Day two - 29 October

Please note, all timings are GMT

09:25 – 09:35

Chair’s opening remarks

09:35 – 10:20

  • Using the pandemic disruption as an opportunity to rebuild sustainably
  • Ensuring your supply chain creates social value at every stage by working with suppliers to develop a shared purpose
  • Making the case for change and reassuring stakeholders that creating social value doesn’t have to be a costly undertaking.

Laura Faulkner, Director of Shared Services, Nationwide Building Society

David Clements, Deputy Secretary – Inclusion, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions Victoria State Government

10:20 – 10:35


10:35 – 11:10

  • Collaborating with suppliers to keep supply lines open
  • Combating fraud, ensuring provenance of product and mitigating the increased risk of modern slavery infiltrating your supply chain
  • Building trust in your supply chain

Chair: Ceri Jones, Editor, Supply Management

Patrick Dunne, Property, Procurement (CPO) and Transformation Director, Sainsbury’s

Liam Fassam, Research Institute Director and Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management, University of Northampton

Antonia Wanner, Group Head of Procurement, Nestle

Suzy Newman, Business Director, NHS Supply Chain: Food, provided by Foodbuy

11:10 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:00

Select your breakout stream below

Stream A
Resilience and Recovery

Ceri Jones, Editor, Supply Management


  • Elevating sustainability to the same must-do status as managing contracts, risk, and performance
  • Integrating and digitizing sustainability into the vendor management function
  • Driving practical, realistic progress towards your goals

Jacqui Archer, Chair, Positive Impact Commerce; IACCM Fellow

Soren Henriksen, IACCM Fellow, Fmr. CPO DanskeBank, Head of IT Procurement, Nordea

Jan Francis, Global Head of Supplier Management, Arm

Jesse Lee, CEO and Co-Founder, Brooklyn Vendor Assurance

Stream B
Leadership, People and Skills

Duncan Brock, Group Director, CIPS


  • Creating an inclusive culture that encourages gender diversity
  • Creating more opportunities for women to progress to senior levels
  • Removing gender bias in recruitment and setting hiring targets to increase the number of women in the profession.

Maha Bouzeid, Vice President and Head of Sourcing, Ericsson

Melinda Johnson, Commercial Director, Department of Health and Social Care

Clare Jones, Group Procurement Director, Mace

Conception Ribaud, Head of Procurement, Balfour Beatty

Stream C
Technology and innovation

Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS


  • An overview of the results of RS Components’ latest annual state of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) procurement survey (conducted in partnership with CIPS)
  • Exploring the impacts of the pandemic on MRO procurement and through the lens of the survey

How the COVID-19 crisis has elevated the importance, and hence the professional standing, of skilled procurement professionals in many organisations

Peter Malpas, President for EMEA,RS Components

12:00 – 13:00

Lunch break

13:00 – 13:30

Breakout streams continued


  • Leveraging technology to support your risk strategy
  • What is the business case for implementing new risk solutions?
  • How can blockchain help avoid supply chain risks?

Cyril Pourrat, Chief Procurement Officer, BT

Professor Danny Samson, Department of Management and Marketing, University of Melbourne

Evan Sutherland, UK Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Balfour Beatty


  • What are the challenges involved in bringing in the right people with the right skills and how do we ensure we retain talent?
  • Implementing effective talent management programmes to develop existing talent 
  • How have perceptions of the profession changed?

Jim Carter, Commercial Director, Submarine Delivery Agency, Ministry of Defence

Bobby Dhanoa, Global Chief Procurement Officer, KPMG

Melinda Johnson, Commercial Director, Department of Health and Social Care

Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, Tecom Group


  • Identifying the best-fit technological solutions for your organisational needs
  • Implementing digital transformation smoothly
  • Adopting a strategic approach to processes

Kate Jay, Procurement Lead – ERP Programme, Skanska UK

13:40 – 13:40


13:40 – 14:10

Breakout streams continued


  • Evaluating the effectiveness of your business continuity plan
  • Reflecting on lessons learned from the pandemic and planning for similar events in the future
  • Implementing a continuity plan based on agility that allows for a rapid response

Alex JenningsCPO, DS Smith


  • Developing your leadership skills to make better strategic decisions
  • Representing the values of the business and ensuring all strategic decisions have an ethical basis
  • Developing a culture of commitment to achieve ethical codes and practices

Bertrand Conquéret President, Global Supply Chain B.V and CPO, Henkel


  • How AI can change procurement models and help plan effective supply chains? 
  • Choosing the right AI solution to invest in 
  • Delivering more efficient bottom-line impact with the help of AI

Varun Kukreja, Senior Solutions Architect, Zycus

Ruth Bromley, Director Procurement Enablement, Heineken

14:10 – 14:20


14:20 – 14:50

Breakout streams continued


  • Using financial risk indicators to identify immediate risk, buying valuable time to work with suppliers, offer flexible payment terms, or in some cases find additional sources of supply.
  • Mitigating logistical risks and balancing the need to diversity your supply chain with the potential to introduce new risks.
  • Building a sustainable recovery plan that is fit for the future

Katie Tamblin, Chief Product Officer, Achilles


  • Understanding the challenges the pandemic has placed on procurement
  • Demonstrating how eProcurement can overcome those challenges to maintain and even improve procurement cycles
  • Calculate the return on investment from an eProcurement platform

Derek Roldan, Marketing Manager, bids&tenders

14:50 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:30

  • Redesigning teams for the future with diversity in mind
  • How diversity in teams can enhance creativity, collaboration and productivity when achieving business objectives 
  • Encouraging diversity at leadership level and practical steps for a more inclusive future

John Amaechi OBE, CEO, APS, organisational psychologist

15:30 – 15:40

CIPS closing remarks and end of conference

Please note programme is subject to change without notice.