Date of release: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

HRH The Princess Royal attends student conference at GreenwichToday marked a royal appointment at Greenwich as the university welcomed HRH The Princess Royal (Wednesday 24 February).

Her Royal Highness attended the 12th Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) annual students' conference, which was jointly organised with the university's Business School.

The event featured an address by The Princess Royal in her capacity as the patron of CILT, in which she highlighted the importance of efficient and effective logistics and transport as the key to successful business performance, congratulating the University of Greenwich for running courses about this important and growing area of the economy. "Students do need to be studying these topics, which are central to economic and environmental debates," she said.

"I am rather hoping that business students will be asking questions of people such as Amazon, asking how they can perform as they do. As students here will be aware, businesses need to be smart, up to date and to fulfil customers' expectations."

During the visit, students from the University of Greenwich spoke to The Princess Royal of their research findings on topics including 'smart cities' and transportation strategies, and on various aspects of supply chain management.

The event included welcomes and opening words from the university's Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Maguire, as well as from Jon Sibson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business School, and Dr Petros Ieromonachou, Head of Department, Systems Management and Strategy.

Professor Maguire said: "This is the fourth time that the university has been honoured to host the annual students' conference, and it is a testimony to the high calibre and energy of our students and staff who are undertaking research in this discipline.

"One of the core values of CILT is to be 'vibrant and progressive', a value which marries well with the university's determination to encourage our students to be innovative and bold."

Industry experts shared their business insights and experiences on topics including commercial electric powered vehicles, e-commerce and delivery, and contactless technology.

Conference speakers included Phil Roe, Vice-President for Innovation, Strategy & Business Development, DHL (UK); Christopher Featherstone, Systems Engineer, Heathrow POD; Jonathan Hill, Business Analyst, Transport for London; Dr Steve Shaw and Dr Louise Bunce, from the universities of York and Winchester respectively; and Chris Holland, IT Business Solutions Manager for XPO Logistics.

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The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the independent international professional body for individuals and companies associated with logistics and transport. It has over 33,000 members in over 31 countries worldwide.

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Picture: HRH The Princess Royal meeting students from the university's Department of Systems Management and Strategy, part of the Business School.