What is the Centre of Excellence Logistics and Supply?

The Centre for Excellence Logistics and Supply (CELAS) is an education and research unit, which employs expertise in the areas of

  • holistic end to end supply chain modelling (Raw to Store and Waste)
  • lean management and six sigma process implementation
  • logistics and supply chain infrastructure planning
  • operations systems design
  • reverse logistics and returns management
  • strategic procurement analysis and SCM planning

It has a record of research which includes

  • European commission FP7 multi modal pan-European review and design
  • farm to fork food supply chain analysis
  • supply chain crime risk and resilience
  • global infrastructure analysis
  • review of local Government logistics strategy development

CELAS is staffed by ex-industry professionals from a range of logistics, supply chain, sustainable waste and related functions, up to board level. The group sits on the logistics strategy board for the Northamptonshire county, has deep rooted relations with major global companies from both an educational and research perspective and has close working relationships with professional bodies. All of this expertise and collaboration embeds the Centre’s theoretical research in real-world functions, forging an understanding of the desires and needs of the modern globalised supply chain.

Areas of interest

The Centre has research interests in the six areas outlined below

  • Supply chain food fraud
  • Multi modal logistics & transportation
  • Supply chain food waste
  • Procurement policy (Public and private sector)
  • Supply chain ethics and modern slavery
  • Supply chain connected ITS

Current projects

  • Total Transport (DFT): Public sector transport infrastructure and procurement
  • Innovate UK: Identification the demand for innovative freight logistics
  • AOELIX (Horizon 2020): Innovative ICT demonstrator platform for connected logistics
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: Supply chain food fraud mitigation framework

External partners

CELAS works with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally.

CILT logo

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

CIPS logo

Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply

Northamptonshire County Council logo

Northamptonshire County Council

APSRG logo


Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission

CELAS staff

Staff working with CELAS include:

Liam Fassam, MCIPS, CMILT, CPSM, Senior Lecturer Supply Chain Management


Dr Andrew Gough, Associate Professor Logistics


Dr Luciano Batista, Senior Lecturer Operations Management


Dr Mils Hills, Associate Professor Risk & Corporate Governance


Tim Peacock, Senior Lecturer Operations Management


Dr Kurt Liu, Lecturer Operations Management


CELAS Students

There are current openings for PhD Research students in the following areas:

  • Food supply chains
  • Supply chain risk and resilience
  • Multi modal logistics
  • Public sector procurement
  • Ethics and Modern slavery

Working with CELAS

If you are interested in working with CELAS please contact Liam Fassam via email liam.fassam@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 892036 or 07463 364065.


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