Rina Abbott-JardICT & Capital Procurement Manager, UnitingCare Queensland
First impressions of me are likely to reflect some of my main personality traits. I am energetic, engaged, encouraging, and open. The next wave of traits that you will see is that I am a strong advocate, focused, methodical, and determined. I’m not afraid of the tough stuff so throw in some challenges and constraints and you will see me in a comfort zone. I have a style, and am a negotiator. Obviously, because of my profession I am negotiating business deals and writing contracts but in the wider business I use my negotiating skills to campaign for better processes and improved collaboration between stakeholders, both internal and external. I am a facilitator, communicator, creator, and collaborator!
I am a mentor and most importantly have had some incredible mentors in my career. I have drawn from their experience, knowledge and have worked as a procurement specialist under a few different governance frameworks. There are templates, tricks and tips that I use every day in my procurement practice, largely drawn from these trailblazers. I am really grateful for their time and knowledge and am available for an opportunity to pay it forward.
What I really love about my profession as a procurement specialist is that I get to play fair! My job is to achieve a true Win Win outcome for my organisation and the vendor. It is a great opportunity to form partnerships and collaborate, regardless of the nature of the services and goods, there is always an opportunity to deliver it smarter, faster, better! Working with mature vendors, also improves the maturity of my organisation and vice versa. Organisational maturity is not just what we do, but HOW we do it!
Jennifer GoddardDirector, Member Services and Business Operations Asia Pacific, IACCM Asia Pacific
Supplier Relationship Management Practitioner and trainer with International Association for Contract and Commercial Management. IACCM. Past life includes being an Experienced Master Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Executive Development, Career Development, Coaching, Business Coaching, and Entrepreneurship. Strong business development professional with a Masters of Entreprenuership and Innovation focused in 2005 from Swinburne University of Technology.
Kate HarrisCEO, 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.
Molly Harriss OlsenCEO, Fairtrade Australia & NZ
As the CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, Molly Harriss Olson leads a dynamic team strengthening Fairtrade supply chains, growing revenue and bolstering environmental and economic sustainability practices throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Recognised for her three decades of leadership in sustainable development, Molly has convened, driven and contributed to numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives.
Molly speaks widely to senior business, government and civic leadership groups, sharing her expertise in sustainability, economic redesign, green building innovation, fair trade and development issues.
Among Molly's achievements, she delivered the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum's 2000 meeting in Davos, chaired Swedish King Carl Gustaf's Business Leadership and the Environment Symposium in 1996, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review's "100 Women of Influence" in 2014.
A graduate of Yale, Molly has lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has previously served on the boards of the Australia Institute, Global Action Plan, Clean up the World, Clean up Australia, Australian Building Energy Council, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia, Mary Mead, the Australian National Committee for the Earth Charter, and the International Advisory Council for the Foreign Policy Association (NY).
She was the founding chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of ECOS Magazine (CSIRO Publishers) and sat on the editorial board of G Magazine. Molly also sat on climate and sustainability councils established by former Australian state premiers Bob Carr (NSW), Steve Bracks (VIC) and Anna Bligh (QLD).
Natalie HarsdorfDeputy Managing Director, Federal Austrian Competition Authority (Austria)
Natalie Harsdorf is Deputy Managing Director of the Austrian Federal Competition Authority. Previously she worked as a case handler at the Authority and as assistant at the University of Vienna. Harsdorf studied Law at the Universities of Vienna and Dublin and holds a degree of the College of Europe in Bruges. Internships at the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Commission rounded up her professional experience.
John IvilGeneral Manager Government Procurement, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (NZ)
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.
Siju JohnyChief Procurement Officer, Transgrid
As a broadly experienced procurement professional , delivered projects and created value in a range of product and service categories. Proactively engaged executive, senior and operational stakeholders. Formulated category strategies which drove the conduct of tenders. Negotiated with suppliers and executed commercially favourable contracts. MBA qualifications, and an established track record as an Management Accountant provided a breadth of knowledge and experience which enabled rapid integration of knowledge and information across many commercial and technical disciplines. Build rapport across a broad range of business and technical stakeholders. Well developed interpersonal and project management skills enabled delivery of multiple projects to multiple deadlines. Productively coordinated local, national and international teams to successfully deliver project outcomes.
Sangeeta KhoranaProfessor of Economics, Bournemouth University (UK)
Sangeeta Khorana is Professor of Economics at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and a summa cum laude Masters’ degree from the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland.
As Professor of Economics, she leads research on procurement reform and bilateral trade negotiations. She is a member of DFID’s Trade and Development Expert Advisory Group on Brexit.
She had advised the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, Inter-American Bank, and several other institutions on trade and procurement reform.
She is also a former civil services officer, and in the past worked for the Government of India.
Charles LottLogistics Commander and CPO, Defence Force (NZ)
Charles Lott is the Chief Procurement Officer for the New Zealand Defence Force. His background: 37 years as a military logistician. Retired as a uniformed officer on 15 Oct 15. Now a Defence Civilian.
Latter years (10) specialising in organisational and business transformation and change, innovation and logistics development for the New Zealand Defence Force.
Believing that no logistics system is necessarily 'bad' my work is fine tuning them to make them simpler and smarter - better by being shaped for and relevant to the future.
He is specialist in Logistics & Supply Chain. Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul. Organisational Change. Systems Engineering. Strategic Leadership & Management.
He is a Member of NZ Institute Of Directors. And Fellow, Institute Of Management and Leadership.
Margaret ReidStrategic Procurement Manager, RSL Care
I have over 18 years of Procurement and Purchasing experience – fulfilling senior roles over the last 14 years.
My key technical skills include: developing and implementing procurement strategy and risk mitigation planning, supplier relationship management and negotiation for long term business outcomes; including a track record in achieving successful outcomes working through difficult issues, change management – people and process with particular focus on continuous improvement, establishing and implementing corporate governance policies and practice across the business.
My key personal skills include: Excellent team work, leadership, diplomacy and management, results driven and focused on continuous improvement, integrity and professionalism in all associations internally and externally, high level ability to effectively liaise with, motivate and influence via strong communication skills across all levels of the business, ability to see the big picture enabling best outcome for business.
Michelle RobinsonDirector Supplier Development, Department of Justice NSW
Michelle Robinson is the Director Supplier Development at the NSW Department of Justice and 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 9 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 implementing cutting edge systems and continuous improvement programs. 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 for introducing electronic payment methods across all areas of the Department. In 2018 she was a key note speaker at the 2018 Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Forum, the National Investigation Symposium, the Women into Leadership conference and the 2019 Procurement Week Summit. In 2019 she will be speaking at the Justice Cluster Procurement Forum, Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Forum and the Supply Chain Innovation conference in recognition of her procurement and leadership expertise.
Ian RudgleyChief Procurement Officer, City of Sydney
Ian Rudgley is currently the Chief Procurement Manager of the City of Sydney. Prior to his role with the City of Sydney Ian has held a number of senior procurement roles in the manufacturing, health and retail fields. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in procurement and is tertiary qualified, Ian is committed to elevating the stature and importance of procurement in local Government and feels that the sharing of knowledge is paramount to achieving this. Ian is in constant demand to speak regarding his experiences and the procurement journey that the City of Sydney has taken.
Teresa ScottExecutive Director, Australian Procurement and Construction Council
Teresa Scott 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.
Sebastian ShandHead of Strategic Sourcing, TAL Life
I am an experienced, tertiary qualified procurement professional with a strong track record of building and leading Procurement teams with both a strategic and hands on focus in the private and public sectors.
I have worked in environments with exposure to expenditure in excess of AUD$1 billion and have implemented large scale change management programs across end-to-end procurement. Additionally I have lead large scale outsourcing initiatives.
Key skills include Strategic Leadership, Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, e-procurement development, Outsourcing, Procurement Reviews and Savings Identification, Vendor Management, Tendering and RFP Development, Policy Development, Supply Chain Management (procurement, logistics, inventory, warehousing), Change Management and Commercial Negotiations.
Bhavesh ShahChief Procurement OfficerFirmenich (Singapore)
Sandeep ShettyHead of Supply Chain & Procurement, Bega Cheese
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.
James TranHead of Strategic Sourcing, HealthDirect Australia
An experienced leader able to craft and execute strategies that elevate and transform functions (having worked across Operations, Consulting, Client Management and Procurement) across multicultural and remote teams in Asia Pacific, including setting up and transitioning work offshore, optimising service delivery and team engagement in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Singapore.
Delivered consultative value by building advocacy with customers and transformed teams to achieve >100% increase to earnings while maintaining 99% of customers in Client Management (P&L) roles and delivered more than $75M in cumulative savings, quickening time to market and optimizing the costs for contracting, services recovery and sourcing activities across Asia Pacific.