Day one – Tuesday 15 March 2022

Please note, all timings are in AEST

08:15 – 08:45

Registration, Morning refreshments/Platform login

08:45 – 09:30

Sacred Smoking Ceremony

09:30 – 09:40

Chair’s opening remarks

Sharon Morris, General Manager for Australia and New Zealand, CIPS

09:40 – 09:50

Welcome from CIPS

Malcolm Harrison, Group CEO, CIPS

09:50 – 10:30

  • Ensuring your supply chain is innovative and fit for the future

  • Taking the opportunity to rebuild sustainably and integrate social value creation into your supply chain

  • Applying risk avergence strategies to strengthen resilience against natural emergencies

Yemi Penn, Global Thought Leader on Empowerment and Resilience

10:30 – 11:10

  • How have leadership strategies and approaches adapted during the crisis?
  • The importance of collaboration to improve outcomes and identify opportunities for innovation
  • How to move forward and safeguard vulnerable supply chains in ANZ?

Siju Johny, Chief Procurement Officer

Tony Citera, General Manager, Capital Management & Procurement, Australia Post

Lucie Chami, Chief Procurement Officer, Vitex Pharmaceuticals 


11:10 – 11:30

Morning networking break

11:30 – 12:00

  • What are the best practices for reporting and implementation? 
  • Looking beyond compliance to implementing good governance to minimise the risk of labour abuses in supply chains
  • Leveraging competitive advantage for your business and supply chains

Ro Coroneos, Senior Manager, Risk – Supply Chain, Lendlease Corporation

12:00 – 12:30

  • Closely aligning your sourcing strategy with business needs and goals 
  • Considering near-shoring options and incorporating more sustainable practices in your plan
  • Approaches to mitigating geopolitical instability and minimise risk

Darren Wedding, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Super Retail Group 

Brett D. Nolan, Head of Procurement, Tourism Australia

Aditi Cook, CPO, Ministry of Education of New Zealand

Chair: Andrew Brightmore, Executive Director, Compass Group & Foodbuy

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch break and networking

13:30 – 14:05

Select your breakout stream

Technology and Digitalisation


  • Align with your stakeholders and select the best solution for your procurement needs
  • Enhance collaboration and cross-functional partnership across the enterprise
  • Design, manage, and execute digital transformation

Chair: Susan Hungar, Contract and Supplier Relationship Specialist, TAFE NSW

Social Value and Sustainability


  • How do you manage environmental exposure in your supply chain?
  • Effectively monitoring CSR impact across your supply chain 
  • Measuring the effectiveness of your supply chain sustainability initiative

Ben Ludik, Head of Procurement, Supply Chain and Property, Water Corporation

Risk Mitigation


  • Assessing and measuring potential risks in the supply chain
  • Implementing effective risk aversion strategies 
  • Learning from examples of real-life risk avoidance

Ken Tuke, Director, Procurement Engagement, Department of Transport

Georgie Farmer,Group Manager, Talent Services, Procurement,  Microsoft

14:05 – 14:35

Streams continued

Technology and Digitalisation


  • How can the profession evolve with the aid of digitalisation?
  • How is cutting-edge technology currently being utilised in the industry?
  • What is the impact of technology and digitalisation on procurement and purchasing?

Professor Danny Samson, CoEditor in Chief, Operation Management Research, University of Melbourne

Karla Davidson-Brown, Head of Procurement, Landcorp Farming

Adam Baker, Category Manager, Digital and IT, Latitude FInancial Service

Chair: Susan Hungar, Contract and Supplier Relationship Specialist, TAFE NSW

Social value and Sustainability


  • Unpacking the first-of-its-kind State of Social Procurement Report to explore how procurement professionals can generate positive social change
  • Examining the role of intermediaries and internal champions in driving social value
  • Where to from here? How can we better harness the power of social procurement

Mike McKinstry, CEO, Social Traders

Nikki Noack, Major Account Director, IPA 

James Muskett, Senior Business Development Manager, IPA

Risk Mitigation


  • What technologies can support your risk strategy?
  • What is the business case for implementing new risk solutions?
  • How can blockchain help avoid supply chain risks?

Georgie Farmer,Group Manager, Talent Services, Procurement, Microsoft

14:35 – 15:05

Streams continued

Technology and Digitalisation


  • How AI can change procurement models for the benefit of the team 
  • Choosing the right AI solution to invest in 
  • Delivering more efficient bottom-line impact with the help of AI

Chair: Susan Hungar, Contract and Supplier Relationship Specialist, TAFE NSW

Social value and Sustainability


  • Why sustainability should be a core business value 
  • Investing in sustainable practice for consumer and employee buy-in
  • Winning hearts and minds through effective story-telling

Risk Mitigation


  • How are risks changing and how should our organisations be responding to them?
  • Exercising a what-if mentality
  • What are the risks associated with people not having the right skillset?

Georgie Farmer,Group Manager, Talent Services, Procurement, Microsoft

15:05 – 15:35

Afternoon networking break

15:35 – 16:15

  • Procurement as a business partner: How do we continue to add strategic value to the organisation?
  • Building stakeholder engagement to transform procurement into a business critical function
  • Thinking business first and function second – how to reinvent ourselves to keep up with business developments

Jean-Michel Carriere, Executive Advisor, Enterprise Strategic Sourcing, Organisational Performance, Insurance and Care NSW

Rajesh Singh, General Manager Value Management, Spark New Zealand 

Elizabeth Stavreski, Executive Director, Procurement at South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance

16:15 – 16:55

  • Inspirational business leader’s journey talking about their experiences building a career from procurement to the top
  • Bringing procurement to the board and overcoming leadership challenges 
  • Coming from a procurement background, what do you expect your procurement  team to deliver?

Roger Gray, Chief Executive Officer, Lyttleton Port

16:55 – 17:00

CIPS closing remarks

Networking Dinner 

Please note, Conference and Networking Dinner tickets are sold separately


Drinks Reception


Welcome and entertainment




2021 Awards Presentation


After party



Please note, the programme is subject to change without notice.