James BartleFounding Chief Executive Officer, Outland Denim
James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle created Outland to generate training and employment opportunities for women vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Over six years Bartle developed a unique business model that would enable each of his seamstresses to gain a covetable skill set in tailoring while earning a living wage, receiving ongoing support and life-enhancing education, and crafting artisan quality jeans to compete in the global premium marketplace. In 2016, he took Outland to scale, securing international investment and distribution to further the company's mission to employ more young women while concurrently investing heavily in supply chain and environmental stewardship. With a background in manufacturing and start-up ventures, Bartle has taken a hands-on approach to developing Outland's signature jean styles, eschewing automation in favour of craftsmanship. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in the hills of the Gold Coast hinterland, Australia.
Laura BerryChief Executive Officer, Supply Nation
Laura was appointed CEO of Supply Nation in 2015, having been involved with the organisation since its inception through her work with two founding member companies. Laura joined Supply Nation following four years at Qantas where she led Qantas Group’s Corporate Community Investment Program.
With over two decades of experience in stakeholder management, risk mitigation and reputation management, Laura’s career has spanned both private and public sectors. Since taking the reins at Supply Nation, Laura has led the organisation through a significant period of growth: doubling the membership base, growing the supplier base by over 300% and increasing the national footprint of the organisation.
Laura is currently a member of Telstra’s Indigenous Advisory Committee, and both McKinsey & Company and NRMA’s RAP Steering Committees. Laura holds a Graduate Certificate in Management from the University of Technology, Sydney; is a graduate of the AICD Company Director’s Course, and holds memberships of the AICD and Women on Boards.
Laura has previously held directorships of Engineering Aid Australia, Supply Nation and Indigenous Business Australia’s Cooee Traveller. Laura was also previously a director and the Chairperson of CareerTrackers Indigenous Internship Program.
In September 2018, Laura was announced as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence.
Laura proudly identifies with her Aboriginal and Italian heritage and was born and raised in Canberra.
Coretta BessiChief Procurement Officer, Westpac
Coretta Bessi is a well-recognised and highly respected Procurement thought leader. Her previous executive experience spans across the mining industry with BHP Billiton, heavy manufacturing with BlueScope Steel, telecommunications with Australia’s National Broadband Network and energy utilities with Ausgrid.
She has broad exposure having been engaged across the private sector and the public sector as a consultant. Coretta is passionate about the professionalism of Procurement and Supply Chain so has lectured for in excess of twelve years to university masters students. Her other topics of interest are sustainable procurement, digital transformation and talent diversity across females and millennials.
Coretta is currently the Chief Procurement Officer at Westpac, co-founder of Ladies in Procurement Network and Director of St John Ambulance (NSW).
Kath BlackhamChief Executive Officer, Versa
With a passion for digital and a mind for innovation, Kath Blackham has been at the forefront of tech solutions for over 18 years. Her experience spans market research at TNS and RedSheriff, Product Management at SEEK and REA before starting her own full service digital agency in 2010 called Deepend Melbourne Pty Ltd, which grew to be one of Australia’s largest independent digital experience and design agencies. Kath has championed local initiatives (Code Like a Girl), and has been an Australian voice for digital around the globe (SoDA).
In 2017, Kath helped spearhead the creation of Australia’s first enterprise-level voice experience (VX) agency VERSA. Most recently, Kath led the merging of Deepend Melbourne and VERSA to create a VX and Digital Design powerhouse.
With a growing client portfolio, including Village Cinemas, beyondblue, Dairy Australia, Nova, Domino’s, Red Cross and Scenic; VERSA is poised to set the pace for VX innovation and large-scale digital design in Australia and internationally.
Kath is exceptionally committed to gender equality, flexibility and the future of work, and is a pioneer in the space with VERSA being the first Australian agency to operate a four-day working week model, to great success. She is dedicated to VERSA’s culture, which is unrivalled - it’s about passion, independence and expertise. VERSA works with its exceptional client partners to deliver connected experiences spanning multiple technologies, platforms, and media - creating positive business impact - a true driving force in the market. VERSA is committed to helping people experience a better life.
Adele CarrBarrister, Greenway Chambers
Adele is known for her strategic and collaborative approach to the resolution of commercial and administrative law disputes. She works closely with solicitors and in-house counsel to understand key commercial and organisational drivers to resolve legal issues quickly. An astute negotiator and communicator, Adele isolates the key issues and helps her clients develop pragmatic commercial solutions.
Recognised as a recommended junior counsel for construction and infrastructure disputes in Doyles Guide to the Australian Legal Profession, Adele accepts briefs to advise and appear in the Federal Court, NSW Supreme and District Courts, and NSW and Victorian Tribunals as well as all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication, expert determination and arbitration.
Working as a key member of the broader legal team, Adele implements effective dispute resolution processes for large private organisations and state and federal government departments particularly on major infrastructure and building projects and review of administrative law decisions. Adele also practices in insolvency and a range of broader commercial matters.
Adele regularly presents on legal topics and provides continuing professional development seminars tailored for legal professionals, with subjects covering expert evidence, ADR strategies, security of payments, practice and procedure, as well as various legislative updates.
Lindy ChenManaging Director, ChinaDirect Sourcing
Lindy Chen has 20 years’ experience in international trade and supply chain. She is the founder of ChinaDirect Sourcing– a leading sourcing company in Australia. Since its establishment in 2005, it has been in the leading position in the Australian import and export service industry. It is the only global service partner of Alibaba in Australia. She is also the author of the best-selling book “How to Import from China”.
Lindy Chen is the founder of FRETHAN Chain - a trusted international trade certificate storage platform based on blockchain technology. Lindy Chen is the founding president of Australia Blockchain Alliance (ABA) - a Not-For-Profit Association originated in Queensland Australia.
Lindy is also a mentor for SME for QLD government and she has mentored more than 800 entrepreneurs.
As a world-leading authority on doing business with China, Lindy has featured in publications from The Courier Mail to BRW magazine, Lindy is multi -awards winner, including: HKABA Business Awards in exporting & Excellence in importing; International Woman of the year Awards Stevie awards; Entrepreneur of the Year; Telstra Business Awards; Telstra Business Women Awards; Businesswoman of the Year Awards.
Sarah CollinsHead of Procurement, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Sarah has over 23 years procurement and supply chain experience within FMCG, Financial Services, Higher Education and Government, and is currently the Head of Procurement at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (the ABC). She is a highly active member of the Australian procurement community and had been on the NSW CIPS Committee since 2008. She is also passionate about developing current and future procurement professionals, as well as social and sustainable procurement, which saw her being a member of the Standards Australia Committee for the development and adoption of the new ISO20400 Sustainable Procurement Standard. Sarah holds an Honours Degree in Manufacturing Management and is a Fellow (CS) of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply
Sharyn CountyHead of Procurement, Jemena
Sharyn’s career spans 20 years in senior commercial roles across the energy, technology, outsourcing and services industries. In addition to solid leadership skills, Sharyn brings to the team both a passion for, and demonstrated ability, to deliver transformation and sustainable outcomes across the business and contracting lifecycle. Sharyn is driven to build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers and partners to deliver mutually beneficial outcomes for all.
Prior to this role Sharyn held a number of senior leadership positions within Jemena, with her most recent being GM Commercial Procurement where she was responsible for managing a centralised procurement group. Previous to Jemena Sharyn held the role of GM Commercial within EB Services (A Singapore Power Company) where she developed and implemented technology sourcing strategies across the group.
Sharyn currently sits on the Australian Advisory Board for the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management, and has previously held a number of Board positions for not for profit companies.
Sharyn’s educational qualifications include: BA, MBA, MComLaw.
Marjolein DijkshoornHead of Procurement, QBE
An energetic, results-focused and people-oriented leader, with a strong background in business consulting, management and strategic Procurement. She has commitment, passion, drive and determination to consistently achieve success as a leader. To develop motivated teams and leverage her professional experience in Strategic Procurement and Supply Chain Management to support the business objectives and positively impact the P&L by developing best practice third party Supplier Chains with the vision to develop synergy benefits to improve commercial, business and customer outcomes.
Marjolein has worked for 10 years as a management consulting with a specialisation in Supply Chain Management and Consulting and has since been at QBE Insurance where she is the Head of Procurement, responsible for transforming Indirect and Procurement Operations towards best practice Procurement functions.
Jonathan DuttonPrincipal, JD Consultancy
Jonathan Dutton is widely recognised as an expert commentator on procurement. He has developed a reputation for challenging key note speeches delivered with genuine passion, rich content and dry humour which offer a strategic perspective on procurement and supply chain management
Until February 2013, he was the founding Managing Director and CEO of CIPS Australasia for almost a decade. Jonathan was responsible for all aspects of CIPS activities as the global peak body for professional procurement & supply management in this region. He represented the profession and its standards to the highest levels of business and government and led the profession for almost a decade during its formative years in this region.
Today, JD is an independent management consultant specializing in procurement, supply management, negotiation, business development, sales & marketing and CSR. Over the last decade or more he has presented or hosted over 500 procurement events.
Jonathan is also a prolific author and editor of procurement white-papers, articles & blogs and he is a frequent key note speaker at leading procurement and supply chain events
Claire GategoodDirector, Trade Finance, Westpac Institutional Bank
Claire is a currently a Director at Westpac heading up the Australian Trade and Lending Product Management team. She is responsible for the end-to-end product ownership of trade finance and institutional lending products in Australia and has over 20 years’ experience in banking and legal roles.
She started her career as a banking lawyer in private practice, corporate and banking roles, specialising in lending and trade finance, before moving to a trade finance product role.
Claire has broad experience across banking with particular expertise in structuring supply chain finance transactions. Her legal expertise complements her trade finance experience to provide bespoke solutions for Westpac’s customers that meet their needs and unlocks working capital through the cash conversion cycle. Claire has been instrumental in bringing innovative inventory finance and borrowing base transactions to completion and ensuring that Westpac’s products remain compliant in the ever changing regulatory environment.
Claire holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the Australian National University.
Melissa HaylesERP Project - Functional Stream Lead (Procurement), Origin Energy
Melissa has over 10 years’ experience in Origin across a number of Procurement roles, including: Contract Manager on mega projects, National Warranty, Procurement Systems Implementation, Procurement Shared Services and most recently, Procurement Lead for new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application.
She also has extensive pre-award and post-award contract management experience in industries including IT (Telstra & Ericson), Defence (Direct and Contractor), Professional Services (KPMG), Construction (Major & Mega Projects), Oil/Gas and Energy (Origin, KBR and Caltex).
Gosia JankowskaProcurement Analyst – Business Transformation, Ausgrid
Gosia has over fifteen years of experience in Finance, Procurement, Strategy, Governance and Project Management.
In her recent role at Ausgrid, she was part of the Transformation Management Office, focusing on eProcurement technology enablement, automation of procurement and source to contract processes.
She is passionate about new technologies and digitalisation, and how they can improve efficiency, speed and quality of procurement, reduce risk and enhance innovation.
Jennifer JarrardDirector, Corporate Member Services, IACCM
Jennifer is an experienced Master Instructor with a demonstrated history of working in the professional training & coaching industry. Skilled in Executive Development, Career Development, Coaching, Business Coaching, and Entrepreneurship. Strong business development professional with a Masters of Entrepreneurship and Innovation focused in 2005 from Swinburne University of Technology.
Chontelle KellyProcurement Specialist, Nestlé
Chontelle started her procurement career like most people - by falling into it. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with it. Starting as a Procurement Cadet at BlueScope Steel fresh out of high school, Chontelle has worked in 9 different procurement roles in 7 years.
Now a Procurement Specialist at Nestle, Chontelle works closely with the Oceania Beverage factories and the global buying teams in a Business Partnering structure. She also works on process improvement projects such as risk, business analytics and most recently, the global recyclability project.
Chontelle has accrued a number of personal and professional achievements over the course of her career including being named one of GradConnection’s Top 100 Future Leaders and was selected as a finalist for the Nestlé Supply Chain award in 2017. Chontelle is an advocate for attracting younger generations to procurement careers at an industry level. As a result, Chontelle was named as a finalist for the 2018 CIPS Australasia Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year award.
Saija Kuusisto-LancasterChief Procurement Officer, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology (Finland)
Saija Kuusisto-Lancaster is on a mission to change the image of Sourcing. With more than 20 years’ experience of procurement, both indirect and direct spend, she has led its transformation from decentralization to centralization – and back again! Amongst her any strengths are the ability to lead teams and develop and implement action plans which lead to value generation. While many people fear change, Saija brings a passionate approach to change management: to her, it is all about communication. She sees Sourcing as a game changer within business, with a firm belief that it’s time to stop labelling it as a cost center and redefine its presence as a value creator.
Anna LindsayNational Supply Chain Manager, Ruralco Holdings
Anna has been the National Supply Chain Manager at Ruralco Holdings Limited (Nutrien Ag Solutions) since March 2018. Most recently, Anna has been leading the Supply Chain integration of the Ruralco and Landmark merger, to become Nutrien Ag Solutions. Her main focus is to deliver a high performance customer-focused operation, and transform it into an innovative best practise within five years. She is accountable for the overall operations and strategy of the end-to-end Supply Chain, inclusive of a nation-wide network of DCs, transport and a central replenishment team. Prior to this, Anna spent 15 years in FMCG, across retail and supply chain management. Anna enjoys travelling, a social breakfast after racing in triathlons and has recently formalised training as an executive coach.
Naomi LloydDirector Procurement and External Manufacturing Partnerships APAC, Campbell Arnott’s
Naomi is a strategic change leader with experience across FMCG, Industrial, and Aerospace/Defence Industries. Her focus is on co-creating innovative growth through strategic alliances, partnerships and other supplier relationships to meet the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation and the 4IR. She has held a range of senior roles across the supply chain, operations and program management including responsibilities for Asia, Pacific, and Africa. Naomi is currently the Director of Procurement and External Manufacturing Partnerships for Campbell Arnott’s, one of the largest food manufacturers in Australia which proudly supports Australian farmers and suppliers.
Ky MenziesStrategic Sourcing Manager, Veolia Australia and New Zealand
Ky is a solutions-oriented professional in the procurement field with a view to developing strategic sourcing solutions that provide short and long term benefits for the business. Currently working in the waste industry with Veolia Australia and New Zealand, she also has a background in FMCG and construction project management. Combined with a Masters level tertiary studies in politics and international relations/development, Ky brings a broad and open perspective to her procurement activities.
Sharon MorrisGeneral Manager for Australia and New Zealand, CIPS Australia & New Zealand
Sharon is the General Manager of CIPS – The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in Australia and New Zealand, commencing the role in August 2019. Prior to CIPS, she was CEO of The Mother’s Day Classic Foundation, Australia’s largest community-driven breast cancer research fundraiser, raising over $36M. She also worked for Women in Super, a national advocacy and networking membership body with over 3,300 members. She is a Board Director of the Australian Public Service Benefits Group and chairs their Engagement Committee.
Sharon has over 20 years’ experience in managing a wide range of projects in Australia and overseas. She is a purpose-led leader with a proven track record in strategy and implementation of high-profile engagement and awareness initiatives in the not-for-profit and government sectors. She’s passionate about building relationships between corporate, government and not-for-profit entities to generate shared value and social impact. Encouraging those around her to achieve their best; whether leading a workplace culture that embodies core values, with a clear vision and purpose or advocating for change. While applying a customer-centered approach, where knowledge, understanding and relevance is at the heart of all engagement.
Melissa OgdenProcurement Specialist, APA Group
Melissa Ogden has over 15 years’ experience in contract, commercial and procurement roles across a broad range of industries, including defence, oil & gas, aviation and utilities. In her current role as Procurement Specialist at APA Group, Melissa has led projects in the implementation of a national supplier prequalification process and supplier relationship management framework. She is passionate about making procurement a career of choice for women, leading and inspiring young people to work in procurement and driving innovative approaches to supplier engagement. With a passion for learning (she has 2 Masters degrees) Melissa is always keen to find new and better ways to work. Melissa is the co-founder of the Adelaide Women in Procurement Network established in 2018.
Taylor PearceProcurement Specialist, MLC Life Insurance
Unlike most who have tumbled into a career in procurement, Taylor began her career in Procurement. Taylor held various roles within BlueScope Steel and Lysaght (Colorbond) over a 5 year cadetship program whilst studying for a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Supply Chain Management at the University of Wollongong. Taylor was awarded a New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant for a supply chain study tour though Malaysia and Singapore in 2017 before graduating and commencing a role at Ausgrid – Australia’s largest electricity distributor.
At Ausgrid, Taylor was responsible for supplier engagement and events which complimented her work on the development of Ausgrid’s Supplier and Contract management frameworks and the initiation of a Competitive Dialogue Project – Winner of IACCMs APAC Innovation and Excellence Award for Strategic Direction.
Currently a Procurement Specialist at MLC Life Insurance, Taylor is a tech savvy, feedback-driven self-learner and an avid problem solver who is enthusiastic about making a difference. As a member of MLC’s Centre of Excellence, Taylor is driving sustainability initiatives and supporting procurement strategy. With 69 of the world’s top 100 economies being businesses, business is the right place to make a difference.
As for her side hustle – Taylor is a serial entrepreneur with 3 small businesses – one of these now sold is a market leader in the wedding and events industry. Recently engaged, Taylor is planning her wedding later this year with her much-spoilt British Bulldog Jelly as flower girl.
Karin RagelHead of Supply Chain Risk, Lendlease
Karin is Head of Supply Chain Risk at Lendlease. A relatively newly created role which sits within the group’s Supply Chain team, Karin is responsible for driving enterprise wide approaches to managing supply chain risk at Lendlease. With the renewed focus of organisations on good corporate governance, supply chain risk management is a critical consideration for any large, diversified corporate group such as Lendlease. Within Karin’s remit sits Lendlease’s approach to tacking modern slavery, supporting the business to make more informed procurement decisions with efficient supply chain systems and data management and supplier risk segmentation.
Prior to this role, Karin was Head of Legal for Lendlease Building and a member of the Executive Management Team for that business. Her role entailed management and oversight of contract negotiations to support work winning, compliance with regulatory requirements, risk management for projects in delivery and disputes management.
Ashleigh TurnerProcurement Analyst, Hastings Deering
Ashleigh was assigned the two largest Rapid Procurement projects (Deployment of Purchase Requisitions and Blackwoods Aggregator Program); even though she was the person with the least Procurement experience in the room. She asked the GM of Business Improvement why she was managing these large projects instead of the more experienced Procurement Professionals. The GM of BI replied with “you were given these projects not because of your technical expertise in Procurement, but because of your natural and exceptional soft skills”. These projects were about “people”, Ashleigh’s greatest strength. That’s when Ashleigh realized that Procurement was all about people.
Ashleigh is the first person ever to complete the Blackwoods Aggregator Project; and managed to do this in less than 12 months; with less than 3 years Procurement experience under her belt. She transitioned over 23+ categories, consolidated 300+ suppliers, contracted over 60,000 items, reviewed over 500k PO lines, rolled this project out across a location size equivalent to the size of India and managed to make these changes “sustainable”. Ash was awarded CIPS Young Talent 2019 off the back of this industry leading project and believes the project was successful because of soft skills.
Ashleigh has found the courage to open up about her domestic violence experience to show the power of vulnerability has and also help others facing everyday challenges. The CIPS Young Talent award has given her confidence that she didn’t know she needed. The award wasn’t just an award to her, it was a symbol that she had reclaimed her life back after her domestic violence experience.
Angela Van EekelenGlobal Policy and Compliance Manager - Procurement, ANZ
Angela is a senior leader at ANZ who has more than 30 years of experience working in international organisations in a broad range of roles ranging from Procurement, Operations, Change Management, Contract Management and Outsourcing Delivery. Angela has worked in the banking industry for the last 8 years. Her current role has a very broad remit and encompasses writing ANZ’s Purchasing Policy, managing its governance across the bank as well as the broader impact of ANZ internal policy changes, external Codes, legislative or regulatory changes on the purchasing environment. In addition, Angela is responsible for addressing the risk of Modern Slavery on the ANZ supply chain, the impact of third party risk on purchasing and her team provide collaborative assistance towards the Social Procurement strategy and spend.