Speakers 2023

Our speakers for the 7th March online & 21st March In-person Event in London! Get your ticket here!

Simon Brown

Sales Support Engineer Guidance Automation

With a background in electronic engineering, Simon has been with Guidance Automation since 2010. He started his career as engineering apprentice, while completing a degree in electronic engineering at De Montfort University. Since completing his apprenticeship, Simon has held various roles with Guidance Automation, including repairs technician, repairs manager and, most recently, sales support engineer. Simon is passionate about the power of automation and helping businesses and workforces alike overcome perceived doubts and fears through workplace training and education.

Russell Holmes 

Director of Business Development for Northern Europe at AutoStore

Russell has years of experience working in robotics and logistics applications with some key industry players such as Italian robotics company Comau, and Service Robotics ABB. His experience spans working with the likes of Jaguar Land Rover as Account Manager for the bodywork production lines, robotics, controls, conveyors, and programming commissioning. Before that Russell was Sales Manager at Service Robotics ABB where he focused purely on grocery and apparel eCommerce solutions delivered directly to end-users, whilst overseeing the UK and Scandinavian teams. 

Charlie Ford

Hatat Solutions

Cargo bike expert and last-mile specialist. I have spent the last 10 years in operational, fleet management and consulting roles at large corporations and high growth start-ups (Pure Electric, Ministry of Defence, PA Consulting). I’m focused on helping businesses transform their last-mile operations through the use of e-cargo bikes and e-bike fleets.

Sebastian Steinhauser

CEO and Founder of Parcelly,

Sebastian is the CEO and Founder of Parcelly, London’s first omnichannel logistics tech growth firm converting redundant space in local businesses and private homes into carrier-agnostic storage capacities.  Spearheading innovation, CSR, sustainability and thought leadership for the logistics software industry, he was voted ‘Great British Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year 2016’ as well as received the CEO Today UK 2020 Award in the category Transport & Logistics, with his achievements and dedication he continues to disrupt the current industry status quo.  

Simon Rispin

SMR Architects

Key account manager for a number of international logistics clients, along with Practice lead on a series of large-scale projects, he leads a dedicated team across the industrial and logistics sector, including both developers and operators. Simon splits his time between Harrogate and London, working with clients in the capital and across the UK, adding Yorkshire value to several projects.

Elizabeth Selby

Bexley Beaumont

Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience in the legal sector, advising clients on logistics fulfilment contracts and major infrastructure projects in the UK and Australia. Her clients include businesses in the logistics, retail, market research and manufacturing sectors. Elizabeth works with founders, SMEs and large corporates, helping them to identify and protect against their key legal and commercial risks.

And the speakers for our online event on the 7th March! Get your combined ticket here!

Sandra Rothbard

Freight Matters

A certified urban planner with a multidisciplinary background and specialization in freight transportation, emergency management and community engagement. After spending over a decade working for government agencies in NYC, she now supports public, private and non-profit organizations as an independent consultant.

Libby Pritchard

Backhouse Jones Solicitors

Libby advises on transport specific commercial disputes ranging from public law disputes, concessionary reimbursement, challenging awards on public contracts, Clean Air Zone issues, clandestine entrants and Border Force issues to sales of goods, debt recovery, disputes with insurers due to refusal to indemnify, HM Revenue & Customs disputes, professional negligence claims and high value recoveries.

Max Wilson


With a background in commercial property, Max Wilson is a chartered surveyor with 10 years of experience in real estate across leasing, valuation and capital markets. He left commercial property to start Spokesafe with the initial idea of converting under-utilised space in city centres into mobility hubs.