Well, not really! But it seems whenever we organise an event on the pool deck, we conjure up a major storm!
Notwithstanding the impending tropical QLD storm, we had another great turnout for January’s event at the Novotel, in Brisbane.
On arrival, attendees were swiftly provided with some cold refreshing drinks and cooled off in a nicely air-conditioned room as well as in the fresh air of the pool deck.
The theme of the event was “Best in Procurement” & “Back to School” and QLD Branch chair, Peter Morichovitis opened the evening by telling us a touching story about how his youngest child started school that week – Peter shed a tear but we weren’t sure if it was for his little one or the fact that his holiday was over and he was back at work!
Peter encouraged us to start the New Year with some thoughts about how we might continue our learning and development in our profession.
Peter introduced an impressive line up of guest speakers for the evening. Starting with Mark Lamb, General Manager for CIPS Asia Pacific. It was a great privilege to have Mark join us for the evening. He spoke briefly about the progress of CIPS in the region, the growth in membership and the plans for increasing value to members in the coming year through a range of initiatives.
Next, we had an excellent presentation by Samantha Tilly from Rio Tinto. Samantha leads the Learning and Development Team in Rio Tinto Procurement and was the recipient of a CIPS award at last years’ annual conference.
Rio Tinto’s competency framework for ongoing development of procurement capability won the award for Best People Development Initiative. Samantha took the time to give us some insight into what they have done and gave the audience the chance to ask her questions and talk with her about their initiative.
Peter Morichovitis & Samantha Tilly
Finally, continuing the “Back To School” and professional development themes, we heard from Debbie Greenberger, Membership and Professional Development Manager from CIPS Australasia. Debbie spoke to us about the various options and pathways for ongoing learning and qualifications through CIPS and also pathways for achieving MCIPS.
Following these engaging presentations, many questions and audience discussion, we wrapped up the formalities of the evening and went back to networking and enjoying a few more cool refreshments and canapé’s.
L-R: Alicia Mitchell, Ayenyo Klassou, Mark Lamb and Samantha Lowry
I noticed a lot of people took the opportunity to meet and speak with Mark – it was a great chance for members to engage directly with the person in charge of CIPS in the region. I know Mark appreciates the chance to talk directly with members as, after all, the organisation exists to support its members and their professional development.
The CIPS QLD Branch organises networking events every 2 months. This was a great kick off for the new year. Our key ingredients of these events are a hit for a growing number of procurement professionals in the Brisbane region – networking, great speakers, direct access to interesting and influential guest speakers, plenty of drinks and food – there is no better way to meet great people from the profession in a relaxed and enjoyable setting. CIPS Members as well as non members are welcome at our events.