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Logistics and the last – but arguably most important - mile

Brought to you by The Automotive & Transport Group

The competition is on for retailers to offer the widest variety of goods and foods delivered in the shortest amount of time. Indeed, now you can just tell your chatbot what you want and it could turn up within an hour!

About the event

What are the implications of this near instant fulfilment for the logistics organisations of today and tomorrow? Granted not everybody needs – or is prepared to pay for – such services but with ‘Click and Collect’ now a major advantage for the bricks and mortar retailers with fully robotised collect points not that far away things are indeed changing. Add into this vehicle platooning, autonomous vehicles and even delivery drones and the business of logistics is feeling the same massive changes as the automotive industry - move away from fossil fuels, move from ownership to usage, connected and autonomous – indeed many of these automotive industry changes will directly impact logistics.

This event will explore how the logistics industry is not only embracing these new technologies but being a catalyst for change to provide their customers with a competitive edge whilst driving an eco-agenda.

Limited FREE places for non-members: We are keen to engage with, and foster the next generation of technologists and engineers - we have limited FREE places for non-members who are under 35. If you would like to register for one of these places, please email Rachel

We have limited sponsorship and display table opportunities available for this popular event so if you are interested in maximising your organisation’s profile, please contact for further information

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Registration and networking with lunch


Introduction to the Automotive & Transport Group


Welcome from event supporter

Stephen Hamilton, Partner, Mills & Reeve


Last mile logistics – opportunities for innovation

Prof. Alan Braithwaite, Founder, LCP Consulting
This talk will cover the scale of the last mile challenge; innovation trends and opportunities; the policy imperatives – congestion, safety and air quality; and address the question of what it will take to make it happen?




The future of drone delivery

Henry Fletcher, Senior Engineer, Cambridge Consultants
Rosie Wells, Senior Product Designer at Cambridge Consultants
Cambridge Consultants DelivAir drone delivery concept places packages directly into your hand - wherever you are. Using a novel, patent pending two stage GPS/vision based navigation system the drone locates the recipient via their smartphone, and delivers the package safely into their hands via a level wind winch system. This presentation looks at the thinking behind the project and the challenges presented in creating this proof of concept system.




Autonomous Vehicles in the Last Mile

Zain Khawaja, Founder & Lead Technologist, Propelmee Ltd.
This talk will explore the challenges and opportunities of using autonomous vehicle technology in last-mile scenarios; review current approaches to tackling autonomous last-mile delivery, and Propelmee's technological and commercial approach in addressing this autonomy use case.




Networking with refreshments


A new way to manage Kerb space

Neil Herron, Founder & CEO, Grid Smarter Cities
Neil Herron explains how our congested cities need a new way to manage their deliveries, introducing Kerb, an intelligent kerbside management tool that allows Hauliers the ability to book previously restricted kerb space through the provision of virtual loading bays.




Urban last-mile deliveries - the car as a Delivery Service

John Davies, Senior Advisor, CarTap
This talk will explore CarTap’s Boot Collect service which takes the flexibility of click and collect even further by delivering orders straight to the consumer’s car. The project uses a smartphone app to enable consumers to have online goods delivered straight to their boot using secure keyless vehicle access technology.


Panel session with all speakers


Final Q&A


Event wrap up


Event close


Alan Braithwaite

Alan is the Founder of LCP Consulting. Alan’s experience spans across all sectors from retail, through FMCG, manufacturing, hi-tech, chemicals, healthcare, distribution and logistics services. This experience has been gained on every continent across the world, making him a recognised authority on operations, supply chain and logistics. His core skills include translating supply chain and operations design and execution to bottom line improvement for our clients. Over the last six years he has taken a keen interest in the public policy of sustainable freight and logistics, collaborating with both Cranfield and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport to publish and launch research. Alan holds a Master in Business Management from the London Business School, a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and prior to starting LCP held management roles for 10 years in the food and furniture industries. Alan has collaborated with the Cranfield School of Management’s Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics Management since 1987, contributing to teaching, research and writing. In 2006, he was appointed a Visiting Professor and most recently spent eighteen months as acting head of the Supply Chain Research Centre. He continues to enjoy working with the students on their thesis projects.

John Davies - Senior Advisor, CW (Cambridge Wireless)

John has carried out a unique mix of strategic and operational roles with placements in the USA and Europe and partnerships in Asia. Over recent years much of his private sector and Government activities has been in the area of mobile and wireless communications, digital media, Smart Cities, Cloud and Big Data and M2M/IoT as well as emerging and disruptive technologies. Helping technology start ups in the UK and internationally sourcing technology and partners as well as provide due diligence in areas of M&A and stock listings. Operating as a UK Government Advisor John has briefed both UK and International Government Ministers and Departments on Smart Cities and respective technologies and applications. This has included providing international workshops, mentoring and consulting at senior levels. John has designed and ran awareness and implementation workshops for international companies and led international delegations to overseas markets, the most recent to Singapore and Malaysia in partnership with InnovateUK. John is an active member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Smart Cities. John will be engaging with potential new international companies and organisations, and supporting CW member companies.

Henry Fletcher

Engineer with over 5 years’ experience in multidisciplinary engineering projects. Specialist in mechanical engineering. Experience in aerospace and marine engineering firms. Founded and led technical direction of precision agriculture start-up, now shareholder and advisor. Experience leading mechanical and multidisciplinary teams and solving diverse technical challenges including industrial automation, robotic vision, seals in beverage and consumer cleaning products, global transit intermediate packaging and specialised drone modifications.

Stephen Hamilton - Partner, Mills & Reeve LLP

Stephen Hamilton is a partner at Mills & Reeve; he helps businesses to achieve their commercial objectives, focuses on corporate finance for companies and other commercial clients. Stephen has significant experience in advising in relation to capital markets (both main market and AIM) including fundraisings, initial public offerings, mergers & acquisitions and corporate restructurings. Recent work includes an £80m takeover offer, several AIM fundraisings, a £28m recommended takeover code offer structured as a scheme of arrangement, two £300m+ bond issues, the £100m dual track trade sale and AIM IPO for an advanced manufacturing company. He is a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Legal Technical Committee. Stephen also has an interest in the laws relating to the testing and use of autonomous vehicles. I have consulted with general counsel from major automotive manufacturers and suppliers, responded to calls for evidence from the UK Government, have been quoted by the media and have been invited to discuss the subject at the House of Lords.

Henry Harris-Burland - VP, Marketing, Starship Technologies

Henry joined Starship in 2016 and now leads the Marketing and Communications team. Henry has a mixed entrepreneurial and corporate background after founding and then selling an events company in the UK, and then moving to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars for over three years in Global Product Communications. His passion for anything on wheels has now led him to the rapidly changing world of robotics and delivery robots.

Neil Herron

Neil Herron is the founder and CEO of Grid Smarter Cities - an eco-system of smart solutions connecting communities and people with transport, parking, goods, services, discounts and offers. It is about making lives easier for everyone and making cities smarter, efficient and inclusive. He has led Grid through the London Stock Exchange Group’s ELITE programme for emerging high-growth companies, as well as ensuring their 15th placing in the IP100 League table. Grid have also won an unprecedented 7 Innovate UK funded projects, including most recently a ‘first of a kind’ (FOAK) project looking to revolutionise the cities kerb-space with virtual loading bay concept, for which Neil is the named inventor, including the two patents that sit behind the technology. ‘Kerb’, as its now known, acts as Real Time Dynamic, Intelligent Kerbside Management Solution for Cities. Kerb allows commercial vehicle operators to opt to book and pay to park/load unload on previously unavailable kerb space in high density, urban areas or to extend loading periods in time restricted locations. Neil is a serial entrepreneur developing new propositions and SME businesses in the smart city space. He is also ITS UK representative on the national British Parking Association Forum alongside the Freight Transport Association and local authority representatives and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Smart. He has 20 years’ experience in running delivery fleets and over ten years’ experience in improving parking policy and operations. He was also a key contributor to the Transport Data Revolution report on Intelligent Mobility for the Transport Systems Catapult and a member of the APPG Smart Cities group.

Zain Khawaja

Zain has a Master of Engineering (MEng) from Oxford University with a specialisation in Computer Vision and Robotics. Zain has led the development and integration of Propelmee’s proprietary autonomous vehicle technology for complex scene perception, dynamic path planning, real time obstacle avoidance and autonomous maneuvers handling in complex urban environments. Zain is an author on Computer Vision IP patents filed in the U.S. for Propelmee, including the ‘Autonomous Vehicle Corridor’ patent, which articulates a framework for deriving rich scene understanding from infrastructure based perception and seamlessly integrates with vehicle on-board perception in aid of autonomy.

Rosie Wells

Designer with over 7 years’ experience in the design development for consumer and industrial markets. Working in integrated multidisciplinary teams, I focus on understanding consumer needs and requirements and design solutions to suit. I make sure the end user/key stakeholder is considered throughout the development process to enable commercially successful products and services.

SIG Champions

Tom Blackie - Vice President Mobile, RealVNC

Since joining RealVNC in 2009 Tom has lead the mobile division pioneering integration of phones with in-vehicle systems. Prior to RealVNC Tom held executive positions in a number of technology companies providing revolutionary wireless and software products. Including Head of Operations at the Olivetti and Oracle Research Laboratory; Founder and VP Engineering at NASDAQ listed Adaptive Broadband; Managing Director of Audentify (a division of Autonomy Systems PLC); and COO at AIM listed Ubisense. Tom graduated in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Napier Edinburgh and holds an MBA from Ashridge Business School.

John Okas - Consultant, Real Wireless

John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL's wireless business and entering the fixed telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways Agency's NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its formation to help identify market requirements.

Tom Robinson - Associate Director, Conigital

Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA.

For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director to help promote the establishment of UK ITS capability. He has championed and directed a number of innovation programmes in the ITS including the Innovate UK MuCCA, EU SARTRE, InnovITS FaCITS, and TSB ERTOC projects. Tom is currently working at Conigital Ltd as an Associate Director helping drive the future towards CAV.

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Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates

Nigel Wall is an independent system engineering consultant and Director of Climate Associates Ltd: CAL helps organisations optimise ICT system design based on understanding the whole life carbon footprint cost of deploying innovative ICT technology compared to using current systems. Climate Associates are leading work with ITU-T SG5 and ETSI in standardising the analysis and in determining best practice. Nigel is also involved with Intelligent Transport Systems - 'connected cars' he is the Chair of the ITS UK Communications SIG and the Land Navigation & Location Group at the Royal Institute of Navigation.

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