Bill's CV
Thursday 24th May 2018
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Bill Brockbank

As websites increasingly take over from cvs …

… I still prefer personal recommendations

When Jason Gardiner of Barloworld introduces me (unprompted) as 'Supply Chain Guru, bit of a genius and all round good egg' then I'm not sure what a cv or site can really add.

Nevertheless, for those who do like them or find them useful, here are 3 versions.

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Bill Brockbank , B.Eng, CMC, FCILT, CSCMP(US)

An experienced executive and consultant with over 40 years operating at senior management and director level in UK, Germany and North America. A leading authority on logistics, from sales forecasting through purchasing, production planning, warehousing, distribution, retail, mail order and spares.

The ability to communicate logistics meaningfully across functions, organisational levels and to outsiders is a key strength. Using high level analysis and a non threatening approach to change he is able to separate symptoms from problems and tackle extremely complex issues, while concentrating on 'the art of the possible'. Annualised improvements from projects exceed $200 million.

Assignments have been undertaken in a number of industry sectors including engineering companies, brewers, retailers, mail order companies, distributors, wholesalers, home delivery, construction, and service companies.

He has lectured at Cranfield, The Institute of Logistics, The Consultants Forum, CASS Business School, The SC Modelling Conference and the Institute of Business Forecasting (US).

Prior to entering consultancy he was Logistics Director for Polylina, where he doubled the profits in two years. Before that he led the Supply Chain and Material Handling 'Factory of the Future' Project for Kellogg's in Michigan USA.


Birkenhead School to 1961

Liverpool University to 1964 (also Olympic Trial)

Career Path

Kellogg's UK 1964 to 1979, including 5 years as goods-in and planning manager

Kellogg's US 1980 to 1984, logistics project manager for the 'Factory of the Future'

PolyLina 1985 to 1987, Production Services Director

Founded his logistics consultancy in 1987 (to present day)


Initiated the switch from rail to road in the US, saving (then) $27m a year

Triggered the pack size rationalisation program, reducing variety from 13 sizes to 6

Outside Interests

Sailing and Opera


Married, 2 grown-up children

The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
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