Award-winning buyer joins CIPS Conference debate

20 September 2011

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20 September 2011 | Adam Leach

CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year, Sarah Ellis will appear on the panel for this year’s debate at the CIPS Conference 2011.

Alongside others, Ellis, who is procurement director at BAA, will debate procurement’s role in the bottom line and answer questions such as how to ensure buyers’ priorities are allied to those of their organisation and how to ensure results are achieved, recorded and reported within the context of those aims.

Joining her on the panel will be David Loseby, former head of procurement at Westminster City Council and pub company Stonegate, and Larry Beard, business transformation at Tate & Lyle.
Last week, Ellis received the award for procurement professional of the year at the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.

Since joining BAA, which at the time was recovering from the impact of industrial action, volcanic ash clouds and heavy snowfall, Ellis has transformed procurement into a key team, closely aligned with the strategy and business objectives of BAA.

Judges described Ellis as having a track record of “first class performance and a legacy of delivering best practice”.
This year’s conference, which will be chaired by Channel 4 News’ economics editor Faisal Islam, will also feature discussions on achieving successful SRM and the legal risks involved in the management of procurement contracts.

The morning keynote will be delivered by John Collington, chief procurement officer at the Efficiency & Reform Group, who will discuss creating value through aggregation, standardisation and rationalisation.

Ellis Watson, former CEO of Syco Entertainment, will give the afternoon address on achieving cultural change.
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