Professor Robert Mason has a business background, mainly in a variety of roles with M&S. Since 2001 he has pursued an academic career, gaining his PhD in 2009. He is now a Professor in Logistics and Programme Director for the MSc Sustainable Supply Chain Management programme at Cardiff Business School. He is also Chair of Cardiff Business School's Shadow Management Board. He has led and participated in a number of research programmes, including with Tesco as a partner, and has published over 125 papers on logistics, supply chain and operations management related issues.
Professor Mason also co-authored with Barry Evans Marketing- and Logistics- Led Organisations, published by Kogan Page in 2017. The first edition of The Lean Supply Chain, co-authored by the same authors and also published by Kogan Page, won the Les Plumes des Achats et Supply Chain 2016 - Prix des Associations award in December 2016.