Professor Martin Everett
Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis
University of Manchester, UK

Topic: The Power of Social Network Analysis

Abstract: Social network analysis is a methodology for capturing, storing, visualizing and analyzing relational data; that is, data concerning relations between specified entities (e.g., individuals, organizations, nations) and patterns of connection within populations of such entities. In this talk we will examine the development of social network analysis from hand drawn sociograms of Moreno through to applications drawn from big data. The focus will be on highlighting key ideas that have had a major influence on either the mathematical development of social networks or on the application of network analysis on different types of data. The multidisciplinary nature of social network analysis has been a key feature and we shall deliberately draw on concepts, ideas and applications from the disciplines that have been most closely associated with the subject. The selection of topics is entirely personal but is intended to show both the breadth and depth of the subject as well as touching on areas of active research.

Biography: Martin graduated in mathematics from Loughborough university and then went on to Oxford to complete a masters degree and a doctorate. He has over 40 years experience in research in social network analysis research and is currently co-director of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis at the University of Manchester. He is a past president of INSNA (the International Network for Social Network Analysis), co-editor of the journal Social Networks and co-author of the social network analysis package UCINET. His work has attracted over 20,000 citations according to Google Scholar.

Robert Johnson
Purchasing Director

Jaguar Land Rover, UK

Topic: Seeking the best suppliers in the world

Abstract: Large OEM’s in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors make hundreds of supplier selection decisions every week as they drive their new product creation and seek to improve supplier’s manufacturing operations. Supplier performance in quality, cost, delivery, and technology must be flawless, and is critical to business success. For every selection decision you are seeking to select the best supplier in the world. Can game theory inform supplier selection decisions in practice? How should you best manage and organise for this? How do you ensure the effectiveness and governance of your decisions? What skills and capabilities will your supply chain teams require, and how will they leverage the benefits of both competition and collaboration? After 35 years managing Purchasing at Jaguar Land Rover, Rolls- Royce Aerospace, Toyota, and BMW, I will share my practitioners insights on large scale Purchasing decision making and the future challenges likely to be faced.

Biography: In his role as Global Purchasing Director for Interiors, Rob has overseen over £4b annual spend across its global supply chain. He has held responsibility in the past at JLR for Electrical and Powertrain Purchasing. Prior to this, Rob spent time in Senior procurement roles at Rolls Royce Aerospace including Production Purchasing and Supplier Development and Quality. He also spent 12 years at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Europe – and was Vice President in charge of European Purchasing. Whilst at Toyota,

Rob gained considerable expertise in deploying Lean Manufacturing Supplier Development across the brownfield European Auto Supply base. At the early part of his career Rob worked for BMW and Rover Group. A graduate of Nottingham University he is a keen supporter of both the Alumni and the Business School.

Neil Ashworth
CEO Collect+ and Yodel, UK

Topic: Retail Beyond the Tipping Point  – Tackling the Fulfilment Challenges in Omni-Channel Retailing

Abstract: We are 25 years into the phenomenon of online retail, but service to customers is weakening, rather than strengthening. We consider how online retailing has developed into an omni-channel model, presenting many challenges to retailers and distributors. As consumers become ever more demanding, can ’new retail’ deliver, and can the positive use of data be a key factor in the next wave of service improvement?

Biography: Neil joined Collect+, the UK’s largest independent store based parcel network as CEO in early 2013 having been at the forefront of digital developments in retail for over 15 years. He has led the brand through a 204% growth in volumes, 129% growth in clients, and over 28% growth in network locations. He subsequently took accountability for the Yodel brand, marketing, customer experience and commercial functions in November 2017 as Chief Commercial Officer. Yodel is an independent parcel carrier handling over 145 million parcels every year and has a relationship with 85 per cent of the UK’s top retailers. Previously, Neil worked as a business advisor to several blue-chip UK retailers and fulfilment businesses. At Tesco he was a member of the small team that created the Tesco Direct business and was a member of the board. Prior to Tesco, Neil held senior positions at Woolworths, Hallmark Cards and CWS Ltd.

Neil is the immediate past Chairman of CILT(UK), a member of the Engineering & Logistics Staff Corps within the British military, and an Ambassador for Transaid. In 2017 he received the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, a lifetime achievement recognition from CILT for pioneering and innovative contribution to digital retailing. He is a member of the Advisory Board at Warwick University Professional and Executive Programme faculty and the Retail and Retail Marketing Masters Programmes at Cranfield University School of Management. He is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Visiting Fellow at Warwick University (WMG) and is Special Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School.

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