2017 Speakers

Procurement and supply: Unlocking competitive advantage

Discover who spoke at the 2017 conference:


Alan Draper

Alan DraperDirector- Purchasing, Ford

Glen has been employed in logistics and transport all of his working life (which is quite some time). He has been working on Fleet Operator Recognitio...

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Andrew Stephenson

Andrew StephensonGroup People Director, Lookers plc

Andrew is the Group People Director at Lookers plc, one of the UK’s leading Automotive Dealer Groups, having joined in May 2016. Responsible...

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Annie Brown

Annie BrownFCIPS, CPO, InterContinental Hotel

Annie joined IHG in February 1998. She took on the role of Chief Procurement Officer in December 2012; in 2014, her remit grew to encompass Cost E...

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Antony Faughnan

Antony FaughnanFCIPS, Director, Arcadis LLP

Antony Faughnan FCIPS is a UK Director at ARCADIS, currently seconded to Thames Water Technology and Transformation Alliance. A 30-year business p...

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Chris Holmes

Chris HolmesHead Procurement Strategy & Innovation, Novartis

Chris is the Head Procurement Strategy & Innovation for Novartis Procurement. Prior to this role Chris was the Head of Strategy & Transformation leadi...

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Conception Ribaud

Conception RibaudHead of Procurement, MTR Crossrail

Head of Procurement at MTR Crossrail, Conception has been working in procurement for 10 years mainly in the railway industry, but also in the ...

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David Owen

David OwenGlobal Purchasing Director, Production & Aftermarket Parts, Jaguar Land Rover

David Owen is the Global Purchasing Director for Production, Special Operations and Aftermarket Parts (Direct Procurement) at Jaguar Land Rover. ...

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David van Rooyen

David van RooyenCEO, Pomerol Partners

With a passion for technology and business, David brings a wealth of strategic thought to innovation and technology choices. Aside for running Pom...

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Diego Iscaro

Diego IscaroSenior Principal Economist, IHS Markit

Diego Iscaro is a Senior Principal Economist at IHS Markit. He joined the company in September 2007 and is responsible for economic analysis and forec...

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Fraser Doherty MBE

Fraser Doherty MBE

Regarded as “One of the UK’s leading motivational speakers”, Fraser Doherty MBE started his incredible business career at the age of just fo...

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Gareth Nugent

Gareth NugentSenior Director International Procurement, Discovery Network

Gareth is Senior Director, International Procurement for Discovery Networks, responsible for international vendor spend and procurement activi...

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Gareth Rhys Williams

Gareth Rhys WilliamsGovernment Chief Commercial Officer, Cabinet Office

Gareth Rhys Williams was most recently Chief Executive Officer of PHS Group, a leading provider of outsourced workplace services in the UK. Gareth...

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Gerry Walsh

Gerry WalshFCIPS, Group CEO, CIPS

Born in Northern Ireland, Gerry has spent most of his working life in England, France and the U.S. He started his career in 1978 in the suppl...

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Glen Davies

Glen DaviesFORS Technical Advisor, FORS

Glen has been employed in logistics and transport all of his working life (which is quite some time). He has been working on Fleet Operator Recognitio...

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Hamish Imrie

Hamish ImrieCTO and Principal Consultant

Having spent his entire career as a consultant, Hamish is a leading global data analytics consultant and thought leader. He is an ex SAP FICO impl...

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Henrik Smedberg

Henrik SmedbergHead of Enterprise Sales & Professional Services, Amazon Business UK

Henrik Smedberg is Head of Enterprise Sales & Professional Services for Amazon Business UK. Prior to joining Amazon Henrik ran the Northern Europe a...

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J Cromack

J CromackCEO, MyLife Digital Practice

J Cromack, Co-Founder of MyLife Digital, and CEO of MyLife Digital’s Practice division which incorporates Wood for Trees, a data and ana...

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Jim Carter

Jim CarterFCIPS, Transformation Director, Government Commercial Function, Cabinet Office

Currently seconded as Transformation Director in the Government Commercial Function, Jim's remit is helping improve the capacity and capabilit...

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Jim Hemmington

Jim HemmingtonFCIPS, Director of Procurement, BBC

Jim is Director of Procurement at the BBC, responsible for the external spend of £1.5 billion p.a. on goods and services, including outsource...

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Jim Townsend

Jim TownsendFCIPS, Chief Procurement Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Jim Townsend is Chief Procurement Officer at Walgreens Boots Alliance. The company is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail...

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Justin Lambert

Justin LambertHead of Procurement, Roche

Justin joined Roche in January 2015 as Head of Procurement and has an inclusive approach to the work he does; he seeks solutions from his suppliers th...

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Katie Jacobs

Katie JacobsEditor, Supply Management

Katie Jacobs is editor of Supply Management magazine, published on behalf of CIPS by Haymarket Network. She joined SM in May 2017. Before then,...

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Kirsty Bower

Kirsty BowerHead of Procurement, Clarion Housing Group

Kirsty Bower is Head of Procurement at Europe’s largest housing association following the merger between Affinity Sutton and Circle Housing in Novem...

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Laura Vosper

Laura VosperMarketing Director, Pearson

Marketing Director for Pearson HE in the UK, Laura has 15 years’ experience of designing and delivering effective B2B marketing programmes. In ...

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Martin Goodwill

Martin GoodwillCEO, Great People Inside UK

Martin has a BA in Economics from the University of Manchester and an MBA from Cranfield School of Management. During a 30-year career in logistics&#...

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Oliver Cock

Oliver CockFCIPS, Managing Director, Foodbuy UK & Ireland

Oliver is Managing Director of Foodbuy, a leading food and food related procurement organisation with an annual contracted spend of almost £1 bil...

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Paul Bestford

Paul BestfordFCIPS, CPO, John Lewis Partnership

Joined the John Lewis Partnership as Director, Procurement from Novartis in April 2014 where he led the Procurement transformation program spannin...

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Paul Devoy

Paul DevoyCEO, Investors in People

Investors in People is the Standard for people management, held by over 10,000 organisations in 75 countries worldwide. Paul led the buy-out o...

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Paul Gerrard

Paul GerrardGroup Policy & Campaigns Director, The Co-operative Group

Paul joined the Co-op in 2016 after 20 years in Government which included leading HM Customs and Excise strategies to tackle organised criminal attack...

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Philip Molnar

Philip MolnarChief Procurement & Technical Officer, Britvic PLC

Philip Molnar is an experienced International Operations, Supply Chain and Procurement Executive. He has over 35 years of experience and a bias to...

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Richard Woodford

Richard WoodfordGlobal Procurement Category Director - Marketing, Pearson

I have worked in Marketing Procurement for over 15 years and has been responsible for all the categories from Printing to ATL Creative and Digital to ...

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Sean Doyle

Sean DoyleConsulting Director, Deloitte

Sean works within Deloitte's Global Sourcing & Procurement strategy practice and is focused on cross sector digital procurement transformation,...

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Simon Geale

Simon GealeDirector of Supplier Management Solutions, Proxima Group

As Director of Supplier Management Solutions at Proxima, Simon’s key focus is to help organizations overcome their supplier management challenge...

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Tim Jenkins

Tim JenkinsManaging Director, WheelSpinner Consulting

Tim is a sales and procurement expert, with 10+ years’ experience leading teams in multinational organisations across a range of industry sector...

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Tyler Wellmans

Tyler WellmansBlockchain Lead UK, Deloitte

Tyler founded Deloitte's blockchain practice in the UK and leads activities ranging from R&D through to the design, build and launch of new ap...

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