Professor Richard Wilding OBE, BSc, PhD, CEng, Eur Ing, FIET, FCILT, FCIPS, PFHEA
Full Professor and Chair in Supply Chain Strategy.
As Chair (Full Professor) in Supply Chain Strategy at the Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Cranfield School of Management U.K. Richard works with European and International companies on logistics and supply chain projects in all sectors including pharmaceutical, retail, automotive, high technology, food drink and professional services to name a few. He is a highly acclaimed presenter and regularly speaks at Industrial Conferences and has undertaken lecture tours of Europe and Asia at the invitation of local Universities & Confederations of Industry. He has published widely in the area of supply chain management and is Editorial Advisor to a number of top journals in the area.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements & impact in the area of logistics & supply chain management, Richard was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to Business. He has been listed in the SHD Magazine Logistics 100 since 2015, a definitive list of the U.K. logistics industry's most influential individuals. He was awarded in 2017 the "Logistics 100 Award", this award singles out an individual in the list who has in the previous year created significant impact within the profession . Thus identifying him as the top U.K. logistics professional of 2017. He was also winner of the “Lifetime Contribution to training & development in Logistics” award at the 2017 “Talent in Logistics Awards”, the chairman stating “Richard is recognised globally for his thought leadership in Logistics & Supply Chain Management, His lifetime contribution to the sector is second to none” His exceptional contribution to engineering was recognized in 2013 by the Institute of Engineering & Technology in awarding him the “Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Achievement in Design & Production”. He was winner of the “Individual Contribution Award” at the “European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2010” this is presented to the individual who has made an outstanding contribution to supply chain excellence. In 2009 his biography was entered into the 162nd edition of “Who’s Who” described as "Britain's most famous reference book" for those who have "reached the pinnacle of excellence in their field". At the European Supply Chain Distinction Awards 2008, received the `Distinguished Service Award for Thought Leadership and Service to Supply Chain Management`.
Richard was appointed in 2005 as the first ever Full Professor and Chair of "Supply Chain Risk Management" in the World. This was in recognition of his significant contribution to this subject area. Supply chain risk is still a key focus of his research within the context of an organisations overall Supply Chain Strategy, thus enabling companies to create sustainable and resilient competitive advantage.
His Doctoral research, undertaken while employed at the University of Warwick, applied chaos and complexity science to logistics and supply chain management and resulted in the development of new management guidelines for supply chain re-engineering to mitigate risk. This innovative research received international media coverage including features on the BBC World Service and articles in the Times, Financial Times and New Scientist.
More recently his research into inventory policies of organisations in times of risk & uncertainty resulted in international media coverage including live interviews on BBC1 television news, BBC News 24, BBC Television’s “The Money Programme”, BBC 5 live and Independent Radio News. The research was also covered by the print media including the Financial Times, Sunday Times, The Guardian, and The Independent newspapers.
Richard’s special areas of interest include the creation of collaborative business environments, reducing supply chain vulnerability & risk, time compression and techniques for aligning supply chains to maximise customer value and reduce cost.