Speakers & Advisory panel

Official Event Speakers and 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 stakeholders working in Procurement and Supply Chain sectors.

Andrew Brightmore
Executive Director, Supply Chain & Business Improvement
Compass Group

Andrew has worked across a diverse set of business environments and cultures including public, private and consulting across many countries.

From his early days within the Toyota world-class manufacturing environment through to being part of highly innovative and creative successful procurement teams at Novar, leading business process outsourcer Xchanging, global consulting leader KPMG and now at the world's largest food and support services organisation, Compass Group.

He has a passion for transforming business success and driving dramatic cost, margin, revenue and capability improvement.

Carly Cummings
National Linehaul & Network Optimisation Manager - Supply Chain
Coca Cola Amatil

Carly is an executive leader with key skills in determining, strategising and driving business and supply chain transformation.

She specialises in logistics management - with a focus on strategy, growth and cost-effective innovation within the end-to-end customer supply chain. She has extensive experience running diverse offshore teams.

Among her achievements, she wrote and implemented the 3-year ICT and Solutions & Innovation strategies for all Asian operations. She was also selected as a Board Director for the Australian-Thai Chamber of Commerce.
In other roles, she has partnered with Accenture to redesign the Minor Food Group's (MFG) Supply Chain and Procurement operations. This resulted in a 10-year exclusive logistics contract.

On four occasions, she took on newly-created senior roles, while designing & implementing the operation's vision for each. She has designed the physical warehouse layout and operational processes for the largest Distribution Centre in Unilever's SEA network.

In a leadership capacity, she helped shape, lead and transform operational delivery. As a strategic thinker, she has delivered on tangible business value, while forging strong client and C-level relationships.

Jeremy Goodman
Director - Supply Chain
Carnival Australia

Prior to joining Carnival Australia, Jeremy was the Group Procurement Manager at Ardent Leisure Group and has held Procurement & Senior Management roles at Mummu Media, Quest Serviced Apartments and AccorHotels.

Jeremy is a Supply Chain & Strategic Sourcing Specialist with over 12 years’ experience primarily in the hospitality industry, and has a keen focus on maximizing value through partnerships, and maintaining close alignment to internal & external customers to ensure that the end result delivers holistic benefit to the business.

Jeremy’s key areas of speciality include the strategic sourcing of Food & Beverage, IT&T, Consumables & Travel.

Shae Howard
a/Executive Director, ICT Procurement, ICT & Digital Government Division
Department of Finance, Services & Innovation

Shae is a business professional with over 20 years’ ICT experience specialising in strategic relationship management, spend optimisation, service delivery and process improvement. She recently completed her MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management with a focus on Leadership and Strategy.

She has held a variety of global and local roles with Cisco, Gateway Computers and most recently with the Department of Finance, Services & Innovation in NSW Government. Shae has played a leading role in the creation of a diversity resource groups to attract, develop and retain female employees in STEM.

In 2014, Shae was shortlisted for the ARN Women in IT Award for her work in developing female mentoring programs.

Gwen Inglis
General Manager Procurement
Veolia Australia and New Zealand

As the general manager for procurement at Veolia, Gwen brings a collaborative style to her role. She has proven ability to build and empower a high performance team. Her breadth of experience incorporates commercial and legal terms experience across the supply and customer (sales) landscape. She’s had exposure to both transactional and strategic procurement, and has an overall understanding of industrial operational environments.

Melissa Kirk
Assistant Director Business Engagement, Contracting & Aid Management Division
Department of Foreign Affairs &Trade (DFAT)

Melissa has over 28 years’ experience, having worked in public and private sectors including policing, defence, marketing, telecommunications, education, mining and legal. She has extensive experience in project management, procurement and contract management and the ability to manage contract negotiations.

She is the supplier engagement specialist with the Aid Business Engagement team within DFAT.

She is responsible for the management of the Indigenous Procurement Enhancement Plan within the Aid Program. She is also responsible for the facilitation of supplier engagement programs and activities.

Sandra Nagels
Head of Procurement, Corporate Centre, Finance & Commercial Services
Australia Post

Sandra has been working within procurement for over 15 years and has experience in a range of different industries that include automotive, FMCG, distribution and is currently extending her procurement experience within the services industry in her role at Australia Post.

She started her career in Belgium with Anixter Logistics, a global distributor of Wire & Cable, Communications products.

Having grown within the organisation she was offered the opportunity to move to London (UK) four years later to develop further in the procurement department. Having gained strong procurement experience, she led training courses and complex project teams. Among these, she was asked to lead the integration of the procurement team within the product team in Manchester (UK) in 2006. The successful integration led to some well-deserved time off spend travelling in New Zealand which eventually saw Sandra finding a new place to call home in Melbourne (Australia).

Ricky Nowak
Leadership Expert
Ricky Nowak & Associates

Ricky is a professional MC, Speaker and Executive Coach who is passionate about energising and educating corporate and business audiences so they can lead with integrity and authenticity.

She works in diverse industries across Australasia ranging from project management, IT, finance, and health, legal, retail and manufacturing. Her focus is in on developing authentic leadership through leadership development, executive coaching, and customised leadership initiatives.

She has published four business books - “How to Make Good People Great Leaders…and reap the rewards”, "The Integrity Factor - Why Business Rules in Business and Leadership", "Boost Your Success" and "Leadership in Three Words". Her books are used extensively in the workplace as practical references as well as her online training, podcasts and webinars.

April Palmerlee
Chief Executive Officer
American Chamber of Commerce in Australia

April is Chief Executive Officer of the American Chamber of Commerce. Previously she was a senior executive at the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. 

Palmerlee has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) and a consultant. In the US, she was Senior Coordinator of International Women’s Issues (now called Ambassador-at-Large, equivalent to Assistant Secretary of State). She and her team coordinated, funded and implemented US policy concerning women worldwide. The creation of this position in the US was a model for the creation of the equivalent position in Australia, Ambassador for Women and Girls. Prior to her political appointment, she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, America’s largest foreign policy think tank. 

She has also worked for couturier Oscar de la Renta, financial publisher The Bank Credit Analyst, and The Spanish Institute. Palmeree has been listed by Who’s Who and been an invited participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Ditchley Foundation in Oxfordshire, and Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business conference at the NYSE. She also led/co-chaired US delegations to international meetings and ministerials, such as APEC, OAS, and the UN. 
Palmerlee is on the Centennial Park CCC and the Selection Board for the Fulbright scholarship in NSW. She has been race director for the Centennial Park Ultra, the Six Foot Track Marathon, and the Southern Highlands Challenge as well as VP of Sydney Striders, Australia's largest running club. 

She received a BS from Georgetown and a Master’s from Columbia. She is a dual citizen and lives with her husband and four school-aged children in Sydney. She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swedish, and Italian. Her Australian is also pretty good.

Lynn Penny
Group General Manager, Procurement

Lynn is currently the Group General Manager of Procurement and Premises at Mirvac. In the GGM role, she is accountable for procurement strategy across the group, and ensuring Mirvac’s own premises are maintained with two key focus areas in 2017.

This focus involves refining the supplier relationship management strategy, and ensuring innovation is at the hub especially in the area of automation. The other focus is enhancing employee experience in the workplace, and enhancing behavioural change within a changing built environment.

Before joining Mirvac, Lynn spent time working with Microsoft in an APAC role at Westpac. Although the key area of expertise is in procurement, she also has a strong general management background, having been responsible for corporate real estate, risk, audit and operational outsourcing.

Molley Qi
Director, Professional Services & Supplier Diversity, Strategic Procurement and Contracts / ATO Finance
Australian Taxation Office

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

Danny’s work history includes three years as an engineer at ICI Australia, appointment as a lecturer at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) at the University of New South Wales, five years as an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois and 10 years as the Professor of Manufacturing Management at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.

He has done extensive work on business improvement, major projects and change management, advising government departments and CEOs of major companies and in numerous industries including financial services.

Jennifer Scott-Gray
Global Head of Trade Finance Sales
Westpac Institutional Bank at Westpac

Teresa Scott
Executive Director
Australasian Procurement & Construction Council

Teresa is Executive Director of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC).

Her responsibilities include working with the Council of Chief Executives to set the strategic direction of the APCC, and expanding the APCC’s role as Australasia’s leading public sector procurement and construction forum.

Tania Seary
Founding Chairman

Entrepreneur. CEO. Mother. Marketer. Wife. Philanthropist. Public Speaker. There are many words to describe Tania, but one that comes up over and over is networker.

In 2016, Tania was recognized by IBM as a #NewWaytoEngage Futurist and named “Influencer of the Year” by Supply Chain Dive. She hosts regular procurement webinars, and presents at high-profile events around the world.

A true procurement entrepreneur, Tania is the Founding Chairman of Procurious, The Faculty and The Source. Throughout her career, Tania has been wholly committed to raising the profile of the procurement profession and connecting its leaders

Michael Shaw
Founder and Board Member
Global Council for the Advancement of Women in Procurement, Atlanta (USA)

Michael has 40+ years of executive management leadership experience. His areas of specialisation include Blockchain, BitCoin, Procurement, Purchasing, Supply Chain, and SaaS. He’s worked in a managerial capacity with top-tier firms including Oracle, Siebel, and SAP.

Ann Sherry
Executive Chairman
Carnival Australia

Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism.

She is currently the Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since.

Ann is also the Chair of UNICEF Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Rugby Australia, Cape York Partnerships, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Infrastructure Victoria and Philanthropy Australia.

Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne.

The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.

Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights, currently convening the MCC STEM group, opportunity for Indigenous communities, philanthropy and to the arts.

Gigi Tam
Head of Procurement
Roche Pharmaceuticals

Gigi is a results-driven procurement professional striving to deliver procurement value to the business.  With over 10+ years’ experience in Supply Chain and Procurement, Gigi partners effectively with stakeholders to shape forward-thinking strategies to support the overall sustainability of the organisation. 

With a Master of Finance & Economics degree, she currently leads the Procurement team in Roche Pharmaceuticals as Head of Procurement.  Prior to joining Roche, she has worked in various industries and sectors such as Nestle:- Nespresso Business Unit; Caltex and NSW Government.

Rosita Van Vuuren
Merchandise Operations Manager, Head of Quality & Sourcing
Best & Less

Rosita is a business professional who has worked in the Apparel and Footwear Industry for 25 years. From running her own Apparel Manufacturing Company through the 90's she entered Corporate Business in 2001 in the aerea of Operations, Productions, Quality, Supply Chain and Sourcing. 

She currently works for Best & Less, an Australian National Discount Retailer, as Merchandise Operations Manager, Head of Quality & Sourcing.

Her previous role was as VP of Operations with Bloch International, which she held for 5 years. Rosita emigrated from South Africa in 1987 and holds an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

Thomai Veginis
Chief Procurement Officer & Executive Director Supply Chain

Tracey Yeh
Head of Global CPE Sourcing

Tracey is a senior procurement professional with proven leadership to accomplish significant results across large corporations in Japan and APAC.

She has a passion for making procurement a competitive advantage for the corporation and striving for results that exceed customers' expectations.

Her certificates include Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) & Project Management Professional (PMP).

Nina Younes
Contracts Manager
Western Sydney Airport

Nina is a results-driven, highly-motivated procurement professional with over 20 years’ experience in diverse procurement and travel industry roles. She has a track record of program delivery, significantly reducing costs and improving organisational processes and procurement functions.

In her recent role as Category Manager, NSW Government (NSWG), Nina reformed the travel category.  This was achieved by reinvigorating relationships across all departments resulting in greater engagement, increase in contract spend and reduction of contract leakage. She achieved substantial savings for NSWG by challenging suppliers to treat NSWG as it would a large, commercial customer.

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Women in Procurement & Supply Chain 2019