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David joined the Transport & Logistics team at the University as a Senior Lecturer in 2006, following 15 years of industry experience. His background is in the third party logistics (3PL) sector where he worked for major 3PLs including Tibbett & Britten, Exel and Wincanton in a variety of senior business development, financial and commercial roles. During this time he had the privilege of working on supply chain development projects for blue chip clients that included IBM, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Hewlett Packard and Dixons.
David's teaching specialisms include freight transport management, warehouse design, outsourcing and finance for logistics managers where he is able to enrich his teaching with his hands on experience. He leverages his industrial background to develop innovative company backed projects that give students the opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through their studies. In 2013 he was delighted to receive the highest number of student nominations for inspirational teaching of all full time staff in the Business School.
David is Programme Director for the NOVUS Trust supply chain undergraduate scheme – where he works with more than 20 companies to encourage talented young people to study and then develop a career within supply chain management.
He combines teaching with research interests in freight transport operations and supply chain finance and publishes in these areas. He was delighted to be awarded the prize for best paper at the 2012 CILT Logistics Research Network conference for a paper on High Capacity Vehicles.
David also undertakes consultancy projects with recent examples including the delivery of a transport research project for a major FMCG manufacturer and the design of a warehouse layout for an automotive manufacturer.
David is a Chartered Management Accountant, holds an MSc in Logistics & Transportation from Cranfield University and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
David’s research interests include:
Supply chain financial performance
Commercial vehicle design & operation
Road freight safety
Logistics cost benchmarking
Savage, C., Jenkins, A. and Leach, D. (2017) ‘Mega transport and logistics infrastructure projects in developed and developing countries: The ethics of investment and the cost of failure.’. In: Pan-Pacific Conference XXXIV, May 29 - 31, 2017, Lima, Peru
Leach, D., Savage, C. and Maden, W. (2013) ‘High-capacity vehicles: an investigation of their potential environmental, economic and practical impact if introduced to UK roads’ International Journal of Logistics Research and Applications , 16 (6), pp. 461-481. ISSN 1367-5567
Murphy, S. and Leach, D. (2013) ‘The extent to which heavy goods vehicle driver training is focused on reducing the casual factors of driver stress and fatigue’. In: LRN Annual Conference and PhD Workshop 2013, 4th-6th September 2013, Birmingham, UK
Leach, D (2013) ‘NOVUS: inspiring tomorrows supply chain professionals’ Logistics and Transport Focus , 15 (9), pp. 14-16. ISSN 1466-836X
Elgazzar, S., Tipi, N., Hubbard, N. and Leach, D. (2012) ‘Linking supply chain processes performance to a companys financial strategic objectives’ European Journal of Operational Research , 223 (1), pp. 276-289. ISSN 0377-2217
Leach, D. and Savage, C. (2012) Impact Assessment: High Capacity Vehicles . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. ISBN 978-1-86218-111-3
Elgazzar, S., Tipi, N., Hubbard, N. and Leach, D. (2012) ‘Linking SCM strategy to financial performance: a scenario analysis approach’. In: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. : Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. . ISBN 9781904564447
Leach, D. and Savage, C. (2012) ‘High capacity vehicles: an assessment of their potential environmental, economic and practical impact if introduced to UK roads’. In: Proceedings of the 17th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. : Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. . ISBN 9781904564447
Elgazzar, S., Tipi, N., Hubbard, N. and Leach, D. (2011) ‘Linking supply chain operations' performance to the company's financial strategy: a case study of an Egyptian natural bottled water company’. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Logistics (ISL) 2011. Nottingham, UK: Centre for Concurrent Enterprise Nottingham University Business School. pp. 173-181. ISBN 978 085358 278 6
Elgazzar, S., Tipi, N., Hubbard, N. and Leach, D. (2010) ‘An application of fuzzy AHP to SCOR performance measures: a case study of an Egyptian natural bottled water company’. In: Proceedings of the 15th Annual Logistics Research Network Conference. Northamptonshire, UK: The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK. pp. 180-187. ISBN 9781904564348
David is a Director of the NOVUS Trust – an industry led organisation committed to promoting logistics and supply chain management as a career of choice. The Trust is supported by more than 20 companies including Sainsbury’s, B&Q, ASOS, Dixons Retail, Cummins, Network Rail, DHL & Wincanton. He works closely with senior industry leaders and chairs an industry panel tasked with implementation of the NOVUS scheme.
He presented his commercially sponsored research in to the use of High Capacity Vehicles at the House of Lords (2011) and Department for Transport (2013) and met with government ministers to discuss the use of such vehicles (2013). He also appeared on BBC radio 4 to discuss the research which was widely covered in the transport industry press.
David’s first Phd student successfully completed in 2013. The research was focussed on: ‘Enhancing the financial performance of companies through managing supply chain performance’.
He is currently supervising a project examining the safety of road freight transport in Africa.
Between 2010 and 2012, David undertook a major project on behalf of Kimberly-Clark Europe, examining the economic, environmental, safety and practical impacts of extended length vehicles.
In 2012 he completed a consultancy project for BorgWarner Turbo Systems, determining the optimum warehouse layout to maximise order picking efficiency while minimising fork lift truck movements.
David currently collaborates with more than 20 leading companies through the NOVUS Trust supply chain undergraduate initiative.
Course leader for NOVUS BSc (Hons) Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Module Leader for:
BFT1008 Commercial Management
BIT2012 Freight Transport Management
BMT1011 Freight Transport Manegement
Honours & Masters level dissertation supervision
Management of company sponsored projects:
Intermediate Level: Transport Tender Project in association with DHL
Intermediate Level: Warehouse Design Project in association with GIST
Honours Level: The Fresh Connection Supply Chain Simulation Game in association with SCALA & BorgWarner