Geopolitical disruptions are not new, but from a UK perspective Brexit has been one of the most significant.

Beginning in June 2016 with the referendum, the Brexit process has been drawn out over more than 4 years, during which time the uncertainty has remained extremely high. Many businesses have struggled to prepare for this highly uncertain event using a range of risk management strategies. Some have used a highly proactive approach to eliminate the supply chain risk altogether, while others have taken a more conservative wait and see approach. The question is what is the right approach?

This webinar will:

  • Examine how geopolitical disruption can be mitigated using principles of supply chain management.
  • Present findings from a study on supply chain risk strategies companies can use to manage the uncertainty arising from geopolitical disruptions like Brexit.
  • Explain how professional institutions, like the CILT, can support supply chain businesses through geopolitical disruptions.


Professor Martin Christopher, Cranfield School of Management

Associate Professor Heather Skipworth, Centre for Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management

Mr Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 


10:00–10:05  Welcome – Professor Michael Bourlakis and Professor Emel Aktas
10:05–10:15  Mitigating geopolitical disruption by using supply chain principles – Professor Martin Christopher
10:15–10:30  Managing supply chain uncertainty arising from geopolitical disruptions: evidence from the pharmaceutical industry and Brexit – Associate Professor Heather Skipworth
10:30–10:45  The role of professional institutes in supporting its members through Brexit: how CILT support those leading supply chain operations for the movement of goods and people – Mr Kevin Richardson
10:45–11:00  Questions from participants


This webinar is hosted via Zoom. You will need to download the Zoom application and be logged in to your Zoom account to be able to access the webinar. You can create a free Zoom account; you do not need a paid subscription with Zoom. You will need a reliable internet connection.

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