Steve Simpson 

Great corporate cultures enable strategic goals to be achieved and fuel employee engagement. Great corporate cultures create a measurable point of difference in terms of individual and organisational performance. Importantly, great corporate cultures can’t be copied.

But they don’t just happen by chance.

Steve has been invited to speak at conferences around the world for his truly unique insights into workplace cultures and how to unleash the potential that lies within.

Whether it’s creating a culture to deliver great service, helping leaders understand their role in shaping the culture, helping teams perform better, equipping people to revel in change initiatives, or getting people to take safety seriously, Steve reveals how his concept of UGRs – unwritten ground rules – can be used to effect lasting, positive change.

In addition to his conference presentations, he has worked in-house with a range of organisations on different continents over extended period of time. He knows the pitfalls, traps, objections and issues that emerge when people are challenged to re-think the ‘way we do things around here’.

Steve has a Masters Degree from the University of Alberta, and The National Speakers Association of Australia recognised Steve’s achievements by awarding him the prestigious 2015 Australian Educator of the Year Award.

Steve connects with people.

His down-to-earth and humorous approach has enthralled many who have retained him for multiple appearances.

He was an invited member of an international research team studying Standards of World Class Customer Care, organised through the US based Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals.

He is a Past Chapter President of the Australian Customer Service Association, has been an evaluator in the Australian Customer Service Awards and was recently a judge in the Australian Customer Service Council Awards. He was the Customer Service Consultant to the 8th World Swimming Championships.

Dr. Andrew Jacopino, Assistant Secretary Supplier Analysis and Engagement / Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group / Department of Defence

Dr. Andrew Jacopino, or “Jacko” as he is known, is the Assistant Secretary Supplier Analysis and Engagement for the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group within the Department of Defence. In this role he is responsible for establishing and leading a newly formed branch whose function is to enable CASG to make better business decisions by delivering timely and accurate supplier information, insight and management.


Ruth Abrams, Group Manager, Supply, Evolution Mining

Ruth is a committed and innovative procurement professional, with a progressive career forged over 26 years, within the mining, metals and manufacturing sectors. During her career she has successfully developed empowered teams, who are valued by the organisations they work within and deliver sustainable outcomes. 

Ruth has proven, that, effectively managing perception, expectations and the way we message, is the key to unleashing the creative and collective energy, both from within the organisations we work for and externally.

Ruth is passionate about the procurement and supply chain profession and the enormous influence and impact that individuals have on the companies they work for and the organisations they interact with – whether they realise it or not. 

Adeel Ahmed, Head of Operation and Logistics, Alfred Health

Adeel Ahmed is the Head of Operations -Supply Chain & Procurement at Alfred Health in Melbourne, Australia; one of Australia’s major acute hospitals and a world leader in Emergency and Trauma medicine. Mr. Ahmed qualified as an Electronics Engineer with a Masters Qualification in Telecommunications Engineering and also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA). Adeel is also very passionate about the value Procurement generates within a business and subsequently completed an Advanced Diploma Qualification through the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) UK.

For the last 15 years, Adeel has operated in the Supply Chain arena, gaining experience in a broad range of industries including Retail, 3PL, FMCG, Automotive and Healthcare. Prior to Alfred Health, his previous position at Toyota Boshoku Australia gave him exposure to world class systems based on the famous Toyota Production Systems (TPS).

A major Procurement Reform Project at Alfred Health has been Adeel’s main focus for the past two years, where he has assisted Alfred Health on its journey in transitioning from a tactical procurement model to a strategic one. This allows Alfred Health to maximize real value; going directly back into patient care. “Patients are the reason we are here” Alfred Health.

Lea Maguero, Procurement Team Leader, Redarc Electronics

Lea has been fortunate to have worked in Procurement and Supply Chain across Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific for companies including Airbus and Schneider Electric. She is currently leading the development of a Procurement Strategy at Redarc Electronics – a Telstra Australian Business of the Year Award winner and a Westpac Top 20 “Businesses of Tomorrow”.

As someone who is passionate about helping environmentally sustainable business practices ‘make sense’, she strives to bring the Procurement function to the forefront of decision making.

When not chasing supplier audits or tweaking a cost-model, you’ll find her hanging upside-down at the rock-climbing gym or drinking coffee in the sun.

Alan McDonnell – Head of Operational Services Procurement at Auckland Council

A very experienced procurement management professional, with over 30 years Procurement experience.  10+ years in Procurement for Ford Motor Company in the UK before moving the New Zealand.  18 Years’ experience in private sector in NZ with number of large corporates including, Downer, Air New Zealand, Fonterra and for the last 2 years move into Public Sector procurement with Auckland Council.  Proven track record in maximising negotiation outcomes, consistently delivering sustainable cost reduction objectives and implementing innovative solutions. Developed and implemented global strategies whilst always maintaining excellent relationships with both suppliers and internal stakeholders.

Nick Peksa, Opportunities Director, Mintec (UK)

Nick Peksa is Mintec’s Opportunities Director and has been with Mintec for 20 years. The son of the founder Vlad, Nick works collaboratively with the commercial teams of global retailers and FMCG companies specialising in food and food-related markets, with an aim to create innovative solutions to enable data to be consumed, understood and converted into action.

 Nick is an Executive Director who searches for:

  • Strategic partnerships
  • Innovative ideas
  • Interesting research

Nick has just started an EMBA at the Warwick Business School (UK) in September 2017. He is a committed supporter of Regain: an organisation dedicated to improving the independence of all British men and women who have become tetraplegic as a result of competitive sports accidents. He will be running the London Marathon in 2018 on their behalf.

Christine Petersen, Managing Director, Time Technology

Christine Petersen, an authority on productivity and time management, is the founder and Managing Director of Time Technology. With a successful career in both learning and development and the corporate world, Christine has been at the forefront of helping individuals and teams in various organisations meet the demands of a constantly changing business environment.

Christine developed her intellectual property, TimeSmart – Productivity through Technology, in response to a growing demand by business leaders for practical ways to achieve better control of work, maximise the use of technology and enjoy improved work: life balance. Since establishing Time Technology in Hong Kong in 2002, Christine and her team of accredited facilitators have helped over 18,500 busy executives in Asia to raise their productivity. Leading international organisations including BlackRock, BMT Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse, Coutts, DFS, GHC Asia, Mayer Brown JSM, MGB Metro, Securities and Futures Commission, Walt Disney and many more have successfully undertaken Time Technology programs.

In Hong Kong Christine has been a very active member in the business community – she has held the position of Vice Chair AustCham Technology Committee, Chair BritCham IT Education Committee, Board Member Community Business Leadership Team (CBLT) and is a regular speaker at the various Chambers and Management events.

Christine commenced her career in the construction and building industry in Australia where she broke the glass ceiling for women in manufacturing by becoming the first woman to be appointed to the National Manufacturers Council in Canberra. For over 15 years, Christine held various senior management positions in sales and marketing and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. It was during this time that she gained first-hand experience as to how productivity impacts the company’s bottom line profitability.

Christine has spent her lifetime empowering corporate executives to work smarter and faster and is a much sought after public speaker on this topic.

Time Technology launched in Brisbane in 2015; Christine is looking forward to working with the Australian business community in sharing the TimeSmart programs and her extensive Asian experiences.

Robert Pease, Procurement, SRM and Organisational Performance Consultant

Robert is a procurement thought leader, coach and organisational consultant who is passionate about helping organisations to gain much more value from their network of supplier, customer and partner relationships.

He combines global experience in senior level procurement leadership and sales roles with expertise in coaching, capability development and organisational dynamics across corporate, government and consulting sectors.

Robert has held senior procurement role with Cadbury Schweppes and consulted to corporate and government sector organisations including: ANZ Bank, BHP Billiton, Coles, NAB, NSW Government, Origin Energy, Qantas, Telstra, and Virgin Airlines.

Robert has a Master’s Degree in Engineering and is completing the final year of a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Management and Organisational Dynamics.

Toni Jackson, Director of APAC, SAP Fieldglass

Toni Jackson is the Director of SAP Fieldglass, APAC. As Director, Toni is focused on educating and partnering with customers and Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to build strategic best-in-class contractor and services procurement solutions.

Under Toni’s leadership, the APAC team has grown to more than 50 employees who collaborate with a large, in-region customer base that includes Rio Tinto, Telstra, Federal and State government agencies and many others from the Banking, Finance, Resourcing, Manufacturing and Outsourcing sectors.

Prior to SAP Fieldglass, Toni held a number of management roles across EMEA and APAC and brings over 25 years of experience in the recruitment industry.

Paul Vincent, VP and Global Lead: Talent Supply Chain Strategy & Contingent Workforce Solutions

Paul has a dual role.  He is the global lead for KellyOCG’s overall Talent Supply Chain Strategy and he also leads their Centre of Excellence for Contingent Workforce Solutions, which essentially means any type of expertise that organisations require ‘on-demand’. 

Paul joined KellyOCG in November 2015 from Insight Sourcing Solutions, a company he founded in 2009 to advise organisations in the effective buying and selling of business services. Besides supporting clients directly his expertise was also used by a number of other consultancies/training providers to enhance their own offerings. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and Black Belt trained in Lean Six Sigma.

Prior to establishing Insight Sourcing Solutions, Paul spent 24 successful years working for BT Group plc., one of the world’s leading communications services companies where he held a series of senior executive procurement and commercial positions in addition to leading transformational change programs for the sales, customer satisfaction and product management teams. He has cumulatively been responsible for c£1.5bn of external spend and managed categories ranging from HR and recruitment services to management consultancy and other related professional services to travel and mobile services to facilities management (insource/outsource) to telecoms network infrastructure to IT/software and to consumer equipment for onward resale.

He lives and works out of Maldon, Essex in the UK.

René Kling, FCIPS AFAIM, General Manager, Supply Chain Management Education Australia

René Kling has an extensive procurement industry background, including at senior management and Senior Consultant levels. He is a CIPSA Fellow, and holds five Masters degrees. His organisation, SCMEA, has been a CIPS Approved Study Centre for 10 years this year. For the past 16 years, René has provided training and consulting services to a range of public and private organisations, in almost every State of Australia.  Clients have included the Department of Defence, Queensland, NSW, WA and Victoria governments, a number of Universities and many private sector organisations. He recently assisted TasWater in restructuring their Procurement function and processes.

René is currently lecturing at The University of Tasmania in a range of post-graduate subjects, and has also lectured for eight years on a sessional basis for Central Queensland University.  René has written two chapters in a procurement textbook, and has been published as a co-author in a well-respected peer-reviewed international Journal (The Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management). René has spoken at academic conferences throughout Australia and overseas, including Amsterdam, Bath, Maastricht and Naples.

Scott Alden, Partner, Holding Redlich

Scott advises private and public sector clients on large scale strategic infrastructure and development projects.  He acts for developers, owners, contractors and bidders in relation to all aspects of a project including construction, demolition, procurement and probity. Scott has specific expertise in infrastructure and development projects, general contractual and legislative advice and the tendering process (at all levels of government), government and private sector capital and services procurement and infrastructure contracts and performance.

Rob O’Byrne, Founder and CEO, The Logistics Bureau Group of Companies. 

Rob has a passion for helping organisations and their staff improve Supply Chain, Logistics and Personal performance.  He has worked in the sector for over 40 years.  The first 20 years in management roles within the industry and the second 20 years consulting and training.

Rob who lives between Sydney and Bangkok was born in Jersey in the UK, was educated at Cranfield University in the UK and moved to Australia in 1993. He became a proud Australian citizen in 1997. (And Yes, he cheers for Australia at the Cricket). He is married with four grown up children.

He established Logistics Bureau Consultants in 1997, and the business celebrates its 20th Birthday this year.  In that time, Rob has enjoyed overseeing more than 1,600 client projects across 23 countries within a broad range of industries.

His greatest satisfaction is in assisting customers improve their business and operational performance and over the years Rob has personally led projects that have delivered $ Billions in bottom line savings and improved customer service levels. Rob’s clients include many Australian top 200 companies.

Rob has been working, teaching and consulting in the field of Logistics and Supply Chain since he was 17!

The Logistics Bureau Group continues to grow, primarily in the area of Supply Chain and Logistics.  As of mid-2017 the group comprised the following brands spread across Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Auckland and the Philippines.

Logistics Bureau (Management Consultants)  www.LogisticsBureau.com

Dawson Consulting (Management Consultants) http://www.dawsonconsulting.com.au/

Benchmarking Success (Performance Improvement) www.BenchmarkingSuccess.com

Supply Chain Leaders Academy (Education)  http://www.supplychainleadersacademy.com.au/

Supply Chain Leaders Insights (Education) http://www.supplychainleadersinsights.com.au/

Virtual Done Well (Admin Outsourcing – Social Enterprise) www.VirtualDoneWell.com

Along the way, Rob has gathered some interesting experiences, such as a Masters Degree in Logistics from Cranfield, a stint as a Nuclear Rocket Engineer and membership of Mensa (the high IQ society).

To add to his ‘bucket list’, he has also published a series of books on Supply Chain.

 When not helping clients and building and growing businesses, Rob ‘relaxs’ by undertaking 800 km hikes….with his phone turned off.

Email: robyrne@logisticsbureau.com

Mobile: +61 417 417 307

Fabian Courtaux, Co-Founder, Lead Negotiator, Mediator, Facilitator, Coach, The Trusted Negotiator

Fabian is the Co-Founder of Trusted Negotiator, leading a team with over 200 years of combined experience in high stakes negotiations. Our purpose is to take you on a journey to become confident and fully equipped to deliver tangible business value, enhance trust in your stakeholder relationships and position your reputation as a Trusted Negotiator.

Fabian is a highly commercially astute consultant, coach, facilitator and business adviser with over 20 years’ experience in high stakes negotiations and deal making, across 5 continents and in 4 languages. His key proficiency is in leading negotiations in complex and high-value negotiations.

Fabian has consulted to and trained hundreds of business leaders in Government, SME and corporate environments, including Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” and Inc. 500 companies. Fabian’s clients are in industries ranging from IT, Engineering, Mining, Oil & Gas, Maritime Infrastructure, Financial Services, Manufacturing, to the Government sector, such as the Australian Department of Defense (DMO) and Aerospace.

Immediately prior to arriving in Australia in 2010, Fabian was in charge of DCNS activities in Latin America, where his responsibilities included sourcing, initiating, negotiating and closing major government-to-government deals ranging from €10mil to €1bil in value.

Fabian is the Founding Member and President of Negotiators Without Borders, a global initiative aimed at reducing social inequality and promoting peace. His passion is helping leaders grow, make conscious strategic decisions and build valuable deals with their key stakeholders. He lives in Melbourne, is an avid kite surfer, food connoisseur, world traveler and a dedicated dad of two boys.

Dr Sara Cullen, Managing Director, The Cullen Group, Fellow, The University of Melbourne

Dr. Sara Cullen is a global authority on contract management, having helped over 140 organisations, in both the commercial and government sectors, spanning 51 countries, representing contract values worth over $17 billion.  She has also published over 130 books, papers and articles and has been featured at over 300 conferences.

Sara is the founder and Managing Director of the Cullen Group, a boutique firm specialising in creating high-performance contracts and commercial relationships between buyers and sellers.  She is also a lecturer and Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University and Research Associate at the London School of Economics and Political Science.  Previously, she was a National Partner at Deloitte in the consulting practice and the firm’s global thought-leader on outsourcing. 

She has taught over 4600 professionals representing 700 organisations worldwide, in addition to teaching and presenting at universities around the world.

Sara has a PhD in contracts, a Master of Management (Technology), and a BSc in Accounting.  She is also a Certified Mediator and Chartered Accountant (US).

Based in Melbourne, but regularly other capital cities, NZ, Asia, North America or Europe developing, gathering, and disseminating best practice, Sara is best reached through LinkedIn or by email at scullen@cullengroup.com.au.

Matt Perfect is a self-proclaimed procurement disruptor!

With over a decade of experience working as a procurement practitioner and a management consultant, Matt has practical first-hand experience of the daily challenges faced by procurement professionals coupled with a deep understanding of the nuances of leadership and organisational dynamics.

Matt’s practitioner experience includes senior procurement roles with National Australia Bank and Toll Group, both of which involved leading cross-functional sourcing, category management and supplier development initiatives across diverse stakeholder groups. As a Principal Consultant and Head of Roundtables at The Faculty, Matt and his team were responsible for delivering Australia’s largest and most highly regarded leadership development program for Chief Procurement Officers and developing procurement leaders. Matt has also authored research for both The Faculty and CIPS and is a regular contributor to Procurement and Supply Australasia.

Dr Cyril Jankoff, The Risk Doctor, Member of the IACCM Advisory Council

Cyril travels Australia and Asia speaking and consulting in the area of commercial acumen for contract professionals. He is on the Advisory Committee of the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM). Cyril wrote a comprehensive book for contracting professionals “Manage Your Contracts”, which now is in its 4th edition. Cyril trained in law and accounting and has an MBA and his Doctorate is in the area of business improvement and commercial acumen and is certified as an Expert Level Supplier Relationship Management Professional (“SRME”). Cyril also worked as a forensic accountant and expert witness in the litigation of many commercial contracts, and witnessed how poorly created and managed contracts could have devastating effects on the organisation and its individuals.

Dr Stefan Gassner  PhD (Business), MCIPS, Procurement Practice Lead, Grosvenor Management Consulting

Dr Stefan Gassner leads the Grosvenor procurement practice and works with its clients to transform their procurement function, manage high stakes procurement projects and to improve their supplier management.

Stefan is a lecturer for Strategic Procurement at the University of Technology Sydney. During his PhD Stefan developed a framework to support the decision as to what services should be kept in-house and which ones are best outsourced. Based on a survey of 1,000 German chemical and mechanical engineering businesses, it has been published as a book in Germany. Stefan loves a challenge and clients value his communication skills, stakeholder engagement and evidence-based approach to consulting.

Owen West, Managing Director Asia Pacific, BROWZ

Owen has an extensive procurement background, having been CPO of MIM Holdings, a large global mining group, plus CPO of Powerlink Queensland, the electricity transmission company in Queensland. He has also provided procurement policy and support to major capital projects for Brisbane City Council, the largest local government in Australia.

He was general manager of Mintrade Pty Ltd, an international trading company in mining consumables, and was also general manager of Achilles Information in the UK and Ireland, plus managed the Achilles Information business across Asia Pacific, working out of Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.  

He was a Non-Executive Director of ElectraNet, the electricity transmission company in South Australia, and was on the Board of Footprints for Brisbane Inc, a non-for-profit organisation.

At present, Owen is the Managing Director Asia Pacific, for BROWZ LLC, a fast growing US company providing risk mitigation services through supplier and employee management systems across a wide range of industries

Mark Daniels, Head of Market and Sector Development, Social Traders

Mark is the Head of Market and Sector Development at Social Traders. He has been heavily involved in the development of the Australian social enterprise sector and the emerging field of social procurement. Mark has been involved in social procurement as a buyer, as a seller (via social enterprise), and over the last 6 years as an advocate and enabler for corporate and government social procurement. In the last 12 months Mark has led the development of Social Traders Connect, a service that connects committed buyers with social enterprise supply chains.

Jean-Louis Haie, Managing Director, Planet Procurement

Jean-Louis holds masters degrees in International Sustainable Development and International Trade. He has dedicated his entire career to helping small and large companies and government agencies in their journey towards sustainable procurement and has trained more than 600 procurement, supply chain, CSR and sustainability professionals in this field.

For the past 3 years, Jean-Louis has led the Australian delegation on the ISO20400 project. With extensive procurement experience, he provides sensible and practical guidance and support to procurement and sustainability practitioners.

Marie-Claire Ross, GAICD, FCEOI, Chief Corporate Catalyst & Founder, Trustologie

Now, Marie-Claire Ross is Chief Corporate Catalyst at Trustologie. Marie-Claire helps leaders put the right processes in place to accelerate trust during change and growth. She undertakes workshops, leadership communication coaching and consulting to transform existing organisational trust levels into an asset that increases efficiencies, improves profitability and enhances people performance.

Her seminar is based on seven years of research that she has undertaken, with over 122 interviews with leaders and work with mid-size and large companies.

It is loosely based on a talk she presented recently at SMART Logistics and Supply Chain conference, ongoing work she undertakes with The Executive Council and an article that is being published in LogiSYM for supply chain professionals this month
The content is quite unique and thought-provoking.

Reuven Barukh, CEO, Live Group

Reuven Barukh is the CEO of Live group, one of Australia’s leading payment solutions providers, servicing the taxi and SME markets. Established by Macquarie Bank in 2006 and privatised in 2008, Live Payments restructured as Live group in 2010. Live group services over 9,000 customers across the country, providing payment solutions, a corporate taxi booking platform as well as brokering business lending and insurance. Prior to Live group, Reuven focused on building payment systems, digital products and digital marketing.

Lynn Penny, Group General Manager of Procurement and Premises, Mirvac

Although Lynn’s key area of expertise is in Procurement she also has a strong general management background having been responsible for Corporate Real Estate, Risk, Audit and Operational outsourcing.
Lynn is currently the Group General Manager of Procurement and Premises at Mirvac. In the GGM role Lynn is accountable for Procurement strategy across the group and ensuring Mirvac’s own Premises are maintained with two key focus areas this year:

  1. Refining the Supplier Relationship Management strategy , ensuring Innovation is at the hub
  2. Enhancing Employee Experience – merging IT/HR and Premises to transform the way we work

Prior to Lynn’s role at Mirvac she spent time working with Microsoft in an APAC role responsible for $4b in spend.

Sarah Lees, Procurement Coordinator, Lockyer Valley Regional Council

Member of South East Queensland Procurement Network (SEQPN)
Sarah is a passionate procurement professional with over 20 years’ experience within state and local government and private sectors. During her career, Sarah has worked in global teams with critical path outcomes to developing a team and empowering the skills and knowledge to increase and ensure procurements high status within an organisation.

Sarah’s passion has influenced her skills and knowledge in all areas of procurement, contract development and management, supplier relationship management and engagement through to training and presenting. Sarah believes that every individual has something of value-add to their position that will leave a lasting impact on a company. She continues, through effective communication, to highlight the procurement brand as an effective tool for business integrity.

The South East Queensland Procurement Network (SEQPN), is a collaborative network working together to better procurement within the local government structure by providing an environment to effect strategies and practices essential for the delivery of procurement and to realise opportunities for innovation, competition and social and sustainable procurement.

Judy Davidson MCIPS, Business Partner Procurement, City of Gold Coast

Member of South East Queensland Procurement Network (SEQPN).
With two decades of experience in the public and private sectors Judy has for the last eight years worked in City Procurement at City of Gold Coast where the City’s procurement spend is $750 million per annum. The City has been operating under the Strategic Contracting Procedures (Local Government Regulation 2012) since July 2016, which allows Council to take a strategic approach to its procurement and contracting activities, identifying potential opportunities, while managing adverse risks.

The South East Queensland Procurement Network (SEQPN), is a collaborative network working together to better procurement within the local government structure by providing an environment to effect strategies and practices essential for the delivery of procurement and to realise opportunities for innovation, competition and social and sustainable procurement.

Bill Gaheer, Director of Cloud Solutions ERP/SCM, Oracle

Bill has been advising and delivering on implementations of ERP and SCM related systems across Asia Pacific for the past 15 years. Bill has a passion for new innovative ideas around next generation business process, and has been a long standing advocate of using the power of digital to improve Procurement processes and systems. Bill works with Procurement executives across APAC to embrace DIGITAL DISTRUPTION and has helped many organisations with Digital footprint for both Innovative (ideas management) and back office business processes.

Alan Day Chairman and Founder State of Flux (UK)

Alan Day is chairman and founder of State of Flux, a procurement and supply chain consultancy headquartered in London. He has almost 20 years’ experience of designing and implementing procurement best practice.

Alan started his career at Fisher & Paykel, the leading New Zealand-based manufacturer of domestic appliances, where he ran its global supply chain. He then moved to the UK and joined Accenture, where his clients included British Airways, Shell, Microsoft, BSkyB and Morgan Stanley. While at Accenture, he also served as director of the firm’s supply chain European centre of excellence. Subsequently, Alan became a director of procurement and supply chain at Cable & Wireless, before founding State of Flux in 2004.

Steve Thomaidis, Global Vice President, Value Engineering, Tradeshift



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