The Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain (TLSC) Business Group is one of the British Chamber of Commerce’s newest Business Group Committees, having been formally established at the end of 2016. Our core mission is to provide Chamber members and the wider Singapore business community with a forum in the transportation, logistics and supply chain sectors. It is deliberately a broad remit.
The Transport, Logistics & Supply Chain (TLSC) Business Group’s ‘kick off’ event is an interactive panel discussion centered around the premise that the ideal supply chain is one that goes unnoticed, at least from the outside. If a link in the chain fails, however, one gets an idea of the complexity, the inter-connectedness, and the contagion risk of these structures.
The bankruptcy of the Korean container shipping group, Hanjin – the world’s seventh largest – in 2016/17 brought this into sharp focus. Not only was a huge shipping company affected, not only its suppliers, financiers, creditors and ports around the world, but billions of dollars-worth of cargo was delayed, misrouted or stranded.
In this session, we are joined by an esteemed panel of speakers, as we look to explore the common aspects of supply chains and associated services, and how specific sectors can draw on the experience of others, using Hanjin as a case study example to fuel the discussion.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Tom Cornell, joined JCB in 1996 and has lived and worked in the UK, India, Brazil and China. Today Tom is responsible for JCB's business across SE Asia.
Tom's JCB career has primarily been focused on developing JCB’s business in developing economies with specific focus on building regional teams to develop distribution, the JCB brand, customer support and profitable market share growth.
A graduate with a B.A. Hons degree from Newcastle University, Tom is married with 4 children and lives in Singapore. Outside of work Tom enjoys playing tennis, cricket, golf and lobster potting in the Hebrides.
James Woodrow was appointed Managing Director of The China Navigation Company, the deep-sea shipping arm of the Swire group in September 2015. He was formerly Director Cargo for Cathay Pacific (2013-2015) and General Manager Cargo Sales & Marketing for Cathay Pacific (2010-2013). He was also a Director of Air Hong Kong Limited, Air China Cargo Limited, Cathay Pacific China Cargo Holdings Limited, Cathay Pacific Services Limited, Global Logistics System (HK) Company Limited, Global Logistics Systems Worldwide Company for Development of Freight Information Networks GmbH, HAS GSE Solutions Limited and Hong Kong Services Limited.
Before joining the Cargo team, Mr Woodrow was General Manager Japan for Cathay Pacific, responsible for managing 350 employees in six cities in Japan and overseeing the operation of almost 100 flights a week. Mr Woodrow joined John Swire and Sons in September 1990 and spent 15 years in the sea freight industry with Swire Shipping in Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland, and Steamships Trading Company Limited in Papua New Guinea.
Mr Woodrow was born in the United Kingdom and educated at Bedford School and Cambridge University where he read Economics and Law. He has attended executive programmes at INSEAD and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Peter leads PwC’s restructuring practice in Singapore and has 25 years’ experience in corporate restructuring across a range of industries and jurisdictions. Peter joined PwC’s in 1991 and was admitted to the partnership in 2005. He has worked in restructuring throughout his career, leading projects and teams in a range of situations including refinancing, operational restructuring, financial advisory, strategic options reviews, workouts and long tail liability management. Peter has extensive experience of working on cross-border projects and spent three and a half years on restructuring and financial investigation projects in Tokyo, in addition to extended periods on cases in Europe, the US and the Middle East.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Simon Petch is a partner in the finance team of Watson Farley & Williams LLP, Singapore, specialising in the maritime sector. He advises banks and other financial institutions, owners and operators on all aspects of maritime finance, ship and offshore asset operations, and restructuring and work-outs.
Simon trained and practiced at Sinclair, Roche & Temperley in London before moving to Greece in 1997 with Stephenson Harwood to assist with setting up their Piraeus office. Simon joined Watson Farley & Williams in 2006 and relocated to Singapore in 2012.
Simon also worked for a number of years in the yachting sector as a delivery skipper. He is also an Ambassador for the Sailor's Society.