Official Event 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 LinkedIn or his website.

Brett Beattie
Head of Procurement
Opal Aged Care

Brett is currently the Head of Procurement for Opal Specialist Aged Care.  Opal Specialist Aged Care is the leading Aged Care provider in Australia with approximately 5000 staff nationally. Opal has 60 facilities with 5000 residents in four states with Head Office in Sydney.

Brett’s remit is transformational in nature and to raise the visibility of Procurement in the organisation, embed Category Management and Supplier Relationship Management into the function and develop sustainable procurement strategy. The Procurement team that Brett leads is responsible for leading all strategic sourcing and contracting activity across the business.

Brett has gained his procurement experience from over 12 years in the Pharmaceutical, Environmental Services, Logistics, Engineering and Manufacturing sectors through Australia, Asia Pacific and globally. This experience has seen Brett take on remits for creation and execution of building sustainable procurement and risk mitigation strategies, policies, procedures, related functions and teams. He has a high level of experience working internationally across diverse markets and business cultures in both mature and emerging markets. In Brett’s roles he has been relied upon to be a spend management advocate, thought leader, strategist, facilitator of change and a process re-engineer. Brett has strong management and leadership attributes with 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.

Tracey Shearer
Director Group Procurement
UnitingCare Queensland

Tracey Shearer works for UnitingCare Queensland. Since joining in 2011, Tracey has been leading a procurement transformation focused on building capability and the value proposition to the business.  The procurement function manage a spend of $350M pa across its service groups, UnitingCare Health, Blue Care and UnitingCare Communities. Categories supported include medical consumables, prosthesis, hospitality, ICT, capital, fleet and property services. Previous work experience includes private, government and the not for profit sector, with a background in FMCG, ICT, healthcare, and the community services sector.

Tracey holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with honours in Business Administration. Recently Tracey completed a graduate certificate in Leadership and Management from the Griffith University in Queensland.

James Piplios
Executive Director Procurement and 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.

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