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Kogan Page Masterclass Event- Reverse Logistics and the Circular Economy




14.00 Registration and refreshments

14.30 Welcome and introductions by Martin Christopher

14.40 Rethinking supply chains for the circular economy, Catherine Weetman 

  • Demand outstripping supply – exponential growth vs. finite resources
  • A leaky hosepipe – the first industrial revolution and linear supply chains
  • From leaky to loopy – the circular economy: securing tomorrow's resources at yesterday's prices
  • Waste: your part in its downfall – what does the circular economy mean for logistics and supply chains?
  • Innovate or stagnate – how do you future proof your business?

14.55 Reverse Logistics - A UK Retailer Perspective, Jonathan Gorst

  • The key behind gaining company buy in
  • How to truly assess the size of your problem
  • The process surrounding identifying whose responsibility it is 
  • Assessing the avoidance techniques you can utilise
  • Disposing of unwanted products – how can you turn a cost into an income stream?

15.10 Evaluating procurement’s role in the circular economy, Liam Fassam

  • How exactly can procurement help in dealing with food waste?
  • Why procurement? Understanding the role of procurement in mitigating risk and waste

    Approaches you can adopt:

  • Utilising data to mitigate risk
  • Harnessing intelligence and greater collaboration to reduce waste and fraud
  • How you can prevent tiers creating complexity and waste

15.25 Interactive Roundtable Discussions

Get to grips with the subject area even further as you delve into the case studies with your fellow delegates. 

15.40 Panel Discussion
Featuring: Catherine Weetman, Jonathan Gorst and Liam Fassam.

16.30 Networking Drinks

17.30 Close of Masterclass



Catherine Weetman is a visiting lecturer at Huddersfield University and a consultant with 25 years' experience. Catherine helps businesses develop ‘future proofed’, resilient strategies, assessing sustainability risks and value opportunities. Catherine's background includes Industrial Engineering, logistics solution design, project management, and business. Her career covers food, fashion and logistics, including Tesco Distribution, Kellogg Company, and DHL Supply Chain.



Jonathan Gorst is Principal Lecturer in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems at Sheffield Hallam University.



Liam Fassam is a University Lecturer in the areas of Operations and Supply chain management and researcher in the areas of supply chain ‘food security’ and ‘food crime’ as well as a Senior management professional. Liam has over 24 years’ experience within the logistics and supply chain arena and is currently engaged as an expert adviser to the European Commission’s Horizon 20/20 project in the areas of Supply chain and Food security. 

Chairperson- Martin Christopher

Martin Christopher has been at the forefront of the development of new thinking in logistics and supply chain management for over thirty years. His contribution to the theory and practice of logistic and supply chain management is reflected in the many international rewards he has received. His published work is widely cited by other scholars and he has been invited to participate in academic and industry events around the world.

Martin Christopher was one of the first to recognise that the real competition is between supply chains not companies and he has sought to identify ways in which supply chain excellence can be achieved and sustained.

The Date

Thursday 28th April, 2016 – 2pm – 5pm

The Venue

Bloomsbury House
2-3 Bloomsbury Square

Pricing & Registration

Super Early Bird Tickets - Available until 28.03.2016 £49.00

Early Bird Tickets - Available until 05.04.2016  £69.00 

General Admission  £99.00


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