Conference Day Two- Wednesday, 9 March

Go to day one  go to post-conference learning session


You can attend the Women in Procurement & Supply Chain conference in-person or virtual, though in-depth learning workshop sessions are in-person only.

Registration and welcome coffee

Opening remarks from the Chair

Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
CIPS Australia and New Zealand

Global procurement trends and innovations

International Keynote: Developing a proactive approach to overcoming challenges in international supply chains
  • What are the lessons for global procurement leaders from the continued fallout over Brexit, and what procurement and supply chain leaders can take from those lessons to shockproof their strategies?
  • Discussing the impact of political one-upmanship on the supply chain and the costs of unreliable international supply
  • Examining how leveraging data to improve insights and analysis will enable better decision making and planning

Sally Guyer
Global Chief Executive Officer
World Commerce and Contracting


The Power of Procurement to Deliver on Sustainability Strategy Targets and Organisational Commitments: Science, Strategy, Storytelling

Olivia Tyler
Managing Director ANZ
Edge Environment

Panel Discussion: Discussing the trends and analysis for procurement and supply chain for 2022 and beyond
  • What are the major lessons to take away from the ongoing pandemic, and how should organisations plan to protect themselves from future exposure?
  • What role do you think business process automation and robotic process automation will play in global supply chain management moving forward?
  • There is a renewed interest in sustainability and social responsibility. How are Australian organisations ensuring the skills needed to implement fair labour and environmental sustainability into their supply chains?


Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
CIPS Australia and New Zealand


Jen Barclay
Head of Procurement
NARTA International

Naomi Lloyd
NSW Chief Procurement Officer
NSW Treasury

Amanda Ji
Procurement Manager
Bromic Group

Stephen Nankervis
Senior Consultant
Edge Environment

Morning tea and networking
Embedding social and economic good in procurement

Panel Discussion: Best practice strategies on how to embed social procurement into your existing procurement frameworks and policies
  • How can we influence our organisations to prioritise social value when assessing the viability of their current procurement frameworks?
  • What are some of the potential benefits to Australian businesses of implementing a social procurement framework?
  • Which is the better way to manage social procurement, through direct approaches such as purchasing from enterprises that focus on social outcomes or indirectly using contract clauses with private sector organisations?
  • Many positive community impacts are occurring using social procurement practices; what are some critical drivers to gaining traction for social procurement beyond the good media coverage?


Bruce Everett
Chief Executive Officer – APAC
World Commerce and Contracting


Thomai Veginis
Chief Procurement Officer
Department of Justice and Community Safety

Carolyn Hayes
General Manager – Procurement
Inghams Group Limited

Angelica Buckland
Group Procurement Manager
The Adecco Group

Madeleine Taylor
Strategic Client Manager – Procurement

International Keynote: Unlocking positive impact through social procurement
  • People first, then policy and process - the importance of a holistic approach to activating social procurement
  • Managing and celebrating success - establishing fit-for-purpose targets and KPIs to drive the proper outcomes
  • Supplier diversity and inclusion – supporting healthy markets, mentoring and subcontracting, and intentional partnership

Alice Bray
Senior Procurement Advisor – Sustainable Procurement
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (CIPS Australasia Young Talent 2020 Winner)

Lunch and networking
The leadership journey

Reimagining the workplace to enhance work-life balance and continue growing your career
  • Analysing the lived experience of work from home as uncovered during the COVID Pandemic and determining how to ensure a return to work doesn’t ignore the benefits unlocked over the last 18 months
  • Complimenting existing work-life balance initiatives with increased awareness of the benefit to team mental health, stress reduction, and staff burnout
  • Letting go of the myth of 'trying to do it all' and learning to prioritise the critical tasks to avoid staff burnout

Amy Rixon
Chief People Officer
Frucor Suntory

My Leadership journey: One-on-One with Zali Steggall OAM, MP, Member for Warringah

In this exclusive discussion, Independent Member for the Federal seat of Warringah, Zali Steggall OAM, MP, will discuss her journey from celebrated international athlete, to barrister, and now into the House of Representatives.


Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS Australia and New Zealand)

Special Guest:

Zali Steggall OAM
Member for Warringah

Panel Discussion: The Emerging Leaders Panel
  • What strategies can be implemented to encourage emerging leaders to embrace change and not be afraid of being flexible and agile?
  • What Is the best way to aid your emerging leaders in developing big picture thinking to ensure improved outcomes in the critical competencies required to succeed in procurement and supply chain?
  • What are the critical skills leaders need to ensure they job-ready when the time comes?
  • Is encouraging your emerging leaders to find mentors within the procurement and supply chain industry beneficial to the long-term retention of the next generation of leaders?


Sharon Morris
General Manager – Australia & New Zealand
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS Australia and New Zealand)


Tessa Boyle
Head of Supply Chain
MECCA Brands

Monica Barone
Chief Executive Officer
City of Sydney

Amy Rixon
Chief People Officer
Frucor Suntory

Fleur Edgerton
Head of Procurement and Commercial
Airservices Australia


Afternoon Tea and Networking

Understanding the importance of developing and leading diverse teams that support a culture of respect
  • Diversity targets are more than increasing gender representation at an organisation level: Ensuring true diversity of opinion, experience, and background at a team level when developing an inclusive culture
  • Examining whether the current team culture supports and demonstrates a proper understanding of inclusivity and diversity and uncovering any inherent obstacles or biases that need correcting
  • How can intersectionality expand inclusive practices and strategies in the workplace?

Sarah Abbott
Global Inclusion and Diversity Leader

Perfecting procurement contracts

In House Mini Masterclass: An expert's guide to understanding procurement contracts terms and conditions

In this exclusive mini-workshop, you will be taken through some of the most common sticking points when it comes to the minefield of contract law.

At the end of the mini-workshop, you will have:

  • Gained an understanding of the most common areas of trouble in a procurement contract
  • Increased your awareness of your rights and obligations under state, federal and international guidelines
  • Gained a new understanding of how to negotiate clear KPIs, so both buyer and vendor are on the same page and are aware of what they need to do to complete their mutual contracted obligations successfully.
  • Understand what to do if a dispute arises and the steps needed to ensure the process is managed successfully
  • Learned how to minimise complications arising from cross-border contract negotiations and what to do if a dispute arises from ambiguous contract terms

Maria Venetoulis
General Counsel – Oceania

Closing remarks from the Chair
Conference adjourns