Rowing world champion to open CIPS UK Conference

Rebecca Ellinor Tyler is former editor of Supply Management
2 October 2015

Be bold, optimistic and unafraid to try new things, gold medallist Sarah Winckless will tell the CIPS Annual Conference in London this month.

Winckless, who was this year awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for ‘services to sport and young people’, won Olympic bronze in 2004 for rowing and World Championship gold medals in 2005 and 2006.

She will open the event at the UK capital's The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on 8 October with an inspirational presentation drawing on her years of experience in high-performance sport and now as head of coaching services at 'Will It Make The Boat Go Faster?'.

The performance improvement company draws on Olympic-winning strategies for business success and Winckless has herself designed, managed and delivered leadership development programmes for Barclays, Philips, Unilever and more. She focuses on helping others recognise and achieve their own outstanding performance.

One client company that is also presenting at the event is Compass Group UK & Ireland, winner of the Most Improved Procurement Operation – Step Change category at the 2015 CIPS Supply Management Awards. Managing director of commercial Oliver Cock will take part in a later plenary session alongside boss Dennis Hogan. The procurement chief said the ‘will it make the boat go faster’ approach focused his team on how they could help with the strategic goals of the business as a whole.

This year’s conference theme is ‘raise your game, raise your voice’. It concerns the importance of professional qualifications; the need to remain current; broaden your commercial skills and business acumen; as well getting better at marketing yourself and the brand of ‘procurement and supply’ more broadly.

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