Client Alumni

 

Crimson & Co Client Alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients aimed at fostering supply chain leadership.

Client Alumni

Big Data – Big Hype

Speaker: Catherine McDermott & Andy Banks

Event: Client Alumni dinner XIII

Location: Browns Hotel, London

Date: 14th May 2015

Crimson & Co held its Spring Client Alumni dinner at Brown’s Hotel on Thursday 14th May. Clients from a range of sectors attended including; drinks, FMCG, retail, healthcare and industrial.

Our pre-dinner session was a debate on the subject of Big Data – Big Hype, led by Client Alumni members Catherine McDermott, Supply chain Director at Amazon and Andy Banks, Supply Chain Vision & Planning at Waitrose. Catherine took the view that growth in the criticality of big data was inevitable with the supply chain manager’s key skill changing from managing operational issues to managing data. Andy stressed that the biggest weakness in most operations was not being able to manipulate the data already available, so the main priority should be using existing information to enhance current performance. A lively debate ensued, with many inputs from the floor. In a closely fought vote, Catherine came out just ahead, though all agreed the depth and quantity of data could only grow; but the capability to use it is struggling to keep up.

Thank you to Catherine and Andy for this interactive and entertaining debate and to our members for taking part. We look forward to seeing you at our Autumn dinner in November 2015!

“In a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity, is functional strategy still relevant?”

Speaker: Professor Michael Lewis

Event: Client Alumni dinner XII

Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Date: 13th November 2014

Crimson & Co held its winter Client Alumni dinner at the Goring hotel on Thursday 13th November. The event was extremely well attended by a number of clients across a variety of industry sectors. It was warming to see familiar faces as well as some new faces to this event.

Our guest speaker Professor Michael Lewis from Bath University delivered an energetic and lively discussion on the topic of functional strategy and its relevance in a world of cross-business processes, matrix management, category segmentation and global diversity. We talked triangles and T-shapes to discuss the interface with organisation, strategy and people and how these support a functional strategy.

A big thank you goes out to Mike for his enthusiasm and passion on the subject and to all those who were able to attend this event. We look forward to seeing you all next year at the spring dinner in May 2015!

If you would like to know more about this subject please start a discussion or contact Michael Lewis by email on mal20@management.bath.ac.uk.

The role that ECR continues to play in the twenty-first century

Speaker: Chris Poole

Event: Client Alumni dinner XI

Location: The Royal Automobile Club, London

Date: 15th May 2014

Crimson & Co’s Client Alumni dinner held on Thursday 15th May at the RAC Club on Pall Mall, was a great success; it was well attended by senior supply chain executives from 19 different sectors, and complimented by the good weather and great location of the RAC Club. There were a number of new faces this time as well as some familiar ones to this networking event.

Our guest speak Mr Chris Poole spoke passionately about his supply chain experiences and role as Co-chair of the UK grocery industry group Efficient Consumer Response (ECR). Chris explained, “ECR has been around since the mid-nineties; but its role today is as important as it was two decades ago. Its mission is focused on working together to fulfil consumer wishes better, faster, at less cost and in a sustainable way”.

As Chris bought us up to date on the Role of ECR in Europe he spoke of three key factors to support manufacturers, retailers and service providers supply chains;

  • Collaboration
  • Sharing best practice and knowledge within the team
  • Transformational change to our industry that benefits our shoppers and consumers

A huge thank you to all members who were able to make this event and to Chris for entertaining us for the evening!

Our next event will be in November 2014.

Is your organisational design limiting success?

Speaker: Crimson & Co’s Matt York

Event: Client Alumni dinner X

Location: The Savoy Hotel, London

Date: 21st November 2013

R Powell_main_webOn Thursday 21st November, Crimson & Co held its 10th Alumni dinner. The prestigious location was the Savoy Hotel where Sir Winston Churchill entertained cabinet ministers whilst Parliament was in session. Dinner and discussions were held in the Pinafore room which housed photographs of British Prime Ministers dating back to Churchill.

Crimson & Co’s Matt York shared key insights from the client survey he conducted alongside the University of Manchester this summer, which asked ‘Is your organisational design limiting success?’ After excellent discussions across the group, Matt urged us not to forget the 4Cs when dealing with change:

  • Ensuring we give all those involved sufficient Clarity of the future through the vision
  • Considering whether existing structures and rewards are really driving people’s Commitment to this vision
  • Identifying and developing the Capability needed to achieve this vision
  • The 4th C was a reference to Jaffa Cakes

Matt shared earlier that in his time running the Jaffa Cake factory for McVitie’s there was a long standing dispute about whether Jaffas are biscuits (which attract VAT in the UK), or cakes (which don’t). The fight was eventually won as Jaffas behave differently to all biscuits; if you leave them out of the packet they turn hard like a cake, not soft like a biscuit.

Matt used this analogy to encourage those present to think of the Jaffa Cake when considering change – proactively use organisational design to firm up future success, don’t behave like a biscuit and let your existing organisational design turn your plans soft!

A huge thank you to all members who were able to make this event and to Matt for entertaining us for the evening!

Our next event will be in May 2014.

Leadership styles, and how to cascade key messages effectively through the business

Speaker: Mike Carson

Event: Client Alumni IX

Location: The Goring Hotel, London

Date: 21st November 2013

R Powell_main_webOur spring client alumni dinner was very well received by a number of new and existing members. Drinks were enjoyed in The Goring’s private garden with a hint of sunshine to take the chill off as we eagerly anticipated the arrival of our guest speak Mike Carson. Mike’s introduction to leadership styles and specific relevance to some of the key premier league football managers generated keen interest among the male and female audience.

A big thank you goes out to Mike for sharing some interesting insights and making the evening interactive and to all the alumni guests who were able to attend. We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback, we will be announcing the details of our next event shortly.

The truth behind global instability, its impact on emerging markets and supply chain vulnerability

Speaker: Phil Thornton

Event: Client Alumni VIII

Location: Dartmouth House, Mayfair, London

Date: 22nd November 2012

R Powell_main_webCrimson & Co held its latest client alumni dinner on 22nd November at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, the grade II listed home of the English Speaking Union.

The evening was well attended by clients from 15 different companies across a variety of sectors and the pre-dinner discussion was led by our guest speaker, Phil Thornton, a renowned business journalist with the Independent and now heading up his own business, Clarity Economics.

Phil spoke knowledgeably on, “The truth behind global instability, its impact on emerging markets and supply chain vulnerability”. He provided insights on the current economic climate, its impact on emerging marketing and how the middle classes are expanding greatly in China and India, generating more and more demand and a rise in expectations. There was also much discussion around the Euro and how this might evolve in the future and its impact on day to day business.

The evening was rounded off by a fabulous dinner influenced by the great teaching chef Prue Leith. We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback.

Supply Chain Segmentation – from academic dreams to practical action

Speaker: John Sewell

Event: Client Alumni VII

Location: The Ritz, London

Date: 21st June 2012

R Powell_main_webFollowing on from the success of our Alumni event in November, Crimson & Co hosted an Alumni event at The Ritz on Thursday 21st June 2012 in London. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

It was a terrific evening hosted in the sumptuous surroundings of the William Kent room at The Ritz. Principal John Sewell’s discussion on segmentation generated many interesting questions and, with the occasional use of content-rich ‘playing cards’ to expand on key points, solutions were discussed and debated within the group. We would like to thank all our guests for such positive feedback.

Local is the new global; how must the supply chain respond?

Speaker: Mike Rothwell, Richard Powell and Crispin Mair

Event: Client Alumni VI

Location: The Playboy Club, London

Date: Wednesday 23rd November 2011

R Powell_main_webFollowing on from the success of our fifth alumni event in June, we held a sixth event in association with our client, London Clubs International, at their prestigious new venue, The Playboy Club in London. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to our joint host Mike Rothwell, Finance Director at LCI for co-hosting the evening and for providing an entertaining insight into how Playboy aligns its global brands with local operations. This stimulated much discussion over the evening and led to an insightful debate on: “Local is the new Global; how must the supply chain respond?” We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback.

Globalisation is dead and supply chain is the board’s new competitive battleground

Speaker: Michael Watson, Jonathan Gibson and Dave Alberts

Event: Client Alumni V

Location: Claridges Hotel, Mayfair, London

Date: Thursday 30th June 2011

R Powell_main_webA host of Crimson and Co’s clients and former clients came together to share their thoughts on supply chain leadership and enjoy a decadent meal at Gordon Ramsay’s at Claridges, London last week for the fifth annual client alumni event.

We would like to extend an extra special ‘thank you’ to Michael Watson, Supply Chain Director at Avon Cosmetics and Jonathan Gibson, General Manager Distribution Opertational Excellence at Shell for hosting the discussion and to all our guests for their fascinating thoughts on the debate “Globalisation is dead, and the supply chain is the Board’s new competitive battleground.” We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback.

How supply chains deliver step-change competitive advantage

Speaker: Richard Powells

Event: Client Alumni IV

Location: Covent Garden Hotel, London

Date: Thursday 21st October 2010

R Powell_main_webFollowing on from the success of our previous events, we held a fourth event at the Covent Garden Hotel in October. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to all of our guests for their participation in the evening and to Cranfield School of Management for providing insightful research on supply chains and competitive advantage. The topic stimulated much discussion over the evening. We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback.

The impact of innovations on the supply chain

Speaker: Gary Nicholson

Event: Client Alumni III

Location: BAT, Globe House, London

Date: Thursday 20th May 2010

R Powell_main_webFollowing on from the success of our first and second alumni events last year, we held a third event in association with our client, British American Tobacco, at their Global Headquarters overlooking the Thames. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Sean Mallon, Global Head of Planning at BAT for hosting the evening and to Gary Nicholson, Head of Innovation Development and Delivery, for his fascinating discussion on the impact of innovations on the supply chain. It provided an entertaining insight into the rationale behind some of BAT’s product development decisions and the value that creates for the whole business, reinforcing the need for a supply chain which can respond quickly and profitably. This stimulated much discussion over the evening! We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback.

The last days of Woolworths

Speaker: Phil Streatfield, former Logistics Director, Woolworths

Event: Client Alumni Biannual Dinner

Location: Rhodes 24 Private Room, London

Date: Thursday 19th November 2009

R Powell_main_webFollowing on from the success of our first alumni event in May, we held a second event at the Michelin-starred Rhodes 24 restaurant. Crimson & Co’s client alumni is an invite-only network for clients and former clients designed to foster supply chain leadership.

We would like to extend a huge ‘thank you’ to Phil Streatfield, former Logistics Director at Woolworths, for his fascinating presentation on the last days of Woolworth’s and the thought-provoking insight he gave us on, among other things, the impact of funding choices on a business. This stimulated much discussion over the evening and will, I’m sure, remain at the forefront of our minds as we continue through these challenging times. We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback.

Supply chain management: a route through and out of recession?

Speaker: Janet Godsell, Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management

Event: Client Alumni Launch Dinner

Location: The Ivy Private Room, London

Date: Tuesday 19th May 2009

R Powell_main_webThanks to all our guests at our first ‘Client Alumni’ event for making it such a great success. Set in the private room of The Ivy, one of London’s finest restaurants, Crimson & Co hosted a launch dinner for the Client Alumni, which is an invite-only network for clients and former clients aimed at fostering supply chain leadership.

For the first in the series of our networking events the topic for debate was ‘Supply chain management: a route through and out of recession?’ The discussion was informed and initiated by special guest, Janet Godsell, Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management. We would like to thank our guests for such positive feedback and are already planning the next event!