Richard Wilding OBE, Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield has been appointed as the new Chairman of The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK (CILT). Richard has been a member of the Institute since 1992 and a board member since 2011.

Richard has been a valued member of the Institute’s board and in recent times has been a steering Committee Member of the CILT Logistics Research Network as well as the Co-Chairman of the CILT Leaders in Supply Chain Forum.

Richard has extensive logistics and supply chain experience and will help drive the growth of the Institute’s profile as the leading logistics and transport professional body.

Commenting on the outgoing Chairman, Richard said: “Neil Ashworth has demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to the Institute and its development over the last five years. His dedication, drive and enthusiasm for the industry and the Institute is second to none and his leadership has ensured the creation and development of an Institute we are all proud to be a part of. I am committed to building on his approach and style to continue his outstanding work.”

Richard is enthusiastic about working with both existing and new members of the CILT board as well as overseeing the change in leadership at CILT’s head office, as a new CEO is to be announced shortly. He said: “I am delighted to be elected as Chairman of the CILT board and it is a great honour to be representing the 18,000 members. During my term I want to guide the Institute through its change in leadership and to meet and engage with as many members as possible to ensure that I represent their needs at both board and executive level within CILT.’

Richard went onto say: “Transport and logistics play a critical role in the UK and global economy and this role will enable the board and me the opportunity to impact and influence the sector from the classroom to the boardroom.”

Richard was made an OBE in 2013 for services to Business, recognising his outstanding achievements in logistics and supply chain management.

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