Thursday 31 October


Registration and morning refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks

Setting the 2020 agenda


Welcome from CIPS – Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS


CIPS opening address: Deal, no deal, extension? Making sense of the current political backdrop and what it means for the economic outlook

John Glen, CIPS Economist, CIPS


The CPO Panel: As the CIPS UK conference gets underway, a panel of Chief Procurement Officers discuss the most pressing issues to likely impact the procurement and supply industry in 2020. Topics on the agenda include:

  • Procurement as a business partner: Can procurement go from savings machine to value creator?
  • Transforming a support function into a business-critical division: Building stakeholder engagement
  • Talent and technology: What does the procurement leader skillset look like for the next decade?
  • How are different stakeholder groups influencing procurement? Focus on the customer, the investor and the talent

Juliet Sotnick, Chief Procurement Officer, Babcock
Patrick Dunne, Director of Group Property, Procurement & Cost Base Transformation, Sainsbury’s Plc
James Allen, Asset Management Director, Arriva


Global trade uncertainty, tariffs and the ‘B’ word: Creating certainty in supply chains against the backdrop of trade ambiguity

  • Scenario planning in the face of political uncertainty

  • Behind the BREXIT veil: What else is or should be high on the agenda for CPOs?

  • Managing import and customs delays and the impact on business

  • Changing global tariffs: Accommodating these into business projections and supply negotiations

  • Dealing with the availability of supply and the challenges of passing increased costs onto consumers

  • Labour management: How are businesses dealing with the impact on available skills and labour

  • Systems and processes: Are IT systems robust enough to deal with the fallout from changing tariffs?

John Glen, CIPS Economist, CIPS


Morning refreshment and networking break

“Agile”, “big data”, “digital” – the procurement transformation conversation is awash with buzzwords but what does it really mean for the procurement and supply chain professional on the front line?


Progressive partnerships: How can partnering with suppliers to build long-term engagement add value to the business beyond cost savings?

  • Partnerships for agile product development when technology moves to fast

  • Switching the mindset from supplier to partner

  • How can partnering with a supplier serve as a risk management strategy for both parties in times of uncertainty

  • Building partnerships to access niche capabilities


CPO Insights: Building a supply-chain-analytics control centre for real time business insights
“Making data speak and making data act”

Ninian Wilson, Group SCM Director & CEO, Vodafone Procurement Company


Procurement transformation – a balanced mission to deliver: Transformation is not a technology change. Transformation of a procurement function needs to be balanced to deliver results and success. Clear identification of processes being implemented and run under solid governance, in balance with extreme ownership and support by proper technology, is essential to get through a transformation towards a world-class end-state.

DS Smith present their transformation journey in this interactive session.

Alex Jennings, CPO, DS Smith
Harold Hendrickx, Transformation Director, DS Smith


Lunch break and networking


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Refreshment and networking break


The responsible procurement agenda: Leveraging responsible procurement to attract key stakeholders

This session will examine how setting a procurement strategy in line with consumer, investor and talent expectations makes good business sense.

  • How responsible procurement is becoming a strategic, competitive advantage for attracting and retaining investors, customers and talent
  • What are the knock on considerations for sustainability and social responsibility in the supply chain?
  • How agile supply chain management ensures a quick response to consumer changes
  • How is consumer conscience, such as the war on plastic, influencing strategy?
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) as a benchmark for investment decisions and how this influences procurement

Andrew Haynes, Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Ltd
Laura Faulkner, Director, Supply Chain Management, Nationwide Building Society


Oxford style debate: “This house believes that Blockchain is a unicorn”

Two teams of debaters will pit their wits and skills of persuasion against one another to argue the case for and against the motion. The objective? To persuade the audience round to their side of the argument.

The session is intended to be deliberately provocative and encourage the audience to challenge their own way of thinking about a particular issue for the procurement industry.

The speakers are recruited to make the case for each side of the argument in a compelling and entertaining way. The argument may not reflect their personal views.


CIPS closing address


Evening drinks reception