Think Logistics board member: Steve Granite, Managing Director, Abbey Logistics

Our origins…

Steve Granite, Managing Director of Abbey Logistics, has worked in logistics since joining the profession at the age of 15. Steve was concerned about the shortage of young people joining the logistics profession and created “Think Logistics” in its original form, to bridge the gap between young people looking for a rewarding career and logistics companies looking talented individuals capable of moving the industry forward! The initiative, which continues with Career Ready, is supported by a range of well-known companies and has won many awards, including Motor Transport’s Partnership Award in 2016. To find out more about the on-going Career Ready Think Logistics workshops, please visit:

Our future…

Transport, logistics and supply chain needs ever-increasing skills and real talent. Think Logistics works to attract, retain and develop talent to keep Great Britain moving and underpin our economy and society, whilst protecting the environment. It shows people just how attractive transport, logistics and supply chain is!

Think Logistics board member: Beverly Bell, LLB (Hons), FCILT, FIRTE

Beverley Bell was the Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain and Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England before she retired in May 2017.

She was born in Nigeria and educated at Merchant Taylors’ Girls’ School in Crosby after which she read law at Liverpool University. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1985 and established her own practice in 1994, specialising in criminal and transport law.

She was appointed Traffic Commissioner for the North West of England in 2000, becoming the first female commissioner. In 2012, she was appointed as Senior Traffic Commissioner for Great Britain. This is a statutory role with responsibility for giving guidance and directions on a range of matters to commissioners, in consultation with stakeholders.

She is a Fellow and Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) UK, having previously served as President. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers (IRTE) and Patron of the Society of Operations Engineers. She is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen. Beverley is also the Chair of Governors at Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby.

Think Logistics board member: Kevin Richardson, Chief Executive, CILT (UK)


The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in the UK is the membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. 

Members of the Institute are involved in the management and design of infrastructure, systems, processes and information flows and in the creation, management and development of effective organisations. The work of our members impacts directly on people, society and the environment, and on business profitability and economic growth.

First established in 1919, CILT (UK) is a registered charity and part of the CILT international family, with over 33,000 members in countries across the world. Our vision is for CILT (UK) to enable innovation, excellence and value creation for both individuals and corporate bodies by being the leading membership organisation and education provider within our community of professionals.

Think Logistics board member: David Wells, Chief Executive, FTA


Freight Transport Association (FTA) is the leading trade association in the logistics industry. Boasting a rich history since 1889, FTA’s aim is to represent and support over 17,000 members who move goods via road, rail, sea and air. Whether you’re looking for information on compliance, booking training for staff or just looking to find out more about the logistics industry, you know with FTA, you are in safe hands, as we make sure our members are connected, compliant and confident in their operation.

Think Logistics board member: Andy Kaye, CEO, Bis Henderson and Chair, NOVUS


NOVUS is a higher education initiative that aims to provide the strategic solution to this challenge. Its answer to the growing skills gap and talent shortfall aims to inspire and recruit tomorrow’s supply chain professionals and help them build their careers with a single package that provides a foundation of relevant education, training and experience and a guaranteed graduate level supply chain job in a major company.

Leading blue chip manufacturing, retailing and logistics service provider businesses have collaborated to develop an educational programme tailored to business needs, which provides a foundation of three four-year Honours degree courses in supply chain management, supplemented by regular contact with professional practitioners and practical, on-the-job experience. Through its unique guaranteed job offer, the programme creates a growing pool of highly qualified, experienced and talented young people that will become the supply chain leaders of tomorrow.

NOVUS sponsors are: Arla • ASOS • Bis Henderson • CEVA • Clipper • Culina • Cummins • DHL • Heineken • Howdens • HOYER • Kuehne + Nagel • Morrisons • Muller • Nestle • PZ Cussons • Saint-Gobain • SIG • Travis Perkins • Uniserve • Wincanton • World Fuel Services • XPO Logistics • Yusen Logistics

Career Ready

Career Ready is a UK-wide charity, linking employers with schools and colleges to open up the world of work to young people. Career Ready gives students from lower income families the confidence, skills and networks to achieve their potential. By volunteering for Career Ready, employers get a rewarding opportunity to develop their own presenting, coaching and management skills and find the next generation of talented employees.

Career Ready supporters are: AO • Bibby Supply Chain Services • Bright House • Clipper Logistics Group • Eddie Stobart Logistics • Great Bear • Gwynned Shipping • Ligentia • Manpower • Mersey Travel • PD Ports • PZ Cussons • Royal Mail • Suttons Group • Wincanton • XPO Logistics • Yusen

Career Ready is an education partner of Think Logistics, represented by Ian Nichol, National STEM Development Manager