Brett Beattie
Head of Procurement 
Opal Aged Care

Brett Beattie is a qualified procurement professional with practical and senior leadership experience across all procurement disciplines. Has led teams that influenced spend across business critical portfolios covering all direct and indirect spend categories in Health & Aged care, Waste, Water, Energy, Manufacturing, Logistics, Pharmaceuticals and Engineering industries.

Key skills experience includes creation and execution of building sustainable procurement and risk mitigation strategies, policies, procedures, functions and teams. High level of experience working internationally across different markets and business cultures in both mature and emerging markets. Outstanding track record in Procurement start-ups and transformations with a solid understanding of complex end-to-end supply chain processes. Thought leader, strategist, facilitator of change management and re-engineering of processes. Leads high level negotiations, complex multi-category, cross divisional projects that compliment overall business objectives.
Demonstrated strong management and leadership abilities with up to eight direct reports in Category Management, Contract Management, Tactical Buying and Purchasing roles.

Natalie Budovsky
Head of Strategic Sourcing
Healthdirect Australia

Natalie Budovsky is the Head of Strategic Sourcing at Healthdirect Australia – the organisation established by the Council of Australian Governments with the purpose of providing all Australians with access to trusted professional health information without time or geographic restrictions. Natalie and her team are responsible for the design and delivery of commercially focused solutions that support Healthdirect Australia’s vision.

Healthdirect Australia’s sourcing objective – to have industry leading capabilities to deliver best value arrangement to the shareholders and stakeholders, is tailored to the company’s unique processes and requirements and brings Procurement, Contract Management and Business Intelligence into one continuous business management cycle.

Prior to joining Healthdirect in 2012, Natalie held executive operational, general management and procurement roles at American Express, Cisco and EnergyAustralia (now Ausgrid). Natalie’s varied generalist background is instrumental in ensuring that the Healthdirect Australia’s sourcing strategy is closely connected to the business strategy and is constantly evolving in support of the organisation’s changing needs.

Natalie holds an MBA in General Management and an MA in Linguistics and Pedagogical Sciences.

Sebastian Chua
Director Procurement
Health Promotion Board Singapore Government

Sebastian started his procurement career with Hewlett Packard as their Country Manager for India, Singapore, Thailand & Philippines before he took on the portfolio as the Regional Procurement Manager. Sebastian then moved on to join Microsoft Corporation, Citibank & Alcatel Lucent as Head of Procurement to transform their procurement organization in Asia Pacific region.

He was recognized for providing leadership in the category sourcing strategies & operational excellence that contributed to organizational indirect spend reduction, process efficiencies and supply base rationalization as well as launching a pioneer transformation initiative for outsourcing the operational finance & tactical procurement functions around Accounts Payable, Records, Payroll and Procurement transactional services.

At Alcatel-Lucent as their Senior Procurement Director for APAC region, Sebastian was recognized for providing innovative business solutions and achieving break-through strategies across a series of procurement transformation initiatives in the areas of People & Organization, Business Alignment & Supplier Partnership, Program & Process Excellence and Controls & Compliance.

In 2014, Sebastian Chua took on a new challenge to accept the opportunity to transform the public procurement practices at Health Promotion Board (HPB), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health. He reports to CEO, HPB in his current role as Head of Procurement. His Procurement Transformation Paper has been nominated at the 2016 World Procurement Congress in London for 2 award categories – Public Sector and Procurement Leader as well as shortlisted for presentation at the 2016 International Public Procurement Conference in Bali.
He is an industrial speaker at the National University of Singapore (NUS Business School), The Logistics Institute – Asia Pacific (a collaboration between the NUS and Georgia Institute of Technology), Nanyang Business School (Nanyang Technological University) and the 4 Polytechnics in Singapore. 

Dylan Cross
Head of Equipment Sourcing
Health Purchasing Victoria

Dr. Dylan Cross has recently been appointed as the Head of Equipment Sourcing at Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV), having managed HPV’s pharmaceutical sourcing program since 2015. He has spent the last eight years in Government health administration roles, following completion of his medical degree at Otago University and Wellington Hospital, New Zealand. In addition to procurement, his experience includes medical education, research and health service management. 

Ross Darrah
Chief Executive Officer
Health Alliance New Zealand

With two decades of industry experience, Ross Darrah has made a solid imprint on the Supply Chain and Procurement worlds of New Zealand.  Having worked in agriculture, infrastructure, education, finance, utilities, not-for-profit, local and central government, retail and manufacturing sectors Ross has acquired in-depth knowledge and a dynamic skill set in the art of opportunity identification, simplification, standardisation, efficiency and cost savings in both supply chain and procurement. 

Following the successful founding of ‘Management Toolbox’ in 1999 —an innovative company that helped businesses to sharpen strategy for growth and efficiency – and  its eventual sale in 2011,  Ross went on to lead business transformation for the New Zealand firm of multi-national accounting (professional services) giant Grant Thornton, focusing on strategic procurement and productivity improvement.

In 2014 Ross set his sights on a new challenge: taking on the health of the nation and joined healthAlliance - one of New Zealand’s most significant shared service providers for Finance, Procurement, Supply Chain, and Information Services.

Ross spent 19 months as the General Manager of Procurement where he led the transition from a regional service with 4 customers and 1 location to a national service, with 20 customers and 7 locations, before accepting his current role as Chief Executive Officer of healthAlliance FPSC in December 2015.

Dilhan De Silva
General Manager, Strategic Sourcing & Compliance
St John Ambulance Australia

Senior executive positions at global Healthcare companies- Roche Pharmaceuticals & Diagnostics, Stryker Corporation, DHL Healthcare, Australian Pharmaceutical Industries(API), St John Ambulance Australia
Qualifications: GAICD(Graduate-Australian Institute of Company Directors), MBA, B.Bus , CPIM(APICS), SAP consultant, Social Responsibility Auditor(SAI).

Jonathan Dutton
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 LINKEDIN or his website.


Rachel Foster
Nurse Unit Manager Operating Theatres, Royal Hobart Hospital
Tasmanian Health Service

Rachel qualified as a Registered Nurse in the UK in the days of hospital-based nurse training (1970s) and has worked as a perioperative nurse, mostly in Operating Theatres, since then. She worked in New Zealand in the mid 1980s for three years, returning to the UK for another five before finally migrating to Tasmania 25 years ago. Initially working in the operating theatres of two private hospitals in Hobart Rachel moved to the Royal Hobart Hospital in 2004 and completed a Master of Clinical Nursing specialising in perioperative nursing in 2011. Four years ago she was asked to take on a Nurse Manager role within the Operating Theatres at Royal Hobart Hospital, a position that was being refashioned into the concept of Materials Management across Perioperative Services for the facility. A higher level of insight into supply chain and purchasing was required and a few short courses later saw her undertaking capital asset procurements for the service, in collaboration with the business and supply managers. She has achieved some significant value for money moments and all this in spite of being unable to balance the budget at home!

The value of a clinician with procurement know-how who has well-established relationships with both end users and suppliers has proved to be a very successful model for our facility with streamlined multidisciplinary communication able to flow through the conduit that the role has become.

Historically Tasmania’s healthcare has operated within unconnected organisations but a change of state government has seen the move to meld the disparate areas into one state-wide system. Being able to do business as a single fiscal entity is generating some very favourable opportunities for the Tasmanian Health Service which makes this a very exciting time to be a part of the bold new frontier that is procurement in Tasmanian healthcare, an oxymoron to some but not those in the know.

Jean-Louis Haie
Australian delegation on the project of ISO20400 on Sustainable Procurement

Jean-Louis Haie is a Sustainable Procurement expert with 10 years of international experience in advisory and training in the fields of social responsibility, sustainability, procurement and the supply chain.

In addition to leading the consultancy Planet Procurement, Jean-Louis is involved in several Sustainable Procurement international initiatives, including heading the Australian delegation on the project of ISO20400 on Sustainable Procurement, publishing in early 2017.

Owen Hammond
Director of Logistics
New South Wales Health Pathology 

After a career in the RAAF with a specialisation in weapons effects on buildings, Owen retired to begin stage two of his career as a federal public servant.  After delivering range of infrastructure projects across northern Australia, his last Defence appointment was the Director of Asset Management for the Defence Estate.  After a secondment to the United Kingdom to advise the Ministry of Defence on transforming asset management practice, he took a role within the Federal Department of Finance as the Assistant Secretary for the planning and delivery of high risk capital works projects. 

The pinnacle of this was the planning and delivery of the National Portrait Gallery. 
After a very short retirement, he started career stage three with New South Wales Health Pathology.  The role has evolved from procurement and capital asset planning into the logistics director.  Bringing another eye to the Health sector has been thought provoking and refreshing within an organisation that has welcomed contemporary and innovative practice changes.  Learning and achievements within that New South Wales Health Pathology will form the basis of the presentation.
He has also recently become a Grandad and feels that the gift of life’s journey, like a holiday and career, brings greater opportunity for reward the further you travel.

Nick Heywood-Smith
Registered physiotherapist and Co-founder 
W&L Aged Care Services and W&L Learning

Nick Heywood-Smith is a registered physiotherapist and co-founder of W&L Aged Care Services and W&L Learning. Both companies specialise in mobile health and aged care and provide products and services to clients and facilities across Australia. Nick’s work experience includes working in a variety of health care settings around the world as a physiotherapist in five different countries. This includes working for the National Health Service (NHS) throughout Great Britain in both inpatient and outpatient settings; owning and operating a private massage and rehabilitation business in Kitzbuhel, Austria over two winter ski seasons; consultancy physiotherapy work in public and private facilities in Vancouver and Banff, Canada, and private physiotherapy services provided to Ed Homer, a double below knee amputee, during a summit attempt of Mt Everest in 2001 in Tibet.

Following five years overseas, Nick and his wife Nikki started Wellness & lifestyles (W&L) Australia Group. The 2 companies have grown nationally and W&L have become the market leader in the provision of mobile allied health services in Australia and service over 28,000 aged care beds. It is W&L’s vision to become the benchmark for mobile care therapy services in the aged care, home care and disability care markets. All services are backed up by a strong emphasis on educating the nurses, carers and family members of clients to improve their quality of life. This has led to the development of W&L’s own Learning Management System (LMS) which is fully customisable and contains e-learning content specific to aged and disabled clients (W&L Learning).

Renee Hodge
National Procurement Manager
I-MED Network Radiology

As a senior procurement professional, Renee is interested in business operations and committed to implementing effective efficiency-saving measures. She has delivered in excess of $35m in savings over 12 months in my current role, through a diverse range of projects.

She thrives on using her influencing skills to gain the buy-in of staff and senior management. Furthermore, she is skilled at transforming complex processes and systems, with a real flair for problem solving and relationship building at all levels. She is adept at communicating and negotiating with vendors, as well as clinical staff. In regards to vendor management, she finds it particularly rewarding to reflect back on how the relationship has grown and view the path of improvement. Other strengths include her background in Finance, which has led to the development of excellent analytical skills and commercial acumen.

Frances Kelly
Group Finance Manager, Contract Management
Silverchain Group

Frances Kelly is Silver Chain’s Group Finance Manager, Contract Management.

The Silver Chain Group is a leading national provider of in-home health and care services that are designed to help clients, or a person who is cared for, maintain independence and live their best life.

In this national role, Frances leads the management of all key revenue contracts and relationships with the Commonwealth and State governments.

Prior to joining Silver Chain, Frances held a range of senior management roles with Juniper Healthcare, Healthcare Australia and the Mercy Care Group working in the acute, residential and community care sectors.

Frances holds a Bachelor’s degree, Postgraduate Diploma of Management MBA, and is currently studying part time at Melbourne University.

Rosemary Kennedy
Executive Director
ACT Health

Rosemary has spent most of her career in the health care sector in the areas of health administration and management and Leadership in diverse settings. Rosemary has a significant experience in positions of both Corporate and Clinical Executive Leadership, Her current role is Executive Director, Business and Infrastructure, covering the vast majority of support services including Procurement and contract management for ACT Health, and as Executive Director Capital and Service Planning for ACT Health.

Rosemary project managed the second stage of the Master Planning for the Capital Assets Development Plan, a re-design for old and new infrastructure to meet the projected growth in health service demand in the ACT to 2022. She holds a Bachelor of Health Administration, Master of Public Health, Advanced Diploma in Project Management Advanced Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracts) in addition to qualifications in Nursing and Midwifery. Rosemary is also a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) and an Adjunct Lecturer at the ANU, where she supervises 4th Year medical Students undertaking projects.

Kathleen Labrum
Former 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 believe's that thinking strategically, being motivated and ready to take a chance on new ideas has driven her career"'.

Catherine McCosker
Procurement Manager
Ambulance Victoria

Catherine McCosker has held Procurement and Contract Management roles within the health sector for more than 12 years.  During that time she has worked for Ramsay Health Care, Chemtronics (a division of Cabrini, specialising in the lifecycle management of medical technology) and Ambulance Victoria. 

Interesting tender projects she has been involved with include;
• the implementation of a Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS) at rural health facilities across northern NZ, on behalf of the Northland District Health Board;
• the delivery of road safety training programmes for the Paramedic Motorcycle Unit within Ambulance Victoria; and
• the state-wide provision on Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services – one of the highest profile tender processes that Ambulance Victoria conducts.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and an MBA with a specialisation in Strategy.  She has also completed Diplomas in Project Management, Risk Management and Governance.

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.

Dawn Morris
Director, Procurement
Queensland Health

Dawn Morris has been Director of Procurement, Department of Health since December 2013. In this role, Dawn is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the procurement of community health services from the non-government, government and for profit sectors.  Dawn applies a unique mix of expertise in procurement planning, program / project management, transformational change, and strategic planning, to achieve outcomes across the health and community services sector. 

Dawn works with policy areas across Queensland Health to turn policy objectives into the effective provision of a diverse range of community health services that achieve better outcomes for both clients and taxpayers. This includes considering objectives, needs, funding, risk management, quality, eligibility, performance measures and interaction with other services.  She leads an effective and compliant approach to market, probity and fair and consistent bid evaluations. Dawn has recently led and delivered outcomes for 15 projects ranging from $2M to $71M. Examples include, a $71 million statewide community managed mental health program, a $30 million alcohol and drug program, and engaging organizations to operate specialist facilities for people with a mental illness.
Dawn encourages creative thinking in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world that requires more than just job specific skills and knowledge. She is passionate about a transformation project she is driving to create an alternative governance framework for community health services, which takes into account delivering a service not buying a commodity.
She has a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours, Graduate Diploma in Health Administration, Masters degree with specialization in program and economic evaluation, Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis and completed the Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia, Probity Certification Course.

Lok Mun Leng
Deputy Director
Strategic Procurement, Singapore Health Services

Mun Leng has more than 15 years of experience in managing supply chain and he has helped to play a key role in transforming the supply chain management to a proactive model in SingHealth Group.

His previous role includes assisting the Group Chief Procurement Officer in developing strategic plan for supply chain management in non-pharmaceutical area. 
He currently leads the team that manages clinical and non-clinical supplies and major contract services with an annual spend of SGD 220 million.  He also partners with the Agency for Integrated Care to help more than 25 nursing homes in aggregate buy.
Prior to joining SingHealth, he manages the purchasing team of the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) and in operations support role such as Security Manager in SGH.  In 1999, he also serves in the SGH Education & Training Department to facilitate the skills redevelopment programme for the healthcare industry.  Mun Leng was a former Senior Police Officer with the Singapore Police Force and has hold appointments in investigation, command and staff functions.

Adrian Seymour
General Manager
Total Construction

Adrian has more than 35 years of experience in construction and has managed numerous projects with values ranging up to $85 million. His extensive experience includes conceptual design coordination, management of design consultants, coordination with planning authorities, management of sub-contractors and financial accountability to the client and company management.  He is a keen advocate of early contractor involvement and safety in design across our projects which has led to the building of strong relationships with our clients. Currently, 85% of our work is repeat business.
Adrian’s project portfolio includes builds for Japara Health Care, The Salvation Army, Southern Cross Care (Victoria), Bupa, HealtheCare and Allity.

Michael Smith
Deputy Director – Manager, Industry Research
Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics


  • Integrated supply/demand planning
  • Supply chain modelling
  • Full-value procurement
  • Value chain / cost to serve analysis
  • Supply chain connectivity and optimisation
  • Major projects in strategic applied research in private supply chain and logistics organisations 


  • End-to-end supply chain solutions for the food and FMCG industry
  • Sales and operations planning
  • Supply chain and logistics analysis
  • Lean manufacturing (LM) and
  • Distribution excellence (DX)
  • ASEAN and APEC supply chain and logistics projects 


  • Director of Supply Chain for PricewaterhouseCoopers, (PwC)
  • Head of Supply Chain for British American Tobacco Australia (BATA)
  • General Manager, Food Service Division of Darling Downs Foods

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.

Charlie Way
Group Manager Property, Assets & Procurement
Southern Cross Care

Charlie is a respected Procurement and Property Professional in South Australia, within the Healthcare Sector.  Based in Adelaide, Charlie currently holds the position of Group Manager – Property, Assets and Procurement at Southern Cross Care (SA/NT) Inc. and has over 15 years experience in the Procurement area, working in several industries prior, including Hotels, Hospitals and Aged Care. His core areas of expertise include, experience in strategic sourcing and category management across a range of products and services, Tender & Project Management for large FFE Projects, supply systems & Procurement process reengineering in large organisations, Hospitality services, Property and Contract law.

He recently introduced full electronic P2P and LMS systems to Southern Cross Care, enabling more efficient and compliant procurement practices. He is currently working on food services within the aged care environment, and investigating healthy, nutritional food choices that work for the elderly. Working with well known executive chefs from around Australia, he hopes to build menus and recipes that suit the aged care environment to a 5 star standard.
Outside of his work life, he is an accredited AFL football coach, helping juniors as young as 10 develop into possible future stars.

Simon Woods
Executive Director Medical Services
Cabrini Health

Simon trained as a general surgeon specialising in upper-gastrointestinal surgery. He has worked in public and private hospitals in Australia, Scotland and Hong Kong. Simon was head of unit at the Alfred, Melbourne. From 2007-2014, he was Medical Director and subsequently Executive Director of Medical Services for Cabrini, ultimately ceasing his clinical practice. In 2014, Simon was appointed to the position of Executive Director of Cabrini Malvern, with overall operational responsibility for this acute tertiary hospital, as well as Cabrini Pharmacy. He has been closely involved with the development of Cabrini’s clinical services plan. Simon is a medical graduate of Melbourne University, a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong and has an MBA (Executive), with distinction from RMIT University.

Speaking opportunities are available!

Present your company, showcase your leadership and demonstrate how you can help the health sector by speaking to this senior gathering of senior procurement and supply chain managers from private and public hospitals, aged care operators, government departments and agencies and all other stakeholders in Australia’s healthcare sector.

Use this unique forum to demonstrate your value to the biggest players in the health sector. Speakers will assert themselves as leading suppliers and solution providers to the sector.

Contact Luke Griffin on +61 (0)2 8188 7536 or 0481 353 550 or email lukeg@questevents.com.au to find out how we can put you in front of a highly engaged and receptive audience.

You can also download the partnership prospectus here.

3rd annual Health Procure