Gareth Rhys Williams, chief commercial officer, Government Commercial Function, talking about change at last year's event
Gareth Rhys Williams, chief commercial officer, Government Commercial Function, talking about change at last year's event

Five reasons to attend the CIPS UK conference

16 August 2018

The venue is booked, the speakers are signed and the programme is live. So here are some reasons why you should get on the attendee list before the event is fully booked – and before the early bird rate has expired.

1. You will hear first hand from leading experts in the profession, who have been invited to share their views on hot procurement and supply chain topics, talk about their experiences, and share some of the wisdom that has taken them to where they are now. Over 70% of this year’s speakers are CPOs, and the rest are senior in their field.

They include names such as BAE System's CPO Imran Rasul, Sainsbury’s director of group procurement and cost transformation Patrick Dunne, and packaging group Mondi’s CPO Beatrix Praeceptor.

2. Keep your skills up to date. The conference schedule offers plenty of opportunities to discuss digitisation, cyber security and using data to improve your procurement strategy. It also covers topics like managing risk, obtaining security of supply in unstable times, socially responsible procurement and building great teams.

3. Learn how to transform and add value to your business. Dig deep into how to procurement and supply professionals can harness uncertaity to add value, deal with Brexit, support innovation and manage risk. 

4. Follow your chosen topic, and pick the learning that works best for you. Stream highlights include:

Fit for purpose tech stream. Hear from a security expert on how to prevent a cyber attack nightmare from damaging your business. See firsthand how hackers access your data with a live hacking demonstration, before learning the actions to take after a cyber hack.

Strategy through people stream. Chris Emberton, procurement director of law firm Clifford Chance, reveals how to bring people with you during a transformation. 

Resilient supply chains stream. Procurement leaders including Richard Howell, group head of supply chain at Costain and Janet Chinnery, head of corporate procurement at Thames Tideway Tunnel take part in a quickfire debate on the pros and cons of using titans vs SMEs in your supply base.

5. Network and share knowledge with your peers. Several networking breaks will provide an opportunity to connect with your peers from the global procurement and supply community, discuss the content and share experiences.

CIPS UK Conference, Wednesday 31 October 2018, QEII Centre, London.

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