CIPS is committed to delivering conferences and events with a lively informative programme on a broad range of topics that are relevant to our global community. We seek to engage with senior procurement professionals to help us deliver the very best content and we are committed to building diversity in both our programme topics and speakers.  Our programme is still in draft and new speakers are being added each week as we continue to connect with new people.  If you would like to reach out to us about speaking at one of our events or introducing us to new and interesting speakers then please get in touch:

Day one - 08 June

Please note, to accommodate global time zones the programme has been split into 3 parts. All timings are BST.

Part one, 08:00 - 11:00 (BST)

08:00 – 08:15

Opening remarks and welcome from CIPS

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS

08:15 – 09:00

  • Adapting to the economic challenges created by the pandemic and driving business growth through good procurement practices
  • Taking advantage of the increased profile of procurement to become more of a strategic business partner
  • Focusing on collaboration to streamline processes and supercharge efficiency.

David Ingram, Chief Procurement Officer, Unilever

09:00 – 09:15


09:15 – 10:00

  • Exploring the shift towards reshoring triggered by the pandemic and the global implications of this for supply chains
  • Assessing the risks associated with onshoring vs offshoring and striking a healthy balance.
  • Navigating a landscape of increasing protectionism and its impacts on global supply chains

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

Patrick Dunne, CPO, Sainsbury’s

Nina Bomberg, Director Global Indirect Purchasing, SEG Automotive

Chair: Duncan Brock, Group Director, CIPS

10:00 – 10:15

10:15 – 11:00


  • Taking full ownership and responsibility of the sustainability agenda to add more value to the business
  • Engaging and collaborating with global procurement-led sustainability initiatives to spark innovation and drive the agenda forward
  • Collaborating with other departments and organisations to find easy ways of embedding sustainable practices into your ways of working

Eva Chvalkovská, Expert on Responsible Public Procurement, Department of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic

Aaron Reid, Head of Sustainability and Sustainable Procurement, Balfour Beatty

Nathalie Richie, Supply Chain Sustainability Manager, Global Procurement, National Grid

Chair: Shaun McCarthy, Chair, Supply Chain Sustainability School

Part two, 13:00 - 15:20 (BST)

13:00 – 13:40

Select your breakout stream below

Stream A

Strengthening leadership and collaboration


  • Where procurement as a profession should be focussing its efforts in 2021
  • How organisations can attract and retain young people in procurement 
  • Building diversity into procurement teams and supply chains

Alice Bray, Senior Procurement Advisor – Sustainable Procurement, Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency 

Cael Sendell, Head of Strategic Procurement, Buckinghamshire Council

Rachel Collins, Head of Business Services, St. Helens Chamber

Darren Yang, Procurement Executive, Shell

Stream B

Driving responsible procurement


  • Building local capability and capacity in supply chains to reflect growth and diversification
  • The impact of economic diversification projects procurement
  • The building a business case for a local sourcing strategy and securing buy-in.

Luay Naim Shalkhoub, Chief Procurement Officer, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Cory Thwaites, Executive Director Procurement, Tecom Group

Chair: Ceri Jones, Editor, Supply Management

Stream C

Championing innovation


  • Explore the lessons learned from the global crisis and ways of, not only protecting ourselves from supply chain risk, but also grasping new opportunities of working.
  • Uncover hidden risks within your supply chain and business processes.
  • Learn how to leverage technology to manage risk and protect your organisation.

Charlotte Carter, Solution Specialist, Proactis

Chair: Will Green, News Editor, Supply Management

13:40 – 14:20


14:20 – 15:20

Breakout streams continued

14:20 – 15:00


  • Working with your suppliers to increase communication and share information on best practice for a smoother, more robust supply chain.  
  • Working with your suppliers to better mitigate risk across your supply chain and ensure continuity of supply
  • Collaborating with suppliers to increase flexibility and ensure your supply chain can meet the challenges of shifts in demand

Chris Holmes, Senior Vice President Global Sourcing, Avantor

Chair: Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS

15:05 – 15:20

  • Goal vs Reality – Information, complexity, risk, quality, speed, logistics and cost
  • Outcomes – Breakthroughs and setbacks for progress
  • Learnings – Takeaways for complicated categories and programmes

Kobus van der Wath, Founder and CEO, Axis Group International

14:20 – 14:45


  • How technology can impact the mix of activities a procurement professional performs in their working day 
  • Harnessing technology to empower procurement teams to be more strategic and achieve key business goals
  • How technology can strategically help procurement focus on real value generating activities

Gareth Adams, Regional Sales Director, Zycus

14:50 – 15:15

  • Acting ethically: how to ensure your suppliers share your principles
  • Pursuing sustainability beyond environmental issues: addressing critical (and often lesser discussed) elements of sustainability
  • Avoiding risk: responsibility extends well beyond ethics and environment.

Katie Tamblin, Chief  Product Officer, Achilles

Chair: Ceri Jones, Editor, Supply Management

14:20 – 14:45


  • Navigating the changes and avoiding pitfalls in digital transformation
  • How technology and the direction of systems development are helping to better meet organisational priorities and concerns
  • Changing processes, modes of work and determining a clearer vision to achieve digital transformation goals

Anand Ganguli, Senior Director, GEP

Chair: Rob Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Haymarket

14:50 – 15:15

  • Procurement’s shifting focus onto agility & innovation
  • How bad data impedes this shift
  • How a solid data foundation can support innovation

Mark Masterson, Regional Vice President EMEA, Tealbook

Chair: Rob Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Haymarket

Part three, 16:00 - 18:00 (BST)

16:00 – 16:40

Breakout streams continued


  • Navigating the procurement challenges of a mass vaccine rollout 
  • Quickly pivoting your supply chain to meet the requirements of the rollout
  • Working closely with suppliers to ensure the rollout is smooth and efficient

Jim Townsend, Chief Procurement Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Chair: Emma Scott, Representation Manager, CIPS


  • Actively incorporating minority and women owned businesses into your supply chain
  • Maintaining a healthy mix of organisations of different sizes in your supply chain to unlock innovation
  • Ensuring that your commitment to equality, inclusion and diversity in your suppliers is reflected in your own procurement team and organisation

Nuha Luqman, Supply Chain Management Manager, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation

Lisa Martin, Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer, GSK

Carol Williams, Head of Procurement, Laing O’Rourke

Chair: Duncan Brock, Group Director, CIPS


  • How could simple ‘nudges’ improve digital procurement? 
  • How can we use data and evaluation to test what works?
  • What happened when we tested small tweaks on a hospital procurement platform?

Kristina Londakova, Policy Advisor to the CEO, Behavioural Insights Team

Chair: Rob Jeffery, Editor-in-Chief, Haymarket

16:40 – 17:00


17:00 – 17:45

  • Elevating the profile of procurement through innovative projects
  • Moving beyond cost savings and turning procurement into a revenue generating function
  • Making the most of your assets and pivoting to new sources of revenue in lockdown

Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Director and Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Procurement Company

17:45 – 18:00

Closing remarks and end of day one

Malcolm Harrison Group CEO, CIPS

Please note programme is subject to change without notice.