Background

Nicky joined Cranfield in December 2008. Prior to joining Cranfield, she spent six years working for Unilever and subsequently Birds Eye as a Research Engineer. Her role was split between process development and simulation modelling. Her simulation work involved developing models of numerous systems including pick and place robotic packaging operations and the frozen pea supply chain. Her development work saw her involved in such diverse projects such as, developing a novel processing route for frozen sauces, developing an optimisation tool for formulating recipes and creating and sourcing a product based on partially dried vegetables. 

Nicky is a Chemical Engineer by initial training with a PhD in Food Rheology.


Current activities

Nicky is a Lecturer within the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management.  She specialises in teaching subjects related to the modelling of the supply chain; teaching modules on physical network design, simulation and manufacturing on the Full Time and Executive Masters Programmes in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. 

Her research is also focused in this area, with a wide general interest in the simulation and modelling of supply chains from strategic network optimisation to detailed simulation studies. Nicky has a particular interest in the management of supply chains which handle perishable products such as food or blood.


Clients

Nicky has been involved in projects across a range of sectors including blood, food and drink and construction. 


Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Lusiantoro L & Yates N (2015) Identifying the ideal blood stock level: a statistical analysis of blood inventory levels in the UK. In: The 20th Annual Conference of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, Logistics Research Network (LRN), University of Derby.
  • Yates N (2015) Teaching Simulation to Management Students: the Case for Cases. In: 27th European Conference on Operational Research, University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
  • Yates N (2014) A discrete event simulation for the analysis of the harvesting, transportation and processing systems of a seasonal vegetable production operation. In: 2014 7th Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop (SW14), Worcestershire.
  • Yates N, Stranger S, Wilding R & Cotton S (2013) Laterial Transhipments in the UK Blood Supply Chain. In: 18th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Birmingham.
  • Stanger SHW, Wilding R, Yates N, Cotton S & Hartmann E (2011) Sharing stock in the UK blood supply chain fostering the efficient use of blood. In: Logistics Research Network Conference 2011, Southampton.
  • Stanger SHW, Wilding R, Yates NM, Cotton, S, Hartmann & E (2011) Sharing Stock in the UK Blood Supply Chain Fostering the Efficient use of blood. In: Logistics Research Network Conference 2011, Southampton.
  • Stanger SHW, Johnson M, Yates NM & Cotton S (2011) Managing variable demand in the blood supply chain. In: NOFOMA 2011.
  • Stanger SHW, Wilding R, Yates NM & Cotton S (2010) Waste Reduction in the Blood Supply Chain. In: Logistics Research Network Conference 2010, Harrogate.
  • Stanger S, Wilding R, Yates N & Cotton S (2010) Waste reduction in the blood supply chain. In: 15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference, Harrogate.
  • Stanger S, Cotton S, Wilding R & Yates N (2010) Impact of hospital inventory practice on wastage in the blood supply chain. In: XXVIII Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Blood Transfusion Society, Bournemouth.