Professor Richard Wilding OBE

Professor of Supply Chain Strategy

Cranfield University


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Richard 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. 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 organisation’s 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.

Richard is both a European and Chartered Engineer, he is a chartered fellow of the Institute of Engineering; Technology (Manufacturing Division); the Chartered Institute of Logistics; Transport; Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply. He is a Director and Trustee of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport UK, steering committee member of the Institute of Logistics Research Network, a global network of academics and practitioners involved in state-of-the-art logistics and supply chain research. He is also Co-Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport “Leaders in Supply Chain” Forum, a group limited to the top 120 Logistics and Supply Chain Directors from Europe. Richard is also a member of The Higher Education Academy in recognition of his innovative approaches to teaching and course design.

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 was also winner of the “Individual Contribution Award” at the “European Supply Chain Excellence Awards 2010.  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.

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