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Passion for Procurement - Modern Day Risks to Procurement


Passion for Procurement - Modern Day Risks to Procurement 

As the world gets smaller and our supply chains get more complex the risk of disaster becomes greater. Never before has it been more important for procurement professionals to ensure they are aware of where these risks may come from, and the potential catastrophic effect this could have on your company’s Brand Reputation. In a recent survey reputational risk was seen as the hardest to overcome for any company with the consequences taking years to recover from, and wiping millions off your bottom line and share prices.

In this second in our series of Passion for Procurement member events we explore the biggest risks, and how you can identify, prevent and recover from them.

Modern day risk from slavery, ethical buying and sustainability will be reviewed by Cath Hill, CIPS Director of Marketing and industry expert Shamir Ghumar, BRE.

And if the currency fluctuations caused by Brexit and the USA’s new president have been giving you sleepless nights then Richard Masser FCIPS, CEO of Crestwood GPS Ltd will be able to shed some light into how hedging and contract management can help both you and your supplies survive this turbulent time

Finally, tips into how to avoid one of the biggest modern risks will be shared. Cyber security is increasing by the day with new ways of hacking and accessing our data being found daily. So whose responsibility is it and how can we prevent it?

If you only attend one of this series of four Passion for Procurement events – make sure it’s this one for the sake of your Brand!

Please Note: This event will be followed by a North West members Branch event. If you would like to attend this event you will need to book separately. Book Now

Further topics in this series are:

Session 3: Talent Management – 1 June 2017 in Bristol

Session 4: Brand Procurement and Increasing Your Influence – 11 October in Hull

Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017
Venue: Mercure Bowdon Hotel
Fee: Members - £25.00 per person
  Non-members - £25.00 per person


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This event is open to CIPS Members and Non-Members.


13.30 - 14.00   Registration with light refreshments    
14.00 - 14.05   Welcome and overview   Andrew Coulcher FCIPS
14.05 - 14.45   Supply Century   Andrew Coulcher FCIPS
14.45 - 15.15  

Driving Ethical Procurement and Supply

Download Cath's presentation

  Cath Hill
15.15 - 15.30   Afternoon tea    
15.30 - 16.00  

The Volatile World of Exchange Rates

Download Richard's presentation

  Richard Masser FCIPS
16.00 - 16.30  

Ethical Labour Sourcing

Download Shamir's presentation

Download the Ethical Labour Sourcing Standard

  Shamir Ghumar
16.30 - 17.00  

Cyber Security

Download Tim's presentation

  Tim Grieveson, HPE
17.00 - 17.15   Q&A   Andrew Coulcher FCIPS
17.15   Close   Andrew Coulcher FCIPS


Andrew Coulcher FCIPS
Group Membership and Knowledge Director
The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Andrew Coulcher was appointed Director of Knowledge & Membership at the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply in February 2010. His team is responsible for Knowledge management, Membership and networks, CIPS Corporate Certification and representing CIPS within the Public Sector

Andrew is an accomplished procurement professional with a background in strategic sourcing, deployment of e-Procurement technology and creating new business ventures within a large corporate environment. Previous roles have included Head of Sourcing at Ericsson, responsible for direct and indirect procurement, and Global Procurement Director at Motorola, leading a global team involved with product and services procurement for manufacture and deployment of 2-way radio and cellular networks. His achievements include delivering indirect procurement cost savings of $100M against a managed spend of $1.3B and deploying e-Procurement technology in 26 countries serving more than 12,000 users.

Cath Hill MBA
Group Marketing Director
Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 as Marketing Director and is now responsible for a global portfolio that also includes PR, Representation, Publications, Events and Communities. Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number of sectors including insurance, retail, leisure and information services. She led the launch marketing strategy of Bluewater, then Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, and established Scoot as one of the UK’s biggest (and earliest) digital brands. More recently she has been responsible for integrated insurance marketing strategies for the likes of M&S, HSBC and RAC. 

Cath regularly chairs and presents at CIPS events and other conferences, and is a spokesperson for CIPS on topics such as the role procurement has to play in eradicating modern slavery and the need for the profession to raise its game and raise its voice.

Richard Masser FCIPS
Chief Executive Officer
Crestwood Global Product Solutions Ltd

Richard started his career as a stock controller with the Wolseley Group before moving to Ladbrokes to work in their DIY retail division. He then progressed to the automotive industry to join Autogem; here he played an integral role in developing key supplier relationships and the company’s lean approach to manufacture and supply chain management.

He then joined Eurospace Furniture PLC, where as head of logistics and operations he was responsible for overall site function, including strategic supplier relationships, procurement and supply chain management. At the age of 29 Richard became the youngest serving director of the company and was instrumental in building the organisation further to take on an increased global presence.

Richard left the security of his directorship to set up Quantum Global Product Solutions – providing design, sourcing and supply of specialist products to a diverse global customer base. Adopting a lean approach, the business developed from only the promise of a modest customer order at the onset to a profitable £25m turnover inside five years. Quantum was fully acquired by Crestwood in 2008.

Richard was immediately appointed CEO for Crestwood, including the Asia based operation and during his seven years of office to date, has driven group diversity to embrace a number of industry sectors around the globe.

At the time of writing Richard is currently in the final stages of leading a Management Buyout [MBO] for the Crestwood business – so effectively coming full circle to acquire the business that acquired his business back in 2008.

With more than 25 years commercial experience Richard is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply [FCIPS] and a past member of CIPS council. He served on the CIPS Global Board of Trustees including two years as chairman and currently sits on the Awarding Body Board of Trustees, and Foundation Board of Trustees.

Richard was appointed Global President of CIPS in November 2015 where he served for one year completing his term of office in October 2016. He now sits on the CIPS Appointments Committee.

Dr Shamir Ghumra
Director; Centre for Sustainable Products

Dr Shamir Ghumra has over ten years’ experience in a £1bn multinational construction products business; Shamir is a recognised expert on Responsible & Ethical Sourcing for the construction industry. Shamir is currently Director of the Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE. He is an expert on Life Cycle Assessment and the environmental impacts of products. He also leads the work area at BRE on Responsible and Ethical Sourcing. He is a member of a number of British and European standards committees and a board member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School.


The event is £25.00 + VAT.


Mercure Altrincham Bowden Hotel
Langham Road
WA14 2HT

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