Procurement Pub Debate – Line-up Finalised for Next Tuesday’s Event

We've now got the full line up for next week's Procurement Pub debate, to be held at the Red Lion Pub, Whitehall, London, on April 28th at 5.30 pm. The motion being debated is this.

This (Public) House Believes that the Result of the General Election Will Have No Impact on Public Sector Procurement".

Proposing the motion will be Mr David Smith, CB, FCIPS, ex Commercial Director of the DWP, CIPS Past President and a man who saw more Ministers come and go in his time in government than a ... oh, insert your own scurrilous or witty simile here!

Mr Lee Tribe, FCIPS, Procurement Director of the Metropolitan Police, will oppose the motion. He is one of the most influential voices in police procurement and beyond , not simply because he is bigger than all the other CPOs, but through his keen intelligence and rapier wit.

Mr Nigel Clifford, CEO of Procserve, an organisation that emerged from government into the private sector, will also speak. Clifford is about to take up a new and key role back on the inside of government as CEO of Ordnance Survey.

And last but certainly not least, CTM Managing Director Ms Jackie Lacey brings more than 25 years’ experience in the corporate travel sector, and will bring the private sector supplier to government perspective to this argument.

It's going to be a lively, past-paced evening with speakers limited to seven minutes each, questions from the floor (the audience) encouraged to be as challenging as possible, and a vote at the end of it. No doubt the result will be reported in all the national press of course ...

We fully expect it to be fun too, with free food and drink courtesy of Procserve, and a chance to network with your procurement colleagues – whilst the topic is public procurement focused , if you are in the private sector but interested in these issues (or just fancy meeting us and having a drink or two), don't hesitate to come along.  We're also pleased to say that Jason Busch, founder of Spend Matters and the world's leading expert on procurement technology, is over from the US and will be at the event, so if you want to say "hi" to him, why don't you come along?

You do need to book, and capacity is limited, so don't delay, do that here today!

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