Member Meeting - 15 Sept 2020

OXO II, South Bank, London

Announcing our Special Guest Speakers...

Emma Dutton MBE Founder, Applied Influence Group

Emma breaks down the steps to influence and make change happen at Board level, through fine tuning our ability to 'Influence'. Emma served as an Engineer Officer in the RAF before transitioning to the influence capability of Military Intelligence. Over five tours of Afghanistan, she was placed in leadership and governance roles, leading teams to collect life-saving information. After a realisation that she was using the same influence skill set and methodology in her interactions with politicians and military commanders as she was with the Taliban, Emma co-founded the Applied Influence Group. She was honoured with an MBE in 2015 for her service in Afghanistan.

Oliver Rees Technology Expert & Co-Founder, OR Innovation

Oliver is passionate about the interaction between humans and technology. Coding from a young age, he is a Cambridge graduate and is the Co-Founder of OR/Innovation, which bridges the gap between psychology and cyber security to protect companies from hackers. Oliver will explain some of the essentials around AI and ML that you should grasp to move your organisation towards adoption, covering the fundamental prerequisites to the skills and people changes you should prepare for. He demystifies tech concepts and stimulates discussions by encouraging businesses to ready themselves for a complete redefinition of their business model.

Dr John Briffa 

Dr John Briffa is a medical doctor, author, and facilitator specialising in the optimisation of wellbeing, performance and resilience. John joins Intent Group to share six simple, no-nonsense strategies we can try to reduce stress, be more productive, maintain energy levels and stay healthy. John is the Director of Dr Briffa Wellness, which since 1996 has partnered with organisations to support individual and organisational wellbeing through consultancy, coaching, and training services. Clients include Deloitte, PwC, Barclays, HSBC, Bank of Ireland, Allen and Overy, Gowling WLG, Tesco and BBC. John has written more than 700 articles and columns for the mainstream newspapers and magazines, and is the author of 9 books, including A Great Day at the Office – 10 simple strategies for maximising your energy and getting the best out of yourself and your day .


Full agenda

Tuesday 15th September

08.30   Registration & breakfast

09.00   Statement of Intent - Ed Lawson, Director, Intent Group

09.10   Icebreaker speed group meetings

09.40   Roundtable discussions - round 1 (see below)

10.40   121 meetings

10.55   Networking break

11.20   Special guest speaker, Dr John Briffa: How to Optimise your Performance, Wellbeing & Sustainability.

11.55   Roundtable discussions - round 2 (see below)

12.55   121 meetings

13.10   Lunch

14.00   Special Guest Oliver Rees: Decoding AI and ML: setting the best approach

14.40   Roundtable discussions - round 3 (see below)

15.40   121 meetings

15.55   Short break

16.10   Expert Advisor Emma Dutton, AIG: How to Influence and Persuade at Board Level

16.45   Rapport-building activities & drinks reception

17.45   End of day

Roundtable discussion themes

EIGHT of the following top interests of the members who are planning to attend this meeting will be the roundtable discussion themes (in no particular order):


  • Adapting business models & SC design for a digital world

  • Redesigning and aligning end-to-end processes with a digital mindset

  • Holistic performance metrics



  • Exploiting real time visibility

  • Reducing the need to expedite

  • Using artificial intelligence to build decision making capabilities


  • When does changing your partner make sense?

  • Drafting an agreement that will work for the life of the contract and beyond

  • Building in agility & responsiveness into the 3PL agreement


  • The business case for collaboration - mitigating rising transport costs

  • Where can collaboration efficiencies be found?

  • Practical challenges and ways to resolve them


  • Post-Brexit landscape - reviewing international distribution patterns

  • Practicalities of new overseas DCs 

  • Sourcing agility - derisking the supply chain



  • Identifying efficiencies and opportunity to optimise, becoming more sustainable

  • Is efficient the same as sustainable?

  • Packaging sustainability - embodying your company values into logistics


  • Reducing planning cycles

  • Steps towards business agility - pulling enterprise data

  • Business impacts of planning decisions - complete real time modelling


  • Are we doing the wrong things increasingly efficiently?

  • Making customer account profitability & cost-to-serve integral to commercial planning

  • The people bit: aligning incentives and overcoming silos


  • What can and can't be modelled using a digital twin

  • Pre requisites and outputs of digital twin

  • Agile decision making

The final agenda (with the eight roundtable discussion themes) is confirmed about one month before the meeting.

About Intent Member Meetings

  • Capped attendance (to maintain a private and safe setting for genuine sharing)

  • Private, by-invitation only, Chatham House Rules

  • Cross-sector, Director level, pre-profiled (all attendees receive full details on participating members)

  • Mutually agreed 121 meetings based on common interests (no obligation or pressure)

  • Eight Advisory Partners host roundtable discussions

Concurrent roundtable discussions

​The Eight roundtable discussions are concurrent / simultaneous and they run FOUR times during the day so members choose their top four discussions to participate in.

Members submit questions and agenda points and we work with the discussion hosts to tailor the agendas for participants. Each member receives a personalised agenda with the times of each of their chosen discussions. No competing companies are scheduled on the same session.

121 meetings

​We schedule member-to-member and member-to-partner 121 meetings for all attendees (that wish to). These meetings are based on common interests and are agreed in advance. There is no obligation to attend any meeting that is not of interest.

What else?

Each meeting also includes two or more of:

  • Member viewpoint/experience sharing: a member shares a short, honest review of a recent project or improvement made in their business, with a focus on 'lessons learned'.

  • Expert Q&A: we invite a subject-matter expert on an important theme for our members and then invite them to ask whatever they want

  • Leadership "refreshers": knowing what to do is only half the battle...our members then need to make things happen! We invite inspirational coaches to equip our members with new tools and ideas to help them realise their goals

  • Something totally different: we invite interesting and unusual non-industry luminaries whose insights and experiences can challenge common practice and stimulate new thinking

  • Rapport-building activities: we end each meeting with some fun stuff so that you make new friends, not just new contacts

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On hearing about the Intent Group proposition, it was of immediate appeal to me. We’re a billion dollar business, and I’ve worked in supply chain over 25 years. For us, it’s the perfect platform to collaborate, see if others share our beliefs about the future of agile supply chain, and to have more useful touchpoints outside of our business” NL, FMCG member.

     Venue & travel


The meeting will be held at the iconic landmark building OXOII, with spectacular views over the Thames. The building was originally built as a power station to the Royal Mail Post Office. In the 1920s it was acquired by the Liebig Extract of Meat Company, manufacturers of Oxo cubes. When advertising permission was refused to the company, the famous O and X shaped windows were installed in each face of a new tower!

Dress code: Relaxed. 

Venue address: Level Two OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse street, London SE1 9PH

Enter the venue directly from the steps at the London Eye side of the building.

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Streetview: click here 


Nearest tube stop: Waterloo (10 minute walk) or Southwark (9 min walk)

Nearest train station: Waterloo, Blackfriars (10 min walk from either)

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