WA Co-Chair: Alex Cokic - Rio Tinto
Alex has a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from ECU and has complimented his education with Project Management and Procurement studies.
Alex started his career in procurement working for civil construction contractors responsible for delivering iron ore expansion projects in Karratha and Port Hedland. This project purchasing, contracts administration and the projects atmosphere ignited a passion for Alex to pursue his career in procurement.
The journey into the mining and resources sector continued where Alex spent numerous years gaining critical category management experience in the mining industry focussing on operational requirements for maintenance services, processing chemicals, explosives and grinding media.
Seeking a sea change, Alex’s relocation to Bunbury for a Category Management position with BHP Billiton saw Alex champion local procurement initiatives within the broader southwest community and coordinating local engagement forums. Over the last 10 years, Alex has seen firsthand the vital role that procurement can play in organisations.
Alex is keen to contribute towards procurement best practise including sustainable and responsible procurement which balances the requirements of the organisation with the impact on the local communities, suppliers and the environment.
In late 2016, Alex was selected as Western Australia (WA) Vice Chair for Chartered Institute for Procurement and Supply (CIPS). In this role Alex is responsible for supporting the WA Chair and contributing to the strategic direction for WA in delivering value to CIPS members.
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WA Co-Chair Richard Bell - Woodside
Richard started his career as a geophysicist working globally in Oil and Gas exploration, then moved into drilling, production and subsurface IT, initially in consultancy then within the technology group at Woodside Energy. Following a return to university (part time) to study an MBA, a career change ensued with a conscious choice to move into Contracting and Procurement. This has resulted in working on a broad range of C&P activities, including on and offshore construction projects, international drilling campaigns, leading a team of twelve to support global logistics and current role of Strategic Business Partner – key focus to ensure alignment of C&P strategies with customers goals. Current portfolio is Logistics and Production.
Richard is passionate about promoting C&P as a profession of choice, helping others achieve their career goals and providing visibility of the value C&P can deliver to an organisation.
Currently about to embark on the MCIPS education journey, Richard is excited about enhancing his learning and using this to add value to his role at Woodside and as a committee member for CIPS. Married with 2 children and obsessive about long distance running.
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WA Communications and Social Media Lead: Liliana Arbelaez - AMCAP Distribution Centre
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WA Committee member: Rashi Sehgal - Aurecon
With 17 years of national and international multi-industry experience in public and private capital investment portfolios and programs, Rashi understands that the key to the success of any project lies in fostering meaningful relationships across the Client’s value chain to co-create and negotiate value for money outcomes.
Rashi’s current role spans large, complex infrastructure projects helping owners and head contractors to evaluate and manage their portfolios of sustaining capital projects. Her clients are just as diverse covering a variety of federal and state government entities across WA.
To deliver results, Rashi draws upon her business and commercial acumen to achieve reliable, consistent and robust outcomes for her Clients. Her early career began working as an Architect, however following a conscious choice to reinvent her career, Rashi took a detour and worked with Microsoft partners, pursuing part-time study while raising an awarded technology start-up in Queensland. This career change opened diverse frontiers including opportunities to experience the American culture while working with The World Bank. This journey then led to a fulfilling consulting career with Fujitsu ANZ, ASIC and other notable Australian organisations undergoing business transformation efforts, before taking on a contracting and procurement (C&P) role with a global shared services solutions in 2010.
Rashi is passionate about promoting C&P as a profession of value, helping others achieve their career goals and providing visibility of the value C&P can deliver to an organisation.
Rashi holds degrees in architecture, information systems and a doctorate in the business change relating to pre-during-post enterprise-wide implementations. Currently pursuing the MCIPS journey, Rashi is excited about growing her learning and networks to not only add value to her role at Aurecon, but also to shape and drive the CIPS strategic direction for Western Australia as an active committee member for CIPS. Rashi re-energises through travel, community initiatives, and training to become a Karate black belt with her children.
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WA Committee member: David Seaton - PwC
David is a Senior Manager within PwC Perth’s Management Consulting team. David has 16 years’ experience in strategy execution across a range of industries. David is a commercially-focussed, outcomes-orientated professional with deep experience in generating tangible business value through the execution of corporate strategy for large blue-chip clients with challenging transformation agendas.
David works with iconic Western Australian businesses to improve the operations of their Commercial functions, delivering capability uplift across distributed workforces, enabling cultural change to support the business changes and unlocking considerable value through cost saving initiatives.
Before joining PwC, David has worked with other Tier 1 professional services firms and boutique consultancies across Australia and Europe.
David holds a MA in International Business and Languages from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, and is currently completing an MA in Applied Finance. In 2017, David was elected to the committee of CIPS WA and takes pride in delivering value to the member base.
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Committee Member: Dani Saraceni - Woodside Energy
Dani has been at Woodside for 6 years and currently works as a Senior Contracting & Procurement Adviser in the Subsea & Offshore Construction team.
Prior to her current role, Dani worked in the Analytics and Market Intelligence (AMI) team who analyse Woodside’s external spend. In 2016 C&P engaged a total of 2088 suppliers and spent approximately US$3.5billion. The AMI team is also responsible for tracking market intelligence throughout key spend.
Dani’s personal areas of professional interest include data analysis and visualisation (Excel and Tableau), tender evaluations and training delivery (analysis based).
Dani has completed a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance and Strategic Economic Analysis) with distinction and First Class Honours (Finance) at Curtin University, and achieved the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Prize for the highest achieving student in a Finance Major.
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WA Committee member: Simone Robinson - Vermilion Energy
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WA Committee member: June Evangelista - Woodside Energy
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