• Rina Abbott-Jard
    Commercial Relationship, Contracts, Procurement Specialist,

    First impressions of me are likely to reflect some of my main personality traits. I am energetic, engaged, encouraging, and open. The next wave of traits that you will see is that I am a strong advocate, focused, methodical, and determined. I’m not afraid of the tough stuff so throw in some challenges and constraints and you will see me in a comfort zone. I have a style, and am a negotiator. Obviously, because of my profession I am negotiating business deals and writing contracts but in the wider business I use my negotiating skills to campaign for better processes and improved collaboration between stakeholders, both internal and external. I am a facilitator, communicator, creator, and collaborator!

    I am a mentor and most importantly have had some incredible mentors in my career. I have drawn from their experience, knowledge and have worked as a procurement specialist under a few different governance frameworks. There are templates, tricks and tips that I use every day in my procurement practice, largely drawn from these trailblazers. I am really grateful for their time and knowledge and am available for an opportunity to pay it forward.
    What I really love about my profession as a procurement specialist is that I get to play fair! My job is to achieve a true Win Win outcome for my organisation and the vendor. It is a great opportunity to form partnerships and collaborate, regardless of the nature of the services and goods, there is always an opportunity to deliver it smarter, faster, better! Working with mature vendors, also improves the maturity of my organisation and vice versa. Organisational maturity is not just what we do, but HOW we do it!

  • Anush Avakian
    Executive Director – Non-Materiel Procurement – Strategic Policy & Intelligence and ICT
    Department of Defence
  • Chris Broom
    Contracts & Procurement Manager, Senex Energy

    Chris is highly experienced in managing teams of consultants, employees and contractors in a business environment within the resource sector. His skill set includes process improvement, cost reduction and consolidation; training, recruitment and development; contract and procurement strategies and processes.

    Chris has broad experience working in upstream and downstream processes across a range of projects. During his time at QGC he was responsible for developing and executing a strategy for indirect C&P to centralise business service contracts from the capital projects and operations areas of the business. Following integration and execution of this,

    Chris went on to transition the indirect category into a successful operation. This accumulated experience and knowledge has given him a well-rounded understanding of the oil and gas industry.

  • John Browne
    General Manager Strategic Procurement , Broadspectrum

    An MCIPS recognised procurement executive with extensive experience in all facets of global Supply Chain Management including procurement transformation, category management, strategic sourcing implementation; and supplier relationship management.

    Experience spans a number of large corporations including mining, manufacturing and transportation. With a comprehensive understanding of both the strategic and operational imperatives of a high impact procurement function, has delivered procurement transformation and change programs which have produced significant and sustainable procurement outcomes consistent with meeting the commercial business goals.

    A respected leader whose approach is equally effective when managing large or small teams to high performance and has a passion for developing people and talent across the business. Is recognised for exceptional negotiation and influencing skills and has a proven effectiveness in dealing with diverse and often disparate stakeholder groups.

    A proven track record in:

    Implementing eProcurement solutions such as Ariba at Fortescue and RailCorp, Emptoris at Qantas and SAP SRM at OneSteel.

    Developing and implementing procurement strategies that deliver against benefits targets such as $42m in P&L benefits at Qantas, $62m at RailCorp and $43m at OneSteel.

    Implementing development programs for Procurement Teams that focus on both hard and soft skills as demonstrated at Fortescue, Qantas, RailCorp and OneSteel.

    Building effective Category Teams that have the knowledge, tools and resources to implement category strategies that are relevant to their stakeholder and the business.

    Managing complex stakeholder groups all the way to “C” level.

    Developing strategies to bring 100% of spend under management.

  • Steve Connelly
    Manager, Procurement and Commercial Department, Ambulance Victoria

    Manage a team of 11 responsible and accountable for a contract spend in excess of $1B.
    Manage a centralised procurement activity servicing all of Ambulance Victoria.
    Major contracts and procurement activity include Rotary Wing, Fixed Wing, Fleet and Logistics, Memberships and Non Emergency Patient Transport.
    Accountable for full procurement and tender activity from inception through to contract execution and contract support.
    Prior to the roles listed I worked for the State Electricity Corporation (SECV) in the Latrobe Valley and then Melbourne University, commencing in junior procurement, supply, contract roles before progressing via experience an skill acquisition to more senior positions.
    Principal of Kilcunda VFM Procurement Consultancy - specialising in all procurement activity including advice on all tendering and procurement activity including evaluation, negotiation, spec development, market research and contract and abatements. Procurement relationship management and successful contracts and partnerships.

  • Mike Cook
    Head of Public Sector, Ivalua

    Mike is responsible for leading the public sector product roadmap and go-to-market strategy.  He brings over 12 years’ experience in public procurement, with a focus on leading large-scale digital modernisation efforts. Prior to Ivalua, Mike worked for KPMG Management Consulting where he led their Ivalua alliance delivery capabilities and was a 2017 KPMG Chairman Award Recipient.  In addition to his delivery role, Mike led KPMG’s global powered enterprise cloud procurement offerings development. His earlier roles spanned across various procurement, supply chain and technology roles with government contractors Leidos, CSC and General Dynamics, where he worked for their CIO and ran their Application Portfolio Management Group.

  • Jason Cooney
    Director, The Tender Group

    Jason Cooney has extensive expertise across all industries in tenders and bids, and offer clients a tender and bid writing services that delivers value and quality. He combines leading writing and readability techniques with strong project management skills and exemplary graphics and infographics.

    The Tender Team is a team of four, and have extensive experience helping businesses win new business in a range of industries. Our services extend across Australia and we provide advice to companies looking to increase their tender win rate, as well as an overflow service to existing corporations where you need additional tender support.

  • Dilhan de Silva
    GM Strategic Sourcing & Compliance, St John Ambulance

    Qualifications - GAICD(Graduate Aust Institute of Company Directors), MBA, B.Bus, CSR Auditor, CPIM, SAP consul.

    Experience - Senior executive positions in healthcare Sales & Operations - Medical devices, diagnostics, Pharmaceutical and Orthopaedics.

  • Bruce Everett
    Regional CEO, IACCM

    Bruce Everett is the CEO APAC for the International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM). IACCM enables public and private sector organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills. With over 50,000 members across 170 countries and 17,000 corporations, IACCM is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets. In response to strong interest in Asia Pacific, the Regional CEO role is building upon the solid base of members in Australia and New Zealand to support member engagement throughout the region. Our vision is a world where all trading relationships deliver a social and economic benefit.

  • Leonie Hardy
    Group Procurement Manager, Evolution Healthcare

    Leonie is a Senior Manager with 23 years experience in the Healthcare sector in both, Public,Not-for-profit and Private Hospitals. She has worked across all levels of Management with multiple stakeholders both internal and external to Health.
    Leonie prides herself on her Leadership skills and believes in being collaborative and open when it comes to leading a team.
    Leonie understands the importance of achieving the best clinical outcomes through best practice whilst realising the financial goals of the organisation. Making Relationship Management a priority in her day to day activities.
    Leonie has presented at many industry conferences including ASHPO and IIR. She was Vice President of the Patient Care Technology Group.
    In her spare time Leonie has taken on many community group roles including: Treasurer of the Our Lady of Lourdes netball club and is currently the Chairperson of the Parents Fundraising Committee for Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance.

  • Kate Harris

    Kate brings to GECA an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future.

    She previously spent six years with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership, including two years as CEO, and two years as non-executive director. She is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) and Living Future Institute Australia, as well as being an Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). She is also the founder of consulting firm Future Ready and a graduate of the Asialink Leaders Program.

  • John Ivil
    General Manager Government Procurement, Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (NZ)

    John is responsible for implementing and driving New Zealand government procurement and property functional leadership.

    The role incorporates developing and implementing New Zealand Government procurement and property policy, capability and capacity development, collaborative procurement (including all-of-government contracts), and the implementation of modern and flexible working environments for government employees. John has also established a commercial pool of procurement resources to assist government agencies with high risk/high value commercial initiatives.

    Prior to commencing work at the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment, John was employed at the Ministry of Health and in the New Zealand Defence Force. John served 26 years in the NZDF both in New Zealand and overseas, the majority of that time in uniform as a logistics officer. John has served in diverse locations such as the Sinai Peninsula, Angola and Canberra.

    John holds a Master's Degree in Management Studies from the University of NSW, majoring in Project Management.

  • Glenn Johnston
    Director, Procurement Sustainability, Group Rail, Transport for NSW

    Glenn Johnston has over 25 years' experience in procurement and logistics management across different industries, market leading companies and government. He is currently Director of Procurement Sustainability at Transport for NSW, Group Rail. He has a Master’s degree in Logistics management.

    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, develop and prosper, Glenn firmly believes that this will lead to greater opportunities for Indigenous employment and a more inclusive economy.

    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 (Chartered status) of CIPS and Chair of the NSW Chapter of CIPS. Glenn is also a Board Member of Supply Nation and the AIATSIS Foundation.

    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, Elders 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.

  • Sangeeta Khorana
    Professor of Economics, Bournemouth University

    Sangeeta Khorana is Professor of Economics at Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom. She has a Ph.D. from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and a summa cum laude Masters’ degree from the World Trade Institute in Berne, Switzerland.

    As Professor of Economics, she leads research on procurement reform and bilateral trade negotiations. She is a member of DFID’s Trade and Development Expert Advisory Group on Brexit.

    She had advised the Commonwealth Secretariat, European Commission, Inter-American Bank, and several other institutions on trade and procurement reform.

    She is also a former civil services officer, and in the past worked for the Government of India.

  • René Kling
    Program Manager Supply Chain Management, Tasmania University College

    René Kling is a CIPS Fellow (FCIPS) and has provided training and consulting services to a range of public and private organisations throughout Australasia through his own business for over 18 years. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML), and holds a range of other professional memberships.

    René’s qualifications include a Masters of Law in Public Procurement Law and Policy, a Masters of E-Commerce, an MBA, a Master of Business in Logistics Management, and a Masters in History, as well as a range of VET qualifications. His background includes working at senior management levels in Procurement and Logistics roles, and as a Senior Management Consultant for a national consulting firm. René has spoken at conferences throughout Australia and overseas, and is currently Course Coordinator for Applied Business Online, as well as Program Manager Supply Chain Management for the University of Tasmania - University College.

  • Bruce Maltman
    Director, SimPPLY

    Bruce is a tertiary qualified procurement and supply professional with extensive experience in transformation, strategy and delivery across a broad range of industries including construction, mining, energy, telecommunications, building products, FMCG as well as significant public sector experience. Bruce is a proven leader with demonstrated success in delivering value through effective client engagement, category management and process development. Bruce is competent in both consulting and management environments and is respected for his capacity to enable effective teams, develop innovative strategy and implement change.

  • Aimee Najdovski
    Procurement Manager
    Coleman Rail
  • Mark Neasbey
  • Molly Harriss Olson
    CEO, Fairtrade Australia & NZ

    As the CEO of Fairtrade Australia & New Zealand, Molly Harriss Olson leads a dynamic team strengthening Fairtrade supply chains, growing revenue and bolstering environmental and economic sustainability practices throughout the Asia Pacific region.

    Recognised for her three decades of leadership in sustainable development, Molly has convened, driven and contributed to numerous boards, business leadership and sustainability initiatives.

    Molly speaks widely to senior business, government and civic lead ership groups, sharing her expertise in sustainability, economic redesign, green building innovation, fair trade and development issues.

    Among Molly's achievements, she delivered the opening plenary of the World Economic Forum's 2000 meeting in Davos, chaired Swedish King Carl Gustaf's Business Leadership and the Environment Symposium in 1996, and was named one of the Australian Financial Review's "100 Women of Influence" in 2014.

    A graduate of Yale, Molly has lectured at the Harvard Kennedy School. She has previously served on the boards of the Australia Institute, Global Action Plan, Clean up the World, Clean up Australia, Australian Building Energy Council, the Environment Management Industry Association of Australia, Mary Mead, the Australian National Committee for the Earth Charter, and the International Advisory Council for the Foreign Policy Association (NY).

    She was the founding chair of the Editorial Advisory Board of ECOS Magazine (CSIRO Publishers) and sat on the editorial board of G Magazine. Molly also sat on climate and sustainability councils established by former Australian state premiers Bob Carr (NSW), Steve Bracks (VIC) and Anna Bligh (QLD)

  • Cris Parker
    Head of the Ethics Alliance, The Ethics Centre

    Cris heads The Ethics Alliance, a community of organisations across sectors that works to collaboratively shape the future of business ethics. She is also a director of The Banking & Finance Oath, a pledge of integrity and commitment that aims to increase consideration of stakeholders and decision-making accountability by financial service professionals. It is a program she helped execute, and still oversees. She holds a degree in psychology, and in another life, founded a Manhattan theatre company, casting agency, and production studio.

  • Pam Proud
    Program Director
    Australian Procurement and Construction Council
  • Matthew Rae
    Manager Networks Procurement and Supply Chain Lead, APA Group

    An accomplished professional, with 20 years Strategic Sourcing, Supply Chain Management and Capital Infrastructure Procurement experience both domestically and overseas. Matthew has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of South Australia and a Masters of Commerce from Melbourne’s Deakin University. 

    Working for OneSteel (now Arrium Minerals) Matthew developed and implemented national sourcing strategies, delivering the best commercial outcomes, across a range of categories, his role also included delivery of high profile Capital Projects aimed at process improvements to the manufacturing process, mining optimization and enhanced environmental outcomes aimed at reducing the organizations carbon footprint.

    For the last 9 years, Matthew has been with APA Group, Australia’s largest natural gas infrastructure business, operating and maintaining networks connecting 1.4 million Australian homes and businesses to the benefits of natural gas in addition to APA’s gas storage facilities, gas-fired power stations and renewable energy generation (wind and solar farms). APA owns or manages and operates a portfolio of assets in excess $21 billion and deliver half the nation’s natural gas usage.

  • Margaret Reid
    Strategic Procurement Manager, Bolton Clarke

    I have over 18 years of Procurement and Purchasing experience – fulfilling senior roles over the last 14 years.

    My key technical skills include: developing and implementing procurement strategy and risk mitigation planning, supplier relationship management and negotiation for long term business outcomes; including a track record in achieving successful outcomes working through difficult issues, change management – people and process with particular focus on continuous improvement, establishing and implementing corporate governance policies and practice across the business.

    My key personal skills include: Excellent team work, leadership, diplomacy and management, results driven and focused on continuous improvement, integrity and professionalism in all associations internally and externally, high level ability to effectively liaise with, motivate and influence via strong communication skills across all levels of the business, ability to see the big picture enabling best outcome for business.

  • Michelle Robinson
    Director Supplier Development, Department of Justice

    Michelle Robinson is the Director Supplier Development at the NSW Department of Justice and is an expert in developing and monitoring complex procurement and governance frameworks, increasing procurement capabilities across NSW Government and implementing partnerships and systems that enable improved service delivery across NSW Government.

    As a senior commercial and financial specialist who has worked in finance and public administration for over 9 years, Michelle provides expertise in developing, governing and executing tailored Procurement policy and governance, working in Agencies to establish Procurement as a strategic business partner as well as implementing cutting edge systems and continuous improvement programs.  In recognition of her contributions to the Department of Justice, Michelle was elected by her peers as the recipient of the Department of Justice Staff Excellence Award for Demonstrating Excellence in Leadership in 2016 for introducing electronic payment methods across all areas of the Department. In 2018 she was a key note speaker at the 2018 Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Forum, the National Investigation Symposium, the Women into Leadership conference and the 2019 Procurement Week Summit. In 2019 she will be speaking at the Justice Cluster Procurement Forum, Women in Procurement and Supply Chain Forum and the Supply Chain Innovation conference in recognition of her procurement and leadership expertise.

  • Ian Rudgley
    Chief Procurement Officer, City of Sydney

    Ian Rudgley is currently the Chief Procurement Manager of the City of Sydney. Prior to his role with the City of Sydney Ian has held a number of senior procurement roles in the manufacturing, health and retail fields. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in procurement and is tertiary qualified, Ian is committed to elevating the stature and importance of procurement in local Government and feels that the sharing of knowledge is paramount to achieving this. Ian is in constant demand to speak regarding his experiences and the procurement journey that the City of Sydney has taken.

  • Darren Schuck
    General Manager, Supply Chain
  • Teresa Scott
    Executive Director, Australian Procurement and Construction Council

    Teresa Scott is Executive Director of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC). Her responsibilities include working with the Council of Chief Executives to set the strategic direction of the APCC, and expanding the APCC’s role as Australasia’s leading public sector procurement and construction forum.

  • Barbara Seelos
    Deputy Head of Staff and Special Adviser, Federal Competition Authority

    Barbara works for the Austrian Competition Authority since 2014 and is deputy Head of Staff and Special Adviser to the Director General for Competition. Her focus is cartel enforcement and investigations and she is senior leader of cartel inspections. Her previous career stages include member of cabinet at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the legal department of the Austrian Ministry of Economy and different Corporate Law firms. She is phd-candidate at UC Berkeley/ Vienna University for Economics and was selected visiting researcher at UC Berkeley in 2018. Barbara is author of articles on competition law and is a frequent speaker on this topic.

  • Sebastian Shand
    Head of Strategic Sourcing, TAL Life

    I am an experienced, tertiary qualified procurement professional with a strong track record of building and leading Procurement teams with both a strategic and hands on focus in the private and public sectors.

    I have worked in environments with exposure to expenditure in excess of AUD$1 billion and have implemented large scale change management programs across end-to-end procurement. Additionally I have lead large scale outsourcing initiatives.

    Key skills include Strategic Leadership, Team Leadership, Strategic Planning, e-procurement development, Outsourcing, Procurement Reviews and Savings Identification, Vendor Management, Tendering and RFP Development, Policy Development, Supply Chain Management (procurement, logistics, inventory, warehousing), Change Management and Commercial Negotiations.

  • Sandeep Shetty
    Head of Supply Chain & Procurement, Bega Cheese

    Sandeep Shetty heads the Capital and Indirects portfolio at Bega Cheese Limited and has been a key driving force in helping Bega enhance its Procurement operations and transform the Capital and Indirects organisation.

    Sandeep has more than 14 years of experience in Strategic Procurement in Australia, Germany, America and India. His focus over the past 4.5 years he has been with Bega is to embody Bega values and provide Procurement and Thought leadership to Bega’s Executive team and 68 member strong Purchasing team across 10 manufacturing facilities nationally. He has got solid expertise in both direct and indirect spend categories with transferable skills across a number of industries including Dairy, Automotive, Healthcare, Building and Construction, and Facilities Management.

    Sandeep is passionate about developing people using Transformational leadership methodologies whilst driving value creation to augment Bega’s competitive position in the market.

    Sandeep holds an MBA, a Master’s degree in Project Management and International Business, and a Master’s Degree in Engineering with High Distinction from RMIT University.