Speaker line-up

Hear from these inspirational speakers, with many more to be announced, at this year’s CIPS Virtual Conference.

Keynote speakers

CEO of APS, organisational psychologist

Dame Sara Thornton
Dame Sara Thornton

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

  • Michelle Fargen, Global Head of Procurement and Sustainable Sourcing, Croda International plc
  • Laura Faulkner, Director of Shared Services, Nationwide Building Society
  • Simon Leigh, Group Procurement and Supply Chain Director, Whitbread


Chair, Positive Impact Commerce; IACCM Fellow

Vice President and Head of Sourcing, Ericsson

Chief Procurement Officer, The Co-op

Commercial Director, Submarine Delivery Agency, Ministry of Defence

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

Chief Commercial Officer, UK Ministry of Defence

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

Procurement Lead – ERM Programme, Skanska UK

CPO, DS Smith

Commercial Director
Department of Health and Social Care

Group Procurement Director, Mace

CEO and Co-Founder, Brooklyn Vendor Assurance

Chief Procurement Officer, BT Group

Senior Vice President, Chief Procurement Officer
Lufthansa Group

Head of Governance and Sustainability, BT

Founder & CEO, Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK)

Executive Director Procurement, Tecom Group

Global Chief Procurement Officer, InterContinental Hotels Group

Group Head of Procurement, Nestle

Chief Commercial Officer, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)

Chief Procurement Officer, Bayer

  • Pascal Baltussen, Chief Global Procurement Officer, Coty
  • Bertrand Conquet, President, Global Supply Chain B.V and CPO, Henkel
  • Nedra Dickson, Global Supplier Diversity and Sustainability Lead, Accenture
  • Niklas Fahlén, SVP Sourcing, Stora Enso
  • Barry Hooper, Chief Commercial Officer, Ministry of Justice
  • Emma Peacock, Global VP Sourcing, Mars
  • Conception Ribaud, Head of Procurement, Balfour Beatty
  • Eric Soubeiran, VP Nature and Water Cycle (CSO) and CEO of the Danone Ecosystem Fund, Danone
  • Melissa Wahl, Vice President of Development and Chief Development Officer, Women Presidents Organisation