Supply Management Forum

The first Supply Management Forum took place on Tuesday 7 May.

 The event brought together senior procurement professionals for a day of insight and advice from experts in procurement as well as the opportunity to network with peers and build new business relationships with procurement suppliers through 1-2-1 meetings.

 Thank you to all our suppliers, speakers and delegates for attending and making the first event such a successful day. 

 Register your interest for the 2020 event below.



The Supply Management Forum took place at County Hall, London
etc. Venues County Hall
Riverside Building
Belvedere Road

Situated on the Southbank of the Thames, etc.venues County Hall has an enviable location next to The London Eye with breathtaking views over The Houses of Parliament & Big Ben and easily accessible from both Waterloo and Westminster stations.  Download the directions here. 

How to get there


09:00 Opening Chair remarks
Cath Hill, Group Director, CIPS

09:05 When innovation keeps you on your toes - Staying ahead of the curve in the era of constant disruption
- How to manage disruption in a rapidly changing world
- Supporting and harnessing innovation by cooperating with start-ups
- The importance of fostering a culture of innovation
- Balancing risk and agility when driving innovation
- Keeping transparency and integrity in the supply chain
Warrick Cramer, CEO & Director, Vodafone Tomorrow Street

09:30 Why an adaptable and flexible talent pool is key to drive a CPOs strategy
- The importance of influencing and building skills in order to raise performance levels
- How to offer and incentivise a clear career path
- Today’s challenge of talent acquisition and retention
- Capability: where do you find them and how do you train them?
- Training: big organisations vs small businesses
- Bridging the gap between finance, HR and procurement
- How diversity and inclusion can lead to a more successful thinking process
- Developing talent that has a higher aptitude and capability for technology
Amelle Mestari, Head of Procurement, Bouygues E&S FM UK

09:55 Networking break

10:25 Pre-arranged 1-1 meetings
There will be personalised agendas with your individual meeting schedules.

12:00 Panel Discussion- From Cradle to Cradle: Developing a sustainable supply chain
-Assessing the level of environmental, social, and economic impact to move towards a more sustainable future
-Creating a sustainable policy based on how sustainable you want to be.
-Sustainable Supply Chain Management Implementation
Doreen Menya, Business Manager, Procurement, University of Reading
Panagis Melas, Procurement Consultant, Infosys consulting
Robert Wren, Principal of Robert J Wren Associates

12:35 Lunch & networking

13:20 Pre-arranged 1-1 meetings
There will be personalised agendas with your individual meeting schedules.

15:00 Networking break

15:30 The big deal about big data
The strength of numbers lies in its use in predicting future trends and using analytical results in overall business strategies; from planning to execution. Panelists will dive deep into how big data feeds coupled with predictive analysis can help identify and mitigate risks in the supply chain.
Jim Hemmington, Director of procurement, BBC
Kristy Bower, Head of Procurement, Clarion Housing Group
Yaqi Yang, Global Category Manager,De La Rue
Warren Hallworth, Director, Business Development, GEP

16:05 Panel debate: Technology and the procurement function: What does the future hold?
- How automation and AI is already impacting procurement
- What are the benefits for procurement of automating more processes and embracing technology?
- How can procurement get to grips with analytics and predictive analytics?
- What does a great digital procurement strategy look like? What does a fully digital procurement function look like (people, processes)?
- Moving from hype to reality: how Blockchain could transform your supply chain
Richard Harding, Global Purchasing Transformation Director, Jaguar Land Rover Global
Stefanie Seff, Strategic Lead, Procurement - Commercial Services, Thurrock Council
Sean Cheasley, Account Director, Ivaula

16:40 Keynote: Where next? A look at business and society- From Today to 2050
The future is uncertain. Technological and social change can seem unpredictable and frightening. But underneath the noise are clear signals of some major trends. Author and FutureProofing presenter Timandra Harkness charts the waters you’ll need to navigate in the coming years.
Timandra Harkness, Writer, broadcaster and comedian

17:10 Chair’s closing remarks
Cath Hill, Group Director, CIPS

17:15 Drinks & networking

18:30 Finish

2019 Speakers


What can I expect?

Delegates will receive on the day:

  • 1-2-1 tailored meetings 
  • Full access to four content sessions
  • Discuss key challenges facing the profession
  • Networking with peers
  • Keynote session 
  • Networking drinks

Do I qualify?

If you are a senior procurement professional with a large purchasing power then you can apply for a complimentary place.

Applying is FREE, it only takes a few minutes and the Supply Management Forum brings big rewards which could make all the difference to you and your organisation this year.

Applications for the 2019 Supply Management Forum are now closed.


Sian Morrison
General Enquiries

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P: 020 8267 4152

Sam Johnston
Sponsorship Opportunites

E: [email protected]
P: 0208 267 4965