Conference Day One

Conference Day One - Wednesday 26 April 2017


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08:15 | Registration and welcome coffee

08:50 | Opening remarks from the chair

Coretta Bessi, Former Chief Procurement Officer, nbn Australia

Finding inspiration to lead an outstanding procurement team

09:00 | OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESS: People development – how Caltex became a manager of choice

  • How to get more people to want to work in procurement
  • Reallocating and retraining to value driven functions
  • How to motivate and retain millennial talent

Johanne Rossi, Chief Procurement Officer, Caltex (2016 CIPSA CPO of the Year)

09:40 | Creating a remarkable team by identifying, developing, mentoring and retaining your best people

  • Redesigning internal stakeholder engagement and relationship to rapidly create transformation
  • Getting the best out of people and working with teams
  • Building influencing skills to bring on board internal and external stakeholders and strengthen your procurement team

Michelle Redfern, Former SRM Transformation & Supplier Management, National Australia Bank

speed networking at women in procurement 201710:10 | SPEED NETWORKING

Take this opportunity to build, expand and strengthen your procurement and supply chain network. Remember to bring lots of business cards!

10:30 | Morning tea

Developing the competencies and capabilities of modern leaders

11:00 | INSPIRATIONAL SESSION: Encouraging young rising stars to build a great career in procurement

  • Discovering a passion for the procurement profession and the value it can add to both theorganization and the wider community
  • Building skills and competencies to achieve your career objectives
  • Achieving professional success whilst raising three young girls

Pauline Rolfe, Procurement Operations Associate Manager, Accenture (2016 CIPSA Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the year)

Delivering more value to your organisation through strategic procurement

11:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION: Integrating and aligning strategic procurement with business objectives

  • How can you to enhance cross-department engagement to increase procurement value to the whole of the business?
  • What are key strategies to ensure your department delivers value to the organisation?
  • Tips and hints on devising strategies for value driven procurement to support collaboration and foster competitive advantage

Panel moderator:
, Former Chief Procurement Officer, nbn Australia

Rosita van Vuuren,
Head of Sourcing and Quality, Best & Less
Danny Samson,
Program Director, Masters of Enterprise and of Supply Chain Management, University of Melbourne
Natalie Budovsky,
Head of Strategic Procurement, Healthdirect Australia
Kelly Irwin,
Head of Procurement Australia and New Zealand, Holcim

Effective contract management for agile and efficient processes

12:15 | Analysing various contracting models and the benefits of simplified relational contracts

  • How companies are re-thinking their contracting models to deliver value
  • How different contracting models can help improve stakeholder relationship management and drive innovation and value chain optimisation
  • Assessing how simplified relational contracts open previously locked value

Claire Negus, Former Director Commercial, Roy Hill

12:45 | Networking lunch

Global trends in procurement - how they will impact you

13:45 | A deep dive into the pitfalls of contract and commercial management

  • Implications of value leakage from poor practices
  • The importance of increasing procurement's influence with senior execs
  • The substantial benefits from changing procurement’s mindset around contract management
  • The opportunities being presented for women to take a greater leadership role by establishing better long term relationships with suppliers

Jennie Vickers, Director Australia and New Zealand, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management

14:15 | Enriching your leadership and company culture for success in Asia through personal diversity

  • How diverse is your network?  Is your network challenging you?
  • Is your experience sufficiently diverse to be successful in Asia?  How are you building your personal diversity
  • Will your style equip you for success in Asia and beyond?   

Susan Woodall, Independent Consultant and Former Global Chief Procurement Office in Singapore

14:45 | CASE STUDY: How the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade is complying with global standards

  • Assessing the key considerations of global standards when managing commercial and funding activities
  • Pursuing agreement negotiations that support trade and sustainable economic development in different countries
  • Understanding how to manage disaster response related to commercial and inter-governmental funding arrangements

Sarah Cotgreave, Deputy Director, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (New Zealand)

15:15 | Afternoon tea

champagne roundtables at Women in Procurement 201715:45 | CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLES

These interactive roundtables provide the opportunity for attendees to divide into groups and discuss niche ideas, practical tips and work through challenges faced by other executives from multiple industries. Each roundtable will begin with a brief presentation by the moderator, who will then open the discussion to the table.  On the day, you will be able to choose three of the bellow to attend. Each roundtable will run concurrently over three time slots:

1st round: 15:45 – 16:15
2nd round: 16:15 – 16:45
3rd round: 16:45 – 17:15

women in procurement roundtablesRoundtable 1: Attracting and retaining the best procurement people

Kelly Irwin,
Head of Procurement Australia and New Zealand, Holcim

women in procurement roundtablesRoundtable 2: Anticipating and keeping pace with change

Deanne Hawkswood
Chief Procurement Officer, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

women in procurement roundtablesRoundtable 3: Building the knowledge and capabilities to advance your career in procurement

Danny Samson,
Program Director, Masters of Enterprise and of Supply Chain Management, University of Melbourne

women in procurement roundtablesRoundtable 4: Best practice in transformational leadership

Interested in moderating a roundtable?
Please contact our sponsorship manager, Luke Griffin, at to find out how.

17:15 | Closing remarks from the Chair

17:25 | End of Day One and networking drinks

18:45 | Official event dinner

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