Welcome to the RLC Foundation
Welcome to the RLC Foundation website. If you are unfamiliar with the RLC Foundation and want to know who and what we are please take a look at the “About” page. As our range of members, stakeholders, friends and partners has increased we have been able to broaden the range of activities, offers and benefits accordingly.
I hope the information contained in these pages gives you an idea of who we are and what we are trying to achieve. If you need more information or have any particular comments please get in contact with us.
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Alan Woods – Director
RLC Foundation National Events Programme 2018
The RLC Foundation exists to foster the relationship between RLC and industry; sharing best practice, knowledge and mutual understanding amongst logistics professionals for both officers and soldiers. Every year the RLC Foundation has a different event theme, last year it was about ‘People’ and this year it is about ‘Automation in military logistics; where is the people/robot boundary and what are the implications for military skills and culture?”
Events planned to date are:
25 April – DHL Round Table event at Argos site, Bedford. The event will commence at 09.30 and finish by 14.30 and is hosted by Rufus McNeil, VP Transformation DHL. There will be presentations by Simon Woodward, Product Director & Sawyer robotics and Jon Hinton, VP Solution Design. Col Eddie Corrigan , Defence Logistic Strategy will give the military perspective on future military autonomous robotic capability. This will be followed by syndicate discussion group presentations.
22 May – Rolls Royce Round Table event, Bristol. This event will commence at 10.00 and finish by 14.30 and is hosted by Mark Miller, VP Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace. There will be presentations on “the use of data in logistics from both the military and commercial perspective”. Following the presentations there will be a tour’s of Defence Aerospace Operations to see first hand how they build, repair and maintain their equipment and a tour of the Defence Operations Centre to observe service delivery support.
13 June – DST Leconfield Transport Management event, Leconfield.
This event will commence at 09.30 and finish by 15.15 and is hosted by Col Andrew Kennedy, Commandant of the Defence School of Transport. The event will have 3 Phases; Phase 1 will have presentations from the military and commercial sector on transport management and the similarities and differences within each environment. Phase 2 will be a tour of the DST Leconfield site which will have military and commercial vehicle capability static displays. Phase 3 will address the Planning, Training, Asset Utilisation and Evolving Technology of Transport Management.
16 July – Ex LOG SAFARI. The event will commence at 10.00 and finish by 16.30. It is hosted by the RLC Foundation and is in 2 Parts. The morning session will take place in the Tela Theatre, Princess Royal Barracks and will involve guest speakers from the military and commercial sectors; subject yet tbc. The afternoon session will be conducted on a local military training area and will give our commercial partners the opportunity to observe RLC soldiers carrying out their specific trade roles within a field environment. Further details to follow.
31 July – Ernst & Young/Lincoln University Thought Leadership and Professional Development Event, London. This co-hosted event will commence at 10.00 and finish by 15.00. The theme for the event is “Harnessing Technology in Supply Chain Management – An examination from four distinct operational perspectives: military, commercial, humanitarian and academic. We will have key note speakers from each sector, followed by an open forum. After luch academics from Lincoln University will lead group discussions on a range of related themes.
September (date tbc) – Military Planning Event, Colchester. This event will commence at 10.00 and finish by 15.00 and is hosted by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Genko, Commanding Officer 13 Air Assault Support Regiment. RLC Foundation corporate members will be able to observe firsthand how the military decision making process works and the subsequent execution of the orders process. The event will be staged against the backdrop of a field headquarters tactical setting.
18 October – RLC Foundation Autumn Lecture, Deepcut. This event will take place at the Headquarters RLC Officers’ Mess commencing at 18.00 and finishing at 20.00. Guest speakers from the Engineering and Logistic Staff Corps will host the Lecture. Further details to follow.
7 November – RLC Foundation Awards Dinner, Deepcut. Further details to follow.
Why Regular Soldiers?
Soldiers and officers join the RLC to become professional logisticians, capable of operating in austere conditions to ensure the success of military operations. Professionalism is maintained through training and education.
The Foundation offers support for personal professional development as well as providing the opportunity to engage with Industry and Academia to gain a better understanding of the wider commercial logistics environment and ultimately to enable the individual to be recognised (and qualified) as a professional logistician. At the end of the military career this will make the transition to commercial logistics as seamless as possible.
Why Reserve Soldiers?
The benefits for Reserve soldiers and officers mirror those of the regulars. The Foundation targets commercial organisations that support Reserve Service and in particular the Portfolio Employment Model. Our engagement with a wide range of organisations from Industry offers significant employment opportunities for the reservist at any stage.
“Once RLC, always RLC” is the culture that we hope to promote. From the moment you join the Corps you become part of the family for the rest of your life.
If you are no longer serving we encourage continued engagement. This can include attending Foundation events, using the employment support facilities and networking. There are many thousands of RLC personnel no longer serving and the potential networking power is enormous.
Major General (ret) David Shouesmith – Chairman
Learning from the best!
What does the Royal Logistic Corps offer to the modern supply chain operation?
Military logistics is increasingly reliant on integrating the efforts of military logisticians and their commercial counterparts. The impetus is to create leaner, more responsive military logistic solutions for both home based and deployed operations. In achieving these, uniformed and civilian logisticians need to understand one another’s businesses and their drivers of logistics operations namely cultures, language, concepts, processes and practices. Mutual understanding will help us develop future military logistics solutions that incorporate the cutting edge of the profession while meeting the demands of budgetary necessity and military operations.
To start to create this we established The Royal Logistic Corps Foundation (a charitable entity within The Royal Logistic Corps Association) in recognition of the need to communicate better across the wider military logistics community. Our aim is simple: to facilitate contact and informal dialogue between the individual communities so we can develop a better joint understanding and draw on the range of skills and experience that exists.
The RLC wants soldiers and officers to understand what works in the ‘outside’ logistics world and for such exposure to be a normal part of their career, benefiting any later transition to a civilian career. We want also to forge this Foundation community of interest based on mutual benefit and we hope and believe that industry can derive business benefit from exposure to RLC people.
New Benefits for soldiers, ex-RLC and their families
The RLC Foundation has looked carefully into the benefits that our soldiers enjoy, and we’ve consulted with you through a series of focus groups – thank you for your participation.
We are delighted to announce that we are introducing a great range of benefits – including the ones you’ve told us you really want – to save you money in all parts of your daily life – entertainment, eating out, shopping, holidays, car, phone, at the gym, and much more. See our Benefits page for more details.
This is available to current and ex-RLC personnel for £15 per year which we think you can easily recover the first time you use your card!