Top 3 Reasons to Attend CIPS Annual Conference 2017

CIPS Annual Conference 2017
Date Posted: 16/10/2017 Category:
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Top 3 Reasons to Attend CIPS Annual Conference 2017

Date Posted: 16/10/2017 Category:

CIPS is hot on our agenda for the year! With the amount of recent uncertainty around, we know that this conference is a must-attend conference in the Procurement calendar. Here are our top 3 favourite sessions for this year. Look forward to seeing lots of new and familiar faces there.

The procurement landscape has been subjected to a lot of change recently with Article 50 changes (still) looming, modern slavery resurfacing as a point of concern and technology development continuing at the speed of light! The annual CIPS conference is always a must for us at Odesma and this year proves no different with the brilliant line up of panel discussions, talks and sponsors that are attending the event on 17th October.

A full agenda can be found on the CIPS website here, but we wanted to share a few of the topics that we will definitely not be missing:



Brexit panel debate: Leading procurement through uncertainty – how are procurement practitioners developing their Brexit strategies?

With Brexit at the forefront of everyone’s minds, it seems like the most important topic to lead the panel discussions with. And as something that we have covered ourselves on our blog following on from research into what Procurement’s view on Brexit is, this is definitely something that will be hot on our hitlist. I’m sure this will be a popular one as procurement leaders rally together to create strategies on how to deal with the inevitable changes that are upon us.



Breakout Session 2: Driving Strategic Value

Panel discussion: Winning the war for talent: Attracting, developing and keeping high performing teams.

How can we ensure that our team is as efficient as can be whilst continuing to attract the top procurement talent? The second breakout session has an incredible line up for the panel so you really will be learning from the best:

  • Oliver Cock FCIPS, Managing Director, Foodbuy UK & Ireland – Moderator
  • Annie Brown FCIPS, CPO, InterContinental Hotel
  • Jim Hemmington FCIPS, Director of Procurement, BBC
  • Jim Carter FCIPS, Transformation Director, Government Commercial Function, Cabinet Office



Panel Debate: Embracing flexibility to allow innovation

Innovation within procurement is something which is easily put on the to-do list as we get burdened with the every day tasks, but within our strategy we must account for innovation to continue to grow and develop. This team of top talent shall be discussing some of the ways in which we can focus our efforts on innovation, such as collaborating more with suppliers to bring creativity into our strategy. CIPS have brought a top line-up again with some of the most reputable names in the industry sharing their wisdom.

  • Oliver Cock, Managing Director, Foodbuy UK & Ireland – Moderator
  • Paul Bestford FCIPS, CPO, John Lewis Partnership
  • Chris Holmes MCIPS, Global Head of Strategy and Innovation, Novartis
  • Margaret Gibson FCIPS, Head of Procurement, Clydesdale Bank
  • Gareth Nugent, Senior Director International Procurement, Discovery Network

There are many more reasons to attend the conference, including the wonderful sponsors that help make the event possible. If you haven’t yet booked your place, you can do so here.

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