Day one - 28 October

Please note, all timings are GMT

09:30 – 09:45

   Chair’s opening remarks and welcome from 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

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

Andrew Forzani, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry

Sopan Shah,
Global Chief Procurement Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

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

11:20 – 11:35


11:35 – 11:50

Energiser Session 
More information coming soon…

11:50 – 12:30

  • 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

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

12:30 – 13:20

 Lunch break

13:20 – 13:50

Select your breakout stream below

Stream A
Resilience and recovery


More information coming soon

Raphael Fadiora-Johnson, Regional Manager, Avetta

Stream B


  • 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

EcoVadis representative

Stream C
Supplier Relationships



  • 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


Maha Bouzeid, Vice President and Head of Sourcing, Ericsson

Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead, Accenture 

Mayank Shah, Founder and CEO, MSD UK

Melissa Wahl, Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer, Women Presidents Organisation

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

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

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


  • Using fully integrated software to transform your end to end source to settle process
  • Leveraging technology to create an environment that allows for more effective supplier, contract and risk management. 
  • Integrating digital transformation into your business model

Rob Turner, Head of Procurement and Global Process Owner, Source to Pay, John Lewis Partnership

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


For information to follow…


  • 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 – 16:05

Energiser Session 
More information coming soon…

16:05 – 16:50

  • 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

Simon Leigh, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Whitbread

Michelle Fargen, Global Head of Procurement and Sustainable Sourcing, Croda International plc.

Dame Sara Thornton, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

16:50 – 17:00

Closing remarks and end of conference day one

Please note, programme is subject to change without notice.