Contact Professor Richard Wilding


Richard describes his role as 'To inspire, inform & innovate supply chain development and performance. Through challenge, best practice & academic support for public and private sector organisations and driven individual professionals who are intent on improvement' As Emeritus Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield School of Management U.K. Richard is recognised globally for his thought leadership in Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management.

Awards and Recognition

2022: Awarded "The Sir Robert Lawrence Award", the premier award of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport. First presented in 1986, it recognises an individuals outstanding and sustained contribution to the profession of logistics and transport (

2020, 2021, 2022: Top 10 Supply Chain Influencers on LinkedIn: A list of the top supply chain influencers out of the 660,000,000 Linkedin users in 200 countries and territories across the globe (

2020: Top 10 'Global Game Changers' during Covid19 Supply Chain Crisis: List of influencers who have 'gone above and beyond' to support the procurement profession during the Covid19 Crisis. (

2019: Granted The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Meritorious Award: In recognition of outstanding contribution and service to the Institute in the UK, its members and the continuing development of the logistics and transport profession. (

2019: National Teaching Fellowship (NTF): the most prestigious, internationally acclaimed and highly coveted national award, recognising individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession within U.K. Higher Education (

2019: Top 50 Influencers in e-commerce & shipping 2019. ( A list of the Top 50 global experts & commentators in e-commerce and delivery.

2019: Logistics 100 ( Outside Influencer 2019 - Most influential Logistics & Supply Chain individual in U.K. academia.

2018: The 2018 Annual UK Top100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers' Index Listed, recognising individuals from all business sectors, media and academia who are influence leaders in raising awareness to end modern slavery and labour exploitation.

2017: Winner - Logistics100 Award - singles out an individual from the U.K. SHD Logistics100 who has created the most significant impact within the profession during the previous year.

2017: Winner - Lifetime Contribution to Training & Development in Logistics - Talent in Logistics Awards.

2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019: SHD Logistics 100 Listed - The definitive list of the UK Logistics Industry's most influential players.

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017: Rated No.1 Supply Chain Power Influencer on Twitter globally (

2013: Recipient of Institute of Engineering & Technology 'Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Achievement in Design & Production'.

2013: Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Business.

2010: Honoured by and is listed in: " Who's Who" A & C Black, London (from 162nd Edition), Debrett's "People of Today" (from 2010 Edition), Marquis " Who's Who in the World" (from 2010 Edition).

2010: Winner of the "Individual Contribution Award" at the "European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

2008: European Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2008, he received the 'Distinguished Service Award for Thought Leadership and Service to Supply Chain Management'.

1992-1997: University Of Warwick. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) [Part-Time] Title: "An Investigation into Sources of Uncertainty in Industrial Supply Chains; Amplification, Deterministic Chaos & Parallel Interactions."

Current activities

Richard is described by the BBC and DHL as 'one of the world's leading experts in logistics and supply chain management'. He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities and Confederations of Industry. He is passionate about taking and creating academic knowledge that creates ACTION in business.

He was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of "Supply Chain Risk Management" in the World in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area. He is immediate past Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport U.K.(CILT) the professional body representing all those involved in the "movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains" and also holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships. Working with European and International companies on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food drink and professional services to name a few. His international impact and pre-eminence within the Logistics, Transport, Procurement and Supply Chain profession has been recognised by multiple industry awards and he is endorsed as one of the top influencers globally within the profession both by the press and on social media.

Richard's special areas of academic interest include supply chain 4.0, e-commerce, the creation of collaborative business environments, reducing supply chain vulnerability and risk, balancing supply chain impact on People, Planet and Profits, time compression and techniques for aligning supply chains to maximise customer value and reduce cost. Learn more at


Previous clients include:

AAH Hospital Services, Astra Zeneca

Balcas Timber, Banks Cargill, BBraun

Camfilfar, Carlsberg,Coors

Descartes, DHL Medical, Diageo, DLO

E2V, Edrington Group, Exxon Mobil

Field Group, Heineken

IBM, IBS, Iceland Foods, ICI (Corporate), ICI Paints

LCP Consulting Ltd, Masterfoods, Mercia Software

NHS (Blood Stocks Management), Notability Solutions

Oracle, Philips Lighting, Philips Semi-conductors

Pilkington Group, Roche Pharmaceutical

SAS (Software), Serono Pharmaceutical

Strategix Software, Symbia

Wartsila, World Trade Group


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