Phil Croucher is an independent supply chain consultant and trainer. He has 44 years' experience in the field of logistics and supply chain management, the last 20 years at senior management or board level, working, travelling and living in many different countries. He has worked in many different industries, countries and functions within those industries. On the third-party logistics side he has worked in express parcels in the UK, as Managing Director of a freight forwarder in Oman, as General Manager of a desert trucking company in Oman, and as Regional Manager for the Middle East responsible for land transport based in Jordan and Dubai. In addition, he has held the post of Group Logistics Director in the paper merchant business in the UK, National Distribution Manager in the food industry and Vice President-Supply Chain, responsible for worldwide procurement and logistics movements for a land drilling contractor in the oil and gas industry with operations in Algeria, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, India and Oman.
Although at heart a practitioner, it has not stopped him developing a parallel career in training and academia. He has worked for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) (CILT) on many projects. In 2002 CILT chose him to represent them in China at the inception of a prestigious training contract with the Chinese Government. This was followed by four further two-week trips delivering training in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dalian. He has also delivered training in Taiwan for CILT.
More recently (2011) CILT sent him to Somaliland to train United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) staff, in 2012 he was sent to Bangkok to train Plan International staff and in 2013 he was sent to Qatar four times for Maersk Oil. He has taught Masters courses in procurement, supply chain management and operations management. He has also published several articles, most notably 'Insourcing'.
His qualifications include an MSc in Logistics and Distribution Management from Cranfield University, Chartered Fellow of the CILT (UK) and a Professional Diploma in Management from the Open University. He also holds a NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.