Supply Management Public Sector Forum - Responsible Procurement

The new Public Sector Focus forum took place on Thursday 12 March at etc.venues Norton Folgate, London.

The one-day event was dedicated to strengthening procurement’s business partnerships in the public sector, helping attendees and their functions to deliver increased business value.

The day was full of thought-provoking content and crafted to inspire senior decision-makers in the procurement profession. The forum  fused together content sessions from top speakers, along with networking opportunities and business valuable meetings.

Is the forum for you?

What can I expect?

Delegates will receive on the day:
  • 1-2-1 tailored meetings 
  • Full access to content sessions
  • Discuss key challenges facing the profession
  • Networking with peers
  • Keynote session 
  • Networking drinks

CIPS members qualify for CPD hours by attending.

Do I qualify?

If you are a senior procurement professional working in the public sector 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 - Public Sector Focus brings big rewards which could make all the difference to you and your organisation this year.


Past delegates include


Responsible Procurement
09:00 Registration

09:30 Supplier Diversity
Diversity within supply chains not only brings new ideas but can also solutions to organisations, boosts competition and market growth. Hear from a leading procurement professional what can be done to make diversity work, the role of CPO's as well as the challenges and how these can be overcome.
Lindsay Maguire, Head of Small Business Policy, Cabinet Office

09:55 Panel Discussion - Procurement Professional vs Supplier Relationship
The interdependence of procurement professionals and suppliers may be one of the key drivers to achieve innovation, highlight niche opportunities and ensure a responsible procurement strategy. How best can both parties foster relationships with the aim of contributing towards environmental, economic and social objectives, while maximising competitive advantage.
Nikki Hunter, Head of Procurement, National Citizens Trust
Jim Carter, Commercial Director, Ministry of Defence
Scott Collins, CEO, Hawtrey Dene

10:30 Networking Break

11:00 Pre-Arranged 1-1 Meetings
There will be personalised agendas with your individual meeting schedules.

12:35 Case Study- Three P’s to Tackle Human Rights Issues in Supply Chains
With the emphasis on the impact of modern day slavery in the electronics industry. What actions should global complex supply chains take?
Cristian Martin, Head of Procurement,The London School of Economics and Political Science

12:50 Panel Discussion - Three P’s to Tackle Human Rights Issues in Supply Chains
Globalisation and global sourcing opportunities have highlighted the occurrence of unacceptable issues in supply chains; modern day slavery, human rights violations and health and safety issues. Businesses and procurement professionals have a critical influence over suppliers and are establishing business systems to deal with these risks. Learn how human rights can be addressed using appropriate policies, processes and planning.
Cristian Martin, Head of Procurement,The London School of Economics and Political Science
Andrew Roper, Head of Procurement, The Salvation Army
Andy Davies, Procurement Manager,Natural History Museum

13:15 Lunch & Networking

14:00 Pre-Arranged 1-1 Meetings
There will be personalised agendas with your individual meeting schedules.

15:35 Networking Break

15:55 Panel Discussion - Social value: Driving Change one Procurement Process at a Time
The economic downturn, budget cuts, caps on spending means that public buyers are under pressure to buy more for less but despite this, organisations can work with their suppliers to drive social and economic growth. This session will highlight how to creatively use supply chains to do good.
Jonathan Jones, Director of Procurement and Insurance, University of Birmingham
Ben Carpenter, CEO,Social Value
Peter Schofield, Head of Integrated Commissioning and Procurement, Manchester City Council

16:30 Supply Chain Transparency: Addressing Corruption
Financial loss, distortion of competition, reduction in the quality, sustainability and security of supply are a few implications of corruption in contracting. What best practices and practical approaches can be used to implement internal policies that work?
Kuda Kadungure, Head of Procurement, UK Parliament

16:50 Panel Discussion - Technology and Innovation to Make Procurement More Sustainable
Resourceful insights into the role of technology and innovation in driving the sustainability agenda. Practical applications on how emerging tech; artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation, digitisation tools etc can be used in combating supply chain risks, ensuring traceability and transparency.
Emelda McBirney, Head of Procurement, Marie Curie

17:20 Drinks & Networking

18:00 Close of Event
*Please note this agenda is subject to change
Interact, engage and network with procurement influencers at the Supply Management Forum - Public Sector Focus 2020. As a forum partner you’ll meet with decision makers who want to discuss supplier solutions for their current and future projects. We guarantee 6 to 8 one-to-one business meetings with your target audience, all of whom reach our seniority and minimum spend criteria.

Contact us today to discover how forum sponsorship can deliver the qualified leads your business deserves.

Samantha Johnston • 020 8267 4965 • [email protected]


etc.venues | Liverpool Street | 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ