NSW Region

We hold events in each region throughout the year. Organised by procurement professionals, for procurement professionals, these events facilitate networking and help build the local procurement community, whilst also providing bite sized portions of knowledge.

    Branch Overview

    CIPS local events are a great opportunity to raise your company's profile within the procurement community! If you are interested please contact the committee at nsw@cipsa.com.au.

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    NSW Chair (s. 2021): Jo Bailey FCIPS - Chief Executive Officer, Progressive Systems Pty Ltd  

    [CIPS Volunteer since 2019] 
    Connect with Jo on LinkedIn 

    Jo is a procurement professional with more than 20 years of experience leading procurement activities and functions within public and private sector organisations.

    Through her previous role as CPO of NSW Education she was able to establish a procurement cadet and graduate program, help promote and develop diverse and disadvantaged suppliers and became the first peer-nominated Chair of the NSW Procurement Leadership Group.

    Today Jo provides procurement-related advice and support through Progressive Systems, a women-owned procurement consultancy firm. A role that enables her to continually promote and demonstrate the value of professional procurement.

    Jo is an advocate for sustainable procurement and continues to support the development of people in procurement and diverse businesses. She is an active member of the CIPS mentorship program and mentors a number of Aboriginal businesses.

    Jo is a Fellow of CIPS.

    NSW Vice-Chair (s. 2020): Joanne Kennett - Senior Manager - Supplier Inclusion & Diversity, Westpac 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2015]
    Connect with Joanne on LinkedIn

    Joanne has extensive procurement experience covering Oil & Gas, Defence, Aerospace, Electricity Distribution and Financial Services industries. She has worked in the UK, Australia and the highlands of Papua New Guinea, in operational and project roles including procurement transformation projects involving the implementation of procurement systems. 

    Joanne recently followed her passion of using the power of procurement for good by joining Westpac as its Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Manager. In this role she is the advocate for suppliers that are driven by a social or environmental mission, or that support people who have traditionally been financially excluded. The role

    Joanne has a degree in European Business, Graduate Certificate in Project Management and was a member of the CIPS Committee in Queensland between 2010 and 2013.


    NSW Secretary (s.2021): Gareth Williams MCIPS - Contracts Delivery Manager at Sydney Trains 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2019]
    Connect with Gareth on LinkedIn 

    Gareth is a Contract Delivery Manager with Sydney Trains and has 8 years of procurement experience across a number of NSW Government agencies such as the NSW Police Force, NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW and NSW Department of Justice. It is in this time that Gareth has worked in a number of indirect and direct categories, as well as a number of category and supplier relationship management (SRM) roles, as well as stints in procurement governance and eProcurement implementations.

    Gareth is very passionate about the procurement profession, having landed in a cadet role at the Department of Education, as part of a rotation program with 7 procurement cadets and graduates. The rest is history.

    Gareth has invested heavily in continuing professional development (CPD) with a number of Diplomas in procurement and business related studies. Gareth has achieved his MCIPS status in 2020 via the CIPS qualifications route.

    Gareth was also a runner up for the CIPS Young Talent award in 2018 and 2019, and he joined the CIPS NSW branch committee in mid-2019.

    NSW Committee : 
    Glenn Johnston FCIPS - Director of Procurement, Transport for NSW 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2012]
    Connect with Glenn on LinkedIn 

    Glenn JGlenn Johnston has over 25 years' experience in procurement and logistics management across different industries, market leading companies and government. He is the Director of Procurement at Transport for NSW, Group Rail.

    Glenn is a nationally recognised procurement expert and thought leader with a deep and proud passion for Indigenous business engagement. By helping Indigenous businesses grow and develop, Glenn firmly believes that this will lead to greater opportunities for Indigenous employment.

    Glenn was the recipient of the 2016 Supply Nation Procurement Professional of the Year Award in recognition of his work developing and engaging Indigenous businesses. He is a Fellow of CIPS and Chair of the NSW Chapter of CIPS, the globally recognised peak procurement and supply professional body with over 110,000 members. Glenn is a Board Member of Supply Nation and AIATSIS - the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.

    In August-September 2016, Glenn became a Jawun program secondee and spent 6 weeks living with the Aboriginal Community of Lockhart River (Far North Qld), considered to be the most remote Aboriginal Community in Australia. During this time he helped the Mayor, CEO, Councillors and motivated locals develop a framework to enable less reliance on welfare and employment by the Council, through building small businesses with a goal of achieving self-determination though economic opportunities. Living with the Aboriginal Community also highlighted the importance of preserving the Indigenous culture through language, songlines, music, dance and art.

    Glenn is a Dharug man from Western Sydney and still lives on traditional Dharug land in Glenhaven. 

    NSW Committee: Susan Hungar - Contract and Supplier Relationship Specialist, TAFE NSW 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2015]
    Connect with Susan on LinkedIn 

    Susan HungarSusan is passionate about fostering positive supplier relationships, not only with the “big end of town,” but also with businesses located in regional NSW; small and medium enterprises; social enterprises and other suppliers typically under-represented in the supply base. Her current role provides a platform to explore and expand opportunities for working effectively with current and potential suppliers. 

    Previously Susan was the Capability Development Manager for NSW Procurement where she worked closely with NSW Government agencies and supplier organisations to establish, promote and support cross-sector procurement capability development initiatives. Susan represented NSW Procurement on the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council’s procurement capability development working group and supported the NSW Public Service Commission in the development of sector-wide Procurement Occupation Specific Capabilities.

    In her role as a member of the CIPS NSW Regional Committee, Susan is keen to promote the excellent career and professional development opportunities offered to procurement colleagues in all sectors through participation in our professional association, CIPS.

    NSW Committee: 
    Chris Mansfield FCIPS - Regional Major Pursuits Procurement Leader, Honeywell 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2008]
    Connect with Chris on LinkedIn 

    ChrisChris has over 20 years experience and has excelled in both green field & established environments in EMEA & APAC particularly concentrating on Procurement Project implementation, Transformation & Change Management. Performed at procurement senior executive level managing regional teams based in London & EMEA, APAC (based in Hong Kong) & Australia implementing strategic procurement strategies within large organizations - in major construction, heavy engineering & integrated facilities, Financial Services & most recently Technology/engineering.

    Having chaired a CIPS branch in the UK before moving overseas, Chris has also been a member of the NSW Committee since 2008 and held the NSW Chair position from 2014-2017. He is committed to the continuing transformation of procurement to aspire to trusted advisor status and bring strategic advantage to any organization whether in the private or public sector. 

    NSW Committee: 
    Sarah Collins FCIPS - Head of Procurement, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) [CIPS Volunteer since 2008]
    Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn


    Sarah has over 22 years procurement and supply chain experience within FMCG, Financial Services, Higher Education and Government. A highly active member of the Australian procurement community, Sarah has been a member of the NSW CIPS Committee since 2008 where she held the role of Chair from 2011-2014.

    She is passionate about developing current and future procurement professionals and works closely with the University of Sydney’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies in their Contemporary Procurement unit. She also represents CIPS on the Standards Australia Committee for the development and adoption of the new ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Standard.

    Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Management and is a Chartered Fellow of CIPS.

    NSW Committee: Christian Bloomfield - Partner, FutureYou - Procurement & Supply Chain 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2015]
    Connect with Christian on LinkedIn

    Christian BloomfieldWith a global career of 22 years spanning the UK, Australia, China and Hong Kong, Christian is one of the recruitment industry’s more trusted and forthright advisors in the Procurement & Supply Chain sectors. He is passionate about contributing to new ways of thinking to ensure outstanding results.  

    Since 2012 he has been a key protagonist in initiatives for Women in Procurement. Providing support for high profile CPO’s and eminent thought leaders responsible for major transformations and strategies across a range of industries. More recently he sponsored the inaugural Ladies in Procurement (LIPS) event, and was a panellist at the Women in Procurement & Supply Chain Conference. 

    Christian has a LLB Hons in Law, and has been a Committee Member for both the British and Australian Chamber of Commerce (Asia). Christian currently heads up the Executive Search Division for FutureYou Recruitment.  

    NSW Committee: Andrés Naranjo MCIPS - Executive Manager - Business Procurement, Broadspectrum [CIPS Volunteer since July 2014]
    Connect with Andrés on LinkedIn 

    Andrés NaranjoAndrés serves as Vice-Chair for the CIPS NSW’s Regional Committee, championing Sustainable and Diverse Procurement and continuing to establish Procurement as a preferred career choice for students and professionals alike. Andrés has worked across multiple direct and indirect categories for some of Australia’s largest and most recognizable brands in Banking, Insurance, Government and Consulting.

    In 2013 he was runner up for CIPS’s Young Procurement Professional of the Year award. Beyond his love of procurement, he is an avid adventure traveller who enjoys mountaineering, hiking, bouldering and snowboarding.

    NSW Committee: Greg Ross - Partner, Eakin McCaffery Cox Lawyers 
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2015]
    Connect with Greg on LinkedIn 

    Greg RossGregory is an Accredited Specialist in Government and Administrative Law providing legal advice mainly in NSW but also to clients operating internationally, particularly probity and commercial / government interface issues. He also heads the firm's Intellectual Property practice. He is a partner of Eakin McCaffery Cox (EMC), a medium sized commercially oriented practice, providing comprehensive legal advice and services to major Australian and international public and private companies and to a range of Public, Government and Semi-Government authorities. These include restaurant chains, educational and professional bodies, developers and insurers. EMC has long provided legal, procurement and probity services to a range of Federal, State and Local Governments as well as private sector organisations. Gregory leads the government and intellectual property sections of the firm.

    NSW Committee: Kris Dempsey MCIPS, Pacific National
    [CIPS Volunteer since 2020]
    Connect with Kris on LinkedIn 

    Dynamic procurement professional with a consistent track record of success in delivering savings and robust contracts that provide measurable benefits to the organisation. I have significant experience in managing Direct Categories as well as defining and developing Category Strategies from scratch.

    • Experienced negotiator of complex strategic operational and capital contracts;
    • Established and leading cross-functional teams to deliver procurement & wider organisational goals;
    • Skilled in contract definition, drafting and management for strategic results;
    • Strong analytical skills to enable driving of results through appropriate leveraging of spend; and
    • Skilled in use of procurement tools & techniques e.g. 7-Step process, e-auctions / e-procurement to drive enhanced results.


    CIPS ANZ’s range of workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand provide an excellent way to build procurement capability. The short courses are all instantly applicable and can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Our workshops, available in multiple locations including NSW, are all delivered by leading procurement practitioners and consultants. Find out more.

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