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Heather Elizabeth Wheatley

Sr Director Analyst

Heather Wheatley is a Senior Director Analyst within Gartner's Supply Chain Group. Ms Wheatley's research interests include supply chain risk identification and assessment, risk reporting, sustainable supply chain, assessment and audit.

She helps Gartner clients to effectively identify, analyze and manage supply chain risks based on organizational risk appetite, process and product type. Her work aims to show how proactive supply chain risk management can increase stakeholder value, enhance agility and help to deliver organizational goals. Her interests include helping organizations to consider and implement optimum risk responses to diverse and complex challenges.

She has more than 25 years of experience in Enterprise Risk Management, within corporate, defense and not for profit environments. She is a Chartered Auditor, CMIIA, 2008

Before joining Gartner, Ms Wheatley worked for Johnson Matthey Plc and Tesco in the areas of risk management, security, business continuity, sustainability, compliance and audit. She also has experience in UK Defence businesses.

Previous experience

Johnson Matthey, Head of Security and Risk, 5 years

Tesco, Enterprise Risk Manager, 1 year

UK Ministry of Defence, Various roles includes Environment and sustainability policy and education, security policy and advisory, internal audit, 12 years

Professional background

Johnson Matthey

Head of Security and Risk


Enterprise Risk Manager

Areas of coverage

Supply Chain Head of Strategy Realization

Sourcing and Procurement

CSCO Strategic Leadership


MSc Audit Management and Consultancy, Birmingham City University

Pg Dip (Environmental Management for Business), University of Hertfordshire

BSc. (Applied Environmental and Resource Science), University of Salford

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How to identify, assess and manage supply chain risks and link to organizational objectives

2How to carry out supplier assessment and risk management to deliver insights to stakeholders

3How to report on supply chain risks to ensure maximum impact and benefit

4How to carry out supply chain audits and investigations to deliver increased compliance

5Providing advice to clients on sustainable best practices and key success criteria