Tesco.com’s operations and development director Neil Ashworth has taken over as chairman of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in the UK.
Ashworth is leading the multi-channel development of the Tesco Direct business across the UK stores as part of the retailer’s new approach to non-food. He has also been a member of the CILT since 1987, and a board member since 2007.
“Ours is a people industry. The strength of our institute emanates from our breadth and depth of expertise. Working with my board colleagues, the institute’s professional sector ambassadors and CILT staff, it is my intention to make sure we remain relevant both to young people setting out in their career, and to those with broad industry experience.
“I want many more people to enjoy the benefits of CILT membership. I am keen to broaden our membership base, we need to appeal to everyone working in a warehouse, in logistics across the supply chain or in passenger transport.”
Ashworth has helped to establish a simpler governance structure at the institute. There are five more appointments on a transitional board:
* DHL Supply Chain managing director, John Boulter FCILT;
* former Steer Davies Gleave senior transport consultant, Margaret Everson FCILT;
* Bisham Consulting senior consultant, Jane Green CMILT;
* Deutsche Bahn head of UK planning & access, Chris Loder MILT;
* Cranfield School of Management professor of supply chain strategy, Richard Wilding FCILT.
Ashworth said: “None of these changes would have succeeded without the unstinting drive, energy and enthusiasm of our outgoing chairman, Paul Brooks. His commitment to the cause of creating an Institute for the future, and his leadership of the process throughout has been significant beyond measure.”
Ashworth joined Tesco in February 2006 to implement the introduction of its new Tesco Direct service. He has extensive experience in supply chain, and was made Woolworths’ supply chain director at the age of 38. He has also previously worked for Hallmark and the Cooperative Wholesale Society.