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The Executive Board


 ELUPEG was created in 2002 to promote and facilitate horizontal and vertical collaboration across the supply chain in Europe.

The organisation provides a neutral trusted environment that enables our members to engage in action-based projects to improve their own business performance and European Logistics

Significant improvements in asset utilisation, carbon reductions, customer service and cost reductions have been achieved by bringing companies together

1000 International companies are registered with ELUPEG to manage a more efficient supply chain network in Europe. Our activities are open to all European users, providers and enablers of Logistics Services with representation at an appropriate and senior level

We have held almost 50 Group Meetings in different European countries hosted by major leaders in the industry for example :-

Professor Alan Waller OBE (Efeso) Chairman of ELUPEG
Alan Waller is Vice-President for Supply Chain Innovation at the International Consultancy Efeso; a Visiting Professor in 
International Supply Chain Management at Cranfield Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, President of 
Leaders in Supply Chain, and a Trustee of Transaid. He was the Founder and first Director of what is now the Cranfield 
Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management and in 1980 established and directed the world’s first MSc in Logistics. 
He has served as UK Chairman and UK President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and as President of 
CILT International. He was also Chairman and Director of the European Council on Global Supply Chain of The Conference 
Board in Brussels. In 2007 Alan joined the European Leadership team of The Supply Chain Council; In 1998 he was awarded 
the Sir Robert Lawrence Gold Medal for his contribution to Logistics; In 2006 he was made an Officer of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty The Queen.
In 2011 Alan was named Individual Achiever of the Year for the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.
In 2013 Alan was awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (International).

Brian Bolam Vice Chairman
Brian Bolam is the Founder and President of OmPrompt Inc. A Venture Capital Backed Company based in the UK
which provides a Hosted Message Integration Utility for the Supply Chain.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCILT), a member of the Logistics Directors'
Forum & a Board Member of the European Logistics, Users, Providers & Enablers Group (ELUPEG)-the foremost
Pan European Collaborative Logistics Organisation.
He has over 30 years experience in managing companies at Director level. From 1997 through 1999, as President of
Penske Logistics Europe, he conceived, developed and launched the first Pan European Freight Management and
Optimization Centre in Maastricht, Netherlands. Prior to Penske Logistics he was Managing Director for TNT Logistics Europe for twelve years
OmPrompt’s Business Connectivity as a Service enables business communities to exchange information freely, removing the barriers caused by lack of interoperability between IT systems, business processes or information formats – whether electronic or document by nature. Currently, over 70% of all global supply chain transactions are still mis-connected. OmPrompt feels this is simply not good enough. We allow businesses to exchange data in the way they want and receive it in the way they need.
Alain Baeyens Sector Leader for Chemicals
He worked for Solvay from 1986 until 2017. After a short period as technical customer support for PVC waterproofing foils,
he joined the PVC commercial department. He was transferred in 1992 to the production plant in Lillo - at first as a
production scheduler in the brand new polyolefin production units. A year later he headed the shipping department
and was responsible for the (subcontracted) storage and handling operations. Finally until March 2002 he was in
charge of the purchasing department. From March to July 2001 he was with ELEMICA, secondee in the Supply chain 
Solutions team in Frankfurt. 

Jordi Jove Farrando  (LKW Walter Int Transportorg AG)
Jordi Jove is a Director at LKW WALTER in Austria, a Leader in European Road/ Multimodal Transport. Over the last 25 years 
in the industry, Jordi has worked in developing long term partnerships with shippers, service providers and enablers in the 
EMEA Region, He is a Board Member of ELUPEG implementing sustainable horizontal and vertical collaboration across 
industries, throughout Europe. His education includes The General Manager Program at HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL 
in Boston the AMP at IESE Barcelona as well as an MBA and MA in International Business at WEBSTER UNIVERSITY Vienna.

Caren Tomkins (Bisham Consulting) ELUPEG Marketing Director
Caren Tomkins organises the ELUPEG events, runs the Marketing and generally supports the organisation as part of her 
role as Office Manager for Bisham Consulting - a Supply Chain and Logistics Consultancy based in Beaconsfield, UK
Previously she worked for IBM in Marketing and Campaigns for several years and before that in Systems and 
She graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Management Science.
Derek Bell (Bisham Consulting)
Derek Bell is a Director of Bisham Consulting. Derek formed Bisham in 1992, following a career in logistics that included the roles of Director at Lex Transfleet and Managing Director of P&O Distribution. Under his leadership Bisham has expanded into one of the leading independent logistics consultancies in Europe. Derek originally trained as a Statistician.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
He is one of the founder members of ELUPEG and all the administration for ELUPEG is run through Bisham Consulting.

Borja Lopez Lujua (LEAR Automotive, Electrical division).
Borja López is currently a Purchasing Manager for Logistics and transportation at Lear Electrical Europe and North Africa.
Since he joined Lear in 2002, Borja has been promoting long term partnerships with service providers and enablers in the
supply chain and he is a supporter of collaborative logistics negotiations and the development of sustainable supply chain
collaboration throughout Europe and North Africa. His education includes a Masters Degree on International Commerce
and a Bachelor’s Degree with a Minor in Economics at the University of Deusto, Spain.

Rupert Nichols -Legal Counsel 
Executive Director & Company Secretary, Eddie Stobart Logistics Limited 
Rupert is a Solicitor, Notary Public & Chartered Secretary with 40 years Business Management experience gained at 
Board level in the logistics/transport/supply-chain sector (Executive Director at TNT, CEVA, TDG and, currently, Eddie 
Stobart Logistics), public sector organisations (Chairman of an NHS Foundation Trust & Cheshire Police Authority),
charities, SMEs and Professional practices (legal & accountancy firms). 
He has extensive experience in Corporate Governance & Compliance, Complex Outsourcing Contracts, Commercial 
Real Estate, HSE, Regulatory Investigations,Insurance & Risk Management and Corporate Finance/M&A. 
He is an Honorary Fellow and, since 1992, a trustee/honorary solicitor of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & 
Transport and is a founding member of Transaid. Rupert is a Parish Councillor and a High School Governor and has served with 
numerous voluntary organisations, including as a Senior Officer in the Cheshire Special Constabulary and an Officer in the Australian Army Reserve.

Dr. Oliver Philipp, Director Supply Chain Strategy & Solutions, Panasonic Europe Supply Chain Group
Dr. Oliver Philipp is acting as Director Supply Chain Strategy & Solutions at Panasonic Europe Ltd, based in Hamburg. In this role, he is responsible for European supply chain operations and management, supply chain processes and transparency as well as development and strategy for Panasonic business across Europe. The key task is to establish a flexible operational and organizational set-up, considering innovative technologies and future trends to fulfil customer requirements in a dynamic environment.
In the past, he gained experience at Motorola, being responsible for process development, inventory management and logistics operation of the European mobile phone business. Within this role, he owned the material and finished goods supply chain from Asia to the factory and to customers in Europe
He started his career at Procter & Gamble, where he has been in various management roles in production planning, project management (e.g. consolidation of two production sites, high-bay warehouse modernization) and warehouse management. 
He graduated as a Food Engineer and has a PhD in Food analysis.

Stephen Harley (Laing O'Rourke) President of ELUPEG

Stephen Harley was the Executive Director for Global Material Planning & Logistics and NA Parts Supply & Logistics for Ford. 
He was responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of MP&L globally and PS&L in North America.He has spent 
most of his career with Ford, both in Europe and in North America but has recently moved to Laing O'Rourke. 
He has broad international experience of logistics and manufacturing

Larry Woelk
Larry was born in Dodge City, Kansas, built at the crossroads of America’s western history where millions of Texas longhorns met the railroads. Larry holds university degrees in mathematics and French from the University of Kanssa as well as an MBA from Suffolk University in Boston. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and on the executive boards of the Logistics Directors Forum and ELUPEG.
He has spent almost all his career in Europe and held senior executive and board level positions with Airborne Express, BAX Global, John Menzies, LEP International and Pinkerton Security. He has run companies and divisions in supply chain security; logistics operations and communication; 4PL management; and freight audit and pay processes. His career gives him extensive experience of the wide-ranging logistics industry, including air, ocean, road transport and courier express, in domestic an
Larry is one of best known industry experts in all modes of international shipment. His advice has been sought by some of the largest forwarders and integrators in the world. His network of contacts spans the globe. Larry joined BiS Henderson in 2007 to head up the international division.

Stephen Harley (Laing O'Rourke) Sector Leader for Automotive
As well as being the President Stephen Harley is also the Leader for the Automotive OEM Sector.
By its very nature, collaboration is not something that can be kept a secret nor can it be done alone. Sustainable logistics solutions cannot be created in a vacuum. ELUPEG has always sought out other like-minded organisations through which to encourage and facilitate collaboration between users, providers and enablers of logistics services.

We seek to work closely with organisations that represent the interests of companies, for example industry groups or consortia, government committees or their supported agencies, and academic institutions. We have contacts with a number of regional development agencies - what could be better for economic development than cutting transport costs, enabling companies to enter new markets, reducing congestion or giving SMEs in an area a chance to cost-effectively transport their goods to market?

Some of the companies and organisations with which we are associated are:
John Berry
John Berry retired from the European Commission DG MOVE in June 2014 after completing 24 years on transport policy. He
on strategic policy development and as a consequence gained considerable experience from working closely with
key stakeholders,
from EU and Member States’ institutions, political parties and organisations, business operators and
service providers,international
agencies and institutions, standardisation bodies as well as academia.

For his last three years in the Commission he worked in the field on ‘Research and Innovation’ with the brief of developing
Horizon 2020 programme for ITS and Logistics and policy development on smart passenger transport ticketing. He
was responsible
for developing the impact assessment for the new Trans-European Transport Network and for freight transport logistics policy and
 research. He has been DG TREN/DG MOVE’s technical expert on road vehicle engineering policy which included developing legislation and research 
on the weights and dimensions of commercial vehicles, the vehicle road worthiness programme, vehicle safety, bio mechanics and environmental issues—he introduced seat belt and child restraint wearing into the EU.
Prior to his work in Brussels he was a “Head of Unit” in the UK’s Department of Transport (Feb. 84 to Sept. 89) and was responsible for freight transport policy development and, as head of the Chief Engineer’s office developed early energy conservation/CO2 reduction policy in road transport and oversaw the‘Quiet Heavy Vehicle’ Programme. Much of his work involved UNECE and early EC/EU regulatory development.
John holds a BSc Hons. in Mechanical Engineering and a BA in Social Sciences from the Open University.

Stephen Rinsler, Manager Director and NexTrust Project Manager
Stephen is a Director of Bisham Consulting and has extensive experience in the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing sectors,
covering the entire supply chain from procurement, forecasting, inventory management to warehousing and distribution operations. 
His senior management experience includes positions in Unilever (UK and European procurement and supply chains). He was
Services Director for Exel Europe, with a brief that included procurement, risk, health and safety and legal. He was SVP Operations 
at Procurestaff, where he introduced web-based processes to provide an innovative outsourcing service for temporary recruitment.
He has acted as a procurement and supply chain interim Director for a High Street retail group. 
Stephen is the immediate past Chairman of the Board and Trustees of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK), a Vice 
President and Trustee of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport International, a past chair of the CILT Supply Chain Faculty 
and a visiting Fellow of the Royal Military College of Science. He is the Non-Executive Director of the JSCMB and an honorary Professor of 
Logistics and Engineering at the University of Nanjing, PR China. He is Honorary Treasurer of the Worshipful Company of Carmen.

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