Frances AtkinsCo-Founder, givvable
Frances is co-founder of givvable, a technology start-up for businesses to find, source and track impact of sustainable and social suppliers with a focus on advancing the UN SDGs. She has previously co-founded two impact-driven start-ups and prior to becoming an entrepreneur was a banker at J.P. Morgan for 10 years and a lawyer at Ashurst. She has a Commerce/Law degree from UNSW, a Masters in Law from USyd and an executive MBA from AGSM.
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.
Deb BarwickChief Executive Officer, NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC)
Deb Barwick is an award-winning Aboriginal Entrepreneur and Business Owner who believes that Aboriginal people themselves are the solution to social and economic parity and that “enabling Aboriginal leadership regionally, nationally and globally is a strategic and wise investment toward a stronger Australian Economy and Nation.”
Having dedicated much of her working life to supporting the aspirations of Aboriginal Entrepreneurs to establish and grow sustainable enterprises, Deb is most passionate about the value proposition State and Territory Indigenous Chambers of Commerce and the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) offer Governments, Business and Industry to be truly progressive in their actions to increase purchasing from Aboriginal Suppliers. “These state and territory and national peak bodies are informed by Aboriginal business owners and so they bring a unique intelligence to the Sector and to the development and application of social procurement efforts.
Debs many achievements include:
Establishing Australia’s first Indigenous Chamber of Commerce and Leading the National Network of Indigenous Chambers of Commerce to establish a Peak Body to represent the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Business Owners. Today, the First Australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (FACCI) represents over 5,500 members.
Deb is the recipient of a "NSW Premiers Award for Excellence", has been an MC for the World Indigenous Business Forum and in 2016, lead an Australian Delegation to the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference in San Diego.
Deb is the current CEO for the NSW Indigenous Chamber of Commerce (NSWICC), Chair of the First australians Chamber of Commerce and Industry, an experienced trainer on the art of procurement and a respected advisor to State and Federal Governments on Economic and Social Policy. Having mentored hundreds of Small business owners through her work with the NSWICC, Deb’s leadership has also led to the organisation’s growth and sustainability and position as the NSW Government Specialist Procurement Advisor for small and medium enterprises across NSW.
Most importantly, Deb Barwick is an accomplished business owner herself, having operated several successful enterprises including a Guest House in Pokolbin and Winya Indigenous Furniture,
54 Years after its establishment Winya has become Australia’s fastest growing Indigenous furniture Company. 2 years after winning a suite of regional and state business awards this highly competitive Company was named Grand Overall Winner of the Prestigious CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards. Respected as a benchmark for excellence, these Awards represent the most prestigious recognition a company or individual in the procurement and supply chain profession can receive.
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.
Maria Calibo-SalesFounder & CEO , Calmar Corps
Maria Calibo-Sales is the Zebra founder of Calmar Corps - a Tech Start Up based in Sydney. It is a Profit-for-Purpose business - wholly aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Profits fund the “Capability with Conscience” program which empower and uplift marginalised and economically disadvantaged groups by investing in community initiatives.
Maria is absolutely passionate about using technology to share economic prosperity, drive diversity, full inclusion, gender equality and making flexible work mainstream.
In the last 2 years, the CwC program has:
- Provided 150,000L of clean drinking water per day to 9,600 families.
- Cleared over 1.2 million square metres of landmine-affected land to UNESCO Heritage site for food production, economic and cultural purposes.
- Funded direct intervention programs saving 238 girls from child marriages.
- Rescued, rehabilitated and restored 716 survivors of human trafficking.
- Donated 2 years’ worth of school supplies, hygiene products and clothing to 103 children.
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
Elizabeth de la MetteSenior Customer Success Team Leader- ANZ/APAC, EcoVadis
Elizabeth has over 15 years of international experience in sustainable procurement, retail, and technology across Melbourne, Hong Kong, London, and Paris. She first joined EcoVadis in Paris in 2014. Since 2018, Elizabeth has been working to expand EcoVadis’ presence in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, helping global companies to implement the EcoVadis solution for supply chain risk management and leverage sustainability as a performance driver in procurement. Her key interests lie in improving working conditions within the supply chain, promoting ethical sourcing practices and helping procurement make responsible decisions.
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
Bruce EverettCEO APAC, World Commerce & Contracting
The International Association for Contract & Commercial Management (IACCM), now World Commerce & Contracting, enables public and private sector organizations and professionals to achieve world-class standards in their contracting and relationship management process and skills.
World CC is leading the way in responding to the demands of global networked markets through research and training.
In response to strong interest in Asia Pacific, Bruce Everett was appointed the Regional CEO in Jan 2019. He has previously worked with suppliers such as Information Services Group and CSC as well as buyers such as Westpac and CBA. Our vision is a world where all trading relationships deliver a social and economic benefit.
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.
Isabel GirgisHead of Legal , Coupa
Having worked extensively as a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and Australia) across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific and Japan, Isabel has unique insight into the diverse cultures and geo-political challenges that influence Supply Chain risk.
As well as founding and building multiple businesses, a law practice and consultancies, Isabel has spent the bulk of her career working in - house for leading global Technology and Telecommunications multinational, joint-venture and start-up companies. Currently she is the Head of Legal for APAC at Coupa Software, a disruptive global tech platform for business spend management.
With her diverse background, Isabel is a proponent for inclusive, fair and safe workplaces. Throughout her career Isabel has led initiatives and built strong industry partnerships fostering and celebrating the power of diverse thought and perspective. Drawing from her early career as a teacher, and inspired by her sister, a decorated former police officer, Isabel is the author of a series of children’s books aimed towards normalizing mothers in non-traditional work roles, as seen from a child’s perspective. All proceeds from the sale of her books go to charities such as Police Legacy, that align with the subject of each book.
Isabel is a proud mum of two boys, Max and Thomas, bilingual in English and Arabic and perennial French and Italian language student
Tanya HarrisSustainable Procurement Consultant, Unchained Business Services Pty Ltd
Tanya is a senior leader with 17 years in procurement & 13 years embedding sustainability into procurement and broader organisational operations in the private and development sectors. Tanya has represented Australian business at the UNFCCC and the Australian Aid sector throughout the 4 years of negotiation developing Sustainable Procurement ISO 20400:2017. Now supporting organisations to take positive human rights action in supply chains.
Rose HercegChief Strategy Officer , WPP AUNZ
Rose Herceg has built a career as one of Australia’s most respected futurists and social forecasters.
Rose’s first business, Pophouse launched in 1999, became known as Australia’s best regarded company for innovation, social trends and business strategy. In 2007, Rose sold her company to the STW Group.
In March 2015, Rose was appointed as the Chief Strategy Officer for the STW Group, now called WPP AUNZ after its merger with global creative tech powerhouse WPP.
Rose has written three books – her latest ‘The Power Book’ has been translated into several languages and is selling in Europe, Asia & the Middle East and is now launched in the US market.
Rose received the Small Businesswoman of the Year Award from Prime Minister John Howard in 2002.
Catherine HollymanFounder | Leadership Communication Coach & Consultant, Behind The Scenes Communications
For nearly two decades, Catherine Hollyman - Founder of Behind The Scenes Communications - has provided communication coaching and consultancy services to leaders at Fortune 500 organisations; some of Australia’s leading corporates and small-to-medium businesses; as well as entrepreneurs as they launch and scale their start-ups.
She firmly believes that every leader has a powerful contribution to make, a positive legacy to leave behind. But they can’t do it alone. They need to connect with and influence their team, internal and external customers, suppliers, investors and networks to support them on the journey.
It’s for this reason that Catherine is on a mission to equip existing and emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and confidence to communicate in a way that connects more meaningfully with their stakeholders, opens the doors to influence, and sets the stage to maximise their impact and realise their full potential as a leader.
Jennifer JarrardDirector, Corporate Member Operations , World Commerce & Contracting
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.
Melanie JoyceHead of Sustainability & GovernanceWestpac
Chontelle KellyCategory Manager, Diageo
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.
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.
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, 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 Manager, Lockheed Martin
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. 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.
Shamli PrakashCountry Head – India, Zenon AI & Analytics
Shamli is a seasoned business leader with 17 years of experience in consulting, with a strong focus on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics driven strategy and implementation. She has worked in the US, Europe and Asia, and has advised some of the world's largest companies across multiple industries, including financial services, healthcare, private equity, telecom, technology and manufacturing.
Shamli is currently working as Country Head – India at Zenon. Zenon is a boutique consulting firm that combines advanced machine learning, automation and practical industry experience to build and activate real-world, AI-rich, high-impact solutions.
Over the course of her career, Shamli has worked extensively in the Procurement and Supply Chain space, having served 50+ customers across the globe, including several in the Australia region. She has worked on multiple pioneering products that brought advanced data analytics capabilities into the procurement domain. She also heads Zenon’s procurement analytics business globally and has been spearheading the development of Zenon’s suite of procurement products called SpendGenius that dramatically accelerate savings identification through the use of embedded automation and AI technologies.
Outside of her work, Shamli is actively involved in the Indian start-up ecosystem mentoring multiple entrepreneurs. She is an alumnus of Delhi University and has completed her MBA from IIM Calcutta.
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 Specialist, 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.