A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and a strategic advisor to leading blue chip companies in supply chain and logistics, he has been responsible for numerous developments of national distribution centres and resolving supply chain issues particularly in manufacturing.
Bernard trained as a mechanical engineer and was general manager with BT Rolatruc (now Toyota Industrial) from 1969 to 1996, responsible for all automated solutions including Perkins Engines, Rolls-Royce and other complex systems.
In 1986 he became managing director of Hako Machines UK and was responsible for the design and development of a new product range which has grown to 30% of the total group turnover.
He became joint group managing of Lansing Linde in 1999 and increase market share from 19.5% to 33% over five years with a similar increase in production and he has been a strategic advisor to JCB Industrial, Link 51, Psion, NYK Logistics and Red Prairie.
In 1999 Bernard took over as managing director of HOPPECKE Industrial Batteries installing new production facilities and service systems that have dramatically transformed the company’s fortunes.
In January 2011 be became Global Director of Unipart Industrial Logistics. In September 2012 he was appointed to the board of Liverpool SuperPort and recently became chairman.
Bernard has been chairman of the CILT Warehouse and Materials Handling Forum for many years, is a board Member of German British Forum, a Freeman of the City of London as well as a business adviser to Coventry Rugby Club and a member of the London 2012 Olympics Games Maker Team and an advanced water skiing instructor.
Unipart Logistics is one of Europe’s leading independent logistics companies.
We manage end-to-end supply chain solutions for our customers as well as providing individual services such as warehousing, fulfilment and reverse logistics. Through our consulting arm, we help our clients to optimise their supply chains.
What sets us apart is a strong corporate philosophy, ‘The Unipart Way’, which guides the work of our 7,000 worldwide employees. Based on Lean principles, our way of working is designed to maximise efficiency and minimise waste.
The Unipart Way has attracted a diverse, global client-base that extends from retail to technology and automotive.
It means we constantly improve our processes and build the skills of employees, both within our own organisation and at our clients’ operations.