Speakers

  • Sarah Abbottt
    Global Inclusion and Diversity Leader, Lion

    Session: Understanding the importance of developing and leading diverse teams that support a culture of respect

    Sarah Abbott is a seasoned inclusion and diversity leader whose career has spanned multiple industries, countries and portfolios. With this experience Sarah supports organisations who are at varied maturity levels move forward towards a more diverse and inclusive environment. This is done through strategy development, ground up inclusion awareness, leadership capability build and board support. While supporting others, Sarah is also currently the Global Inclusion and Diversity Leader at Lion.

  • Monica Barone
    Chief Executive Officer, City of Sydney
  • Tessa Boyle
    Head of Supply Chain, MECCA Brands
  • Alice Bray
    Senior Procurement Advisor – Sustainable Procurement, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (CIPS Australasia Young Talent 2020 Winner)

    Session: International Keynote: Unlocking positive impact through social procurement

    2020 CIPS Australasia & Supply Management Awards – Young Talent winner Alice Bray (MCIPS) is the current Senior Procurement Advisor – Sustainable Procurement at Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency in New Zealand. She is responsible for the implementation of the social and sustainable procurement programme “broader outcomes” which pursue additional social, cultural, economic and environmental outcomes from procurement activities to achieve greater positive impact for communities.

    With experience from a breadth of IT, corporate, social services and infrastructure related procurement, Alice prioritises building relationships and getting the right outcomes for her stakeholders, customers, organisation and communities. Alice contributes back to the procurement community through the CIPS Australia & New Zealand Profession Steering Committee, the New Zealand Sustainable Procurement Leaders Group and as a mentor across the sector for young procurement professionals.  

    Alice is a determined, passionate young professional who thrives on challenge, partnership, and activating opportunities that grow procurement’s potential to realise value. She is building the foundations to better enable herself and others to contribute to the growth of the procurement sector in a way that shakes up stale approaches, to see a more influential and diverse procurement landscape for both the buyer and supplier.

  • Lindy Chen
    Founder, Frethan Technology

    Session: Panel Discussion: Using technology and strategy to enhance the future of supply chain and procurement

    Lindy Chen has 20 years’ experience in international trade. She is the founder of ChinaDirect Sourcing– a leading sourcing company in Australia. Since its establishment in 2005, it has been in the leading position in the Australian import and export service industry. It is the only global service partner of Alibaba in Australia. She is also the author of the best-selling book “How to Import from China”.

    Lindy Chen is the founder of FRETHAN Technology – a tech start-up, the trusted international trade supplier management and certificate storage platform based on blockchain technology.

    Lindy Chen is the advisor of ContraCoin – an International Real Estate Platform empowered by blockchain technology.

    Lindy Chen is the founding president of Australia Blockchain Alliance (ABA).

    Lindy is also a mentor for SME for QLD government, and she has mentored more than 800 entrepreneurs.

    Lindy is also the regional chair of FIBREE - Foundation for International Blockchain and Real Estate Expertise, Fibree is the leading international network of Blockchain and Real Estate Experts.

    Lindy is the lecturer of Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain for blockchain collective and National Institute of Education and Technology, Lindy is a key contributor of the course content creation.

  • Ro Coroneos
    (Acting) Head of Supply Chain Risk, Lendlease

    Session: Interactive Champagne Roundtables: Supply chain disaster planning 101

    Ro is a lawyer, land economist and corporate governance professional with 30 years’ public and private sector experience in real estate and utilities sectors.

    Ro works in Lendlease’s global supply chain team, focusing on supply chain risk, human rights and modern slavery.

    Ro previously led the Social Strategy for Lendlease’s Barangaroo Project, which included the multi-award winning Barangaroo Skills Exchange, a ‘pop-up’ college with TAFENSW, which over the Project period upskilled over 11,000 construction workers.

    Ro also authored the Design for Dignity Guidelines, which are ‘Best Practice’ principles for inclusive design in commercial spaces, in collaboration with the Australian Network on Disability and the Westpac Group. The Guidelines won the (business category) of the 2016 Australian Human Rights Awards.

    Ro chairs the Property Council of Australia’s Social Sustainability Committee, and is a member of the NSW TAFE Commission Board.
    “It will probably be the most time-effective way to make new industry connections, gain the latest insights and explore new opportunities for collaboration"

  • Sharyn County
    General Manager Procurement – Property and Fleet, Jemena and Zinfra Group

    Session: Panel Discussion: Using technology and strategy to enhance the future of supply chain and procurement

    A career that has spanned more than 20 years in senior commercial roles across the energy, technology, engineering, construction, outsourcing and services industries. In addition to solid leadership skills, Sharyn brings to a passion for, and demonstrated ability to deliver transformation and sustainable outcomes across the business, procurement, commercial and contracting lifecycle. Sharyn is driven by making a difference to the procurement, commercial and contact management profession through involvement in mentoring and communities of practice enabling shared learnings and ideas to drive best practices and innovation. Motivated to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and partners to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes along with a passion for people and creating an environment that fosters and enables success and achievement.

    Over the last 10 years held several senior leadership positions within the Jemena group, with the most recent being the Enterprise General Manager Procurement, Property and Fleet where responsibility includes managing a centralised procurement, property, supply chain, fleet and plant group delivering across the Jemena and Zinfra group of companies. Prior to this held the role of GM Commercial within EB Services (A Singapore Power Company) where responsibilities included leading all commercial and procurement requirements for the group including the development and implementation of technology sourcing strategies.

    Sharyn is an active supporter of the commercial and contracting space and is a member of the World Commerce and Contracting (Previously IACCM) Global Advisory Board and has previously held a number of Board positions for not for profit companies

  • Fleur Edgerton
    Head of Procurement and Commercial, Airservices Australia
  • Bruce Everett
    Chief Executive Officer – APAC, World Commerce & Contracting

    Session: Panel Discussion: Best practice strategies on how to embed social procurement into your existing procurement frameworks and policies

    Following a career in consulting (with ISG and Brooke Global) and operational contract management (with DXC and MLC Life), Bruce is the Regional CEO for WorldCC in Asia Pacific since Jan 2019. He believes that clients, and suppliers, want to know how much you care before they care how much you know. At IACCM, now World Commerce & Contracting, we have been working to uplift the capability and business value of con tract and commercial managers around the globe for over 20 years, through member networking, conferences, research and advisory services.

    See www.worldcc.com Bruce speaks and listens regularly at conferences, Ask the Expert webinars and LinkedIn

  • Jeremy Goodman
    Director of Supply Chain, Carnival Australia
  • Tanya Harris
    Acting Head of Sustainable & Ethical Procurement, Edge

    Session: Workshop B: How to develop and enforce ethical and sustainable procurement practices

    Tanya is a senior leader with 17 years in procurement & 13 years embedding sustainability into procurement and broader organisational operations in the private and development sectors. Tanya has represented Australian business at the UNFCCC and the Australian Aid sector throughout the 4 years of negotiation developing Sustainable Procurement ISO 20400:2017. Now supporting organisations to take positive human rights action in supply chains.

  • Catherine Hollyman
    Founder | Leadership Communication Coach and Consultant, Behind The Scenes Communications

    Session: Interactive Champagne Roundtables: Increasing your interpersonal skills to enhance your supplier relationship management

    Session: Workshop A: Advanced leadership skills for senior leaders

    For nearly two decades, Catherine Hollyman - Founder of Behind The Scenes Communications - has provided communication coaching and consultancy services to leaders at Fortune 500 organisations; some of Australia’s leading corporates and small-to-medium businesses; as well as entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their start-ups.

    She firmly believes that every leader has a powerful contribution to make, a positive legacy to leave behind. But they can’t do it alone. They need to connect with and influence their team, internal and external customers, suppliers, investors and networks to support them on the journey.

    It’s for this reason that Catherine is on a mission to equip existing and emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate in a way that connects more meaningfully with their stakeholders, opens the doors to influence, and sets the stage to maximise their impact and realise their full potential as a leader.

  • Amanda Ji
    Procurement Manager, Bromic Group

    Session: Panel Discussion: Discussing the trends and analysis for procurement and supply chain for 2022 and beyond

    Amanda is an energetic Procurement Manager with 13 years of experience across Procurement management, Logistics & Accounting.

    She is currently attached to the VANITY GROUP, a leader in the FMCG industry which activates retail brands through hotel bathroom collections, supported with creative services & partnerships. As the Procurement Manager at the VANITY GROUP, she is responsible for the strategic sourcing, pricing, purchasing, procurement and liaising with key suppliers, internal stakeholders, sourcing partners and customers.

    Amanda is currently progressing her CIPS membership, and she already holds a Master of Accounting & Finance and Bachelor of Accounting from University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

  • Naomi Lloyd
    NSW Chief Procurement Officer, NSW Treasury

    Session: Panel Discussion: Discussing the trends and analysis for procurement and supply chain for 2022 and beyond

    Naomi is a strategic change leader with experience across FMCG, Industrial, and Aerospace/Defence Industries. Her focus is on co-creating innovative growth through strategic alliances, partnerships and other supplier relationships to meet the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation and the 4IR.  She has held a range of senior roles across the supply chain, operations and program management including responsibilities for Asia, Pacific, and Africa. Naomi is currently the Director of Procurement and External Manufacturing Partnerships for Campbell Arnott’s, one of the largest food manufacturers in Australia which proudly supports Australian farmers and suppliers.

  • Christel Martin
    Director Procurement Excellence - Commercial, Procurement & Transformation, Corporate Services, Transport for NSW
  • Lisa McLean
    Chief Executive Officer, NSW Circular

    Session: Interactive Champagne Roundtables: Developing and supporting a circular supply chain

    Lisa is a circular economy and zero carbon business transformation leader. She has been successfully advising industry and governments in developing new policy frameworks and regulations that bring about market change to enable the circular zero carbon economy over the past 14 years. This work has covered the energy, water, waste and mobility sectors in the UK and Australia. Lisa is the CEO of NSW Circular, a government funded circular economy innovation body leading the transition to a zero carbon circular economy in NSW and Australia. Lisa has worked to catalyse new circular economy, zero carbon, sustainable markets include initiating and setting up Open Cities Alliance, a peak association for nextgen infrastructure and the circular economy, the Australian Solar Thermal Association (AUSTELA), advising electric mobility providers, and working in the private sector driving circular economy outcomes in water and energy and advocating for policy and regulatory change. Starting her career as a political journalist working in the national press gallery. She then moved to advising Ministers and Premiers, before heading to the UK to help establish the Clinton Climate Initiative.

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

    Session: Panel Discussion: Using technology and strategy to enhance the future of supply chain and procurement

    Session: My leadership journey: One-on-One with Mary Wooldridge, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA)

    Session: Interactive Champagne Roundtables: Harnessing diverse talent to create a high quality, innovative team

    Session: Panel Discussion: Discussing the trends and analysis for procurement and supply chain for 2022 and beyond

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

    Session: Panel Discussion: The Emerging Leaders Panel

    Sharon is the General Manager of CIPS – The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in Australia and New Zealand, commencing the role in August 2019. Prior to CIPS, she was CEO of The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation, Australia’s largest community-driven breast cancer research fundraiser, raising over $36M. She also worked for Women in Super, a national advocacy and networking membership body with over 3,300 members. She is a Board Director of the Australian Public Service Benefits Group and chairs their Engagement Committee.

    Sharon has over 20 years’ experience in managing a wide range of projects in Australia and overseas. She is a purpose-led leader with a proven track record in strategy and implementation of high-profile engagement and awareness initiatives in the not-for-profit and government sectors. She’s passionate about building relationships between corporate, government and not-for-profit entities to generate shared value and social impact. Encouraging those around her to achieve their best; whether leading a workplace culture that embodies core values, with a clear vision and purpose or advocating for change.  While applying a customer-centered approach, where knowledge, understanding and relevance is at the heart of all engagement.

  • Stephen Nankervis
    Senior Consultant, Edge Environment

    Session: Panel Discussion: Discussing the trends and analysis for procurement and supply chain for 2022 and beyond

    Steve is a Senior Consultant at Edge Environment within the Sustainable and Ethical Procurement team. He has broad experience across several industry sectors: from manufacturing, international trade and government to NGO in-country development. This experience includes end to end supply chain with deep understanding of Modern Slavery, Human Rights and Environmental Due Diligence and Climate Resilience, including how these can influence stakeholder decisions. His recent commercial expertise at Fairtrade included global strategy and commercial engagement for commodities including coffee, cocoa and sugar.

    Steve’s a dedicated industry professional with a Master’s Degree in Business, Management and Strategy from Monash University.

  • Lynn Penny
    Group General Manager – Procurement, Mirvac
  • Molley Qi
    Head of Procurement, Manningham Council

    Session: Panel Discussion: Using technology and strategy to enhance the future of supply chain and procurement

    Molley Qi is currently the Head of Procurement at Manningham City Council, working on every opportunity to increase public value accountable for leading the Procurement function and for the strategy architecture and delivery of one of largest scale procurement transformation programs. Prior to working at Manningham City Council, Molley was the Director Strategic Procurement and Contracts at the ATO.

  • Amy Rixon
    Chief People Officer, Frucor Suntory (Australia and New Zealand)

    Session: Reimagining the workplace to enhance work-life balance and continue growing your career

    Session: Panel Discussion: The Emerging Leaders Panel

    A commercially-minded and people-focussed executive, Amy believes everyone plays a part in creating a thriving culture and long term business sustainability – and the role of leaders is to nurture, cultivate and role model the mindsets and behaviours the organisation values.

    She is known for championing diversity, sustainability and the gift of feedback from the C-suite down, and driving solid performance through humanistic leadership and a genuine focus on people and culture.

    Amy has held executive and senior level HR roles across a range of industries with companies including Arq Group, Optus, Ipsos and Suncorp, and has experience running operational teams and company-wide transformation, technology and integration projects.

  • Linda Scott
    Head of Sales & Solutions, VendorPanel

    Session: VendorPanel session

    As the Head of Sales & Solutions at VendorPanel, Linda is passionate about developing and leading a high-performing sales team that is driven to find the right customer solutions that achieve substantial win-win outcomes in the SaaS procurement technology space. Her passion for innovation and big thinking stems from an intimate understanding of the constantly evolving digital technology landscape, with proven experience using data, insights and analytics to implement successful Go-to-Market strategies for all her clients.

  • Zali Steggall OAM
    MP, Member for Warringah

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

    Zali Steggall OAM is the Independent Federal Member for the seat of Warringah in Sydney’s North.

    She is also Australia’s most successful alpine skier, winning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, and a World Championship gold medal in 1999.

    From 2008, Zali was a practising Barrister, specialising in commercial law, sports law and family law. In 2019, Zali contested the Federal Parliamentary Seat of Warringah as an Independent Candidate. The seat had been held for nearly 25 years by former Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbott. On 18 May, Zali won the seat with a two candidate preferred vote of 57.24%

  • Madeleine Taylor
    Strategic Client Manager – Procurement, JLL

    Session: Panel Discussion: Best practice strategies on how to embed social procurement into your existing procurement frameworks and policies

    Madeleine Taylor has 10 years of experience in procurement across a range of contexts – strategic procurement planning, governance and reporting, delivering procurement processes and designing and delivering procurement training. Madeleine holds a Diploma of Procurement as well as an MBA, Bachelor of Business, Prince2 and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

    Madeleine is currently working with JLL as the Head of Strategic Client Management - Procurement, providing procurement advice and services relating to facilities management, to JLL’s private and public sector clients. JLL recently won two Supply Nation awards - the Outstanding Impact Award and the Corporate Member of the Year Award and has a mature Social and Sustainable Procurement Framework.

    Madeleine will be bringing her own experience as well as lessons learnt from JLL’s Social and Sustainable Procurement Framework into her panel session focusing on Social Procurement.

  • Olivia Tyler
    Managing Director ANZ, Edge Environment

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

    Olivia Tyler, MD of Australia & New Zealand at Edge Environment explores what sustainable and ethical procurement leadership looks like - moving from transactional to strategic procurement, the importance (and benefits) of genuine supplier engagement and why companies need to get serious about supply chain transparency and due diligence.

  • Maria Venetoulis
    General Counsel – Oceania, Danone

    Session: In House Mini Masterclass: A layman’s guide to understanding procurement contracts terms and conditions

    Maria Venetoulis has been practising law for over 17 years, with most of those spent in house across the media, pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. She rose through the ranks to become the General Counsel for Adshel in 2016, at which she played an instrumental role in the AU$570 million acquisition of the company by Ooh Media in 2018. Since then, she has been the Head of Legal and Compliance, a member of the Senior Leadership and a Director of AstraZeneca, and is now the
    General Counsel for Danone, where she leads a team of scientists, lawyers, and compliance specialists to deliver food and healthcare solutions across Oceania. Maria has chosen to establish her career in house because, as a person who is energised by complex negotiations, and simplifying legal concepts, she is of greatest value to companies where she learns from non-lawyer colleagues and helps them achieve business objectives