Day one - 28 October

Please note, all timings are GMT

09:30 – 09:45

   Chair’s opening remarks and welcome from CIPS

John Glen, CIPS Economist and Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS

09:45 – 10:30

  • Making sense of the current economic climate, and the impact of the pandemic
  • Planning for the future and identifying opportunities to drive recovery
  • Ensuring security of supply in uncertain times

John Glen, CIPS Economist and Visiting Fellow, Cranfield School of Management

Peter Munckton, Chief Economist and Head of Market Strategy, Bank of Queensland

10:30 – 10:50


10:50 – 11:20

  • Moving away from a heavy focus on cost, to a procure for resilience model
  • Reevaluating procurement teams and anticipating future skills needs
  • Assessing your supply chain capability and redesigning it to meet the needs of the future

Chair: Ducan Brock, Group Director, CIPS

Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Defence

Sopan Shah,
Global Chief Procurement Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

Angela Qu,
Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer, Lufthansa Group

11:20 – 11:40


11:40 – 12:20

  • Taking full responsibility and ownership of the sustainability agenda to create new and more value to the business
  •  Making it easy to embed sustainable practices into your ways of working
  •  Engaging other business functions and departments to help you create new sources of value and business models
  • Aligning procurement goals/KPIs with your responsible business commitments and Science-Based Targets

Chair: Oliver Hurrey, Founder, Galvanised

Emma Peacock, Global VP Sourcing, Mars

Tony Roy, Head of Governance and Sustainability, BT

Thomas Udessen, Chief Procurement Officer, Bayer

Virginie Vast, Head of Procurement Innovation and Sustainability, Amazon

12:20 – 13:20

 Lunch break

13:20 – 13:50

Select your breakout stream below

Stream A
Resilience and recovery

Ceri Jones, Editor, Supply Managemnt


  • How to approach business continuity planning in a period of continuing uncertainty
  • Leveraging technology to make your business continuity planning more robust and effective
  • Future-proofing your procurement strategy with the aid of technology.  

Raphael Fadiora-Johnson, Regional Manager, Avetta

Stream B

Oliver Hurrey, Founder, Galvanised


  • The key phases of a carbon reduction action plan for the supply chain, and the importance of supply chain engagement in driving actual improvement.
  • Procurement’s vital role to bridge the gap between predictive insights and planet-saving action  
  • Insights on the scope of the opportunity, and the challenge faced with SME suppliers

Pierre-François Thaler, Cofounder and Co-CEO, EcoVadis

Stream C
Supplier Relationships

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS



  • Unlocking innovation by actively including SMEs as well as minority and women owned businesses in your supply chain,and businesses of different sizes.
  • Leveraging supplier diversity to drive competitiveness and unlocking innovation
  • Overcoming the barriers to building a diverse supply chain, such as supplier visibility


Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead, Accenture 

Tamer Hussein, Head of Sourcing CU MTN Africa, Ericsson

Mayank Shah, Founder and CEO, MSD UK

Minnie Venkatachalam, Regional Director, South East Asia and Oceania, WEConnect International


13:50 – 14:10


14:10 – 14:40

Breakout streams continued


  • How to effectively measure the current level of risk in your supply chain 
  • Developing initiatives with suppliers that reward reductions in risk
  • Collaborating with suppliers and competitors to meet risk reduction targets

Sarah Hamilton, Deputy Commercial Director, Strategic Contract Management, HMRC

Rob Woodstock, Chief Commercial Officer, HMRC


  • Taking a creative approach to contracts to build social value
  • Engaging with suppliers to build social value throughout your supply chain
  • Getting stakeholders and board members on board to secure buy-in and investment

Claire Costello, Chief Procurement Officer, The Co-Op

Barry Hooper, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Justice

Paul Polizzotto, Founder and CEO, Givewith

Eric Soubeiran, VP Nature and Water Cycle (CSO) and CEO of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone

14:40 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:30

Breakout streams continued


  • Taking an open book approach to contracting 
  • Crafting contracts that offer increased protection for a post-COVID world
  • Reworking contracts to increase supply chain liquidity

Nick Jenkinson, Former Senior Director, Business Services, Procurement & Corporate Real Estate, Astellas Pharma


  • The importance of collaboration in driving real change in complex supply chains, with practical examples from global organisations.
  • Navigating the complex landscape of sustainable supply chain initiatives to work out who to collaborate with and how. 
  • Making best use of data to avoid pitfalls and make collaboration easier and more effective. 

Jamie Barsimantov, COO and Co-Founder, SupplyShift

Euan Murray, CEO, The Sustainability Consortium


  • Tapping into the expertise of your supplier network to supercharge innovation in your own business 
  • Taking advantage of supplier innovation to reduce time to market and increase profitability
  • Best practice and proven models for achieving supplier innovation

Niklas Fahlén, SVP Sourcing, Stora Enso

15:30 – 15:50


15:50 – 16:20

  • Proactively mitigating against the increased risk of modern slavery entering your supply chain in an economic downturn
  • Tackling new forms of workers rights abuse, such as furlough fraud, that could cause serious reputational damage
  • Ensuring that working conditions do not deteriorate in the post-COVID recession

Chair: Duncan Brock, Group Director, CIPS

Simon Leigh, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Whitbread

Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

16:20 – 16:30

Closing remarks and end of conference day one

Please note, programme is subject to change without notice.