Origins and History

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
600 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.
Steve Harley

Stephen Harley, 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 then moved to Laing O'Rourke.
He has broad international experience of logistics and manufacturing.

Professor Alan Waller OBE, ELUPEG Chairman

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

Brian Bolam, Vice Chairman

Brian is a Supply Chain Visionary with 35+ years’ experience of senior level leadership within European Supply Chain. SaaS Entrepreneur who founded OmPrompt in 2004, raising £5M in series “A” funding from Benchmark (now Balderton) Capital & 3i. OmPrompt is a serial award winning B2B Integration Hub employing disruptive technology to integrate processes within the supply chain and serves major multinational customers in 35 countries on six Continents and employs 85 people.

He has extensive industry knowledge and contacts and also serves as Vice Chairman of ELUPEG Limited (a not for profit organisation) which is the premier forum for the promotion and facilitation of Horizontal Collaboration across Supply Chains in Europe. He was previously President of Penske Logistics Europe and TNT Logistics (taking the business from zero to $1Bn in turnover over 15 years).

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.


Stephen Rinsler, ELUPEG Managing Director

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.

Jordi Jove Farrando, ELUPEG Director

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 participating in '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.

Alain Baeyens, ELUPEG Director and Sector Leader for Chemicals

Alain 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. 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.

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Dr. Oliver Philipp

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.
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Derek Bell, ELUPEG Director

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 and he is one of the founder members of ELUPEG.


John Berry

John Berry retired from the European Commission DG MOVE in June 2014 after completing 24 years on transport policy. He  worked 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 the 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.


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. 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 and overseas.
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.


Rupert Nichols, ELUPEG Director

Rupert is an Executive Director & Company Secretary of Eddie Stobart Logistics Limited.

He 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.

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Caren Tomkins, ELUPEG Marketing and Administration Director

Caren organises the ELUPEG events and social media, participates in the EU projects and acts as the centre point for the organisation.

 Previously she worked for IBM in Marketing and Campaigns for several years and before that in Systems and Development. She graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Management Science.
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Tim Phillips

Tim has recently taken up a role as SVP Development for sennder gmbH, one of the fastest growing digital forwarders in Europe. The role is to support the founders in the rapid scaling of the business, post funding. Prior to this he was President of Coyote Logistics Europe (A UPS company). He was responsible for the smooth transition of the Freightex business to the Coyote US technology model and the development and implementation of a European growth plan.  He was CEO of Freightex where he led it to be one of the early fast-growing technology enabled freight brokerages, prior the sale to Coyote in early 2017.

Tim is enthusiastic about the use of technology to improve the logistics sector. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

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Gerardo Ibáñez

Gerardo Ibáñez is an Industrial Engineer and has an MBA in Operations Management. He has worked as a Lean Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management engineer in Spain, Germany & the U.S.A. for Ford Motor Company and DHL Supply Chain, and as Managing Director & Director of Operations for companies in sectors like Automotive, Plastics, Electronics, Railway Locomotive and Textile Industries. He has more than 10 years of experience as Lean & Supply Chain consultancy and is the director of an Industrial MBA program in Spain.