Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Graeme Heron

Lecturer in Operations Management


Graeme joined the University Business School in February 2014 His PhD (2011) considered the application of the Theory of Constraints in the development of more sustainable and resource efficient local food supply chains.

Graeme spent over 25 years in manufacturing industries, initially as an apprentice millwright, before progressing through engineering maintenance roles in the petro-chem and pharmaceutical sectors.

Graeme moved across to the food sector in a management role and developed his career in operations fields including supply chain management, warehousing, purchasing and logistics over an 11 year period. 

Graeme sits on the Tyne & Wear Freight Transport Partnership group. He is also an active member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, currently serving as Chairman of the local Tyne Tees Group and sitting on the national environmental sustainability group. 

Graeme is also the global reviewer for the recently published 5th edition of Chopra & Meindl’s ‘Supply Chain Management: Strategy, Planning and Operation’ as well as holding two external examiner subject specialist roles at Hull and with the Open University.  Graeme’s research was recently selected as part of Northumbria University’s Research Excellence Framework submission for 2014.


PhD (University of Northumbria), Post Grad Cert Ed (The Open University), BA (hons) Leeds Met.

Professional Institute Qualifications & Memberships

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport FCILT

Fellow of the Institute for Learning FIfL

Member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association



Research Interests & Current Researches

My current researches include:

The application of JIT to reverse logistics in the multiple retail sector.

The effective management of 'local food' systems and the urban poor.

The appropriateness of management tools in their application to micro, small and medium sized enterprises.

An analysis of micro, small and medium sized UK manufacturer’s strategies during the recent UK recession.

Research Interests:

Logistics and reverse logistics.

The Theory of Constraints, value stream mapping and value chain analysis.

Food supply chains.

Agricultural economics and their impacts upon extended supply chains.

Food poverty and food insecurity.

Unevenness of benefit distribution in food supply chain networks.

Warehousing efficiencies.

The practical implications of the adoption of lean, agile or leagile systems in supply chains.

Port centric logistics and containerisation.

The application of Kaizen philosophy to student group work in higher education.