"Transitioning into the Digitally-enabled Age” – How equipped is your Chemical Supply Chain? Mini-Conference - Hosted by Chemical Business Association (CBA)

Time & Location

Wednesday: 10.30 to 11.30, Stage 1

Session Host

Panel Host: Tim DoggettCEO of the CBA

About this Session

“For all the effort that companies devote to improving the performance of their supply chains, relatively few have unlocked the full potential of digital technologies. A recent McKinsey study found that the average supply chain has a digitization level of 43 percent, the lowest of five business areas that were examined. A mere 2 percent of the surveyed executives said the supply chain is the focus of their digital strategies. Are their priorities misplaced? Perhaps. The same McKinsey research suggests that, on average, companies that aggressively digitize their supply chains can expect to boost annual growth of earnings before interest and taxes by 3.2 percent—the largest increase from digitizing any business area—and annual revenue growth by 2.3 percent.”1

This panel session will discuss why companies need to understand their chemical supply chain, what digital transformations could mean and how equipped it is to withstand these changes. The panel will discuss security and transport aspects of moving the chemical supply chain into the digital age, and the need to understand how companies can ensure they have the people and skills required for this transition.

The panellists have been drawn from all sectors of the chemical supply chain and include Richard Gilkes the Chair of the CBA and Managing Director of the Stort Group who will outline the benefits of belonging to a trade association when tackling such important details.

Panel Host, Tim Doggett the CEO of the CBA


Richard Smith, Managing Director, Road Haulage Association
Richard Gilkes, Chair of the CBA and Managing Director of The Stort Group
Craig Wallbank, Implementation Manager, Chemical Weapons Convention UK National Authority
Heather Carroll, People & Skills Lead, CBA

Speaker Bio:

Tim Doggett is Chief Executive Officer of the Chemical Business Association (CBA), a multi award winning Trade Association representing the UK’s chemical supply chain.

Tim is extremely active in leading and advocating for the sector not only in the UK but across the world. He constantly interacts and engages with multiple stakeholders at all levels, which includes promoting business and trade, knowledge and information sharing, also capacity building in areas such as international security and safety. He is also a strong proponent for the development of people and skills.

Tim is an influential member of various key groups, including the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Critical Imports Council, the Domestic Advisory Group for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), and of the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) ‘Oversight Group’ working on UK REACH.

Internationally, Tim works with organisations such as the Group of 7 (G7), the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and INTERPOL. In addition, he is a member of the Industry Advisory Group for the Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats, which is an international network that works together to address the threat of chemicals and explosives for terrorism.

An inspirational and compelling leader, he is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) and a Fellow of the ‘Society of Leadership Fellows’ at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. He is also a Board Director and Treasurer of the Trade Association Forum (TAF), founder of Generation STEAM and an Ambassador for Generation Logistics.