News and Events

We have a full and expanding programme of events for 2019.  In addition to our main events we are are also planning a number of regional events to promote closer engagement between our regiments and local commercial and academic organisations.

These are all outlined on our home page.  Below we’ve set out some summaries of recent events.


Team Leidos with Kuehne & Nagel and support from Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) Army hosted a ‘demand forecasting and risk management in logistics event’ at Donnington on Wed 16 Oct 19. Lt Col Fiona Walker, DE&S LCST Land & Army Domain Account Manager gave an insight into Logistic Commodities and Service Transformation for future global military Distribution, Freight and Supply operations. It encompassed integration, outsourcing, procurement and storage of logistic commodities in partnership with industry experts. This partnering arrangement has already seen improved service delivery and substantial financial savings for the MOD.

Mr Paul Stannett, Customer Relations Manager Team Leidos explained how their integrated supply chain supports front line commands and the DE&S Project Teams. This has been achieved by re-brigading of stock and site rationalisation, reconfiguration of the transport network and an improvement of service delivery against the backdrop of new IS systems development and implementation.

Mr Tom Kay, Head of Future Planning Kuehne & Nagel described military Storage, Distribution and Freight operations from yesteryear and highlighted the significant improvements made through major infrastructure investment, synchronisation of systems, policy, process and people.

Following the presentations delegates were given a tour of the new Defence Fulfilment Centre and Operations Warehouse. The size of these buildings and the scale of their operations reinforced the considerable investment by our contract partners within the military supply chain network.

An excellent event which was attended by 68 industry and military delegates. Thank you Team Leidos, Kuehne & Nagel and DE&S. It was one of our best event to date!



13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC hosted a Military Planning event at Merville Barracks, Colchester,  on Tue 24 Sep 19.  This event showcased military operational logistics and exposed our corporate members to the military decision making process against the backdrop of a tactical field operational Headquarters and an ongoing battlefield scenario.  The event concentrated on how the military makes decisions and subsequently executes the orders process during the planning stages of a military operation.  Corporate members received an appreciation of why mission analysis prior to military engagement is so important; it shows how the military makes sense of the environment in which they are operating, how the communication chain works, it creates missions and tasks and manages inherent risks and uncertainties.  This is a different approach to the business world in many respects  with less data and more uncertainty, but there are recognisable planning parallels between industry and the military.  The risks are different. Whilst commercial uncertainty threatens business viability and therefore profit; military uncertainty threatens the mission and ultimately lives.

After initial briefings corporate members, under the tutelage of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment officers, took part in a war gaming scenario to put their new found knowledge to the test.  This provided for lively debate and confirmed that delegates had a basic understanding of the combat estimate process.

Regimental chefs provided an excellent curry lunch in the field which was enjoyed by all.

This was an excellent event and feedback from our corporate members has been extremely positive.  We would plan to run a similar event in 2020.

Thank you 13 Air Assault Support Regiment!



Exercise Log SAFARI took place on the Pirbright training area on 15 July.  This exercise is designed to give Officer Cadets nearing the end of Junior term at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Potential Officers pre RMAS and Industry personnel an overview of RLC logistic capability within a tactical field environment.  The International Logistic Officers course from the Defence School of Logistics added an international flavour to the attendance list.

There were seven skill stands on display which showcased RLC expertise in Supply and Distribution, Ammunition Technical Services, Food Services, Movement Control Operations, Postal & Courier Operatives, Fuel and Petroleum Operations and Air Despatch.

6 Regiment RLC demonstrated how they provisioned for the supply of commodities and their subsequent resupply to the deployed force within an operational environment.  This involved forward movement to our battlefield troops, receipt/issue and storage of vast quantities of combat supplies and technical components and ancillaries within the Supply Chain.  Their Chefs demonstrated how a field force kitchen caters for a deployed force on exercise and on operations, utilising fresh rations (when available), with  pre-packed dry ration packs to sustain our soldiers.  A chef’s ingenuity to provide a substantial meal from next to nothing, is a hallmark of their professional expertise and testament to their initial Trade training.  10 Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment’s  Petroleum Operators demonstrated bulk fuel resupply to forward troops and described the different types of equipment they deployed.  They demonstrated how they tested different fuels and the measures taken to safeguard against contamination.  Movement Controller’s from 29 Regiment RLC highlighted the strategic movement of personnel and equipment into theatre by air, sea and land and the challenges they faced when ensuring MOD compliance with international transport legislation.  Movement Controllers are deployed on all military operations and exercises.  Postal & Courier Operators from 29 Regiment RLC explained their role on operations; by providing a vital morale link between deployed personnel with loved ones back home in the absence of mobile phones and the internet.  As Defence couriers they are also responsible for the movement and care of all Secret, Top Secret and diplomatic correspondence.  11 EOD Regiment gave a practical mock improvised explosive demonstration on the type of incendiary devices they faced on operations and the subsequent counter-measures they deployed to neutralise the threat.  One of our Foundation members tried on the protective Bomb Suit – and was suitably relieved when he got out of it! The concluding stand visit was to 47 Air Despatch Sqn RLC who gave a fascinating insight into global air despatch operations as to how they provide air-drops to ground troops within hostile environments and on humanitarian aid operations.  RLC Foundation delegates got the opportunity to rig an air despatch item for a mock air-drop.  The Air Despatchers were suitably impressed.

A curry lunch in the field on a glorious sunny day was also enjoyed by all 73 RLC Foundation delegates. This has been our biggest attendance yet on Ex Log SAFARI .  On behalf of the RLC Foundation ‘a big thank you’ to the CRLO team at RHQ RLC  for making it all work.



On 21 June 2019 Ernst & Young (EY) generously  hosted a Mental Health Awareness event at their London Bridge office.  This event centred on a whole range of mental health awareness issues. Presentations from Wilson James (WJ), 17 Port & Maritime Regiment RLC and EY explored the different challenges they all faced within the commercial sector and, within the military environment.

Catherine Jenkins, Mental Health co-chair from EY set the scene by giving an overview of mental ill-health issues in general.  This ranged from identifying early mental health symptoms to the integrated support network they have in place to educate and care for their employees.  Mental ill-health is the leading cause of sickness absence in the UK, costing an average of £1035 per employee per year.

Sam Rope, WJ HR Director talked about the impact of mental ill-health within WJ particularly within the construction logistics and security arm of the company.  The long established macho image of this type of work group has had to be challenged and WJ now have a very well established support programme in place for all employees with senior buy-in from executive board stakeholders.  Gerald Butler, the Time for Change Champion from WJ  highlighted his own personal experiences on mental ill-health and reinforced his company’s policy to ‘end mental health discrimination’.  All line manager’s now have the tools required to engage with the workforce at every level on mental health awareness issues.

Captain Phil Smith ably supported by SSgt Smith and SSgt Tallett gave 17 Port & Maritime Regiment’s perspective on mental ill-health and that of their personal experiences when confronted with mental health issues. Service personnel do suffer with mental health issues and recent studies indicate higher stress rates amongst service personnel than those within the civilian sector.  Military commanders at all levels take responsibility for both the physical and mental wellbeing of those that serve under their command.

Following lunch  60 delegates took part in Interactive Group sessions to further explore the mental health impact on individuals, their families, the business and what we can do further to make sure the right treatment, support and rehabilitation is in place for the future.

An excellent Event, with an open and honest view of mental ill-health issues that will and do, affect us all.



On 21 May Royal Mail Group generously hosted an RLC event at the Princess Royal Distribution Centre, Willesden, London.  The event was attended by 36 delegates from industry, the RLC  Postal & Courier Operator trade and the wider military community. The theme of the event centred on “Demand forecasting, planning and risk management in logistics; from the commercial and military perspective”. Euan McMurdo, Logistic Director Royal Mail Group UK opened the event and gave an insight into the long and proud history Royal Mail Group has with the Armed Forces.  They have 200 employees who are reservists and they are staunch supporters of the Armed Forces Covenant.  Maj Gen (Retired) David Shouesmith, Chairman of the RLC Foundation spoke about the aims of the Foundation and the need to foster stronger relationships with industry to develop future military logistic solutions.

Andy Downes, Royal Mail Head of Special Events, Assets & Peak Planning gave a fascinating overview of the market challenges faced by Royal Mail Group on a daily basis and the inherent risks associated with a No-Deal Brexit.  Andy outlined how contingency measures are put in place to deal with surge activity around Bank holidays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.  He emphasised that accurate planning is very dependent on accurate data and this is paramount to mitigating the risk associated with the operating capability of Royal Mail Group.

Colonel Andy Moffat,  Head of British Forces Post Office gave a background brief as to how the BFPO evolved from the Peninsula War in 1808  into the organisation it is today .  BFPO provides an efficient and effective Postal & Courier service in order to sustain the fighting power of the UK armed forces worldwide.  Andy highlighted how forecasting future demand capacity is very much a generic effort between current outputs and historic high volume, he discussed the risks associated with providing  postal and courier service provision to operational theatres worldwide and the need for accurate risk assessment.

Following the presentations delegates were given a tour of the Princess Royal Distribution Centre which included a visit to the rail terminus which delivers low priority freight to the midlands and Scotland.

There followed a lively debate which brought out  an interesting analysis of the market challenges that affects both the Royal Mail Group and the BFPO in conducting their activities.

An excellent event – thank you Royal Mail.



On 28 March World Fuel Services generously hosted an RLC Foundation event at RAF Northolt.  The event was attended by 46 delegates from industry, the Petroleum Operator trade and the wider military community.  David Cork, WFS Operations Director opened the event with an overview of WFS Global operations and the challenges they face when conducting demand forecasting and risk management.  David highlighted the complexity of international fuel resupply routes and the problems WFS have to contend with on a daily basis.  These problems ranged from maintaining the correct levels of fuel quality assurance from refinery to the customer, and the further decanting risk factors when transferring the product to road, rail, sea and air assets, to insurgent disruption within the supply chain in the middle east.  Dale Garner the station manager at Southampton and Bournemouth airports quantified the scale of global operations and how historical data is best used to forecast future fuel requirements within the Aviation sector. He gave a fascinating insight into the storage of fuels and the processes and standards that have to be maintained when conducting aviation resupply operations.  Paul Heald, Global HSE Director WFS (Aviation) talked about the relatively new Joint Inspection Group (JIG) which advises on aviation standards and training and conducts inspections at airports for participating members.  The JIG  vision is to set a Global Quality Assurance Aviation standard that shares best practice throughout the aviation industry.

WO1 Paul Franks, Command Petroleum Warrant Officer at Army Headquarters rounded off the morning presentations by giving an overview of current military fuel capability, demand forecasting and safe systems of work that Petroleum Operators must adopt when conducting fuel operations.

In the afternoon all delegates visited an airfield demonstration of WFS aviation bulk storage tanks, viewed bowser operations and visited a fuel testing laboratory.  The Petroleum Operators displayed their Joint Operational  Fuel Systems both for mobile light operational capability as deployed with 3 Commando Brigade and the much heavier Bulk Fuel Installation which demonstrated the field storage aspect of fuel resupply.

This was one of our best events to date.  A big thank you to WFS.




On 28 February the RLC held its 2019 launch event at Waltham Cross, London.  The event was generously hosted and sponsored by Yodel.  The RLC Foundation theme for 2019 is “Demand forecasting, planning and risk management in logistics; from the commercial and military perspective”.  The event focussed in one the use of data to manage risk and how we can use people to mitigate and manage risk with the demand forecast.

The event was opened by the RLC Foundation Chairman, Maj Gen (Retired) David Shouesmith who spoke about the aims of the Foundation and the need to foster strong relationships with industry to develop future military solutions.

Andy Mewes, Yodel Business Management Director, gave a fascinating insight into the integrated Planning and Development approach by Yodel to use data when identifying risk within its business model.  He emphasised the need of accurate planning and accurate data otherwise the risk doesn’t matter because it has not been properly assessed.  Yodel are in the process of internal structural review and have now established a direct linkage with their commercial and operational business which aids future demand forecasting.  Yodel are further developing an incentivised Rewards and Recognition scheme to encourage all employees to embrace behavioural and cultural changes which will impact directly on company outputs.

Colonel Ian Skipper, Assistant Head of Operations, Defence Supply Chain Operations and Movements centre gave an overview of how the military co-ordinates defence supply on operations and on exercise by army, navy air force and commercial assets.  When forecasting or planning demand to support operations or exercises comprehensive risk assessment is required to address future sustainment and the commanders future intent amongst a whole host of other considerations.  This risk assessment is also a vital tool when recovering our armed forces back to the UK after a particular operation or deployment.

There followed a lively syndicate presentation debate which brought out interesting analysis of market challenges which affect the commercial sector and the armed forces.

At the end of the day people are our most precious commodity; if they are trained properly they can interpret data correctly, which directly impacts accurate demand forecasting and subsequent overarching risk management.  Look after the people, the people look after the business!

This was an excellent event.  Thank you Team Yodel!



The 4th RLC Foundation Awards Dinner took place in the Headquarters RLC Officer’s Mess on Wednesday 7 November 2018.  This event acknowledges  achievements by the military, commercial and academic communities within the Foundation objectives of partnering and professional development.  We had 95 people attend, the food was excellent and entertainment was provided by the Band of the Royal Logistics Corps and the Corps of Drums. The Awards Dinner was kindly hosted by Lieutenant General Sir Mark W Poffley KCB OBE, the Master General of Logistics.

The 7 Award categories, sponsors and winners were as follows:

RLC Foundation Mentoring Support Award – Sponsored by Royal Mail – Winner Warrant Officer Class 1 Shaun Broom, RLC Training & Development Team

RLC Foundation Industry Professional Development Award – Sponsored by Kuehne & Nagel – Winner Mr Shay Cooper, The Goring Hotel

RLC Foundation Regional Partnership Award – Sponsored by General Dynamics – Winner Royal Mail Group









The Best Professional Article in the Review Magazine Award – Sponsored by DHL – Winner Captain Tom Saddleton, 10 The Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment

RLC Foundation Thought Leadership Award – Sponsored by Babcock – Winner Kuehne & Nagel

RLC Foundation Junior Initiative Award – Sponsored by FSL – Winner Lieutenant Jake Ardley, 3 Regiment RLC








RLC Foundation Apprentice of the Year 2018 – Sponsored by Leidos – Winner Private Nishan Singh, 27 Regiment RLC

Major Matt Harris collected The RLC Foundation Apprentice of the Year 2018 award, on behalf of Private Nishan Singh who could not be at the award ceremony.

Planning is now well underway for RLC Foundation event programme in 2019. Our theme for next year is “Demand forecasting, planning and risk management in logistics; from the commercial and military perspective”.  We will keep you posted on event dates and locations.



The RLC Foundation Autumn Lecture took place at the Headquarters RLC Officers Mess on 17 October.  Our Chairman Maj Gen (Retd) David Shouesmith opened the event and gave an overview of RLC Foundation objectives and future aspirations.  Our guest speaker was Mr Kempton Cannons, CEO Techmodal who gave a fascinating insight into ‘Data Analytics – A new era in Logistics’.  Kempton highlighted  how reliable Data can improve profitability, enhance performance levels and reduce operating costs within the military and commercial environment.  This  was caveated by a degree of inflexibility, with the withdrawal of physical workforce involvement.  He also explored  modular simulation, data mining and artificial intelligence as some of the prime contributors when driving forward inventory management and future operational business strategy.  The importance of aligning processes and proper Data training for personnel is a challenge and the ‘cultural shift’ is paramount to the success of any business.  Following the lecture there followed a lively Q & A session and afterwards everyone enjoyed a curry supper and the chance to network with industry partners.  We had Eighty eight attendees from the military and commercial sector; our biggest audience at an Autumn Lecture for many years.




On 5 September, 13 Air Assault Support Regiment (AASR) hosted a Combat Service Support Study Day at the Cpl Budd VC Gymnasium in Colchester for corporate members of the RLC Foundation.  The event was very kindly sponsored by Lieutenant Colonel Mark Genko, Commanding Officer, 13 AASR.  The morning session focussed in on how 13 AASR supports 16 Air Assault Brigade with logistic support within an operational theatre.  This was demonstrated by using a method called the ‘cone show’.  The cone show lays out a visual display of the different echelons within the logistic supply chain whose sole purpose is to support front line fighting troops.  The echelons hold stocks of combat supplies, can provide limited equipment repair facilities, provide medical and Provost support.  Each of the echelons capabilities were described in detail and each component of the supply chain was demonstrated by role playing soldiers moving between the different echelons to simulate the demand or tasking process.

In the afternoon corporate members has the chance to visit a live demonstration of 13 AASR key capabilities.  The REME showcased vehicle and equipment repair facilities explaining how they conduct repair, recovery and maintenance of vehicles within an operational theatre.  47 AD Sqn demonstrated how they supply ground troops with air supply stores and equipment and highlighted the numerous factors to be taken into consideration, when considering resupply by parachute.  The Provost demonstrated a prisoner of war camp and explained the complexities when dealing with prisoners of war and working within the rules of the Geneva Convention.  A simulated Distribution Point (DP) for resupply of stores and equipment gave an insight into the security problems DP commanders can face when suppling forward operating troops within a narrow timeframe or supply window.

Overall, this was an excellent event and feedback from the RLC Foundation corporate membership has been extremely positive.  A big thank you to 13 Air Assault Support Regiment!



On 31 July the RLC Foundation held a Thought Leadership and Professional Development event with Ernst & Young and Lincoln University in London. The event was generously hosted by Ernst & Young at their main office in London.  The venue was held in their Vista Suite on the 9th floor and offered spectacular views of The Tower of London, London Bridge and HMS Belfast.  The theme of the event was “Harnessing Technology in Supply Chain Management – An examination from four distinct operations perspectives: military, commercial, humanitarian and academic”.

Colonel Eddie Corrigan the Assistant Head of Concepts and Force Development, Defence Logistics Strategy gave an overview of the Defence Support Network which focussed on how digital optimisation has changed military thinking when planning end to end supply chain operations.  He highlighted  the requirement for integrated supply chain networks and our dependence on global and NATO partners to make this work.  He emphasised that we must be strategically prepared and precise in our planning when pushing through supply logistics from concept to capability, and be innovative with technology.

Mr Paul Bakstad from Ernst & Young gave an overview on commercial sector digital optimisation/disruption  and emphasised how “Data is the defining mega trend of our time” which affects all elements of the end to end supply chain.  Digital optimisation involves exploiting multiple new technologies and new and exciting benefit opportunities within the supply chain.  He discussed the impact of Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, 3-D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones and Robotics within the supply chain.

Dr Sarah Schiffling from Liverpool University (formerly at Lincoln) spoke about humanitarian logistic support operations and the technology which supports relief operations.  Global humanitarian relief operations suffer from the lack of infrastructure, a lack of funding and humanitarian planners have to deal with  constantly shifting situations.  They depend heavily on ‘reliable’ data which, when analysed must provide the correct information.

Dr Eliseo Luis Vilalta-perdomo from Lincoln University talked about end to end supply chain logistics from an academic viewpoint. He highlighted the use of digital technologies within materials requirement planning and electronic data interchange across the procurement, transformation and sales and distribution functions.  He also discussed the benefits of ‘Blockchain’ technology when dealing with supply chain risks and conversely the concerns inherent when dealing with ‘Blockchain’ risks.  It does make the supply chain too transparent and therefore reduces the ability to keep company operating strategy from competitors.

In the afternoon the attendees took part in Syndicate Discussion Groups  to evaluate the following discussion themes:

What are the challenges (and solutions) in adopting modern commercial supply chain technology to improve military and humanitarian operational supply chain performance? Facilitated by Professor Martin Hingley from Lincoln University.

  • What lessons can we learn from recent military and humanitarian logistic operations about the use of commercial partners? Facilitated by Dr Sarah Schiffling, Liverpool University.
  • How can data best be exploited in contingent logistic operations?  Facilitated by Dr ELISEO Luis Vilalta-perdomo.

After analysis on their discussion themes each syndicate gave a presentation on their findings, which provided for a lively debate.

An excellent event.  A big thank you to EY for hosting us all at such a superb location.



On 16 July, the RLC Foundation hosted corporate members and colleagues from the armed forces on Ex LOG SAFARI.  This type of event adds a new type of dimension to the Foundation’s ongoing commitment of bringing together logistics professionals from Industry and the armed forces.  The exercise took place on the Deepcut training areas and showcased a range of RLC trades and skills.  Prior to visiting the individual stand demonstrations the RLC Foundation Chairman, Maj Gen (Retd) David Shouesmith welcomed the guests and outlined the purpose of the visit.  Visitors were asked to focus on how the skills and expertise within the RLC could benefit commercial organisations and whether in their view, the RLC had the correct attitudes and processes to be able to compete in the commercial sector.

Visitors were briefed on catering support and improvised field cooking initiatives by Chefs from 26 Engr Regt.  There followed a demonstration by 11 EOD Regt’s bomb disposal experts and visitors had the opportunity to try on the Mk6 Bomb Suit which weighs

35Kg.  On display was a vast array of simulated explosives and inert ordnance which highlighted the vast range of knowledge and expertise our EOD teams must possess.  An excellent curry lunch was served in the field before we visited a static display by 47 AD Sqn who highlighted the physical and operational challenges when dropping supplies by parachute to ground troops.  13AASR demonstrated the range of vehicles it uses to re-supply the air assault brigade in the field.  The Oshkosh tactical fuel tanker was an instant hit with the visitors and provided for an excellent ‘selfie opportunity’.  Supply specialists explained how we sustain field operations and we support our troops in peacetime and in war.  29 Regt gave an overview of Movement Control operations and the capabilities of the RLC’s Postal and Courier Operators.

Feedback from the corporate and military community on this event has been extremely positive.  It gave our commercial partners a unique opportunity to talk to our soldiers about RLC trade skills within a simulated tactical field setting.  A big thank you and well done to all military participants.





On 13 June the RLC Foundation in conjunction with the Defence School of Transport and Kuehne & Nagel  held a Transport Management event at Leconfield.  The event was generously hosted by Colin Andrew Kennedy, Commandant of the Defence School of Transport.  The event focussed in on driver training, transport planning, asset utilisation and evolving technology in transport management, from both a military and a commercial perspective.

WO1 Joe Murphy, the MT  Training Officer at DST, gave an insight into military driver training,  highlighting trade progression and responsibilities throughout a soldiers career.  WO1 Murphy talked about the importance of  mapping of trade qualifications and professional development for soldiers and their equivalence within the commercial sector.  Tom Kay, Head of Future Planning Kuehne & Nagel,  gave an overview of how their Transport Management System controls distribution and freight movements on a global basis.  This is coordinated through a control tower which effectively provides for consignment tracking, vehicle fleet optimisation and electronic delivery confirmation.  Current innovations being explored by Kuehne & Nagel

Is dual fuel usage, a further reduction in noise pollution levels whilst conducting operations and lower fuel emissions.

After the presentations all delegates were given a tour of the DST Leconfield site to look at the diversity of driver training that is conducted across a vast fleet of different types of military and commercial vehicles.  A static vehicle display highlighted the unique operating capability of each type of vehicle and SMEs were on hand to take questions from the ‘tourists’.

This was an excellent event, very much appreciated by all that attended.  Well done DST, one of our best events to date.



On 17 May a Movement Controller Trade Update was held at 29 Regt RLC.  The morning session concentrated on  Movement Controller trade specific issues and in the afternoon the RLC Foundation in conjunction with Bicester Army Education Centre and Kuehne & Nagel highlighted the numerous Professional Development opportunities available to serving officers and soldiers.

The RLC Foundation was established in April 2015 with a broad remit to promote professional development in the Corps through engagement with industry and academia and to encourage accreditation for RLC officers and soldiers.  The RLC Foundation Director, Alan Woods explained to audience how this was to be achieved through a programme of regional and national events throughout the UK.

Captain Christopher Gilhan from Bicester Army Education Centre explored the various professional development options available to the assembled audience and how best to maximise the different sources of funding throughout their careers.  Officers and soldiers were encouraged to run their own Professional Development diaries, recording  qualifications gained within the Army, which can then be used as evidence of achievement when pursuing secondary careers.

Ed Coward, Contingent Planning Officer at Kuehne & Nagel gave a fascinating insight into what transition from the military to civilian life entailed.  Based on his own experiences he gave advice on setting realistic personal expectations when pursuing a secondary career.  He reinforced the need to build a ‘professional development portfolio’ right from the start of a soldiers military career.

Overall, an excellent event, very much appreciated by the 120 attendees.



On 25 April the RLC Foundation held a Round Table event at Kempston, Bedford. It was generously hosted by Rufus McNeil, VP transition DHL.  The RLC Foundation theme for 2018 is “Automation in military logistics; where is the people/robot boundary and what are the implications for military skills and culture?”.  The DHL Round Table event focussed in on “the boundaries between human and autonomous systems in the logistics domain” and attracted a large audience of commercial and military delegates.

The event was opened by Rufus McNeil who gave an overview of DHL logistic operations, this was followed by an update by Alan Woods on RLC Foundation activities.  Jonathan Lelliot an ex-military officer,  gave the audience an insight into his transition from a military career to employment with DHL as a General Manager.

Simon Woodward, Product Director DHL gave a fascinating insight into delivering productivity through investment in innovation and skills looking at the industry trend and the deployment of robots within the automation process.  This was tempered against labour intensity, labour availability, labour costs and the geography and complexity of the operational challenge within DHL.  Michael Rinaldi, Solutions Design Director DHL concentrated on how supply chains of the future will be fully digitalised, enabled by technology and standardised processes.  This was against the backdrop of a changing customer base, a change in the logistics landscape and changing technologies.  The significance of data gathering analysis and utilisation for decision making is more important than ever.  The Sawyer Robot was on display and it’s capabilities were demonstrated to the assembled audience.

Colonel Eddie Corrigan,  the Assistant Head of Defence Logistics Strategy gave an overview of future autonomous robotic capability within distribution, supply and information systems, and decision support within the military environment.  This embraced the whole spectrum of robotic capability from unmanned aerial systems for situational awareness and communications to logistic forecasting, enabled by logistic applications, analytics and artificial intelligence.

The afternoon session focused in on Panel Group discussions looking at the key differences between the military and commercial environments when considering the extent of automation.  These discussions generated a lively debate and provided thought for the future.

An excellent event, thank you DHL.


RLC Foundation Awards Dinner 8th November 2017

On 8 November 2017 the third annual RLC Foundation Awards Dinner was held at the Headquarters Officers’ Mess at Deepcut. Maj Gen Angus Fay, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff, Logistics Operations, Personnel, hosted the event. We had 102 in attendance, including Lt Gen Mark Poffley, the Master General of Logistics and an eclectic mix of serving military and civilian partners. The principal aim of the Foundation is to encourage professional development and thought leadership by engaging with Industry and Academia. The Awards Programme is designed to recognise significant achievements in line with these goals both within the RLC and wider Industry. Without the generous sponsorship of individual awards by Industry the event would not be possible and we are grateful for the superb support provided, and to Pearson TQ for sponsoring the dinner programme.

There were seven awards in 2017; the award nominees and winners were:

Award 1:   RLC Foundation Mentoring Support Award – Sponsor: The RLC

Winner:   SSgt Robert Caarten – 10 QOGLR;

Runner Up:   Mr John Strike – 17 Port and Maritime Regt RLC


Having recognised the lack of trade opportunities for junior soldiers in the Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment he has personally created a programme to assure a development pathway. This enables those in the training environment to gain relevant and comprehensive professional accreditation. This is against the backdrop of an RLC unit without a live custodial account on which Logistic Supply Specialists would normally learn their trade. His most significant initiative was the introduction of regular placements to assist with stock-taking, accounting and processing demands on a live custodial account. The value of this experience, training and mentoring cannot be under estimated, as these soldiers would normally have to deploy to gain such experience. In conjunction with his day job he has personally mentored 60 soldiers who are now fully trained in their specialisation. This has been a remarkable contribution by Staff Sergeant Bicker-Caarten.


Award 2:   The RLC Foundation Industry Professional Development Award – Sponsor: DHL

Winner:   Ernst and Young;

Runner Up:   Engineering and Logistic Staff Corps

Active engagement between the RLC Foundation and the Ernst & Young Woman’s Network began in November 2015 and continues to blossom within many joint ventures having been held over the past 2 years. In early May this year Ernst & Young scoped an exercise between General Dynamics and 4 Regiment RLC to understand supply chain problems across the Purple Gate. In late May Ernst & Young hosted a Logistics 101 event in London looking at “what makes a professional logistician”. Both these events were extremely well supported and enabled the military to gain a valuable insight into commercial supply chain issues. Planning with Ernst & Young, Lincoln University and the Foundation is well underway to tri-host an academic Thought Leadership event early next year. The success of the RLC Foundation thus far is due in no small measure to the outstanding support from the Ernst & Young Woman’s Network.

Award 3:   The RLC Foundation Regional Partnership Award – Sponsor:  Leidos

Winner:   Ubi-tech;

Runner Up:   PA Consulting

Ubi-tech (3R) Ltd has been successfully delivering continuous professional development training for the RLC Communication Specialists since 2015. They provide ELCAS approved Post Graduate Certificate training in wireless communications which is accredited by the University of Wolverhampton. To date 26 Communications Specialists, rank ranged from Lance Corporal to Warrant Officer Class 1 have been trained, with another Post Graduate Certificate course planned for February 2018. It is testimony to Ubi-Tech’s excellent instruction, professional development and mentoring of our soldiers that all written submissions to Wolverhampton University have been successful. They also provide assistance and advice to soldiers at the end of their military career, helping with CVs and identifying civilian career opportunities. They were stalwart supporters of the Defence School of Transport Armed Forces Day. Ubi-tech definitely goes that extra mile and their support to the RLC Foundation has been truly outstanding.
Award 4:   Best Professional Article in the RLC Foundation Review Magazine 2017 – Sponsor:   Ernst and Young

Winner:   Capt Alexander MacLaverty DST;

Runner Up:   Major Andrew Cox DST
Paper Title – Why did the Dieppe Raid prove such a disaster and what was learnt from it that led to the success seen on D-Day?

Award 5:   RLC Foundation Thought Leadership Award – Sponsor – PA Consulting

Winner:   General Dynamics

Runner Up:   DHL

General Dynamics were a founding corporate partner of the RLC Foundation, having joined in December 2015. In May this year General Dynamics hosted a Problem Solving exercise at Oakdale, Wales. The exercise involved supply subject matter experts from General Dynamics and Logistic Specialists (Supply) from 4 Regiment RLC exploring key supply chain issues across the Purple Gate and, the opportunities that exist for tracking individual items and improving delivery times in the future. 4 Regiment RLC will host General Dynamics early next year in a ‘return match’ to keep the momentum going and further explore new aspects of inventory management. General Dynamics and 4 Regiment RLC are presently exploring personnel attachments to further enhance their collaborative understanding of ‘end to end’ supply chain issues. Staunch supporters of the RLC Foundation General Dynamics contribution has been exemplary.

Award 6:   RLC Foundation Junior Initiative Award – Sponsor: Kuehne and Nagel

Winner:   Cpl Mathew Brown HQ 3 (UK) Div

Runner Up:   SSgt Karly Bond 27 Regt RLC

To quote the Force Ordnance Warrant Officer, Field Army “Corporal Brown is an outstanding role model for all soldiers, utterly trustworthy and a stalwart of values and standards. Command Ordnance Warrant Officer in the making.” Technically adept and a very competent communicator he has a real knack of extracting and analysing data which resulted in potential savings of 1.3m for 3rd(United Kingdom) Division when he identified account discrepancies. He has provided support on comprehensive Logistic Specialist (Supply) trade training external validation. Corporal Brown is the beginning of the new culture of Logistic Specialists (Supply) he is professionally competent and has the confidence to add value wherever he is employed and understands the importance of intelligent supply chain management. An outstanding soldier who definitely punches way above his weight.

Award 7 – RLC Foundation Apprentice of the Year Award 2017 – Sponsor – Ubi-tech –

Winner:   LCpl Rommel Tem Meh – 27 Regiment RLC

Runner Up:   Cpl Michael Ford – 29 Regiment RLC

Lance Corporal Tem Meh has completed his Logistics Operations Advanced Apprenticeship. During his Apprenticeship he was assigned to the Falkland Islands, this could have impeded other students but not Lance Corporal Meh. He remained fully focussed throughout and completed every aspect of training with a flawless commitment to achieve this goal. He ensured that all training was conducted to the highest standard, even taking on additional work in his spare time, which set him above his peer group and reflected the high standard he achieved at the end of his apprenticeship training. His performance has been simply exemplary and reflects the hard work put in by this soldier.
Many congratulations to both the Winners and Runners up for their outstanding achievements in 2017. The Awards nomination process for 2018 will be found in the Sustainer and on the Foundation website early in the New Year. We encourage you to identify suitable candidates who can be nominated for their achievements.

Photographs of Winners

Captain Alexander MacLaverty (right) winner of The Best Professional Article Published in the RLC Review Magazine.


Staff Sergeant Robert Bicker-Caarten (right) of 10 The Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment who has been awarded The RLC Foundation Mentoring Support Award.



Corporal Matthew Brown (right) Winner of The RLC Foundation Junior Initiative Award.















Representatives from Ernst & Young who have been awarded The RLC Foundation Industry Professional Development Award.


Representative from General Dynamics (right) who have been awarded The RLC Foundation Thought Leadership Award.
















Mr Richard Lee (right), Managing Director for Ubi-tech (3R) Ltd who have been awarded The RLC Foundation Regional Partnership Award.
















Lance Corporal Tem Meh (right) winner of The RLC Foundation Apprentice of the Year 2017.

RLC Foundation Autumn Lecture/Presentation 2017

Innovation: It is not just about ideas. It is a ‘people’ challenge.

With its traditional culture can the military embrace this challenge and be effective at innovation.

1. Introduction and Context

A focus on innovation is, of course, nothing new. Remember the dot com boom of a decade or so ago? Not to mention many other periods in the past characterised by rapid change. Change that in the end altered the way we do things, the products we rely on and the services that have helped alter the way we live.

However there is something different about the current context and the manner in which a need for innovation seems to be everywhere. This current context is affecting all organisations from the smart young businesses of Shoreditch in London to established, large organisations. And of course the military.

It is what Klaus Schwab – the founder and chairman of The World Economic Forum – has termed The Fourth Industrial Revolution. A veritable tipping point for how we organise and do things and a pace of change that is increasingly unavoidable. This is driven by a technology revolution which, as he says, ‘entails nothing less than a transformation of humankind’! Profound stuff. He goes on …’We are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another….[it has the potential to be] unlike anything humankind has experienced before…a fusion of technologies across the physical, digital, and biological worlds’. All developing and self- reinforcing at pace!

Others take the same view. Read ‘The Rise of The Robots’ by Martin Ford for an assessment of technical innovation underway and accelerating, or the latest Economist title, ‘Mega Tech’ looking out over the next 10 and 20 years and advising that the rapid change we face ahead will not be easy to cope with.

Read pretty much any one of the increasing number of books on the subject (Amazon 16000 plus) and the message is the same.

So if this is the context driving a current focus on innovation everywhere it might be useful to define in a more structured sense what we might mean by it.

2. Invention and Innovation

The past can often be a relevant guide to the future. Consider 1967, itself an amazing year for innovation. First up The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper. After that nothing in the world of ‘pop’ records was the same again. Their innovation wasn’t just the songs it was the way they used a recording studio and even the packaging of the record. Music is a constant example of innovation. Same idea but mostly something new! Then that same year Concorde was introduced to the world and at roughly the same time so too was the Boeing 747 Jumbo jet. Concorde represented a new INVENTION, it broke technical barriers and achieved something not done before or, amazingly, since. The 747 was an INNOVATION. An evolution of a current technology but that went on to change our capabilities for air travel. It changed the world. Concorde did not.

Pursuing invention is inherently more risky. Whilst there can be considerable overlap between innovation and a fresh invention it is RISK (particularly market or more generally commercial) that separates them. One needs to fully explore which characteristic is dominant and understand the potential risk. As Concorde represents not even the most brilliant invention will succeed commercially and therefore will not be sustainable. The job of the top of any organisation (Chairman/CEO/Board) is to ensure the sustainability of the organisation as its markets and objectives constantly change and evolve.

3. What kind of Innovation

Innovation can take place in at least three distinct ways. We see all of these currently and they are relevant for all organisations.

Type A is about ways of working.

Since the financial crash of 2007/8 the world of work has changed. Teams are busier, less organised working time and where, as reported in many surveys, there is insufficient time available to handle the workload. It affects us all. Can we find new ways of doing things to be more efficient and deliver on the challenge ‘of doing more with less’! Absolutely a people issue for all organisations. It is a proxy for removing cost. It is unavoidable.

Type B is about Product/Service Development.

A direct result of new technology creating new opportunities. The smart phone is the classic example but so too is on line shopping and access through Apps to a bewildering and increasing array of services. Amazing to think that the iPhone was launched in only 2007! Not an invention but a truly transformative innovation.

Type C is about Disruptive Change.

This applies at the level of the organisation. Once secure businesses now find themselves struggling with sustainability. So many examples come to mind from low cost airlines driving out of business traditional carriers to the Ubers and Airbnb style new businesses. Not to mention electric vehicles challenging the dominant car manufacturers. Read Brad Stone’s book ‘The Upstarts’ about how Uber, Airbnb and what he calls the killer companies of the new Silicon Valley are changing the World!

As with Invention and Innovation there is obvious overlap between these categories. One will dominate but it is just a useful starting point to think about what type of change an organisation is having to deal with and what the people requirements are for each type.

4. Leadership

As with every previous revolution success is delivered above all by having the right people in tune and motivated by what is required. It is about the way the top of the organisation sets not just the objectives but how it conveys the required behaviour and tone for the organisation. Is it rooted to its past culture, because it actually behaves like that or is change and a fresh (but considered) approach evident and in its DNA? As with the world of technology Hardware provides a capability but it is the Software (people) that brings it to life and makes it happen.

So what might the people success criteria be?

5. 5 Steps to Successful Innovation

As already described Innovation is about more than technology, products and services. It embraces methodology, processes and communications. It is the successful exploitation of new ideas and requires something of a leap of faith…increasingly so given the pace of change. Such ‘leaps’ also require management. So based on direct experience what are the steps?

Above all the master key to successful change. Such leadership is not just from the top of the organisation but empowerment at all levels. Innovators are not necessarily themselves the best leaders. The right talent needs to be used. Leadership must create and reinforce through its behaviour the right culture. It is something to manage and not be left to just emerge.

It must be ok to fail and similarly there should be celebration for success along with appropriate and regular recognition and if appropriate reward. Objectives should be shared and embraced through teamwork. All obvious stuff and easy to say but always difficult to make work in practice. Innovation requires a focus on the end requirements be they customers or other end users. And the team needs to be empowered to operate at pace (so no overbearing or dominant bureaucracy) and be agile with an ability to respond and alter it approach depending on circumstances. It will be slowed and potentially ineffective by a constant need for reapproval.

A fundamental requirement perhaps. Create informal time to share ideas….’Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the co-operation of many minds’… (Alexander Graham Bell)

There is a need for clarity around individual’s objectives and how these will contribute to a shared common goal. Time must be spent on getting real clarity and alignment with the overriding objective.

Market Focus
Beware of inventions because you can or they seem like a good idea. What does the market require? How can we satisfy that need? There is a requirement to constantly test and challenge on the basis of these questions. It was assumed in Concorde’s case that passengers wanted to get everywhere faster? There was no effective market testing beyond the notion of ‘in principle’. This requirement was not matched against the alternative of paying less and less for travel. The opportunity cost of speed through ticket prices and environmental cost was, as it turned out, far too high. Cheaper and cheaper but a few hours longer from A to B was the real market focus.

In any situation a thorough understanding of the market supported by empirical evidence is fundamental. Has your organisation done the research?

Process alone can’t drive innovation but process is the servant of an innovation culture.

Does your organisation have a structured process to review, evaluate and choose appropriate projects? Do you have a proper pipeline to assess a flow of innovation projects and subject them to timed gateway reviews so that resources are not spread too thinly and the most promising are prioritised. This is similar to a sales pipeline process. Does your organisation have these skills?

Does your proposal work? Where has the evidence come from? Is the technology actually ready or is it still in an early phase. Who is driving this process? What measurement process is in place to monitor progress and make adjustments if required?

Is the required level of investment available and will returns meet target level criteria?

These five criteria define a solid management approach to getting results. They put a shape and above all process around shaping innovation ideas to the overall objective of the organisation. They must be underpinned by an empowerment of talent to have the freedom to behave in a way that is likely to liberate new ways of doing things (Innovation type A) and be able to get on with it as well as develop new products and services. It does not mean an absence of management but rather an appropriate style to keep control, develop a focus on the most promising ideas and help turn such ideas, from wherever they arise, into results. Innovation is part of the culture in the most successful organisations it is not a department or job title.

6. Conclusion

We will now live with some unavoidable challenges brought about by profound changes in capabilities. We need to do more with less. We need to be more agile and empowering as organisations. We need to resource and finance potential winners properly. We need to be good at timing. The right idea at the wrong time won’t necessarily succeed. We need to trust our selected talent.

And finally an unexpected stroke of luck might help!

(Tip: You might practice being lucky by reading around this subject to stimulate new ideas and get a feel for where things are heading and the pace they are doing so)

Col Richard Hunt and Col Guy Hammersley

The Staff Corps RE(V)


Military Planning event at Friday Woods hosted by Air Assault Support Regiment

On 26 July 2017 13 Air Assault Support Regiment hosted a Military Planning event at Friday Woods Training Area, Colchester.  The RLC Foundation’s corporate members had expressed a strong interest in understanding how the Army goes about analysing its tasks, making decisions and contingency planning.  This was an excellent opportunity to see first hand how the military makes decisions and subsequently executes the orders process.

A tactical setting provided the backdrop to an interactive session between the military and our corporate membership.  This included a detailed explanation and demonstration of the estimate process (the 7Qs), a look at how an operational headquarters is set up and operates in the field and an explanation of some of the unique challenges faced by military logisticians at all levels.   After an initial briefing on an operational scenario corporate members were divided up into syndicates  to identify the most dangerous and most likely events that may affect the overall mission, and how they can be handled to mitigate the risk they pose.  At the end all syndicates took part in a plenary session which made for a lively debate about the differences and planning parallels between industry and the military.  The risks are different , whilst commercial uncertainty threatens business viability and therefore profit; military uncertainty threatens the mission and ultimately lives.

The Chefs of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment showcased their culinary skills and provided an excellent lunch in the field for all delegates.

Early feedback on this Military planning event from our corporate membership has been very positive and it is intended to run a similar event next year.  It was evident that 13 Air Assault Support Regiment  had put a lot of hard work into making this event the success that it was;  the bar has been set high for whichever Regiment delivers the next Military Planning event – any volunteers out there?

Exercise Log Safari

On 17th July, the RLC Foundation was delighted to host corporate members and colleagues from the Armed Forces for a seminar titled “Motivating the workforce in Military and Commercial environments”, followed by Exercise Log Safari on the training area.at Deepcut.

This event adds a new dimension to our ongoing commitment of bringing together logistics professionals from Industry, Army and Academia.

Brigadier Martin Moore, CBE HoC CSS Army HQ, gave a presentation about Whole Force Approach (WFA) underscoring the need to develop “effective, agile and resilient capability delivered by an integrated, preplanned and affordable mix of regular and reserve military, civilian and industry as a first choice to meet Defence Outputs.”

This holistic requirement is a vivid example of the platform for sharing best-practice that is provided through our RLC Foundation events. The agility and resilience required of our personnel across the board means that we need to embrace a broader framework for training and motivation to ensure we recruit and retain the best workforce possible.

Lieutenant Colonel Kirsten Dagless RLC continued this theme by unpacking the critical topic, “How to motivate your workforce – A military perspective”. Different sources of motivation were explored – intrinsic, extrinsic, social and achievement, with the recognition that intrinsic motivation has the most impact. This talk highlighted a situational approach to motivation, and helped highlight ways that the traditional military approach to leadership will need to adapt to meet the flexible goals set out in the WFA.

The need for a flexible, more responsive approach to leadership and training was highlighted further through the presentation by Paul Brooks, founder of the Ardenia Group, who drew examples form his extensive experience in the logistics sector with Unipart (amongst other roles) to highlight approaches to motivation and training in industry. One theme that emerged was the need to be responsive to your workforce and work with them to uncover the wider purpose that helps motivate and sustain meaningful work.

The afternoon practical session provided an ideal complement to the more theoretical approach of the morning. Lunch was provided by RLC chefs whose improvisation within the field kitchen was quite outstanding.

Participants then had the opportunity to visit different stands where RLC skills and trades were on display. Serving soldiers described the training necessary to gain qualifications that are vital both for military service and key to second careers within the civilian environment. Trade skills on display included bomb disposal, postal and courier services, supply and transport, catering, fuel storage and handling, munitions storage and air despatch operations.

One of the afternoon’s highlights was a live demonstration of a Fijian fire pit which demonstrated improvised cooking techniques in the field. A small fire was used to heat rocks over which a grate was placed. After the chicken and potatoes were wrapped in foil for protection, the small pit was covered with stones, soil and even blankets to ensure the heat didn’t escape. After a few hours the food was ready to be served. It was truly scrumptious.

Feedback from both our corporate members and the military community has been extremely positive and we believe that this is one of our best events so far.

EY MOD Women’s Network Logistics 101 masterclass, “Women in Logistics”

On 26 May, the RLC Foundation held the EY MOD Women’s Network Logistics 101 masterclass,  hosted by EY at their impressive London headquarters next to Tower Bridge. The theme for the event was “Women in Logistics” with emphasis on the incredible work women have been doing within the military and civilian logistics sector. EYs’ Director of Aerospace, Defence, Security and Resilience – LK Betteridge and Advisory Director Emma Price opened the event, reinforcing the strong relationship between the EY MOD Women’s Network and the RLC Foundation. The RLC Foundation Director Alan Woods and WO1(Cdr) Gavin Emmerson gave an overview of the RLC Foundation and highlighted the need to engage with industry to promote professional excellence and personal development with the Corps. Guy Turner – Executive Director for EY Advisory, Defence and Practice, gave an overview of his varied career and his experience of working within the military supply chain; highlighting the complexities faced by both the military and commercial sector. Neil Carver and Dominique Perez gave a presentation on supply chain network design, the logistics operating model and logistics tendering. Neil provided an overview of global logistics; with the MOD being one of the largest and most complex supply chain networks across the globe. He drew comparisons between Tesco’s Supply chain and the MOD supply chain which made for interesting analysis and discussion. After lunch, EY’s Jeremy Forman and Simon Levy gave a presentation on digital disruption, digital operation framework and exploiting multiple new technologies which provided for a lively debate. There followed a  fireside chat headed up by Lt Col Ken Sorungbe and WO1 Kelly Newbound which focused in on ‘Women in Logistics’. Discussions centred on the barriers female soldiers had faced previously whilst serving in the military and, how the Army’s perception has changed over the past decade. This was an excellent event, thoroughly enjoyed by all attending. Our sincere thanks to the EY team whose continued support at RLC Foundation events is greatly appreciated.

PA Consulting Round Table Event “People and Change in Logistics”

On 16th May, 2017 the RLC Foundation was delighted to partner with PA Consulting for the Round Table Event “People and Change in Logistics” hosted at their London office. We were warmly welcomed by Phil O’Grady, the Defence and Security Partner at PA Consulting, followed by opening remarks by Lieutenant General Mark Poffley, the Master General of Logistics and Lt Col (Retd) Alan Woods, the Director of the RLC Foundation. As part of our ongoing commitment to engage industry in shared best practice, our 3 panelists through the morning session provided insight into the current military approach to managing people, the view from industry now and in the future, and an academic perspective on working through complexity. As Brigadier Fiona Gardner CBE shared, over one third of current military spending is on our people, and our pension provision remains very strong and competitive.  An underlying theme was the question of how to improve retention and keep morale high within the RLC and other branches of the armed forces, and how to equip military leavers for a successful, ongoing career through different seasons of life. From her perspective as Head of Strategy, Chief of Defence People, Brigadier Gardner talked about modernisation and the need to give people more flexibility for changing family circumstances over time. This flexibility reflects wider changes in modern industry and the realisation that there are now many different models for employees in the workplace including job-shares and remote working. A provocative talk by Ms. Johanna Hooper of PA Consulting shared a fascinating glimpse into the future of the workplace, where it was envisaged that robots, drones and other technological advances completely alter the current physical demands of military service.  This new landscape requires new skills and a mindset of continuous learning. It also challenges us to understand and embrace the research on EQ (Emotional Intelligence) and SQ (Social Intelligence) in addition to our historical reliance on IQ.  This resonates well with the RLC Foundation’s commitment to provide ever relevant and practical training for our workforce, and accreditation that can be applied across various industries. A concluding talk by Dr. Neil Turner from Cranfield University added insight from academia and the value that rigorous research can bring to our understanding of people management and change.  It was intriguing to think about the difference between something being complex versus being complicated… with the memorable analogy comparing mayonnaise with a jumbo jet.  Mayonnaise is complex in that once it’s mixed, it can’t be separated back into its original state; it has been altered into something altogether new.  This helped us see ways to manage complexities better, and not to assume that complexity is bad. Our afternoon break-out sessions were lead by PA Consulting with enthusiasm and professionalism. In smaller groups it proved a conducive setting to discuss, question and share best practice around themes including Understanding Generation Z, Talent Management, Incentivising People, Communicating through Change and the Whole Force Approach. It was an engaging and highly informative day, and again, our sincere thanks to our corporate partner, PA Consulting for their warm hospitality and in particular to Mark Dunn for pulling the event together.  We look forward to welcoming you on 17th July for our LOG SAFARI event at Deepcut.

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MOD Logistics Challenge Launches: submit your ideas

The Ministry of Defence has established the Force Exploration and Force Variation Testing programmes to support the design of the future structure of the Armed Forces at the next Strategic Defence and Security Review. The Force Variation Testing (FVT) programme identifies combinations of ways and means that will make the greatest difference in resolving the challenges we face. Speaking about this initiative, General Gordon Messenger said: “Defence faces an increasingly diverse and complex range of threats and environments. To respond to these challenges we must look beyond traditional military solutions if we are to preserve or enhance our strategic advantage over the next 30 years, harnessing the expertise, imagination and ingenuity of our people across MOD, and our colleagues in academia and the private sector.” “I therefore encourage you all to engage with our primary force development programmes Force Exploration and Force Variation Testing being run by FMC Capability Strategy, who are exploring how we address the challenges and exploit the opportunities we may encounter in future operations.” As part of the Force Variation Testing initiative, the MoD is asking for ideas that will help meet some of the logistics challenges we may face in the future. Please open the attachments below for more information. Logistics PVT Def Intranet News Story Force Variation Testing Ideas Card.


After months of planning, a problem solving exercise took place on 3 May 2017 at General Dynamics Mission Systems site at Oakdale Business Park in South Wales.  Scoping for the exercise was carried out by Ernst & Young and the exercise involved  logistic supply specialists from 33 Sqn, 4 Regt RLC and a General Dynamics team of supply chain experts. The exercise focused on supply chain issues relating to Industry and the Army across the Purple Gate, using General Dynamics’ Bowman support experience to highlight various problems. General (Retd) David Shouesmith, Chairman RLC Foundation opened the exercise with an overview of the RLC Foundation and then highlighted the need to engage with industry and academia to promote professional excellence and personal development within the Corps. The morning session of the problem solving exercise involved detailed presentations by both General Dynamics and 33 Sqn.  The afternoon session concentrated on the key challenges faced within both the military and commercial environments with ‘end to end’ supply chain visibility.  Through collaborative working both General Dynamics and 33 Sqn were able to learn from each other and identify key supply chain issues and opportunities for improvement.  The main problems identified concentrated on ‘Communications’ and ‘Information Systems’.  Several quick win steps were identified and could potentially deliver immediate benefits in the near future. General Dynamics will now attend the newly reinstated AWG and use the BUCK portal to help inform decision making.  Solutions have been identified to improve supply chain visibility with greater interface of Information systems software. Discussions also embraced the requirement for training collaboration between General Dynamics and 33 Sqn and, potential work placements for 33 Sqn personnel to work alongside their General Dynamics counterparts.  This initiative will be developed in the future and a return visit for General Dynamics to 4 Regt is planned for later this year.. Overall, a very productive and worthwhile exercise.  Our thanks to General Dynamics for hosting the event and their informative presentation, to 33 Sqn for addressing the military aspects of supply chain management and to Ernst & Young for scoping the exercise and producing a  Summary Report.


9 Regiment RLC hosted a Leadership Challenge, Exercise CORPORATE PANTHER, for the EY Women’s Network on 4 April 2017.  The aim of the exercise was to “test and challenge the participants, both physically and mentally, across a whole range of military disciplines”. The morning programme involved drill instruction, under the watchful eye of CSM Ward and Cpl Ampadu, followed by a survival skills lesson on how erect ponchos and instruction on the use of the hexamine cooker. This was followed by a superb lunch in the field prepared by RLC chefs. The afternoon session consisted of a variety of command leadership tasks, which were highly contested by all participants.  Instruction was given on the use of the SA80, followed by blank firing at moving targets.  To end the afternoon session the EY Women’s Network moved to the clay pigeon range and under the supervision of range staff, fired at clays from 5 different firing points.  It was a marvellous end to thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. In the evening a leadership discussion on ‘women’s issues’ concentrated on the differences and similarities of women operating in a military environment as opposed to working in the commercial sector.  After some lively debate on this subject, the EY Women’s Network enjoyed an excellent buffet supper in the Officers’ Mess. The RLC Foundation is extremely grateful to 9 Regiment for hosting this event and it’s undoubted success continues to cement an even stronger relationship between the Corps and EY for the future. Thank you 9 Regiment!

156 Regiment RLC winners at Mersey Maritime Industry Awards 2017

Mersey Maritime, which represents the interests of a maritime cluster of more than 1,250 businesses, held its annual awards on the evening of Thursday 9 March at a black tie gala dinner at Liverpool Football Club. There were 12 winners on the night in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Business of the Year Award. 156 Regiment RLC won the Freight and Logistics Award, sponsored by Liverpool John Lennon Airport.This recognises what the Regiment has been doing to foster closer relationships with industry and academia. It is this work that will help to continue to build a network of Armed Forces friendly organisations, who can both offer careers and job opportunities for service leavers, as well as provide that vital support to reserve soldiers in the work place.


On 6 March the RLC Foundation held it’s 2017 launch event at Crick, Northamptonshire.  It was generously hosted by Mark Parsons, Chief Customer Officer, DHL Supply Chain.  The RLC Foundation theme for 2016 was ‘harnessing data and technology’ and the theme for 2017 is ‘people’.  The DHL Round Table event focused in on “the boundaries between human and autonomous systems in the logistic domain”  and attracted a large audience of industry and military delegates. The event was opened by the RLC Foundation Chairman, Maj Gen (Retired) David Shouesmith who spoke about the aims of the Foundation and the need to foster strong relationships with industry to develop future military logistic solutions. Mark Parsons  gave a fascinating insight into the use of robotics and autonomous systems within the DHL environment.  He explored the components that are driving these changes and the market challenges of increased customer expectation,  an ageing population and the lack of skilled workers.  Currently 80% of warehouses are  manually operated and it is envisaged that 47% of all jobs will be automated by 2034.  Interestingly, DHL have one of the most advanced collaborative robots (Sawyer) in the current market.  Sawyer is a smart, adaptable and piece picks in support of warehouse staff and has perpetual recognition for  human detection. Colonel Mike Caldicott, the Assistant Head of Combat Service Support Capability Plans and Resource at Army Headquarters, Andover gave an overview of future autonomous robotic capability which embraced distribution, supply and information systems, and decision support within the military environment.  Challenges highlighted a lack of capital investment for semi-autonomous and autonomous systems, IT incompatibility and legislative challenges.  There was discussion on use of autonomous systems to fill current capacity gaps but the need to retain current military manpower. There followed a lively Q and A session  which brought out interesting analysis of market challenges, future business impact and how to overcome the barrier’s that lie ahead.  The delegates then divided into discussion groups to further evaluate the key differences between the military and commercial organisations. This was an excellent event.  Thank you DHL!

Members of the Logistic Specialist (Supply) Class One course considering the impact of a global multi model supply chain and all its complexities. Learning can also be fun!!

Business on the Move is an innovative and fun educational board game designed to excite young people about business and the UK’s supply chain Business on the Move helps educate, inform and inspire them to learn more about goods and products that are moved around the world from factory to home. It uses real-life information, tasks and problem solving to help players to deliver goods from a factory in China to the UK in a timely and cost-efficient way. If you would like to borrow the game please contact Chrissie at The RLC Foundation office. RLCRHQ-Foundation-Bus-Sp-Mgr@mod.uk

17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC win at this year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

Many congratulations to 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC for the outstanding win at this year’s European Supply Chain Excellence Awards. As the only military entry to make the cut they were up against stiff competition from Industry and I am delighted to report that they won the “Supply and Distribution” category. The team received the award at the Mayfair Hilton in London at a packed and very high profile dinner at which the cream of UK and European Supply Chain organisations were present. This is an outstanding achievement and reflects well on the Regiment, the Corps and the Army. It is important that those members of Corps who are routinely carrying out some pretty amazing tasks get properly recognised for it and to be duly rewarded by what is perhaps the highest award levels for logistics in Europe is a very positive indictment. Well done to all those involved.


RLC Foundation Awards Dinner 2016

On 9 November 2016 the second annual RLC Foundation Awards Dinner was held at the Headquarters Officers’ Mess at Deepcut. Lt Gen Mark Poffley, Master General of Logistics hosted the event, a full house of 115 attended mixed evenly between military and industry.

The principle aim of the Foundation is to encourage professional development and thought leadership by engaging with Industry and Academia, the Awards Programme is designed to recognise significant achievement in line with these goals. Without the generous sponsorship of individual awards by Industry the event would not be possible and we are grateful for the superb support provided. The award nominees and winners are: Award 1 – RLC Foundation Mentoring Support Award – Sponsor: The Business School Winner: WO1 Lee Moore – Defence School of Transportation Runner Up: Captain Stephen Johnson – 25 Regiment RLC   Award 2 – The RLC Foundation Industry Professional Development Award – Sponsor: Ubi-Tech Winner: The Engineer and Logistic Staff Corps Runners Up: Transport Intelligence, EY   Award 3: The RLC Foundation Regional Partnership Award – Sponsor: Wincanton Winner: DHL Runners Up: Express Direct Training (EDT) and Royal Mail   Award 4 – Best Professional Article in the RLC Foundation Review Magazine 2016 – Sponsor: Kuehne+Nagel Winner: WO1 Andrew Limbrick Runner Up Major Andrew Cox   Award 5 – RLC Foundation Junior Initiative Award – Sponsor: General Dynamics Winner: Lieutenant Jordan Mayes Runner Up: Corporal Jessica Masterman   Award 6 – RLC Foundation Thought Leadership Award – Sponsor: Transport Intelligence Winner: PA Consulting Runner Up: Transport for London (TfL)   Award 7 – RLC Foundation Apprentice of the Year Award 2016 – Sponsor: Pearson TQ Winner: Private Rosemund Amaning Agyarko – 7 Regiment RLC Runner Up: Lance Corporal James Howes – 29 Regiment RLC   Award 8 – The RLC Foundation Special Award for outstanding contribution to the Foundation’s Development: Sponsor: The Worshipful Company of Carmen Winner: WO1 (Conductor) Gavin Emmerson

3 Nov 16 – RLC Foundation Regional Event

On Thursday 3 November Commanding Officer 3 Regt RLC hosted a Regional RLC Foundation event at Dalton Barracks, Abingdon. Industry experts, serving military logisticians, friends, supporters and partners of the RLC Foundation gathered to share their understanding of ‘Big Data’ – a concept that has far reaching implications for both the civilian and military logistic industry.  The day was titled ‘Logistics and Big Data: Over-Hyped, Under-Utilised or Misunderstood?’ The approach; invite (sweet talk) industry, academia and military experts alike to share their wisdom on the subject, pick their brains, allow for plenty of breaks and then pick even more at a steady stream of food and drink provided by the Mess staff.  The result; a thought-provoking day of education and a glimpse into the power of correctly harnessed ‘big data.’ Following an introduction from General Shouesmith, Dr Tim King eased the room gently into the topic of Big Data, explaining the use and importance of ‘standards’ in its analysis and treatment. Maxine De Brunner then explained the importance of transformational change for the better in industry, using her own personal journey through the Metropolitan Police to be appointed Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2012.  She emphasised the importance of embracing change and gave everyone a jolt on securing their own data.  Simon Jones from MOD Centre then went on to explain how the ministry’s intent on using Big Data in the future, and outlined the parameters within which it is already beginning to be used. In the afternoon, Colonel Corrigan gave the view from ACDS Logistic Operations and linked Big Data to the procurement of future logistic military capability.  John Morton outlined how the efficient use of big data through properly designed and levered IT systems could transform logistics in the Army, discussing relevant examples.  Sophie Carr brightened up the room with her presentation on the use of multiple data sources, how to combine them into useful and productive information, and warning of the mis-use of data analysis. For example, spending 3 months analysing traffic to conclude that the M25 is busy on a Friday evening.  She was able to highlight the vagaries of Donald Trump’s twitter campaign and gave a strong plug for Baynsian statistical analysis.  She also showed how big data allows geo-tagging without the use of GPS, a process with clear military application. Steve Pegg expanded on the use of data from a different viewpoint, focussing on how data can be captured from the electrical impulses of the human body (up to a staggering 32GB per day) and how this may, in time be used to treat both cerebral palsy and parkinson’s disease.  John Marsh and Johnny Norris concluded the day with an examination of how the Government is encouraging the army to use big data, and how the Army can look to include this in its decision making both on operations and at home. They summarised the pressures that Army HQ will be under to incorporate Big Data into its rhythm and embrace it into the heart of operational thinking.  Much of this harked back to the need for transformational change outlined by Maxine earlier in the day. The day concluded with a question and answer discussion with the audience and all speakers, chaired by General Shouesmith. The end result was an interesting day, jam packed full of learning and intellectual analysis that merely exposed the tip of the Big Data iceberg.  It piqued interest and sparked debate, all those in attendance received a wealth of intellectual know-how and have plenty of food for thought as our generation enters a new era of Big Data. big-data

Esprit Service Leavers event in Liverpool on the 1st December 2016

Institute of Couriers Award goes to RLC soldier

The RLC Foundation is the focus for engagement with Industry and Academia for the purpose of professional development. It is particularly pleasing when the efforts and achievements individuals in the Corps are recognised by notable organisations. I am delighted to report that Sergeant Dean Channel of 151 Regiment RLC has been awarded the Institute of Couriers ‘Military Reserve Courier Award of Honour’. This award is for individual excellence, knowledge enhancement and commitment. Dean works in Financial Services as a civilian as well as holding down a demanding role as an instructor in the Army Reserve. The award was presented by Lieutenant Colonel Brett Duxbury of the British Forces Post Office and in attendance were Master Carmen Stephen Britt and Master Farrier John Peacock. Our sincere congratulations go to Dean and we are delighted that his considerable efforts have been in such a stylish and appropriate way. 20161021-military-reserve-dean-channell-award-roso

RLC Foundation Event – Autumn Lecture Thursday 29 September 2016

The second RLC Foundation sponsored Autumn Lecture took place at the HQ RLC Officers’ Mess on Thursday 29 September 2016.  The RLC Foundation theme for 2016 is “harnessing data and technology” and attracted a capacity audience from Industry, Academia and the Army. The guest lecturer for the evening was Dr Scott Steedman CBE FREng, Director of Standards BSI.  Dr Steedman has been an Adviser to the US Army Corps of Engineers for 20 years and was part of the task force deployed to establish what had caused such catastrophic devastation in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.  Dr Steedman gave an excellent presentation on how “data and technology is used to improve resilience, using an analysis of Hurricane Katrina and it’s devastation of the city of New Orleans”. This fascinating insight into the problems that were faced by the analyst’s and emergency workers post Hurricane Katrina kept the 80 strong audience enthralled throughout the lecture.  There followed a very lively question and answer session which focused in on the provenance and reliability of data pre and post Hurricane Katrina and the need to have quantitative and robust risk assessments in place within real world simulation systems modelling.  It was agreed that ‘impressive’ data should always be questioned and decisions made are based on actual evidence.

Everyone enjoyed a curry supper afterwards and the lively banter confirmed that an excellent evening was had by all.

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LOGNET -The Future Defence Logistics Customer

The revolutionary reset of MOD Logistics following the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan is encircled by the strategic development of the Defence Support Network (DSN). Through a series of events, LOGNET brings you the opportunity to be part of this exciting, innovative and truly transformational period in Defence Logistics. Defence Logistics is open for business and as your Defence Logistics customer we invite you to join us at our next event. Our aim at LOGNET 16-2 is to be the intelligent customer who can feature and clarify its needs in a common language. We want to maximise the networking opportunities between Defence service providers and new businesses. LOGNET 16-2 promises to attract a network of all walks of logistic life: our national and international colleagues; private industrial and academic organisations and companies. Along with our Strategic Partners we want to connect with small and medium enterprises as well as start-ups, parachuting their ingenious solutions into service, harnessing the power of innovation with cutting-edge capacities. The event, to be held at Park Inn Heathrow on 16th & 17th November 2016, promises to provide access to many of the world leading organisations from the Ministry of Defence to major logistics and technology firms. Crucially, throughout the LOGNET series of events and activities there will be opportunities to allow innovative businesses a voice to showcase their capabilities. LOGNET will be well attended by senior officials offering to communicate the current and future needs of Defence Logistics in order to stimulate a successful and step changing response from current and new Defence service providers. Attendance and lunch at LOGNET is free. We think you have a key role to play in our discussions, and we want to hear your ideas and best practise. To reserve your place please go to lognet.eventbrite.co.uk

New Foundation Director – Alan Woods

I have been appointed as the new Director of the RLC Foundation, having taken over from Richard Castell in August, The RLC Foundation has been up and running for 16 months.  Richard’s legacy, as the Founding Director, has firmly embedded RLC aspirations for professional engagement with Industry and Academia. The RLC Foundation national and regional events programme for 2016 has been both challenging and exciting and continues to foster relationships and best practice with our civilian partners. That was very much in evidence at the successful Log Safari event in July which 140 military and industry delegates attended. After a series of presentations and discussions on the parallels between military and commercial logistics the delegates observed live military activity across the supply and distribution, food services and ammunition disciplines. Our next national event in partnership with Lincoln University was scheduled for 8 September, but has been postponed – date to be advised in due course. The theme for the day will be Thought Leadership and Professional Development concentrating on data and logistics and its application in the military, commercial and humanitarian arena. The RLC Foundation Awards Dinner takes place on 9 November at the Headquarters Officers Mess in Deepcut. It is the final event of the year and there will be 7 Awards presented during the dinner.  These Awards are sponsored by Industry and acknowledge significant contributions by military and industry personnel within the specified categories of achievement. We are now in the process of planning national and regional events for 2017 and sincerely hope you are able to support us. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events in the future. Alans head

The RLC Foundation Log Safari Event 18th July 2016

The RLC Foundation Log Safari took place at Deepcut on 18 July. Once again the event was fully subscribed and so confirming the appetite from Industry and Academia to engage with the Corps. Our key note speakers were Gary Sullivan OBE of Wilson James and a colonel in the ELSC and Brigadier Simon Hutchings OBE, Commander 104 Log Bde. They two presentation subjects were firstly, the construction logistics, a comparison with military logistics operations and secondly the importance of Agility for military Logistics. Presentation key points: * RLC logisticians must remain assertive and ensure they embrace professional development and qualifications for future employment within the Army, whilst in parallel, aligning RLC personnel for future civilian career opportunities. * The ability to interface with commercial logistic companies should be a core competency for RLC personnel. Current training and education is paramount to integration and understanding of civilian logistics companies. * Logisticians need to develop and sustain an agile mindset in responding to changes in operational conditions. An essential precondition of agility is resilience – ensuring enough capability is available and can be adapted when required. After some lively questions and answers during the open forum those delegates from Industry and Academia were taken to the local Training Area for Log Safari. This involved a curry lunch in the field prepared by military chefs. Lunch was followed by a series of demonstrations of logistics equipment and systems and a chance to talk to the soldiers who operate them. This was the last Foundation event for Richard Castell, the founding Director and the first for our new Director, Alan Woods.   _DSC0035     _DSC0044     _DSC0030     _DSC0010

The RLC Annual Open Day 2016

Last month saw the The Royal Logistic Corps Open Day held in in Deepcut, Camberley. The event was a huge success and included interactive military displays showing the functions of The Royal Logistic Corps, sporting activities, equestrian displays, vintage military vehicles, the Silver Stars free-fall parachute display team and a funfair! The day is held annually as a thank you to the local community for their continued support for the armed forces. Free memberships, cinema tickets and other goodies were won every hour on The Royal Logistics Corps Foundation Benefits stall – with one lucky winner taking home our children’s competition prize of a Build-a-Bear!                  

Transport Intelligence (Ti)  ran a superb International Conference in London on 7-8 June on the theme of The Future of Logistics

The RLC Foundation was allocated an exhibition stand as well as being allocated some free places at the seminar. Representatives from D Log Army and CD CSS enjoyed listening to some superb presentations on a range of subjects.

Our Chairman, Major General (Retired) David Shouesmith was a member of panel leading the discussions on terrorism, criminality and supply chain risk

 Included in the wide range of topics were:

 ·         The power of disruptive technology

·         Urbanisation and City Logistics

·         Smart Transport and last mile delivery

·         Ethics and sustainability

·         Logistics Innovation

·         Supply Chain Risk

 Delegates from across the globe shared ideas and observations on a wide range of logistics issues in what was an excellent event.

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The 2016 Royal Logistic Corps Open Day – 2nd July at Deepcut

The Royal Logistic Corps annual open day is for the public, local residents, veterans and serving members of the military in Deepcut, Camberley. The event was a huge success last year and attracted over 10,000 people. The event, which starts in the morning and runs through the day ending in a Party in the Park evening concert, is free to attend and is a great day out with entertainment for the whole family. There are interactive military displays showing the functions of The Royal Logistic Corps; sporting activities, equestrian displays, vintage military vehicles, the Silver Stars free-fall parachute display team and a funfair! The day is a thank you to the local community for their continued support for the armed forces. Click ‘Read More’ below for a poster providing more details on this year’s event – we hope to see you there!

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Merseyside Employment Initiative

As part of the whole life approach to RLC soldiers (regular, reserve and no longer serving) 156 Regiment RLC is hosting a regional employment event in Liverpool on 20 June 2016. This is primarily for service leavers wishing to settle in the Merseyside area. A wide range of local and national employers as well as recruiting and training organisations will be present. A great opportunity to see what employment opportunities are on offer as well some great networking potential. For more information please go the link https://www.ctp.org.uk/events/details/Merseyside+Employment+Initiative+-480950

RLC Foundation Event – Cambridge Technology Centre 18 May 2016.

The RLC Foundation theme for 2016 is harnessing technology and what better place to look at this issue than PA Consulting’s Cambridge Technology Centre.  The event took place on 18 May and attracted a capacity audience from Industry, Academia and the Army. Principal guests were Lt Gen Mark Poffley, Master General of Logistics and Maj Gen Angus Fay, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff Logistic Operations.  The event kicked off with a superb presentation from Professor John Manners Bell and Ken Lyon from Transport Intelligence (Ti). They discussed, amongst other themes, the “uberization” of the supply chain, the impact of driverless vehicles and the untapped capacity wasted with 29% of large goods vehicles running empty.  The second presentation from Colonel Mike Caldicott of Army Logistics Capability Development provided the Defence perspective of harnessing technology and we were treated to a fascinating glimpse of the future for conducting convoy operations. The final presenter was Ed Robbins from PA Consulting giving some informed insight into the emerging digital supply chain management landscape. Emphasis was on changes to ways of working with a focus on people and talent, systems and tools, structures and processes.

After a lively question and answer session and a quick lunch visitors were shown around a series of stands to get a scary glimpse future technology. It was rather like a briefing from Q to 007!

This was probably the best thought leadership event that the RLC Foundation has held and our sincere thanks go to all the excellent presenters and to our generous hosts and Founding Corporate member PA Consulting.

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RLC Foundation and The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) ASPIRE Foundation

Aspire is a charitable careers foundation within the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) that provides funded opportunities for education, training and development to UK and international applicants. It helps people who have a desire to further their careers in transport and logistics, but who have difficulty funding their own development. By creating opportunities, our goal is to help them discover and develop their talents and fulfil their potential at any stage of their career. I am delighted to report that following a meeting between the RLC Foundation and members of the ASPIRE committee funding awards for serving and no longer serving RLC personnel will now be considered. The attached page gives more details as well as a link to the Aspire website.

Professional qualifications help develop the individual, make him or her better in their role and make the transition from being a professional logistician in the Army to being a professional logistician in Industry all the more seamless. CILT qualifications are recognised across Industry both nationally and internationally.

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156 Regiment Employer Engagement Dinner 6 May 2016

With the principal guest the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside, Dame Lorna Muirhead and an impressive gathering of regional and national  employers and training companies 156 Regiment hosted an excellent Employer Engagement Event in Liverpool on 6 May 2016. The event started with a series of static displays and a welcome from the Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel David Ashman. This was followed by an excellent regimental dinner. Key note speakers were Brigadier (Retired) Chris Murray Vice President of Agility DGS Europe and David Coupe MD from Transport Training Academy and both gave well received thoughts on the value of Military/Industry and community engagement. Of the Fifteen local and regional employers represented all have signed up for the Military Covenant.

The dinner provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the Regiment and to raise awareness of the comprehensive training given to Reserve RLC soldiers and the quality of those who have completed it. The event was supported whole heartedly by the RLC Foundation.

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Commercial Vehicle Show 2016 – NEC Birmingham 26-28 April

Kent Thompson, Managing Director of Pertemps very kindly invited the Royal Logistic Corps to share a stand at the CV Show at the NEC Birmingham on 26-28 April. On display was the Heavy Equipment Transporter manned by RLC Sponsored Reserve soldiers as well as regulars and reserve soldiers from 19 Squadron, 27 Regiment and 158 Regiment. The stand boasted the only balcony in the Show and with its unique blend of military and civilian hosts attracted a great deal of attention – and all in a good way!

The man on the ground behind this successful event was Darren Knight, the HM Forces Liaison Manager for Pertemps. He is also an Army Reserve major and Squadron Commander in  158 Regiment RLC. Darren is well known to many in the Corps not only for his current role in 158 Regiment but also as a former Master Driver in the Regular RLC. Pertemps and the RLC cooperate effectively in a wide number of ways and in particular with the growing engagement with reserve soldiers. Pertemps has a great reputation for easing the sometimes awkward balancing act between civilian and military employment commitments. The CV Show was a fine example of close cooperation between Industry and the Army and we look forward to continued positive engagement.

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First RLC Foundation Awards recognise excellence of Army and industry logisticians

On November 11th 2015, the first annual RLC Foundation Awards night was held at the RHQ RLC Officers’ Mess in Deepcut, Surrey. The awards and the night itself was to celebrate the logistic achievements, developing relationships and professional excellence of members of The Royal Logistic Corps, industry logisticians and academics.

There were four award categories on the night itself : the Regional Partnership award, the Best Professional Article in The Review (The RLC’s professional journal), the Junior Initiative award and The Master General of Logistics Mentoring Support award. There was also a special surprise award presented on the night by Lieutenant General M W Poffley OBE for  The Master General of Logistics award for Outstanding Support to Civil Engagement. Each of the award categories reflects the aims of the RLC Foundation, which are to promote professional engagement and the exchanging of ideas between the army, logistics industry and academia. The RLC Foundation Regional Partnership award was won by 6 Regiment RLC and Babcock International. This award reflects the success of the Defence Support Groups versatile work to support the redeployment from Afghanistan at short notice, when the original contractor failed. Their hard work ensured that the operational redeployment remained on track.Screen Shot 2015-12-11 at 13.00.27 The RLC Foundation award for the Best Professional Article in The Review magazine was awarded to Mr John Manners Bell MSC FCILT, CEO Transport Intelligence Ltd, by Colonel (retired) P Chaganis OBE for his article ‘Engineering the Resilient Supply Chain.’ The Review is a publication produced annually by the RLC Foundation containing articles on logistics produced by serving or retired members of The Royal Logistic Corps, industry logisticians and academics. The Master General of Logistics Junior Initiative award was won by Lance Corporal Harrop of 159 Regiment RLC, who, in addition to his primary role as the Commanding Officer’s driver has used his initiative and knowledge of social media to develop a range of support tools for the Regiment. He launched a highly successful Facebook based recruiting campaign, enhanced the use of the Defence Gateway page (which has now been accepted by his Brigade as best practice) and he has established a Facebook page for the Regiment’s PRI shop. In the small permanent staff of his Reserve Regiment he has used initiative and drive to excellent effect. The Master General of Logistics Mentoring Support Award was awarded to WO1 McNeill of The Defence College of Logistics, Policing and Administration, who has personally championed the professional development of over 250 soldiers within the supply trade, from Level One NVQ’s all the way up to MSc in Logistics. Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 14.59.30Finally a surprise award was presented on the evening to Captain Nuzum who was nominated for the junior Initiative Award. A former Regular Major he reverted to the rank of NRPS Captain with 156 Regiment RLC. His work with RLC Reservists and in particular with those ex-Regulars transitioning into civilian life in the Liverpool area has been outstanding. His whole life approach to resettlement has widened the focus from direct recruiting into the regiment to supporting those with career transition by assisting with employment, housing, schooling, and registering with health services. In addition, he has been the focus for local engagement with a wide range of employers. This is reflected in the excellent recruiting figures the Regiment has achieved. In recognition of this outstanding work he was awarded the Master General of Logistics award for Outstanding Support to Civil Engagement.

RLC Foundation in action at the ‘Log Safari’ day

One of the many events held during 2015 was our ‘Log Safari’ day when after a best practice ‘seminar style’ exchange of views followed by lunch we got out and about in Aldershot to see how the Corps performed on exercise and the type of issues they faced during conflicts.

The event was fully subscribed with an overall attendance of 143. It began in The Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut with presentations from Tobias Larsson, DHL Director 360 Resilience and from Brigadier Richard Parkinson, Head of Defence Support Chain Operations and Movements. Both presentations followed the theme of supply chain resilience and illustrated the challenges of identifying and managing the numerous risks that can impact on an effective and efficient supply chain. The presentations were followed by an open forum and a networking lunch. In the afternoon the 50 attendees from Industry were taken to Rushmore Arena for Exercise Log Safari where they saw demonstrations of RLC soldiers using military logistics equipment and systems. Early indications are that the event was an overall success meeting its prime objective of bringing together logistics professionals from Industry, Academia and the Army. The presentations provoked lively debate and new individual connections were forged. [dt_gap height="20" /]Screen Shot 2015-12-14 at 15.17.51


13 Air Assault Support Regiment RLC hosted a Military Planning event at Merville Barracks, Colchester,  on Tue 24 Sep 19.  This event showcased military operational logistics and exposed our corporate members to the military decision making process against the backdrop of a tactical field operational Headquarters and an ongoing battlefield scenario.  The event concentrated on how the military makes decisions and subsequently executes the orders process during the planning stages of a military operation.  Corporate members received an appreciation of why mission analysis prior to military engagement is so important; it shows how the military makes sense of the environment in which they are operating, how the communication chain works, it creates missions and tasks and manages inherent risks and uncertainties.  This is a different approach to the business world in many respects  with less data and more uncertainty, but there are recognisable planning parallels between industry and the military.  The risks are different. Whilst commercial uncertainty threatens business viability and therefore profit; military uncertainty threatens the mission and ultimately lives.

After initial briefings corporate members, under the tutelage of 13 Air Assault Support Regiment officers, took part in a war gaming scenario to put their new found knowledge to the test.  This provided for lively debate and confirmed that delegates had a basic understanding of the combat estimate process.

Regimental chefs provided an excellent curry lunch in the field which was enjoyed by all.

This was an excellent event and feedback from our corporate members has been extremely positive.  We would plan to run a similar event in 2020.

Thank you 13 Air Assault Support Regiment!