Thursday 31 October


Registration and morning refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks
John Glen, CIPS Economist, CIPS

Setting the 2020 agenda


Welcome from CIPS – Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS


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

  • Global trade uncertainty and tariffs: Creating certainty in supply chains against the backdrop of trade ambiguity

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

  • Scenario planning in the face of political uncertainty

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

Chair: Duncan Brock FCIPS, Group Director, CIPS

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
Alf Noto, Managing Director, Chief Procurement Officer, Deutsche Bank AG
Melinda Johnson, Commercial Director, Department of Health and Social Care


Morning networking break and refreshments

“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?


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 the right 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


Choose your stream:

Dig deeper into some of the themes influencing the procurement and supply chain agenda.

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Please note, all sessions include 5 minutes to accommodate changeover between streams. 


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

Chair: Duncan Brock FCIPS, Group Director, CIPS

Andrew Haynes, Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport Ltd
Beverley Tew, Vice President, Finance, Burberry
Kimberley Campbell, UK Category Buyer, UK Procurement, HEINEKEN UK Limited
Laura Faulkner, Director, Supply Chain Management, Nationwide Building Society


Closing keynote address: Insight from the c-suite

Nick Jones, recently appointed CEO of the premium lifestyle brand, Joules, speaks about his experiences building a career that has taken him from sourcing and supply to the c-suite. He will share his insights on bringing procurement to the c-suite table as well as his experiences working in retail sourcing dealing with strong buying functions.

Nick Jones, CEO, Joules


CIPS closing address

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS


Evening drinks reception
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