CILT - Thames Valley

Thames Valley Group

Chair: Andrew Stout



The group usually meets on the second Monday of every month at Reading Town Hall, some 5 minutes from the train station



The Thames Valley Group is part of the Central Southern Region, along with the Hampshire & Dorset Group, and Swindon Group

Committee Biographies

Chris Markey, FCILT - Chair

Andrew Stout, MILT -  International Lead

Tim Taylor - Committee Member

Silver Mulenga -  Visits Lead

Rob Nolan -  YP Lead

Simon Harris, CMILT - Industry Lead

Adrian Percival, CMILT - Committee Member

Mr Richard Mallett - Transport Planning Lead

Sarina Sequeina, MILT, Committee Member

Chris Markey FCMI FCILT
Director, Chris Markey Associates Ltd

Chris Markey

Following a career in the Royal Air Force over 35 years, Chris has been providing professional supply chain, logistics and leadership advice to commercial and academic enterprises since 2009. 

As a military logistician, Chris’s focus was largely operational, moving through the ranks in support of the UK’s deployable air components including the Jaguar Force, UK and Germany Harrier and Helicopter Forces, serving two tours in Tactical Supply field units – often as the sole ground RAF presence in a Joint environment.  As a policy staff officer, he retained an operational perspective as the MoD Air Staff logistic war planner, the RAF’s and then NATO’s operational contingency planner and, latterly, as the Assistant Director Capability in ACDS(Log Ops) staffs

As Deputy Commander of the Joint Force Logistic Component in Kuwait and Iraq in 2003, he was part of the command team that successfully managed the reception, staging and onward movement of 42,000 personnel into Iraq in 2003, in half the time taken during the liberation of Kuwait in 1992, and supported the war-fighting phase of Operation TELIC I.  He subsequently managed the transformation of the support organisation post-conflict to create a single logistic base, and reduce manning from 7800 to 3000 personnel in support of stabilisation operations during Operation TELIC II.  His last tour in the MoD was as a policy director responsible for the development and implementation of national and international policy for the UK Armed Forces Reserves. His remit covered operational use, health, welfare, employer support, communications and legislation.

Chris is the Chairman of the NRCC, Defence Forum, and the Thames Valley Group for the CILT, and mentors young entrepreneurs in the Levant through the charitable foundation Mowgli.  He is married to Julie, a Finance Manager in the charitable sector, and they have two adult sons.

Andrew Stout BA (Hons.) MILT

Andrew Stout

Andrew Stout is currently the Transport Planning Project Manager for Calor Gas Ltd, and is one of the UK's largest suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas, based at their Reading site.

Prior to this current role, he has worked in a number of different roles in a 15 year career with Calor since joining as a graduate such as various depot management & project management roles.

Whilst at university studying Business and Human Resource Management, Andrew realised Operations Management/Transport & Logistics was his true passion.

An active member of the CILT, Andrew has benn the Secretary of Thames Valley Group since early 2014 and enjoys visiting other groups and meeting fellow members.

Andrew’s professional interests include all areas of logistics and transport particularly rail & is a keen support of the RNLI.

Andrew enjoys swimming, cycling and travel with his wife.

Richard Mallett, Committee Member & Transport Planning lead

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Richard is currently a Principal Technician with Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering. He works for the Community Development team based in London. Prior to that he worked for predecessor consultancy Peter Brett Associates, based in Reading, before being seconded to the London team in 2016.

He has over thirty years’ experience on a wide range of projects across the UK and internationally, for a range of private sector and local government and national government clients. He specialises in traffic engineering and sustainable transport, by providing planning and design support for highways, infrastructure, environmental and public transport schemes, taking them from inception to construction.

Richard has had a life long interest and passion for transport and vehicle technology. Besides being an Affiliate Member of CILT, he is a Member of the Transport Planning Society and a Member of the Institute of Highway Engineers. He is keen to support the activities of the Thames Valley Group and collaboration with fellow institutions.

Outside of work he enjoys being involved with bus and railway heritage groups and family history societies.

Adrian Percival CMILT

Adrian Percival

Adrian is an experienced Logistics Operations Manager

After Serving in The British Army (The Household Cavalry – Life Guards), Adrian worked for Tesco Plc. as an HGV Driver, whist he continued to further his studies with “The Road Haulage Association”, and that of our organisation “The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport”.

Having successfully been awarded a Level 5 Professional Diploma in Logistics and Transport, and also an International Freight Certificate of Competence, he soon advanced in the profession to becoming a fully qualified Chartered Member of the “The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport”, and also European Senior Logistician of “The European Logistics Association”.

Since 2014, he has held senior roles for the companies DHL Supply Chain, Yodel and Müller UK & I all in the London area.

Adrian has extensive experience of Logistics distribution in the FMCG, Parcel, Manufacturing and Events sectors.

In 2018 he commenced with Conference Haul International as Transport Operations Manager, providing support to National and European TV, Film and Music programme led events for global companies and stars.

He has a strong interest in promoting and developing others within the Institute capacity as “Future Leaders Principle” for The Thames Valley Group.

He also has a keen interest in transport planning, legislation and future continuous improvement technologies led by software and hardware, and how this effects the global society on a Micro and Macro scale.

When not working, he likes to spend time walking his beloved Beagle “Howie”, and Skiing in France at his family home of Le Biot, Haute-Savoie, in the Portes du Soleil Region.

Simon Harris

Simon Harris

Simon is Inventory and Supplier Manager for Snap-on Business Solutions with responsibility for a £6m, 4,000 SKU stock portfolio supporting automotive OEM customers across Europe and the rest of the world. Additionally, he is currently part of a team preparing the business for the impact of Brexit.  


Prior to Snap-on Simon worked at Virgin Media for eleven years. As Logistics Manager he was responsible for the operational management of 3PLs’ logistics performance covering warehousing, fulfilment and distribution services to B2B and B2C customers. Working in the telecommunications industry developed Simon’s knowledge of the challenges of managing slow moving and obsolete stock - knowledge he has been able to apply in his current role at Snap-on. 


Before working in the technology supply chain, Simon had a successful career in FMCG with roles at both Tesco and Somerfield.  


Simon has been a member of the Institute for 4 years and served on the Thames Valley group committee since 2016. 


Thames Valley Region Downloads

  • TVG Article June 2024 - View here
  • TVG Article April 2024 - View here
  • TVG Intergrated Transport article - Dec 23 - View here
  • TVG  Article October 2023 - View here
  • TVG Article September 2023 - View here
  • TVG Great Western Omnibus Trust Visit June 23, View here
  • Surface Access at Heathrow and the wider Airports Policy Context, 24 May 2023, View here
  • Reading Cycle Campaign – working for a cycle friendly Reading, 13 March 2023 - Presentation
  • CILT Thames Valley - Digitisation in the Supply Chain - March 2023 - View here
  • CILT Thames Valley - Logistics of Testing Presentation - 13 February 2023 - View here
  • Thames Valley Group Focus Article Feb 2023 - View here
  • Update from GWR - Focus Article - Jan 2023 - View here
  • Visit to Cholsey and Wallingford Railway - Focus Article - November 2022 - View here
  • Thames Valley Group - Focus Article Jan 2021 - View here
  • Highways England Update, October 2020 - View here
  • S and OP scenarios in a Post Covid world - September 2020 - View here
  • A year at Reading Buses - Focus Article - March 2020 - View here
  • The Impact of Online on the Supply Chain - February 2020 - View here
  • Managing the consequences of an incident - Focus Article - February 2020 - View here
  • Running the Railways - December 2019 - View here
  • An Institute fit for it's Second Century - December 2019 - View here
  • Central Southern - Thames Valley Article - November 2019 - View here
  • Weathering the Storm - August 2019 - View here
  • Collaboration transport solutions - July 2019 - View here
  • Initiative between Thames Valley Group and Ireland Eastern Section - June 2019 - View here
  • Focus Article - February 2019 - View here








View the full video playlist on the Central Southern Region page.


  • Thames Valley Focus Article - October 2018 - View here
  • Focus Article - August 2018 - View here
  • Thames Valley – Visit to the McAlpine Private Railway & Museum – February 2016 – View here
  • Black Friday - Supply Chain Heaven or Hell? - View here
  • A Stanier Mogul in the Thames Valley – September 2015 – View here
  • Ultra at Heathrow & beyond -View here

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