How a Career in Logistics can lead to a World of Opportunity
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Plymouth, a region with a rich maritime, trading and defence history is the home of the University of Plymouth with foundations dating back to the 19th century as a School of Navigation. 

This long association with international transport, logistics and supply chain management make it an ideal place to start a career in logistics. Plymouth has also been chosen as one of eight new UK Freezones providing a hub for the development of logistics and supply chains with a particular emphasis on maritime innovation based on sustainability.

Together Plymouth, the wider South West and the University will use this opportunity to create a new chapter in the growth and economic development of the region’s and the UK. Key to this will be the availability of people with skills, education and experience in shipping, logistics and supply chain management.

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has a long association with the University accrediting specific courses, some of which are more than 40 years old. For what is hoped to become an annual event, the two organisations are coming together for this conference to promote international logistics and supply chain management to prospective apprentices, undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates, as world of opportunity. 

During this conference delegates will gain an appreciation of the wide range of opportunities within the discipline, through a focus on case studies focused on the South West, but equally applicable to students across the UK and the world.


The keynote address will be given by Professor Alan Braithwaite, philanthropist, adventurer and leading thinker in the field of supply chain management. Alan will introduce us to the career opportunities across the world of logistics and supply chains, focusing on sustainability and the work he is doing with CILT supporting carbon free freight transport.

Other speakers will provide real-world case studies of international supply chains:

  • Anastasios Theodosiou, Ships Planner, Thessaloniki Port Authority
  • Gareth Hart, a co-founder of Iridescent CIC, a champion of the social enterprise movement and past Chair of Plymouth’s Social Enterprise Network
  • Jemma Wain, Head of Logistics, Princess Yachts.

The conference will be hosted by Dr Stavros Karamperidis, Lecturer in Maritime Economics and Programme Director for the MSc International Logistics and Shipping programmes at the University. Stavros will introduce the session, each speaker and will then moderate a panel session of all of the day’s speakers where delegate questions can be addressed.


12:50 – 13:00: Allow delegates access to online 'waiting room'

13:00 – 13:10: Welcome and introduction by Dr Stavros Karamperidis (Lecturer in Maritime Economics, Head of the Maritime Transport Research Group, Programme Manager of the MSc International Logistics and Shipping programmes at the University of Plymouth and CILT Chairman for Devon and Cornwall)

13:10 – 14:00: Keynote address by Professor Alan Braithwaite ("Challenges and opportunities for logistics in the next 20 years")

14:00 – 14:10: Erin Meehan, Nations, Regions and Forums Manager – CILT ("How CILT can support your life in transport, logistics and supply chain management"

14:10 – 14:40: Anastasios Theodosiou, Ships Planner, Thessaloniki Port Authority (“The case of port of Thessaloniki. A potential model for port of Plymouth”)

14:40 – 15:00: Break

15:00 – 15:30: Gareth Hart, Director, Iridescent Ideas CIC; Director of Plymouth Social Enterprise Network and Chair of Plymouth’s Inclusive Growth Group ("The benefits of embedding social enterprises in your supply chains")

15:30 – 16:00: Jemma Wain, Head of Logistics, Princess Yachts ("How complex customised manufacturing challenges logistics")

16:00 – 17:00: Panel session and Q&A moderated by Dr Stavros Karamperidis

17:00 – 17:10: Wrap-up and thank you by Dr Stavros Karamperidis

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This event is a ‘must-attend’ conference for all those seeking a career in international business. Book your free place via the CILT website or email quoting the event code: SWR0338.

Contact for further information and make sure to save the 20th October as a key date in your diary.


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