Richard David Wilding
|Born||8 May 1965|
|Occupation||Academic and business professional|
|Known for||Logistics and supply chain management|
|Board member of||Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport|
|Awards||Logistics 100 Award 2017, Talent in Logistics - Lifetime contribution to development & training in Logistics in 2017. The Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Achievement in Design and Production in 2013. Winner of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards Individual contribution award in 2010|
|Education||University of Sheffield, University of Warwick|
|Thesis||An investigation into sources of uncertainity within industrial supply chains : amplification, deterministic chaos & parallel interactions |
He is Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport U.K., the international professional membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains. He is also Professor of Supply Chain Strategy at Cranfield University.
Wilding was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England and is the son of Christine and Malcolm Wilding. He was educated at Princethorpe College, Warwickshire. His father, a physicist, worked at the University of Sheffield. Wilding revealed in an interview to The Star Newspaper, Sheffield that he learnt to walk on the corridors of the physics department. It is reported he struggled at school from an eye tracking problem that was not diagnosed until into his teens, resulting in him struggling with school examinations.
Wilding studied Material Science and Technology at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 1987. He completed his Doctorate, 'Uncertainty generation in supply chains', part-time while in employment at the University of Warwick, graduating in 1998.
After graduating he spent a number of years working in industry before “accidentally falling into academia”, joining the Warwick Manufacturing Group in 1991. In 1998 he moved to Cranfield University and was promoted to Professor and Chair of Supply Chain Risk Management in 2006. His is recognised as one of the "Fathers" of this subject discipline  This role evolved and he is currently Professor of Supply Chain Strategy. In this position he has taken on various other posts including Director, Trustee and currently Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
He has worked with BBC News in writing and discussing supply chain management, and in particular home delivery issues He has worked with Channel 4 on a Dispatches programme “Where’s my missing mail” and published in the Financial Times.
His passion is described as “creating action in industry to increase value to customers and reduce costs”
He is best known for his innovative approaches to global logistics and supply chain management, his significant impact on the profession and his online videos and education courses. Wilding was an early adopter of using vodcasts, podcasts and MOOCs for supply chain education including a YouTube Channel and a successful iTunesU business course "Supply Chain Management & Logistics: An introduction to Principles and Concepts"
Awards, honours and recognition
Wilding has received many awards for his work and impact on global business. He was appointed Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s 2013 New Year Honours for service to business. In 2017 he was awarded the "Lifetime contribution to training and development in Logistics" at the Logistics Talent Awards, the citation states " ....has been inspiring and motivating individuals and companies through his passionate sharing of logistics and supply chain knowledge. His lifetime contribution to the sector is second to none" He was awarded The Viscount Nuffield Silver Medal for Achievement in Design and Production in 2013  recognising him as "an innovator and educator. He has championed and developed new approaches within the engineering supply chains of countless organisations through his technical leadership for over 20 years” He was Winner of the European Supply Chain Excellence Awards Individual contribution award in 2010 and the European Supply Chain Distinction Award “Distinguished Service Award for Thought Leadership and Service to Supply Chain Management”.
Wilding has been listed in the SHD Magazine Logistics 100 since 2015, a definitive list of the U.K. logistics industry's most influential individuals. He was awarded in 2017 the "Logistics 100 Award", this award singles out an individual in the list who has in the previous year created significant impact within the profession. Thus identifying him as the top U.K. logistics professional of 2017. In the refocused 2019 list, utilizing new judging criteria, he was recognized as one of the Top 5 outside influencers of the logistics profession from academia, trade associations and future skills networks  Professor Wilding was recognized as the No.1 outside influencer from U.K. academia. He is also rated as the No.1 Supply Chain Power Influencer on Twitter since 2014. He is listed in Who’s Who (A.C. Black) and Debrett’s and Marquis Who’s Who.
Wilding has been listed in the "2018 Top 100 Corporate Modern Slavery Influencers Index” recognising individuals from all business sectors, media and academia who are influence leaders in raising awareness to end modern slavery and labour exploitation. The Index recognises individuals from all business sectors, media and academia who are influence leaders in raising awareness to end modern slavery and labour exploitation; those who advocate for robust ethical sourcing and human rights recognition and practices in UK direct business operations and global supply chains.
In January 2019 he was published in a list of the Top 50 influencers in e-commerce and shipping. A list of the top 50 global experts and commentators who the top 1000 high profile international professionals working in the e-commerce and delivery space follow, listen to and consult online.
In March 2018, Reading Buses named a low-carbon bio-gas double deck bus after "Richard Wilding OBE" in recognition of his work across the logistics world and the close ties Reading Buses has with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and its continued commitment to the development of both its people and its business, including learnings from outside of the bus industry.
His Fellowships include Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology (FIET), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (FCILT), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (FCIPS) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).
Richard lives near Rugby, Warwickshire. He is Vice Patron of Bedfordshire Opportunities for Learning Disabilities (previously Beds Garden Carers), a day care and education centre for individuals with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. He also actively supports his local community in Rugby, Warwickshire. He has acted as judge for the annual Women in Logistics Awards.
- WILDING, Prof. Richard David Whos Who 2015 - 167th Edition (Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (ISBN 978-1-408-18119-5) (Online edition ISBN 978-0-1996-8619-3 subscription required)
- Wilding, Prof Richard David.- Debrett’s People of Today 2017 (Edited by Lucy Hume, Patrick Roberts, Debrett’s) ISBN 9780992934873 Published January 2017 (also Online edition Subscription Required)
- "The British Library EThOS". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "CILT - The Board". www.ciltuk.org.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "New Year's Honours: charity fundraiser and business brain among those on list from Rugby". www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- “Overcoming Struggles to gain OBE” Rugby Advertiser, Thursday 3 January 2013 page 6 (www.rugbyadvertiser.co.uk)
- "Three generations graduate from Sheffield university". www.thestar.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Wilding, Richard (1 August 2006). "The application of complexity science to business". Management Decision. 44 (7). doi:10.1108/md.2006.00144gaa.001. ISSN 0025-1747.
- "On the Move - January 13, 2006". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- "The Father of Supply Chain Risk Management - CILT". CILT. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Cranfield supply chain professor to be new CILT chair - Logistics Real Estate". Logistics Real Estate. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Wilding, Prof Richard (7 December 2012). "Viewpoint: The transparent supply chain". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Bomford, Andrew (6 July 2012). "The parcel conundrum". BBC News. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Who, what, why: Are tech goods cheaper in the US than the UK?". BBC News. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Parcel mishandling filmed By Channel 4's Dispatches (includes video) - Channel 4 - Info - Press". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Wilding, Richard (6 April 2006). "The ghost in the machine". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Financial Times & FT.com Understanding Collaboration: generating the multiplication effect (Introduction) "Playing the tune of shared success" - Understanding Collaboration Supplement - Friday 10 November 2006 pp2-3
- Tesseras, Lucy. "An interview with Professor Richard Wilding". Logistics Manager. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "IET Awards - IET Conferences". conferences.theiet.org. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- U.K. Haulier (4 October 2017). "Cranfield Professor identified as top U.K. logistics professional in 2017". www.ukhaulier.co.uk. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- "Supply Chain Podcast Channel YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- "Supply Chain Management & Logistics: An introduction to principles and Concepts". iTunesU - iTunes University. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
- London Gazette Issue 60367 29 December 2012 page 14
- "The day our 'Queen Vic' met Her Majesty". Bedfordshire News. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Warwickshire honours: Sports stars among those awarded". BBC News. 29 December 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "2017 Talent in Logistics Awards". Talent in Logistics Awards & Conference. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
- "Winners of Talent in Logistics Awards Announced". Factory Equipment. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
- "IET Award Winners". IET Awards - The Institute of Engineering & Technology, U.K. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "Professor Richard Wilding - Logistics Manager". Logistics Manager. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Professor Richard Wilding OBE - Supply Chain Excellence". Supply Chain Excellence. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- "Logistiikka-lehti 6/2008". issuu. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Adams, Kirsty. "The Logistics 100". SHD Magazine - SHD Logistics 100. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- Morris, Andy (12 October 2017). "He's getting there". The Rugby Observer. Bullivantmedia Ltd. p. 6.
- "The Logistics 100 2019". SHD Logistics Magazine. January 2019: 30. January 2019 – via http://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5c1ca15f5a61f#30.
- "Outside Influencers". SHD Logistics Magazine. January 2019: 37. January 2019 – via http://flickread.com/edition/html/index.php?pdf=5c1ca15f5a61f#37.
- "Introducing Supply Chain Power Influencers on Twitter". www.supplychainopz.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
- Wilding, Richard "Who's Who in the World" 27th Edition, Published by Marquis Who's Who, New Providence, NJ, U.S.A 2009 (ISBN 978-0-8379-1143-) page 2907
- "U.K. Top 100 Modern Slavery Influencers 2018" (PDF). msa4construction.com/Top100Index. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Wilding in Top 100 slavery influencers - Logistics Manager Magazine". Logistics Manager Magazine. 22 May 2018. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Top 50 Influencers in e-commerce and shipping 2019". Retrieved 14 February 2019 – via scurri.com.
- "Reading Buses Name Bus After Richard Wilding OBE - ALBUM". www.albumbus.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
- "Conference Speaker - Professor Richard Wilding". Logistics & Supply Chain Conference. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
- "Vice Patrons of BOLD". www.bo4ld.org.uk. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
- Smith, Lucy. "Women in Logistics reveals awards shortlist - Lloyd's Loading List". www.lloydsloadinglist.com. Retrieved 15 March 2017.