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Andrew Thompson, Head of Life Cycle Assurance at Rolls-Royce, the UK manufacturer of aircraft engines, has a background in both sales and supply chain management.  Here he explains the fascinating situation that the success in building up an enviable order book can present for the supply chain side of a global business – with and interesting sting in the tail!

Jackie Barker, Director at Opsology (www.opsology.co.uk) has senior supply chain experience in several sectors. Her last two appointments, before setting up her own company, were with start-up high tech companies where her supply chains spanned the globe. Here she tells the story of each case.

Dr Jane Ellis is an experienced Chief Procurement Officer who has worked in several sectors of industry in the UK, the USA and China.  She is also a past-president of the UK’s Chartered institute of Purchasing and Supply. In this interview she explains her views on the prime challenges facing supply chain management in the coming years.