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Neil Ashworth

Neil Ashworth

FCILT - Visiting Professor, Non-Executive Director and Advisor, Kinaxia Logistics

Neil is an independent chair, non-executive director advisor and mentor, with roles in a diverse group of businesses including Selazar, Kinaxia Logistics, IVIS Group, 2San Global, NotLost and R.E.A.L Leaders


In his most recent executive roles, he led the delivery of the Department of Health’s National Covid-19 Testing programme throughout 2020 and early 2021 – building an enduring national resource capable of testing over 5 million citizens per day.


Previously, he was CEO at Collect+, the UK’s largest independent store-based parcel network in early 2013 having been at the forefront of digital developments in retail for over 15 years, working for blue-chip brands such as Tesco, Kingfisher, Hallmark and The Cooperative.  


Whilst CEO of Collect+, Neil also took accountability for the Yodel brand, marketing, customer experience, strategy and commercial functions in November 2017 through his appointment as Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, bringing retail thinking to the parcel delivery market. 


Neil is a past Chairman of CILT(UK), a member of the Staff Corps within the British military holding the volunteer rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and an Ambassador for both Transaid and Generation Logistics. He was named in 2017 as the recipient of the Sir Robert Lawrence Award, a lifetime achievement recognition made by the CILT in recognition of pioneering and innovative contribution to digital retailing.


In addition to a role on the Supply Chain Advisory Board at Cranfield University School of Management he is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Warwick University (WMG) and is Hon. Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems at Nottingham University Business School.

IWLEX Exhibitors say :

IWLEX Exhibitors say :

  • "We’ve never seen a show like it! Within six minutes of the inaugural IWLEX (Inside Warehouse & Logistics Exhibition) opening, we had our first inquiry in the bag. The two days in May at the Telford International Centre went on to be the most successful trade show we have attended in terms of deals created at the event itself and immediately afterward."
    Hi-Level Mezzanines Ltd
  • “We thoroughly enjoyed our time at IWLEX. It is a valuable exhibition for companies looking for the highest quality visitors. Visitor numbers may be lower than at other exhibitions, simply because the organisers have done a fantastic job in screening out time-wasters! Everyone who came onto our stand was a motivated buyer and we have had several high-quality leads since the exhibition. We recommend IWLEX to anyone looking for relevant leads within the world of warehousing and logistics. Thank you, Justin and Nairn!”
    NLT Mechanical
  • '' It was a good show and quality is always better than a high number of tyres kickers . We have engaged with two potential customers with live projects that at this point are looking promising hence committing to IWLEX24.''
    Russell Hutchinson
    Business Development Manager - Daifuku
  • "At 51T we are really excited to be part of the inaugural Inside Warehouse Logistics exhibition. Having exhibited at other events we felt it was time for something new, in particular the original idea of having the industry shape the event. We're looking forward to meeting a new group of buyers and becoming part of the new IWLEX community."
    Duncan Dampier
    51T International Accounts Manager
  • "The Safety Knife Company are delighted to be part of the inaugural Inside Warehouse Logistics exhibition. We believe that this energetic new event will be a ‘must attend’ for the industry professionals and attract excellent visitors for us to engage with."
    David Harris
    General Manager at The Safety Knife Company