Contact Dr Chris Rutherford


Chris joined the Logistics Research Centre at Heriot-Watt University in May 2010 as a Senior Teaching Fellow, having spent the previous 8 years teaching at Cranfield School of Management where she continues as a Visiting Fellow. She lectures on postgraduate and executive programmes at Heriot-Watt and Cranfield and as an invited Lecturer at business schools across Europe. Her research and teaching is focused on the application of modelling techniques for improving supply chain performance with particular emphasis on inventory planning and demand forecasting. She is the Course Director of Cranfield's Supply Chain Planning open programme; this 4 day course draws on the expertise of Cranfield Faculty and Associates.

Chris has designed, developed and delivered a numbers of customised short courses in the area of supply chain planning for a wide range of customers including: Accenture; Argos; Avon; Gillette; ICI; John Lewis; Ministry of Defence; NYK Logistics and many others.

As Director of her own consulting firm Chris has successfully helped many organisations reduce their stock investment through improved forecasting and optimal inventory management. Recent customers have included: BAE Systems; Defence Equipment and Support; Kimberley Clark; Kimberley Clark Professional; Random House Group; Susuki and World Duty Free.