Day two – Wednesday 16 March 2022

Please note, all timings are in AEST

08:30 – 09:00

Registration/Platform login

09:00 – 09:10

Chair’s opening remarks

09:10 – 10:00

More information to come


Simon Kuestenmacher, Co-founder and Director, The Demographics Group

10:00 – 10:40

  • What are the challenges of bringing in the right people with the right skills and how do we ensure we retain talent?
  • Creating a culture that is attractive to new talent and younger generations
  • Developing training and succession plans to retain existing employees

Mark Richards, Divisional Manager, Commercial Division, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Bronwyn Sloan, Head Of Procurement, Virgin Australia

Jacinta Taliauli, Senior Procurement Advisor, Ministry for Pacific Peoples

10:40 – 11:10

  • Drawing a focus on outcomes and value rather than cost
  • Exploring new reward models for enterprise delivery
  • Creating a culture to nurture sustainability

11:10 – 11:40

Morning break and networking

11:40 – 12:10

Breakout stream

Leadership and Capability


  • Widening your leadership capability with political savviness and influencing skills 
  • Balancing business objectives with employee expectations 
  • Overcoming adversity and gaining trust from your people and stakeholders

Jodi Huebert, CIPS Leader of the Year finalist

Brian Peirce, Director of Procurement, BGIS (CIPS Leader of the Year finalist)

Strategic Thinking


  • Assessing how to improve your current sustainability initiative
  • Aligning sustainable supply strategies with business objectives 
  • How to implement new plans smoothly with minimum disruption to business

Pete Hamilton, Vice president and Regional Director, KellyOCG

Wayne Giddings, Associate Director for Sourcing within Corporate Services, Transport for New South Wales

Data Analytics


  • Learning how to assess the quality of your available data 
  • Getting a handle on your accessible data and knowing how to interpret it
  • Understanding how your data can be applied and utilised effectively

Rajat Sarna, Chief Procurement Officer, Vodafone New Zealand

12:10 – 12:50

  • How diversity in teams can enhance creativity, collaboration and productivity when achieving business objectives 
  • Encouraging diversity at leadership level and practical steps for a more inclusive future 
  • Key findings from CIPS membership survey on diversity and inclusion

Tania Pouwhare, Chairwoman, The Board at New Zealand Ethical Employers

12:50 – 13:50

Lunch and networking

13:50 – 15:00

Roundtable discussions

  • Navigating the legislation and its requirements

  • Formulating a plan of action to report and implement a best practice approach

  • Building in-house procurement skills and developing centres of expertise 
  • Developing talent and skills needed in the future to work alongside technology in procurement
  • Overcoming adversity in business and gaining stakeholder buy-in 

  • Managing expectations and effectively dealing with stakeholders

  • How to establish a sense of belonging and safety in your procurement teams
  • Treating inclusion as a priority in procurement and supply

15:00 – 15:30

Afternoon break and networking

15:30 – 16:10

  • What do business leaders now expect from their procurement teams to drive business and social change?
  • How can procurement rise to new challenges and evolve as a profession within organisations?
  • Advice on how procurement can collaborate with leaders and demonstrate their value and influence

Nicola Nation, Chief Executive Officer, The Ākina Foundation

Duane Barber, CEO, IPC, Asia Pacific

16:10 – 16:15

CIPS closing remarks and close of conference

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