Royal Mail chief to share insights at conference

21 September 2011

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21 September 2011 | Adam Leach

Kath Harmeston, group procurement director at Royal Mail, will share her expert views on procurement’s role in generating growth at the CIPS Conference on 6 October in London.

Harmeston, who has been with the group since January 2009, will treat delegates to the insights and experiences she has collected while managing procurement operations at the postal service.

With the group preparing for privatisation, Harmeston and her team are working to deliver a leaner cost base across the group, generate capital and modernise operations. During her talk, she will discuss the importance of using advanced procurement models, flexible resourcing and shifting the internal spend culture of an organisation. The session, entitled ‘generating growth and preparing for success’, will run at the event at the Kings Place conference centre.

Yesterday, it was announced that the CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year, Sarah Ellis will be joining the panel for this year’s debate at the conference. Ellis and fellow panellists David Loseby, former head of procurement at Westminster City Council and pub company Stonegate, and Larry Beard, business transformation at Tate & Lyle, will discuss procurement’s role in the bottom line.

This year’s conference, which will be chaired by Channel 4 News’ economics editor Faisal Islam, and 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.

You can find out more about this year's conference by clicking here.

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