Special Procurement Debate:


How do we promote engagement while maintaining a fair process?

Identifying ways to help each other that are beneficial to all parties – suppliers, buyers – and their customers.

In line with the conference theme, Winning your Audience – the DNA of Engagement and continuing the discussion we held at our House of Commons event earlier this year, we have arranged a full conference debate to explore how suppliers and buyers can better understand each other’s perspectives with topics including:

  • How do we promote engagement while maintaining a fair process?
  • How would improved engagement between buyers and suppliers at an early stage minimise the likelihood of lengthy, delayed or failed procurements?
  • In what other ways might we improve the procurement process from both a buyer and supplier perspective?

Your own ideas on how to reach a closer and mutually beneficial buyer and supplier relationship will be welcomed in moving us towards better outcomes achieved jointly, not adversarially.

The distinguished and knowledgeable panel who will be on stage to discuss these topics are:

  • Jason Waterman FCIPS - Deputy Director, Disputes & Policy Implementation
    Crown Commercial Service (CCS)
    The CCS is currently consulting on simplified ITT documentation
  • Andrew Coulcher - Group Customer Solutions Director
    Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS)
    CIPS and APMP UK recently met to discuss common procurement themes   
  • Emily Heard – Partner
    Bevan Brittan LLP
    Advises on points of law in connection with procurements
  • Paul Woodhams – Work Winning Director
    Balfour Beatty Construction
    Responsible for Balfour Beatty’s contract pipeline through successful bids
  • Nadine B. Hack – Keynote speaker & panellist in this discussion

Nadine has an international track record in persuading widely divergent stakeholders, including heads of state, Fortune 500 company executives and other leaders and organisations in working together to solve their problems – predominantly through clarifying their goals and tackling the obstacles to achieving them.

Nadine B. Hack