Gareth Davies – Head of Supply Chain Engagement
Gareth has spent the last 22 years as an Officer in the UK Armed Forces. This service has largely been in support of the UK’s Elite Forces and Rapid Reaction Brigade, being able to deploy globally in support of UK interests both home and abroad, within 24 hours. Gareth has a continuous record of strong leadership and management in high pressure environments including leading teams in deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Whilst this is Gareth’s first foray in to Supply Chain (or indeed as a civilian), he learns quickly and can identify strengths and weaknesses in people in order to use them effectively, efficiently and productively. The team he builds will have similar beliefs and values to ensure we remain fully focused on supporting both EDF and the Local and Regional Business Community.
Our role is to support and advise local and regional businesses on the standards that will need to be either aspired to, or further developed, so that together we can improve your ability to secure SZC related contracts.
Miles Vartan B.Sc. (hons), CMILT, SIIRSM, IOSH
Suffolk Chamber Supply Chain Team – Strategic Adviser
Miles is a senior operational and programme change manager, with 30 years’ extensive supply chain experience developed within warehousing, manufacturing & supply chain, FMCG industries, running a rail terminal and working within the port industry.
He has worked in Suffolk for the last 28 years, building enviable networking connections and is often able to successfully facilitate B2B introductions. Miles has worked on Suffolk Chamber’s New Nuclear initiative since it’s inception in 2009.
Miles has the skill set and experience to fully audit and manage change at all levels of operations, from the creative planning and construction of new facilities/ ways of working through to the day-to-day running, whilst exceeding customer service and profitability expectations. Analytical, pragmatic and hands-on, with the confidence to challenge existing processes and procedures to find simpler ways of operating across the whole supply chain.
Telephone: 07879 695077
Ian Currie – Supply Chain Manager
A Chartered Engineer, business analyst and former RAF Officer, Ian comes to the role from Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group in Cambridge where he fulfilled consulting, strategy analysis and business planning roles.
At Suffolk Chamber, Ian joins a growing team working in collaboration with EDF, the company behind Sizewell C, to ensure local and regional companies are ready to win work during the construction of the new nuclear power station planned for the Suffolk coast.
His main role will be to manage work packages being issued by Sizewell C and the Civil Works Alliance of Tier 1 contractors, understand what is required, and, where possible, find local companies who have the expertise and capacity to fulfil the work. Ian will also undertake gap analysis on companies registered on the supply chain database, to make sure they are fully aligned with the necessary accreditations and governance to work on the project, so they are fit to bid as contracts become available.
Tel: 07436 411532
Julia Hale – Business Adviser
Julia is a trusted adviser and business professional, who having built her own successful business over the last 20 years, understands the need for agility and forward planning in order to meet market challenges and opportunities. Having worked across multiple client sectors and industries, Julia has a broad skills base encompassing all aspects of stakeholder engagement, business negotiation and facilitation, with a core focus on building trusted relationships and achieving successful, positive outcomes.
Her role as business adviser within the team, is to engage and support local and regional businesses identified as having the capabilities to meet the contract requirements relating to the construction and development of Sizewell C. By providing targeted advice, our focus is to ensure that businesses build strategic alliances and improvement plans, and are fully prepared
Tel: 07917 871821
Samuel Kalibbala – Business Adviser
With a background in sales, business development and account management, Samuel has over 11 years’ worth of valuable experience to bring to the team.
He joins the Chamber from global camera support manufacturer Vitec Group, based in Bury St Edmunds, where he was account manager with responsibility for markets in parts of Europe and America.
He is dynamic and motivated toward refining client relations, achieving customer service excellence and developing cohesive company culture to initiate and steer sustainable growth. He spearheads proactive team involvement, cultivating unity and establishing sustainable relationships that advances corporate efficiency and performance.
An avid sportsman and spectator, with a keen eye for business and entrepreneurship, Sam is also passionate about mentorships and working with young people. He advised on the set-up of the Ipswich based charity, Ipswich Against Gangs, and hopes to set up his own young people’s mentorship programme later this year.
Tel: 07917 87178
Sheline Gledhill – Events and Communications
Sheline has spent her career to date in publishing, most recently with Archant Suffolk on the East Anglian Daily Times’ business desk editing Business East Monthly. She worked closely with the Chamber in that role and is looking forward to reconnecting with the local business community.
Whilst physical events are not possible during the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will continue to support you through this portal, our newsletters and webinars. We aim to ensure you have everything you need to align your business with opportunities at Sizewell C and the many joint ventures that will be necessary to deliver the new power station. Watch this space for news of the project and future events both physical and online.
Tel: 07436 148727
Angela Silburn – Suffolk Chamber Supply Chain Coordinator
Angela is an experienced projects co-ordinator. She has worked at Suffolk Chamber for 17 years and has an impressive knowledge of the business scene in the county.
Angela is responsible for the Sizewell C Supply Chain website in ensuring that information is up-to-date and that the register of businesses is as accurate as possible in order to maximise the opportunities for local and regional businesses.
Tel: 07585 958683