Speakers

  • Dave Andrews
    Procurement Lead Australia & NZ, Microsoft

    Dave is the Procurement Lead for Microsoft in Australia and New Zealand. In this role, he focuses on leading projects to achieve value for money and measurable return on investment. He has fostered strong strategic supplier relationships, while driving responsible procurement behaviours, and building an inclusive supplier network.

    Before joining Microsoft in 2015, he held procurement roles in construction, mining and health industries.

  • Anush Avakian
    A/AS Non Materiel Procurement, Commercial Division, Department of Defence, Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group

    I began my procurement career within the ACT Government in 2003, supporting large state government procurements such as the building of ACT schools, the upgrade of the Canberra Hospital and development of the Gungahlin Drive Extension. I moved to Defence in 2007, supporting the Intelligence organisations with their complex and strategic procurement activities, and more recently supporting the Chief Information Officer Group.

    I am currently the acting Assistant Secretary of the Non Materiel Procurement Branch within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group responsible for the implementation and delivery of a non-materiel procurement shared services model under the Department of Defence’s shared services reform program, providing high level procurement and contracting support and commercial advice to Defence Groups and Services.

  • Kofi Awanyo
    Practice Lead, Procurement, East Asia, World Bank (Thailand)

    Ing. Kofi Awanyo M.GhIE is a Civil Engineer and Member of the Ghana Institution of Engineers. He is a Lead Procurement Specialist at the World Bank currently based in Washington DC. His current interests include implementation support for public procurement reforms and the design and implementation of contract information systems. Prior to joining the World Bank, he had been working as design/site engineer/deputy project manager for infrastructure projects in the water and transport sectors. He has a graduate degree in Highway Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK.

  • Brendan Batch
    Strategy & Development Manager , Felix

    Brendan is the National Sales Manager at Felix, where he deals with procurement professionals within the utilities, government, construction and mining industries. Prior to his role at Felix, Brendan was a senior business development member at PlantMiner, Australia’s largest construction procurement marketplace. Brendan works with all stakeholders, from opportunity discovery through to implementation, to ensure that our clients’ investment in digitising procurement delivers measurable business results.

  • Peter Boutros
    Business Manager - Northern Region, LeasePlan

    Peter Boutros is the Regional Sales Manager for LeasePlan Australia and he commenced with LeasePlan in 1996. During his 22 year tenure Peter has been responsible for managing some of Australia’s largest and most complex motor fleets for many of Australia’s household brands and government institutions.  Peter’s expertise is expansive from recommending optimal funding arrangements to safety and sustainable mobility solutions.  In recent times, Peter has performed some developmental work in future-proofing customers mobility requirements utilising his strategic knowledge of available market options and disruptive technologies.  Peter is considered a highly skilled practitioner of fleet management best practice as his practical experience in managing Trans-Tasman fleets, international fleets and government fleets combines with an insightful academic track record of success.  Peter holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a trade qualification in Automotive Body Repair from TAFE NSW which comes in handy at times where Peter is advising on Accident Management practices. On a personal level, Peter also holds a Level II International Rugby League Coaching Certificate, and Level II Sports Injury Trainers Strength & Conditioners Certificate with the National Rugby League (NRL) and he enjoys travelling to his preferred destinations in Beirut & New York City.

  • John Crickmore
    Managing Consultant, Commerce Decisions (Australia)

    For over thirty years he has supported clients in many public-sector organisations solving organisational and commercial problems, and more recently has been involved in supporting the evaluation for complex, strategic procurements.

    With Commerce Decisions, John has led the evaluation support for major public-sector procurements in Australia, providing the benefit of his experience and that of other international consultants within Commerce Decisions for the benefit of those clients.  Prior to joining Commerce Decisions, John worked with clients in the ICT and Defence sectors, planning and delivering solutions to address complex and messy problems.

    John has developed a practical appreciation of what best practice looks like, through working on “both sides of the fence”, in terms of responding to requests, and evaluating requests for services and capability.

  • Gordon Donovan
    Group Director, Procurement & Supply, Epworth HealthCare

    Gordon is a Chartered procurement practitioner and industry leader with 30 + years’ experience in establishing procurement functions, delivering enterprise wide procurement and category management solutions and using technology to drive improvements.

    Having gained a master’s degree in Strategic Procurement Management, and as a fellow of CIP, he is passionate about raising procurements influence within organisations and the value that procurement can deliver.

  • Jonathan Dutton
    Director, JD Consultancy

    JD Consultancy was established in Australia in 2004 by seasoned general manager and business leader, Jonathan Dutton. With over 30 years’ experience across several industries and in a variety of senior roles across sales & marketing, procurement & supply and general management, Jonathan now works as an independent business consultant helping organisations achieve transformational change and growth through applying his core values of focus, insight, reality and speed.

    Jonathan's skill set is particularly strong in sales & marketing, driving top-line growth & bottom-line improvement. He uses his deep understanding of the procurement industry and buyers' mindset to develop incisive customer propositions and successful sales & marketing programmes - primarily in the B2B marketplace. He also has a contact-list second to none in the procurement sector, including many top CPOs.

    Well known throughout the procurement industry, Jonathan is also available for professional speaking engagements, training workshops and facilitating strategy meetings & round-tables. He often talks from his experiences on 'both sides of the fence' in procurement or in sales & marketing.

  • Daniel Fielding
    Director, ArcBlue Consulting

    Daniel is a Director of ArcBlue Consulting; a leading procurement consultancy group working around the world helping organisations get the best out of their procurement spend. A graduate of University of Warwick business school (UK), Daniel is professionally qualified in procurement and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.

    Daniel has held a variety of procurement roles over 22 years, starting his early procurement career in the airline industry working with British Airways, Qantas and Air New Zealand before moving into consultancy, where he has gained direct experience of supporting over 100 organisations across the Asia Pacific region. He has worked in a wide variety of industries including Government, Construction, Transport, Finance, IT, and FMCG and through this work has first-hand experience of what good practice looks like and how procurement should be positioned for success.

  • Jennifer Goddard
    Director, Member Services (APAC)
    International Association for Contract & Commercial Management
  • 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.

  • Kate Harris
    CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)

    Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future.

    She previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and two years as non-executive director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and Living Future Institute Australia, as well as being an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program.

  • Tanya Harris
    Global Manager Procurement, The Fred Hollows Foundation

    Tanya is a sustainable Procurement ISO 20400 Australian technical committee member and international contributor, representing the Australian Council for International Development. He is also a UN 10YFP listed Sustainable Public Procurement expert.

    Previously a contributor to the international stakeholder group for the draft GHG Protocol and ICT Sector supplement, she attended the UNFCCC COP 15 (‘09) in Copenhagen as an Australian telecommunications business representative.

    She brings proven track record in leading complex negotiations, with well-developed skills in strategy, policy and process development, handling conflict, issues and opportunities locally (Australia) and internationally.

    Tanya has extensive private sector experience, now enjoying applying business methodologies in the international development sector, advising and implementing best practice sustainable procurement approaches across public and NGO sectors.

    Her specialities incorporate Sustainable Procurement, Sustainable Sourcing, Capacity Building, Knowledge Sharing, Corporate Responsibility, Organisational Strategy, Policy Development, Negotiation, Vendor and Contract Management, Carbon Management; Energy Efficiency, and Procurement Process Improvement

  • Terry Hayes
    General Manager - Supply Chain, EBOS Group (Symbion)

    Terry was appointed General Manager Supply Chain in 2016 and is responsible for the supply chain functions within the EBOS Group. This includes demand chain planning to meet the needs of 900+ hospital pharmacies and 3500+ retail community pharmacies serviced by Symbion in Australia, and several hundred community pharmacies serviced by ProPharma and PWR in New Zealand.

    His role also encompasses the supply chain planning and execution for 550+ manufacturers/suppliers, along with the management of the pricing data, deals and contracts to service the entire chain end to end.

    Having worked across the pharmaceutical wholesale and retail divisions of the company for a number of decades, Terry has held senior management positions for more than 25 years.

    Terry has played key roles in major projects including ERP implementations, on-boarding of major new customers, development of customer/supplier portals, and EDI transformation. He has also been the architect and lead in Symbion's innovative and award winning supply chain collaboration program called Symbion EngageT.

  • Chris Holmes
    Managing Director
    Single Cell
  • Shae Howard
    Director, Government Data Centres/Shared Services, Department of Finance Services & Innovation (NSW)

    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. Shae 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.

  • John Ivil
    General Manager Government Procurement & Property Branch, New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

    John is responsible for implementing and driving New Zealand government procurement and property functional leadership.

    The role incorporates developing and implementing New Zealand Government procurement and property policy, capability and capacity development, collaborative procurement (including all-of-government contracts), and the implementation of modern and flexible working environments for government employees. John has also established a commercial pool of procurement resources to assist government agencies with high risk/high value commercial initiatives.

    Prior to commencing work at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, John was employed at the Ministry of Health and in the New Zealand Defence Force. John served 26 years in the NZDF both in New Zealand and overseas, the majority of that time in uniform as a logistics officer. John has served in diverse locations such as the Sinai Peninsula, Angola and Canberra.

    John holds a Master's Degree in Management Studies from the University of NSW, majoring in Project Management.

  • Bill Jarrard
    Director
    IACCM
  • Glenn Johnston
    Director of Procurement, Transport for NSW

    Glenn has over 25 years of experience in procurement and logistics management across different industries, market leading companies, as well as government.

    He is a nationally-recognised procurement expert and thought-leader with a deep and proud passion for Indigenous business engagement. By helping Indigenous businesses grow and develop, Glenn firmly believes that this will lead to greater opportunities for Indigenous employment.

    Glenn was the recipient of the 2016 Supply Nation Procurement Professional of the Year Award in recognition of his work developing and engaging Indigenous businesses. He is a Fellow of CIPS and Chair of the NSW Chapter of CIPS, the globally recognised peak procurement and supply professional body with over 110,000 members. Glenn is a Board Member of Supply Nation and AIATSIS - the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

  • René Kling
    Program Manager, Supply Chain Management Specialisation, UTAS University College

    René Kling has provided training and consulting services to a range of public and private organisations through his own business, Supply Chain Management Education Australia (SCMEA), for over 17 years. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (FCIPS), as well as an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (AFILM), and a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (MAIPM).

    René has extensive management experience in both the public and private sectors, including organisations such as Ford, Mobil Oil and Local Government, as well experience as a senior management consultant for a national consulting firm. René is currently the Program Manager and lecturer for the Supply Chain Management specialisation in the Associate Degree of Applied Business for the University of Tasmania (UTAS) University College, and has many years lecturing experience in supply chain and general management areas.

    René’s qualifications include a Masters of Law in Public Procurement Law and Policy, a Masters of E-Commerce, an MBA, a Master of Business in Logistics Management, and a Masters in History, as well as a range of VET qualifications. René has also spoken at conferences throughout Australia and overseas on a regular basis.

  • Frank Lai
    Manager, State of Flux

    Frank is a management consultant with expertise in supplier relationship management, sustainable procurement, risk management, cost optimisation and data analytics. He has an excellent track record of delivering positive strategic outcomes for clients, and is experienced in procurement and supply chain across a number of industries, including the public and private sector and the defence industry.

    With extensive overseas experience in supplier management, contract negotiation and procurement, Frank is results oriented with demonstrated ability to vigorously assess, analyse and provide optimum solution to pressing challenges. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, investigating the application of financial risk management techniques to assess and evaluate uncertainties.

  • Shane Lamont
    Associate Director, Grosvenor Management Consulting

    Shane specialises in procurement and supply chain executive leadership, business transformation, procurement spend optimisation programs, and leadership. Before taking on a consulting role, he also worked as chief procurement officer and head of supply chain at Sydney Water. His other roles have involved working at Asciano as group manager for procurement, and procurement director at Caltex.

  • Dr Vladas Leonas
    Director Technology and Architecture, Department of Finance Services and Innovation (NSW)

    Vladas is an experienced CIO with 20 years' experience. Among his roles, he specialises in turnarounds and transformations, while delivering on projects strategically and tactically.

    He has built effective teams, and is a commercially and technically astute executive, with strong business acumen.

    His past experience spans government, infrastructure, telecommunications, technology services, and construction.

  • Professor Michael Milford
    Professor of Robotics / Chief Investigator, Queensland University of Technology / Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

    Michael is an interdisciplinary researcher at the boundary between robotics, neuroscience and computer vision and a multi-award winning educational entrepreneur. His research models the neural mechanisms in the brain underlying tasks like navigation and perception to develop new technologies in challenging application domains such as all-weather, anytime positioning for autonomous vehicles. He currently holds the position of Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, as well as Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow and Chief Investigator at the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision.

  • Krishna Mohan
    Manager, Procurement Operations & Transformation, Mirvac

    Krishna is a performance driven Procurement and Supply Chain professional with experience driving business transformation, strategic planning, and cost optimisation initiatives in both Consulting and Industry roles. He offers a hands-on approach and a mix of strategic thinking, as well as innovation to achieve results.

  • Jeremy Moon
    Digital Procurement & Former Director , NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation

    Jeremy currently focuses on digital procurement – with a strong track record in ICT services across core agencies. Among these, he worked previously as a Director at the Data Analytics Centre (DAC). The DAC was previously within the Department of Finance, Services and Innovation, and supported agencies sharing information to deliver better services and build an evidence-base to support policy development. He has also worked as Director, Data Analytics with NSW Procurement.

  • Jacqui Priestley
    Executive Manager, Capability, ArcBlue Consulting

    Jacqui Phas worked in the procurement industry for more than 10 years, joining ArcBlue from a resourcing background. Since joining ArcBlue, Jacqui has led capability engagements, assessing the capability of procurement and contract management professionals and designing bespoke development programs. Having worked with a diverse client portfolio, she brings a macro view of procurement structures, methodologies and deep knowledge of procurement capability.

  • Professor Shams Rahman
    Professor of Supply Chain Management, School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne

    Shams is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at the School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University. He is also the Deputy Head of School, Research and Innovation.

    As a former British Commonwealth scholar, he has worked with several universities in Australia, United Kingdom, and Thailand.

    In Australia he worked for the University of Western Australia, The University of Sydney, prior to joining RMIT University. He also held visiting fellowship at the Virginia Tech, US and University of Exeter, UK and currently, an International research scholar to Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, Shanghai, China.

    He is an expert in the in the field of operations and supply chain logistics and he is frequently called upon to make presentations for various professional bodies and senior executives on issues such as supply chain sustainability, talent management in logistics, lean six-sigma and quality management, reverse logistics, and theory of constraints.

    He is on the editorial board of fourteen international journals. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management, a Regional Editor of the International Journal of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Systems, and a Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Advances in Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (Book Series). He is also the foundation member of the International Advisory Committee of the Asia-Pacific Federation of Logistics & Supply Chain Systems.

  • Tarkis Rann
    Regional Sales
    Zycus ANZ
  • Michelle Robinson
    Manager, Contracts and Supplier Relationships, Department of Justice

    Michelle is an expert in developing and monitoring complex procurement and governance frameworks, increasing procurement capabilities across NSW Government and implementing partnerships and systems that enable improved service delivery across NSW Government.

    As a senior commercial and financial specialist who has worked in finance and public administration for over 8 years, Michelle provides expertise in developing, governing and executing tailored Procurement policy and governance, working in Agencies to establish Procurement as a strategic business partner as well as increasing Procurement capabilities across the private and government sectors.

    In recognition of her contributions to the Department of Justice, Michelle was elected by her peers as the recipient of the Department of Justice Staff Excellence Award for Demonstrating Excellence in Leadership in 2016.

    Most recently, she was involved in the CASME Australasia Roundtable for procurement organisation and infrastructure as the NSW Government delegate. She was a keynote speaker at the Indonesia Government Procurement Conference speaking on Fraud Prevention Techniques and Technology and has been a panel member on several forums on Sustainability in Procurement.

  • Damien Sheehy
    General Manager, Procurement Category Management, Broadspectrum

    Damien has 15 years procurement experience across FMCG, aviation, waste and infrastructure industries. Working for organisations in various stages of procurement maturity, he has been involved in large scale transformations, ERP and system implementations, and both greenfield and brownfield category management disciplines.

    Damien is currently the General Manager of Category Management with Broadspectrum, a Ferrovial company providing constuction, operation and maintenance of major projects and infrastructure assets for public and private clients. Broadspectrum is made up of 16,000 people across Australia and New Zealand, with $1.8b in annual third party spend.

    Damien holds a masters degree in supply chain and logistics, and an MBA from University of Wollongong.

  • Sandeep Shetty
    Group Procurement Manager – Capital & Indirects , Bega Cheese Limited

    Sandeep Shetty heads the Capital and Indirects portfolio at Bega Cheese Limited and has been a key driving force in helping Bega enhance its Procurement operations and transform the Capital and Indirects organisation.

    Sandeep has more than 14 years of experience in Strategic Procurement in Australia, Germany, America and India. His focus over the past 4.5 years he has been with Bega is to embody Bega values and provide Procurement and Thought leadership to Bega’s Executive team and 68 member strong Purchasing team across 10 manufacturing facilities nationally. He has got solid expertise in both direct and indirect spend categories with transferable skills across a number of industries including Dairy, Automotive, Healthcare, Building and Construction, and Facilities Management.

    Sandeep is passionate about developing people using Transformational leadership methodologies whilst driving value creation to augment Bega’s competitive position in the market.

    Sandeep holds an MBA, a Master’s degree in Project Management and International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering with High Distinction from RMIT University.

  • Hendrik Snyman
    Chief Procurement Officer, Beach Energy

    Hendrik specialises in contracting strategy development, negotiation and management. He has worked across the claims management/resolution, and continuous Improvement programs. Within the performance strategy portfolio, he has developed, executed and embedded large-scale transformation towards performance excellence.

  • Margaret Szanto
    Procurement Manager, Tenders & Special Projects, Local Government Procurement

    As Procurement Manager, Tenders & Special Projects, Margret is responsible for managing the tender team, strategic planning, providing procurement advice to the executive team, providing professional support to the consulting and training teams with procurement and tendering advice.

    In addition, she provides expert advice and strategic input into the development of project deliverables; oversees the management of projects; assists with the development and implementation of procurement strategies; provides coordination and advice to clients and internal business units on procurement policy and procedures; and provides advisory support to the tender and quotation process.

  • Matt Tett
    Chairman & MD, Enex TestLab

    Matt heads Enex TestLab, an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with over 28 years history, ISO 9001 certification and a university heritage.

    He is well-known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter, effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person. His organisation's objective is using science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met.

    He is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) Work Stream 5 - Cyber Security and Network Resilience. He also serves on the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

    Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 10+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He holds Government and Police Contractor security clearances.

  • Anthony Vlasic
    Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

    Anthony joined the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) in February 2018 following a career in strategy, project management, engineering and sourcing. This covered a number of disciplines focused predominately on financial services and technology.

    Within the DTA, Anthony is currently the Chief Procurement Officer, with primary responsibility for providing strategic leadership across the Australian Government for sourcing direction, policy, advisory and reform.

    Prior to joining the DTA, Anthony was an executive at the Westpac Banking Corporation. At Westpac he held a number of senior roles over more than 10 years including business strategy, as the Head of Strategy (Retail), program delivery, as Head of Product Projects and technology and sourcing, as Director of Strategy and Alliance Services.

    Before Westpac, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and an academic at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

    He holds a PhD in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a BEng (Hons) from the University of New South Wales.

  • Jane Weatherill
    Head of Supplier Governance, Procurement & Supply Chain, Global Business Services, Telstra

    Jane has over 20 years' experience in supply chain and suppliers across FMCG, Financial Services, Public Service, and Telecommunications. She is an experienced risk professional, specialising in building operational and compliance risk frameworks to meet Australian and International regulatory standards.

    Currently she is the Head of Supplier Governance at Telstra, focusing on improving third party risk management within Telstra's supply chain and global supplier base. She is Telstra's representative on a global telecommunications initiatives such as the Joint Audit Cooperation and GeSI working groups, to improve supply chain sustainability within the global ICT industry.

  • Greg Welsh
    Director, Winya Indigenous Furniture

    Greg is a Director of Winya Indigenous Furniture. Winya is a majority Indigenous owned and largely Indigenous staffed workstation and office furniture manufacturer.

    Winya is B-Corp Certified and over the past 12 months Winya has won many awards for its socially progressive business model that promotes Aboriginal employment in its supply chain, its program within Prisons and work to include remote communities in the supply chain.

    Winya has won a Banksia an Australian Sustainability Award, The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Award for Australasia and awards for sustainability, diversity and business leadership in the City of Sydney.

    Greg has worked as CEO and in senior management roles at Sebel Furniture, Lomb Scientific, Corporate Express (now Winc) and Child Flight and his earlier career as an Airtraffic Controller.

    He is actively involved in Supply Chain management and Tendering, and brings a strong manufacturing and QA focus to the operation.