T: 0121 204 3646 
E: info@ukcentricsupplychains.co.uk 
 
Workshop: 'How to be a Supplier of Choice' 
25 May 2020 
 
This was an EXCLUSIVE event for clients of the UK-Centric Supply Chains and the first of a series of supply chain workshops. Delivered by Annette Rothwell who shared useful tips from her extensive knowledge of working within procurement for over 30 years. Annette discussed: 
Core Competencies 
Competitive Edge 
Financials 
Project Account Management Capability 
Performance & Processes 
Talent 
Compliance & Ethics 
Digitalisation 
Continuous Improvement 
Culture & Leadership 
Webinar: 'Best Practices to Improve Supply Chain Productivity' 
29 April 2021 
 
A webinar chaired by Edward Sweeney, Professor of Logistics and Systems at Aston University where he leads the Engineering Systems & Supply Chain Management (ESSCM) Department. He was joined by Luca Stoppino, Executive Vice President EFESO North Europe and Dr Donato Masi, Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management at Aston Business School. Professor Edward discussed 21st century supply chain mega-challenges and Luca and Dr Donato explored how to boost productivity in supply chains from a management consulting perspective. 
Webinar and Networking Event: 'Leadership in Challenging Times' 
23 March 2021 
 
An event hosted by Aston University's UK-Centric Supply Chains Programme, chaired by Annette Rothwell, former Senior Vice President of Operations Excellence at Esterline Technologies and Executive Vice President of Purchasing and Supply Chain at Rolls Royce. Guest speakers included Richard Atkinson CBE, Teaching Fellow at Aston University, Dr Jack Carnell, Senior Fellow at Aston University, Paul Fieldhouse Business Development Consultant for Ramco (UK) Ltd, and Tom Hennessy, Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough. 
Richard Atkinson CBE discussed the importance of agility and adaptability in turbulent times. Richard is a former senior commander of RAF combat forces, a Director of NATO Operations, and Deputy Director of Strategic Planning in Whitehall. 
 
Dr Jack Carnell discussed the most effective leadership approaches during a global crisis and what might happen if we cannot or will not adapt. Dr Carnell has held roles as Managing Director of a large PLC and Chairman of a National Sector Skills Council. 
 
Paul Fieldhouse Business Development Consultant for Ramco (UK) Ltd, a surplus asset management business. Paul a former Chief Executive of a substantial food company shared his experience of the real impact of support received from UK-Centric Supply Chains programme. 
 
Tom Hennessy Chief Executive of Opportunity Peterborough spoke about support being offered to businesses and why organisations should be engaging with all forms of support that is offered across the Greater Peterborough region. Tom was a former Project Lead for Inward Investment for Cambridgeshire County Council’s Growth & Economy Unit. 
Webinar: 'Never let a good crisis go to waste - Understand your supply chain to bounce back stronger' 
Advanced Engineering Talks 
26 November 2020 
 
A business special webinar hosted by Advanced Engineering Talks with guest speaker Dr Aristides Matopoulos, Associate Professor in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems at Aston University. Aristides discussed key actions for navigating through the crisis in the short, medium and long term and also discussed how an improved understanding of your supply chain can help you to achieve your objectives. 
Webinar: ‘Bouncing back, why your supply chain needs to adapt’ 
24 July 2020 
 
A business special webinar hosted by Aston University’s UK Centric Supply Chain programme. 
Richard Atkinson - Teaching Fellow at Aston University, teaching leadership and strategy for Supply Chain and Engineering Executives. Richard has experience in strategy, leadership and communication roles and has led teams of 2500+, delivering complex operations and transformation programmes. 
 
Dr Aristides Matopoulos - Associate Professor at Aston University, formally worked with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop a tool to assess suppliers’ ability to upscale production in order to raise the competitiveness of suppliers in the UK. Aristides discussed if Covid-19 is a wake-up call for supply chains. Planning for next week, next month and next year. 
 
Dr Brian Price – Lecturer at Aston University, previously Director at Ricardo for Driveline and Transmission, former Chief Engineer at Harley Davidson and former Director at Cosworth Engineering. Brian gave a talk on Crisis Change Management and Risk. 
 
Tracy Sherratt - Business Development Manager at BCRS Business loans. Tracy gave feedback on how BCRS have worked with West Midlands businesses to access government laons to consolidate and transition. 
 
Mike Goodall - Development Manager at the Federation Small Business, for Shropshire/Herefordshire/Worcestershire. Mike presented how the fsb can and have supported SME's during the COVID-19 disruption. 
Webinar: ‘Gearing up and Getting Back on Track 
2 June 2020 
 
A business special webinar hosted by Aston University’s UK Centric Supply Chain programme with partner organisations including MAKE UK, Huntingdon District Council, the Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough Growth Hub. 
Charlotte Horobin – Regional Director of MAKE UK updated on the current landscape of business and how MAKE UK are lobbying Government to support businesses. 
 
We also heard about Crisis Change Management and Risk from Dr Brian Price – Researcher at Aston University, previously Director at Ricardo for Driveline and Transmission, former Chief Engineer at Harley Davidson and former Director at Cosworth Engineering. 
 
Dr Aristides Matopoulos – Associate Professor discussed if Covid-19 is a wakeup call for supply chains? Planning for next week, next month and next year. Aris formally worked with Williams Advanced Engineering to develop a tool to assess suppliers’ ability to upscale production in order to raise the competitiveness of suppliers in the UK. 
 
We also heard from both Paul Gibbons from Huntingdon District Council and Chris George from The Greater Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority about all things to help businesses from grants to support programmes. 

Achieving Growth in UK-Centric Supply Chains  at Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology 14 November 2019 

A practical workshop delivered in partnership with MAKE UK. The session focused on manufacturers’ supply chain readiness to enable products to be launched faster, to improve business resilience, greater reliability and reduce costs. Supply chain experts from both academia and industry gave insights.  
This workshop will utilise the uniquely developed Aston University Supply Chain Readiness Level Tool (SCRL) to help manufacturers to understand: 
How to assess the Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness of their businesses. 
The concept of Three-Dimensional Concurrent Engineering (3DCE), the associated benefits and trade-offs 
How to implement 3DCE and make it an integral part of the new product development process to launch their products faster, more reliably and at lower total costs than their competitors. 
Risk management strategies 
 
The workshop will give you an opportunity to hear from the supply chain experts from both academia and industry and you will receive: 
Report and Action Plan 
Academic change implementation support 
Referrals to additional support to help you move the plan forwards 
Why attend? 
 
Manage risk and improve resilience 
Improved new product launch 
Reduce costs 
To understand capabilities in greater detail 
 
Who Should Attend? 
 
Managers/Directors with supply chain responsibility 
Managing Directors/CEOs 
Operations Managers/Directors 
Purchasing Managers/Directors 
Funding will be available for SMEs in in the Marches LEP area 
 
AGENDA 
 
9.30am Registration & Networking 
 
10am – 1pm Workshop & Expert Speakers 
 
Meet Our Experts: 
 
Dr Aristides Matopoulos – Reader (Associate Professor) in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems. With extensive experience in industrial research collaborators including working with Jaguar Land Rover, Williams Advanced Engineering, Saietta Group, MCT Reman, Microcab, Goodfloo, Marks & Spencer, AB Vassilopoulos, and many small and medium size companies. 
 
Dr Brian Price – Lecturer, School of Engineering Systems & Management. With over 25 years’ experience in industry within a variety of senior engineering leadership positions, including responsibilities for engineering development, project execution and business leadership, with global consultant and manufacturing companies; Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Cosworth Engineering and Lotus Engineering. 
 
Matthew Snelson – Strategic Projects Director, Grainger & Worrall. Grainger & Worrall is at the global forefront of castings development and innovation. The world is demanding ever-lighter, ever more efficient means of propulsion and G&W are helping to drive that trend whilst maintaining an underlying ethos of humility and respect, to their clients, their employees and suppliers. They have an insatiable desire to keep delivering ground-breaking innovation to their client-base now, and in the future. 
 
1pm Lunch, Networking, Q&A 
 

Achieving Growth in UK-Centric Supply Chains  at Peter Brotherhood Ltd, Peterborough 12 November 2019  

A practical workshop delivered in partnership with MAKE UK. The session focused on manufacturers’ supply chain readiness to enable products to be launched faster, to improve business resilience, greater reliability and reduce costs. Supply chain experts from both academia and industry gave insights. 
This workshop will utilise the uniquely developed Aston University Supply Chain Readiness Level Tool (SCRL) to help manufacturers to understand: 
How to assess the Technology, Manufacturing and Supply Chain Readiness of their businesses. 
The concept of Three-Dimensional Concurrent Engineering (3DCE), the associated benefits and trade-offs 
How to implement 3DCE and make it an integral part of the new product development process to launch their products faster, more reliably and at lower total costs than their competitors. 
Risk management strategies 
 
The workshop will give you an opportunity to hear from the supply chain experts from both academia and industry and you will receive: 
Report and Action Plan 
Academic change implementation support 
Referrals to additional support to help you move the plan forwards 
Why attend? 
 
Manage risk and improve resilience 
Improved new product launch 
Reduce costs 
Understand capabilities in greater detail 
 
Who Should Attend? 
 
Managers/Directors with supply chain responsibility 
Managing Directors/CEOs 
Operations Managers/Directors 
Purchasing Managers/Directors 
Funding will be available for SMEs in the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Combined Authority area 
 
AGENDA 
 
9.30am Registration & Networking 
 
10am – 1pm Workshop & Expert Speakers 
 
Meet Our Experts: 
 
Dr Aristides Matopoulos – Reader (Associate Professor) in Supply Chain Design & Logistics Systems. With extensive experience in industrial research collaborators including working with Jaguar Land Rover, Williams Advanced Engineering, Saietta Group, MCT Reman, Microcab, Goodfloo, Marks & Spencer, AB Vassilopoulos, and many small and medium size companies. 
 
Dr Brian Price – Lecturer, School of Engineering Systems & Management. With over 25 years’ experience in industry within a variety of senior engineering leadership positions, including responsibilities for engineering development, project execution and business leadership, with global consultant and manufacturing companies; Ricardo Consulting Engineers, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Cosworth Engineering and Lotus Engineering. 
 
Steve McQuillan – CEO, Avingtrans Group. The Avingtrans Group are the parent organisation of Peter Brotherhood. Avingtrans operate a portfolio of businesses that operate in the energy and medical markets. The group are renowned for identify businesses who are yet to have their true value realised and through agile management action, improvement and integration rebuild those organisations. 
 
1pm Lunch, Networking, Q&A 
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