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Gideon Hillman FCILT FCMI FIC Has over 26 years’ Global Supply Chain, Logistics and Materials Handling industry experience. He was employed at a Senior Management Level throughout Europe with both manufacturers and Global 3rd Party Logistics Providers prior to establishing Gideon Hillman Consulting in 2004; which is now part of The Supply Chain Consulting Group; one of the leading Logistics and Supply Chain consultancies in the UK. His sector expertise throughout the UK and Europe includes FMCG, Retail, Food Production and Processing, e-commerce, Wholesale Networks, 3rd Party Logistics operations, Automotive Production Logistics, Utilities and Construction and General Manufacturing.

Gideon is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Logistics and Transport; a Fellow of The Chartered Management Institute, Fellow of The Institute of Consulting, an Affiliate Member of CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply) and a former Board Member of UKWA (United Kingdom Warehousing Association).

Phillip Beckham MILT Has over 30 years’ experience in Logistics and Warehousing covering all aspects of Materials Management, Procurement, Warehouse and Inventory Management, UK & European Logistics, Supply Chain Optimisation and Quality Management, prior to joining Gideon Hillman Consulting as a Senior Consultant in 2007.

He has significant experience in Vendor Management, Vendor Support Operations, Inbound/outbound Logistics, Warehouse, Distribution and e-fulfilment Centre design to optimise pick rates and efficiency as well as 8 years Facilities and Engineering management experience. He is an expert in Warehouse and Distribution Centre facility layouts and optimisation (including resource planning) and WMS integration to optimise pick rates and efficiency and provides our clients with detailed layout designs and full racking and equipment requirement specifications utilising our in-house CAD design facilities, combined with his significant experience including the development of complete Standard Operating Procedures.

Phillip is Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport and has worked on over 100 projects for a range of clients. He also has significant public sector experience.

Kenneth Porter BSc MA MILT Is a Strategic and Operational Supply Chain Consultant with over 25 years’ experience in developing and optimising logistics operations. He has extensive experience using advanced modelling techniques to develop logistics strategies and operational improvements and is effective at engaging with key stakeholders at all levels ensuring that he delivers real benefits to client organisations.

His key skills are Logistics Strategy Development and Operational Review, Analysis and Improvements, Supply Chain and Logistics Network Modelling and Strategic Design, Business Case Development, Stakeholder Engagement, Solution Implementation and Warehouse and Distribution Centre Optimisation including design, workflows, layouts, process, automation, control systems, and WMS specification and integration.

Kenneth is highly proficient in the development of spread sheet based simulation tools and decision support models (as well as being able to use industry standard tools such as DPS) , and regularly supports clients with warehouse planning and strategic transport network design.

His sector experience includes Retail, General Manufacturing, Wholesale, Third Party Logistics and Distribution, Automotive, Food Production, and Life Sciences having supported clients across the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and Australasia.

Kenneth is a Member of the Institute of Logistics with a BSc. (First Class) in Pure Mathematics & Theoretical Physics and a Masters in Operational Research. 

Kenneth Paine BSc (Hons) Is highly experienced in the strategic development of supply chains and the tactical design of logistics operations as well as distribution optimisation. Kenneth has a background in contract logistics design with several major 3PLs, and has over 16 years of experience specialising in simulation modelling, most especially transport resource analysis, transport modelling, strategic network design, detailed operational transport schedules, depot locations and boundary definitions as well as own vehicle fleet vs. contractor optimisation.

Kenneth is an expert in the use of transport planning software, which enables him to conduct highly detailed optimisation analysis in determining our clients transport fleet and infrastructure requirements. This includes both the size and type of resources required, and the optimal geographic positioning of the infrastructure such as warehouses and DCs.

Kenneth has a degree in Strategic Systems Management and is a native Spanish speaker having supported clients with projects in Spain, Mexico and Chile as well as the UK and other parts of Europe.

Rod Taylor has over 30 years’ experience in the retail distribution and warehousing industry, initially in administration and stock control and audit, before becoming a business analyst and then consultant. 

His focus for most his career has been process analysis, system design and data manipulation which has now extended to procurement, WMS, transport systems, retail systems, and some finance systems on a variety of projects from simple review and re-engineering to full system design. 

Rod has good communication skills and a highly visual way of looking at systems and processes, this combined with his training and documenting skills allows him to contribute to most situations.  

Natasha Raymond BSc (Hons) The direct reporting line for the Marketing Assistant, is responsible for the execution of the ongoing inbound, content marketing strategy for the Gideon Hillman Consulting, and Go Supply Chain Consulting brand and services; frequently updating the company social media channels including Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Pinterest. Natasha is responsible for writing unique copy for relevant Industry magazines and websites, alongside guest-writing copy for a handful of Industry Blogs; whilst also writing copy for and maintaining, the news pages and articles for all company websites and Blogs. In addition to this, Natasha manages the Marketing budget, CRM, CMS, and attends key industry exhibitions when required. Always working to improve her skill set and knowledge, Natasha holds the following qualifications at present: CIM L4 Award in Digital Marketing Certification, CIM certification for writing PR and Newsletters, CIM certification for GDPR 2018, Adobe Creative Suite, and the Hubspot Sales Software Certification.

Sue Hillman MCIPD Joined Gideon Hillman Consulting as a Director in 2005, now part of The Supply Chain Consulting Group; one of the leading Logistics and Supply Chain consultancies in the UK. Sue is responsible for the accounts and administration functions and the office support personnel within the company. Prior to joining Gideon Hillman Consulting   Sue had spent many years in Senior HR roles within the Private and Public sectors (both permanent and contract) and previously a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. A highly motivated person, She has been instrumental in the development of Gideon Hillman Consulting for over 12 years and now continues to provide the same level of expertise and drive to the development of The Supply Chain Consulting Group.

Rachael Holdright Maintains and manages the administration functions within the company. Since joining Gideon Hillman Consulting inmaintains and manages the administration functions within the company. Since joining Gideon Hillman Consulting in 2011 she has been fundamental in ensuring all office processes are followed. She has been responsible for developing the ISO 2001 Quality process and maintaining the company’s Quality Accreditation and achieving the current ISO 2001:2018 Standard. Rachael is responsible for the daily support of the office team and also offers daily support for our Directors and consultants, ensuring all relevant paperwork is completed, formatted, and processed correctly ensuring our customers and client’s needs are met.

Shaun Wilson MILT Holds a wealth of knowledge within the development of 3rd party logistics partners, the strategic development of logistics and supply chain solutions; and has extensive experience working with companies to develop their business, strategy, profile, introduce/develop CRM’s and provide support and direction where required. Over thirty years’ experience within the logistics and supply chain sector, has provided Shaun with excellent skills to enable him to react quickly in a variety of circumstances, to ultimately provide the best solutions to improve profitability and reduce costs. Shaun is Member of the Institute of Logistics and Transport, and throughout his career within logistics, has worked with many major retailers in the FMCG, Technology, Food and Non-Food sectors, in a variety of senior roles in the UK and Europe.

Simon has worked extensively in the logistics industry for nearly 40 years. After gaining an MSc at Cranfield Institute of Technology he worked for BOC Transhield before joining the NFC. His experience also includes supply chain consultancy with Ernst & Young, Group Food Logistics Manager with Whitbread and business development and planning with Express Dairies Distribution. Before his current role he worked for TDG as Business Solutions Director based in Paris working extensively in mainland Europe on projects with a multi-discipline and/or pan European dimension. Simon has a very practical, but analytical approach to all aspects of logistics design and his consultancy role has taken him across all sectors and, as well as Europe, he has completed projects in the US and the Middle East.

Tim is a logistics professional with nearly 30 years of experience in the third party logistics industry. Tim has a sound combination of practical, technical and strategic management experience, gained at the highest level within major organisations. With significant solution design expertise, Tim is a very hands on consultant who can combine practical operational know how with up to date analytical and modelling techniques. Tim has worked across a range of sectors including drinks logistics, food services, automotive, industrial, newsprint and pharmaceuticals. Tim is a graduate of the University of Plymouth and has spent a significant amount of time in mainland Europe and Ireland, as well as the UK mainland, and has completed projects in the US and as far afield as Japan.

Chloe Supports the consultants and directors with project work including drafting tenders, creating slide decks, formatting, and completing data analysis using Excel. She completes research on behalf of the consultants and coordinates information to be shared with clients.

Joana MSc Holds a Masters in Economic and Corporate Decision Making from Lisbon University (including Operations Research and Supply Chain modules) and is skilled in operational problem formulation, coupled with advanced data analysis skills. She is experienced in the use of SAP, Excel and PowerPivot systems, with experience in the 3PL, Wholesale, and Packaging sectors.

Marta MSc Holds an MSc. in Global Supply Chain Management from Middlesex University.  She is skilled in the analysis of large and complex data sets using Access, Excel and PowerPivot/PowerQuery. Marta uses proprietary/custom modelling tools and third-party software such as PTV to evaluate alternative scenarios and provide high quality, well presented and insightful outputs.  Her consulting experience includes logistics network strategy projects for major manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers and warehouse design projects in FMCG, Retail and Fashion.

Gavin Parnell Msc. MILT MCIPS Is an experienced and versatile Supply Chain and Logistics consultant with over 22 years’ experience. Gavin started his career in 1996 in third party logistics, holding roles in business development and operations before moving into consultancy in 2004 and subsequently staring up GO Supply Chain Consulting in 2013, now part of The Supply Chain Consulting Group; one of the leading Logistics and Supply Chain consultancies in the UK.

His clients range from medium sized companies to global corporations including Supermarkets, Retailers, FMCG and Industrial Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Third-Party Logistics companies. He works in the UK and internationally.
His strongest subject expertise is in Distribution Network Strategy, DC/Warehouse Design and Optimisation (including automation), Cost to Serve and Cost/Benefit Analysis, Inventory Optimisation and Automation, including systems specification, selection and implementation. He has successfully completed numerous consultancy projects for clients in the FMCG, Retail, e-commerce, Industrial and Technology sectors. Gavin is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has an MSc. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from Cranfield University.

Craig Ryder MILT BSc Has diverse experience in Supply Chain having worked for major logistics service providers in the UK and abroad, prior to co-founding GO Supply Chain Consulting in 2013, and now part of The Supply Chain Consulting Group. He has held management positions within logistics service providers working directly in 12 countries across Europe on a variety of projects from operations benchmarking/design to supply chain strategy. His experience includes the FMCG; Retail; Automotive; Industrial sectors. A graduate of Durham University, he is a member of the CILT and has a broad range of expertise in logistics and supply chain operations with key areas of expertise are in European logistics service providers transport optimisation, supply chain network strategy design and warehouse design.




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Gideon Hillman Consulting is a trading name of The Supply Chain Consulting Group Ltd is registered in England and Wales.
Company Registration No: 09751027. Registered office at Highdown House, 11 Highdown Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 1XT. UK
A supply chain and logistics specialist with knowledge of logistics outsourcing, warehouse design and fleet management

CMI Awards Finalist 2010 SHD Logistics Awards UKWA Customer Service Award Finalist 2014 SHD Logistics Awards Finalist 2016 UKWA Winner 2016 SHD Logistics Awards Finalist 2015 ISO 9001 RegisteredLogistics Awards Finalist 2018Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2018