QLD Chair: Murray Watt (MCIPS), Management Options Pty Ltd
Murray is the Managing Director of Management Options Pty Ltd (MOPL); a procurement consultancy servicing the public sector in Australia. Murray has 25+ years’ experience in the profession including 10 years as head of procurement for the Queensland Treasury portfolio of agencies prior to joining the private sector in 2002 and founding MOPL in 2004. Fifteen years later, MOPL’s probity practice is one of Australia’s leading providers of probity advisory and auditing services with its highly experienced team of nationally accredited probity practitioners. MOPL’s procurement and contracts team members are imbedded in some the State’s significant projects as procurement leads. Murray has led several successful and transformative procurement function reviews across the public sector in Queensland and regularly undertakes lead negotiator assignments.
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QLD Vice Chair: Tivolee Spragg (MCIPS), Queensland University of Technology
Tivolee is a highly experienced and passionate procurement professional with over 17 years’ experience in procurement. Tivolee has worked across local, State and Federal Government in roles in Australia and the UK. Tivolee has worked in procurement from the ground up - holding both tactical and strategic roles in sourcing, category management and process improvement through to senior leadership roles, helping to shape the direction of procurement. Tivolee is the Associate Director, Strategic Procurement at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and is responsible for the strategic and operational procurement function across the University.
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QLD Treasurer: Genevieve Alexander, St Vincent’s Health
Genevieve is the Senior Procurement Specialist for Group Procurement in St Vincent’s Health Australia and has experience in managing strategic sourcing processes, supplier relationships, negotiating complex contracts and extensive stakeholder engagement. Previously, Genevieve was the Category Specialist for Electricity within Queensland Government Procurement and was responsible for electricity procurement and managing energy contracts for whole-of-Government. Prior to entering procurement, Genevieve worked across various levels of politics and worked as the Agricultural Policy Advisor to the Premier of Queensland. Genevieve brings with her a passion and enthusiasm for the procurement profession while also continuously seeking ways to develop her knowledge and experience in the industry.
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Diane Armstrong, Energy Queensland
Diane is a procurement professional with 20 years extensive experience in major corporations and industry including Energy Queensland (Ergon Energy), Telstra Corporation and IBM Business Process Outsourcing. Specialising in category stream and team leadership, strategic category development and commercial contract management including strategic sourcing, operational delivery and extensive stakeholder management of multimillion dollar portfolios. Diane also has in-depth experience in client services, strategic account management and service delivery management across complex outsourced business solutions for major corporations and small to medium sized organisations.
From a leadership perspective Diane is a highly regarded, solutions focused contributor with demonstrated success in team collaboration and development, delivering sustainable commercial outcomes to meet both client and business requirements. Diane is a champion for the category management function at Energy Queensland with a focus on facilitating training and development workshops for new starters and experienced hires, recruitment, mentoring, coaching and the development of young leaders and top talent into the procurement organisation.
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Shane Duran (MCIPS), Brisbane City Council
Shane has more than 20 years’ experience in strategic and operational procurement functions within state and local government. His experience includes category management, whole-of-government contracts, implementation and management of high risk, high value contracts, developing effective supplier relationships, managing procurement teams, and identification and implementation of effective strategies to mitigate risk, reduce cost and improve service delivery across metropolitan, rural and remote areas. Shane is a champion for social procurement. Shane has recently completed a Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management through RMIT University.
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Karla Fischer, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Karla is a highly experienced and passionate procurement professional with over 20-years’ experience across the strategic, commercial and operational functions.
During the course of her career, Karla has worked for a number of departments and organisations and has a proven track record of delivering financial and non-financial benefits - across respective supply chains and covering a diverse range of procurement categories and industries. She has implemented change and business process improvements; this coupled with strong stakeholder engagement, a passion for improvement and leadership skills.
Karla is a long-standing CIPS community member joining in 2006, a Qld CIPS Committee Member, she is tertiary qualified and has recently completed her Post Graduate Business Studies with QUT. Karla is on the way to completing her Masters and during her career has owned and managed private businesses.
Karla is driven and committed to leading, developing and growing her network, the procurement profession, to mentoring, training and developing others and has established a strong presence across her networks within Brisbane and more broadly at a National level.
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Billie Gorman FCIPS, Accenture
Billie has over 20 years’ experience heading up Procurement teams in Australia and Europe across various industries such as Utilities, Government, Financial Services, Media, Construction and Transportation. Billie’s current role is with Accenture as the Intelligent Supply Portfolio Lead for Health and Public Service clients. Previously Billie led Accenture’s ANZ Procurement Practice for Professional Services, HR Services, Marketing, Travel, Fleet, Corporate Services, Property Services and ICT. Billie also leads Accenture’s Microservices practice which looks at innovative business solutions in collaboration with Accenture’s clients and partners.
Billie has managed strategic reviews, source to contract and implementation programs for Fortune 500 organisations including BskyB, Oracle, London Underground, Suncorp, BOQ, Parmalat and Ausgrid. Her roles include building the capability for end to end category management, supplier performance management and sourcing execution. She has established green-field procurement teams and been responsible for ICT and BPO outsourced services, banking operations services, marketing and corporate services procurement.
Billie has provided commercial guidance to boards and steering committees, managed complex sourcing projects, designed and implemented procurement transformations and led multiple complex negotiations.
Billie has been a Member of CIPS by Qualification since 1999 and a Fellow since 2011.
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Sabrina Jeal, QSuper
Sabrina is a specialist in the field with over 13 years’ experience within the procurement profession. Sabrina has worked for a number of Global organisations covering multiple industries including; Babcock International Group, Eaton PLC, Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance and WASP Switching Products. Sabrina is now the Strategic Procurement Manager at QSuper working within the Financial Services industry. Sabrina has been a member of the CIPS community since 2009; she joins us from the UK where she sat on the South of England CIPS branch committee.
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Sean Johnson, TROOCOO Recruitment
Sean is a Cofounder and Director of TROOCOO Recruitment and the leader of their Procurement, Contracts and Supply practice; He has a significant presence throughout all industries operating within Queensland and Australia. Sean has honed his recruitment and leadership skills over the last ten years across Europe and Australasia, working with a range of consultancies from globally listed market leaders to true boutique specialists. Prior to setting up TROOCOO he was a partner with one of Queensland’s most successful recruitment firms and was responsible for setting up and developing the Queensland division for one of Australia’s most respected boutique procurement recruitment companies. Sean has also worked for a globally listed search and selection firm in the UK and Australasia. He is committed to developing and growing his network, has established a strong presence across his chosen field and is committed to leading and developing the Procurement Contracts and Supply Division and broader operations practice within TROOCOO.
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Harvey Leane, Seqwater
Harvey currently manages a team of IT procurement professionals at Seqwater transforming the team from one of a reactive unit, to one of a more strategic, high performing team, winning the praise of the Executive Board. A passionate procurement advocate and progressive thinker, Harvey continuously challenges the norm and promotes improvements and innovation of procurement processes.
With experience in private and public procurement sectors as well as a background in procurement analytics and Technology Business Management (TBM), Harvey brings passion and unique perspective to his workplace and greater professional network. Harvey’s ability to apply forensic data analyses to supply chain movements has allowed him to inform the organisation to make prudent, cost effective decisions. Coupled with his high-level ‘hard’ skills is his personable and inclusive approach that has gained the respect of those around him.
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Peter Morichovitis (FCIPS), City of Gold Coast
Peter is a highly accomplished Procurement and Supply Chain leader with diverse experience across the resources, manufacturing and government sectors. In 2016 he was recognised as CIPS Australasian Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year and for leading his organisation to win best procurement Transformation global, at the Procurement Leaders World Procurement Awards. Peter is currently Chief Procurement Officer at the City of Gold Coast, Australia's second largest local government. He is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) and is the immediate past Chair for CIPS in Queensland and was a past Chair in South Australia/Northern Territory.
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Kylie Thorley, Energy Queensland
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Adelen Wilson, Boeing Defence Australia
A qualified lawyer with additional tertiary qualifications in Economics and International Relations, Adelen works within the Supply Chain Management function of Boeing Defence Australia. Adelen has experience in Engineering, Mining, Health, Utilities and Government strategic and operational supply chain management functions. Adelen is currently working towards her MCIPS as well as undertaking a Masters of Strategic Supply Chain Management at Griffith University.
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