Friday 1 November


Registration and morning refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks


Opening keynote address: Achieving the impossible

Ben Saunders, Polar Explorer and Endurance Athlete


Case Study: Fireside chat – RBS’ ‘Cora’ chatbot case study: How procurement led the development of a core digital product

Kevin Murphy, Capability Lead- Transformation, RBS


Project 13: Creating a sustainable model for procuring large scale infrastructure projects

  • Focusing on Outcomes and value rather than cost
  • Delivering through a diverse and sustainable supplier base
  • New reward models for Enterprise delivery

Simon Murray, Director, S A Murray Ltd. and panel member of the Infrastructure Client Group, Institute of Civil Engineers


Lessons from Grenfell: How the procurement process can and should underpin design, construction and maintenance on high risk buildings

Duncan Brock FCIPS, Group Director, Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)


Where does your organization sit on the strategic alignment curve?

Insights from WNS CIPS joint Strategic Benchmark Survey

Alpar Kamber, Executive Vice President, WNS Global Services


Morning networking break and refreshments


Choose your stream:

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

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


Lunch and networking break


Good governance: Combatting modern slavery is now a benchmark for competitive advantage not just compliance. How do you optimise this key business lever?

  • Building relationships and transparency across the supply chain to go beyond compliance

Chris Harrop, OBE, Group Marketing and Sustainability Director, Marshalls


New procurement strategies to meet (and beat) sustainable supply chain goals 

Pursuing sustainable objectives in your supply chain drives business success. In this session, Avetta will discuss new market research on procurement best practices for sustainability. You’ll also learn how to evolve from manual tracking to more automated processes for supplier performance management – prequalification, document management, auditing and reporting to support your sustainable goals of workplace safety, ethical labour practices, environmental protection, community programmes and financial transparency.

Rhys Bush, Regional Vice President – EMEA, Avetta


Case study: Taking a proactive role in embedding SDG (sustainable development goals) in the supply chain

  • How are organisations supporting their supply chain to make better decisions?
  • Moving away from compliance as a ‘tick box exercise’
  • Creating a culture of job satisfaction across a manufacturing supply chain
  • Rolling out the program globally: Embracing cultural challenges in China

Nadia Youds, Partner & Social Impact Manager (Supply Chain), John Lewis & Partners


CIPS closing remarks and close of conference

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS