Nominations were, again, up on previous years but three of the nominees stood out and went through to the public vote: John Sexton, head of supply, quality & delivery at British Energy; Peter Surtees, European supply chain director – consumer products at Kimberly-Clark; and Chris Tyas, supply chain and business services director at Nestle.
John Sexton joined British Energy as the head of supply chain in May 2004, bringing a category management approach to sourcing and producing significant bottom line and working capital benefits. Most recently, he has been the head of supply, quality and delivery, and recently delivered the largest project in size, complexity and financial impact in the history of British Energy.
While at Nestle Chris Tyas has pioneered many leading-edge developments with retailers, particularly on improving on-shelf availability and efficient replenishment. He has, for the past three years, been co-chair of ECR (UK) and is also the vice chairman of GS1 UK.
Peter Surtees is responsible for physical logistics, sales and operations planning and customer services in western and central Europe for Kimberly-Clark, which makes Andrex, Kleenex And Huggies. The challenge is to deliver world-class, on-shelf availability for high cube, low value products at an acceptable cost.
To achieve this, Surtees has taken the lead in establishing one of Europe’s first successful collaborative distribution operations between Kimberly-Clark and Unilever in Holland, as well as Kimberly-Clark’s more recent collaborative ventures with Kellogg’s in the UK and France. He is also a director of ELUPEG.
While all three were outstanding candidates for the Individual Contribution Award, the public vote went to Peter Surtees.