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What’s the big idea
Big Data ― and the analytics and optimization technology that capitalizes on it ― is changing the definition of optimal business performance. The lines between functions are blurring into an unending stream of data that flows through our organizations. It’s changing the nature of manufacturing, transportation, and workforce planning. And it’s changing fast.

In this new reality, data is the new capital and analytics drives value. If you want to get ahead, you need a new approach to data. One that’s faster, smarter, and more accurate. Yet many organizations are using yesterday’s tools and techniques to get ahead.

The future belongs to the agile. The time to rethink your optimum is now.

Why you should attend
Whether you’re in logistics, public transport, rail, aviation, or manufacturing, you’ll leave with the latest insights on applying advanced analytics in the context of:

  • Strategic and operational workforce planning
  • Resource management across all time horizons
  • Disruption management
  • Network and route planning
  • Sales & operations planning
  • Production scheduling

Who you will meet
Our speaker line-up includes top executives such as Ken Lambert (Network Rail), Matt Branson (Network Rail), John Bell (Virgin Atlantic), Stephen Walsh (AkzoNobel), and David Taylor (Thales Transport UK). Plus, there will be cutting-edge interactive sessions hosted by:

  • Capgemini — Putting consumers at the center of value networks: Analytics and optimization technology in the generation and fulfillment of consumer demand
  • The Delos Partnership — Putting leadership into Integrated Business Planning

So join us in London this May 24 to rethink your optimum in the context of the information age.


  • 8:30
  • 9:30
    Welcome message
    Cathy Humphreys, Account Director (Manufacturing), Quintiq
  • 9:35
    Rethink your optimum
    Rob van Egmond, CEO, Quintiq
  • 10:15
    Achieving competitive efficiency in an insourced environment
    John Bell, Head of UK Airports, Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • 11:00
    Coffee break
  • 11:30
    Better asset management
    Ken Lambert, Business System Owner, Network Rail
    Matt Branson, Project Manager BAM, Network Rail
    Mark Knight, Senior Manager, Deloitte
  • 12:15
    Taking the pain out of paint production scheduling through optimization
    Stephen Walsh, Planning Analyst, AkzoNobel
  • 13:00
  • 14:00
    Putting consumers at the center of value networks: Analytics and optimization technology in the generation and fulfilment of consumer demand
    Jeroen Hodges, Consumer Products Supply Chain Strategy and Transformation, UK Lead, Capgemini
    John Lewins, Managing Consultant, Capgemini

    Quintiq Workforce Planner demo: The power of mobile technology in highly dynamic environments
    Bernd Horsman, Managing Consultant, Quintiq
  • 14:45
    Coffee break
  • 15:15
    Integrated Decision Support
    Dave Fidal, Head of Solutions, Mainline Rail, Thales

    Putting leadership into Integrated Business Planning
    Dave Manning, Senior Partner, The Delos Partnership
  • 16:00
    A brave new world: How to achieve optimum supply chain performance in a world of drones, driverless trucks, 3D printing, and other emerging technologies
    Adrian Gonzalez, President, Adelante Supply Chain Management
  • 16:45
    Closing remarks
    Cathy Humphreys, Account Director (Manufacturing), Quintiq
  • 17:00
    Networking and drinks


  • Cathy Humphreys
    Account Director (Manufacturing), Quintiq
    Cathy Humphreys is an account director for manufacturing at Quintiq. She has over 20 years of experience working on both sides of the supply chain industry. She has held senior roles at Infor, INFORM GmBH, and Bombardier Transportation. Cathy has expertise in supply chain management, demand planning, and S&OP. She holds a first class degree in systems modelling (operations research disciplines) from Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Rob van Egmond
    CEO, Quintiq
    Rob van Egmond is the CEO of Quintiq. Being a technologist with a brain for business, he has held top leadership roles since joining the company in 2002. As VP of EMEA, he ran some of the largest European business units in the company, and was instrumental in opening new markets and establishing bases abroad. As CTO, he led the development of next generation planning technologies while working closely with the R&D team and customers to better meet the needs of the market. Today, as CEO, Rob is leading the charge in pushing the boundaries in supply chain analytics, optimization, and the cognitive supply chain. He holds a master’s degree in operations research from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
  • John Bell
    Head of UK Airports, Virgin Atlantic Airways
    John Bell is the head of UK Airports at Virgin Atlantic Airways. He joined the airline in 1990 and has led teams and managed change in the Far East and the USA, where he served as vice president of operations in North America. In his current role, he leads a team of around 500 insourced and 300 outsourced employees. John is passionate about solving the puzzle of balancing efficiency with world-class service, exceptional performance, and maintaining a team of highly engaged and motivated employees.
  • Ken Lambert
    Business System Owner, Network Rail (NR)
    Ken Lambert is the business system owner for network operations at Network Rail. He has over 29 years’ experience in asset management in the railways and has led various teams in that time. He has worked on everything from maintenance to renewals, as well as delivery planning for major enhancement schemes, leading up to his newly appointed role. Ken is a self-motivated leader who delights in achieving targets and being best in class. He enjoys interacting with his customers, who are at the heart of everything he does to provide a world class service.
  • Matt Branson
    Project Manager BAM, Network Rail (NR)
    Matt Branson is a project manager for network operations at Network Rail (NR). He has been with the company for over five years now, and has held several key roles within the asset management team. Matt has led and supported a number of teams during this time and is recognized as a subject matter expert within the maintenance group. He is a practitioner with the Institute of Asset Management and uses this learning and his experience within NR to drive continuous improvement throughout the organization. Matt is a motivated leader who is championing change within NR to provide a better service to customers.
  • Mark Knight
    Senior Manager, Deloitte
    Mark is an experienced project manager in Deloitte’s Information Management practice, with over ten years’ experience in the field. He has a proven track record of delivering complex, technology-supported business transformation programs within the infrastructure and capital projects for clients such as Crossrail and Network Rail. Most recently Mark has been leading the Asset Data Governance implementation project at Network Rail, which involves the development of a new management system that includes policies, processes, capabilities, and assurance tools.
  • Stephen Walsh
    Planning Analyst, AkzoNobel
    Stephen Walsh is a planning analyst at AkzoNobel. He has over 20 years of experience with the company and has held both engineering and planning roles. Stephen's academic achievements are impressive – he has lectured at the Centre for Process System Engineering at Imperial College London and holds a master's degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in chemical engineering.
  • Jeroen Hodges
    UK Consumer Products Supply Chain Lead, Capgemini
    Jeroen Hodges is the UK Consumer Products Supply Chain Lead at Capgemini. Jeroen has 20 years of consulting experience in supply chain strategy, organizational change and operational improvements. He has worked with companies across a range of industry sectors including retail, consumer goods, industrial, energy, as well as technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). Jeroen is passionate about shaping and executing strategies to deliver revenue growth, operational effectiveness and value.
  • John Lewins
    Managing Consultant, Capgemini
    John Lewins is the managing consultant at Capgemini Consulting. He leads the company’s UK CPG/Hi Tech planning and manufacturing function; and has over 27 years’ experience leading and delivering complex, IT enabled supply chain business transformation projects. John has worked in various industries including FMCG/CPG, retail, and manufacturing. His specialties include S&OP, PLM, and supply chain management. John has led or delivered multiple global transformation projects involving the implementation of new templated business processes, organizational structures, and IT support with extensive change management.
  • Bernd Horsman
    Managing Consultant, Quintiq
    Bernd Horsman is the managing consultant for the Transportation Experience business unit at Quintiq. Since joining Quintiq in 2006, he has worked on projects involving 3PL/4PL transportation optimization, postal services, bulk terminals, passenger services and rail cargo, rail infrastructure management, and airport operations. Bernd’s expertise includes supply chain planning and optimization, consultancy, project management, as well as business process design and development. He played a major role in projects for customers such as DHL Express, SOL, Van Uden Logistics, VolkerRail, and SBB.
  • Dave Manning
    Senior Partner, The Delos Partnership
    Dave Manning is a senior partner with The Delos Partnership, where he handles client delivery and account management for major clients. Companies such as CAT (Perkins), Mars, Abbott Inc., the NHS, and 3M have been supported by Dave’s unique style of education and consultancy. He has worked around the world in many industries, including chemical processing, F&B, electronic, tobacco, engineering, and automotive. Dave holds a degree in computer science and an MBA from the University of Northern Washington. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Operations Management.
  • Dave Fidal
    Head of Solutions, Mainline Rail, Thales
    Dave Fidal is the head of solutions for mainline rail at Thales. He has worked as a systems engineer in mainline rail for nearly 30 years, in the area of operations and control systems. Before this, he held senior roles at a variety of companies, both in the UK and mainland Europe, including British Rail, Railtrack, English Welsh and Scottish Railways, and latterly DB Schenker Rail, where he was Head of Architecture for the whole of their European operation. As part of his Thales role, Dave is also the Project Design Authority for the Network Rail Traffic Management project.
  • Adrian Gonzalez
    President, Adelante Supply Chain Management
    Adrian Gonzalez is the founder and president of Adelante SCM, a peer-to-peer learning and networking community for supply chain and logistics professionals. He is a trusted advisor and industry analyst with over 17 years of research experience. Adrian has held various leadership positions at ARC Advisory Group, Motorola, Polaroid, and Clare. He holds a BSc in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.
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