industry with NFC (now DHL) and have over 25 years Board level experience working with businesses such as BRS, Pickfords, Danzas and Bibby Line Group before taking up my current role in 2007.

I live in Hertfordshire and am married with three grown up children.