Matthew Parris to speak at CIPS Annual Dinner

3 January 2012

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3 January 2012 | Adam Leach

The guest speaker at this year’s CIPS Annual Dinner will be award-winning columnist, former MP and serial marathon runner Matthew Parris.

Procurement professionals attending this year's dinner, to be held at the Hilton Park Lane in London on 14 March, will be treated to a talk by Parris drawing on his mix of experiences from his time as Conservative MP and subsequently as sketch writer, diarist and columnist at The Times newspaper.

First elected to parliament in 1979, he sat in the West Derbyshire seat until 1986 when he chose to leave and pursue his writing ambitions. From 1988 to 2001, he was the parliamentary sketch writer for The Times, using his insider knowledge to provide an insightful picture for readers. Since leaving the post, he has written weekly diary and regular comment pieces. His work for The Times helped him win the ‘Columnist of the Year’ award several times at the British Press Awards.

A dedicated traveller, Parris led expeditions to the Sahara, Zaire and Bolivia. His first book, Inca-Kola, recounts his travels in Peru. His other books include Off Message: New Labour, New Sketches and Great Parliamentary Scandals: Four Centuries of Calumny, Smear and Innuendo.

Parris is a regular participant in the London Marathon, with his fastest time an impressive two hours and 32 minutes.

Commenting on his public speaking, the Association of Brewing & Distilling said: “His pace, annunciation and intonation were excellent, as was his timing.”

CIPS will be holding its Annual Dinner at the Hilton, Park Lane, London on 14 March. This sumptuous black-tie event will commence with a champagne reception at 7.30pm, followed by a four-course meal including wine. The evening is your chance to network and celebrate with fellow procurement leaders.

Further information is available here.

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