Advisory panel


Quest Events would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the official event advisory panel who contributed their valuable time and expertise to ensure the agenda for this event is timely and relevant for all procurement and supply chain stakeholders working in Australia's healthcare sector.

Jonathan Dutton
Managing Director
JD Consultancy

Jonathon Dutton was the founding Managing Director of CIPS Australasia for over eight years up until February 2013. He was responsible for all aspects of CIPS activities as the global peak body for professional procurement & supply management in the region. He represented the profession and its standards to the highest levels of business and government.

As a former qualified procurement manager himself, as well as sales manager turned marketing director, Jonathan can easily draw on experiences from both sides of the negotiating table. Jonathan has worked in senior positions for British Airways, QANTAS, Regus & CHUBB, and is a fellow of four institutes covering procurement, marketing, management and the royal society of arts. He is also a graduate diploma member of the institute of company directors, and has a degree in economics with accountancy and business law.

Jonathan is married with two young children and lives in Melbourne, and can be reached easily through LINKED IN or his website.

James Piplios
Executive Director Procurement & Facilities
Epworth Healthcare

James Piplios was appointed Executive Director of Procurement and Facilities in 2008. He has extensive commercial experience gained within the health industry over 15 years. His career has also seen him work within the oil/gas, aviation and power generation industries.

Prior to joining Epworth, he held key roles at medical supply companies including director of sales and marketing and director of operations.

Mike McCrabb
Senior Category Manager
Health Purchasing Victoria

Mike has experienced opportunities through a wide ranging career from private industry with fast moving consumables (FMCG) in both manufacturing and business marketing roles, to business development, communications and procurement roles with Ambulance Victoria and currently with category management at Health Purchasing Victoria. With a background in science and business, the power of observation and the challenge of 'why' are key business assets, combined with creativity, communication and the use of a science minded approach that is applied to influence all management challengers, teams and projects.

Kathleem Labrum
General Manager
CCI Group Purchasing

Kathleen Labrum is General Manager of Combined Charities Incorporate (CCI) a not for profit procurement group. Her career spans over 25 years working within both the private and public sector.

Kathleen is an experienced speaker, sharing many of her experiences of working with centralised and decentralised procurement, across a broad range of industries including aged care,disability, childcare and local government. 

She strongly believes that thinking strategically, being motivated and ready to take a chance on new ideas has driven her career.

Amrik Sohal
Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit
Monash University

Dr Amrik Sohal is a Professor in the Department of Management, Faculty of Business and Economics at Monash University. He is also the Director of the Australian Supply Chain Management Research Unit.
He has received research grants from the State and Federal Governments, the Australian Research Council and Monash University. In 2001, Professor Sohal received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Postgraduate Supervision and in 2004 he received an award for research excellence from the International Association for Management of Technology.

3rd annual Health Procure