Director, Q-Log Consulting Ltd
David Cairns has over thirty years’ experience in the Supply Chain sector. His roles have covered operational management in logistics, planning and business development. He began his career in operational and planning positions for BOC in industrial and medical gas distribution in the UK. He subsequently moved into BOC’s third party logistics business in senior operational roles, before becoming a part of the team launching the company’s expansion of 3PL services in the UK. After ten years David joined Tibbett & Britten, a major UK based Logistics Service Provider (LSP), in Solutions Development as the company began to expand into new sectors in its home market, followed by entries in new territories worldwide. During his 17 years with the Group, services were established in North America and throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. David held the position of European Development Director, concentrating on the emerging Central and Eastern European markets which saw numerous substantial warehouses established for a variety of retail and industrial clients.
Following the acquisition of Tibbett & Britten by Exel Logistics (now part of DHL) in 2005 David established a logistics consultancy which provides logistics and supply chain services to a variety of companies worldwide. Clients have included emerging retail groups in new markets, LSPs and public sector companies.
David has contributed sections to books on warehouse design and management, and has designed and run internal company training. He is a course facilitator for a sector professional organisation and has mentored developing managers.
David is a Regional Chairman in the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK).