David Smith – hear him speak about “a Lifetime in Procurement”

David Smith

David Smith

David Smith, last year’s Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS ) President, and Commercial Director at the Department of Work and Pensions, is speaking this week on Thursday 22nd at the CIPS Surrey Branch. Its being held at the Holiday Inn, Shepperton, with a  6.30pm kick-off, finish around 8pm, and is free of charge for everyone.

Many of you will know what an excellent speaker he is, and his topic is “A Lifetime in Procurement”.  I don’t think the branch knew when they asked him to speak that he was going to announce his retirement in October, so it is given additional relevance by that decision.

But that’s not all!

David has asked me to “help” him with the evening, so whilst he is very much the main attraction, I will be assisting in some small way. Look on me as Wise to his Morecambe, Cannon to his Ball, Debbie McGee to his Paul Daniels... OK, maybe not that one.

And we’re planning something a little unusual. It won’t just be two people called Smith talking at you, although David will cover not just his career, but also his musical exploits! (Spoiler alert - there won't be singing however).

Now we can’t guarantee it will be an hour of unparalleled delight, but it shouldn’t be boring, put it like that, particularly as we’re not exactly going to be over-rehearsed...  Anyway, there are still a few places left, so you can book them here, and we hope to see lots of you in Shepperton on Thursday.

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  1. David Atkinson:

    What difference does it make Guitar Man? I wonder if what these particular Smiths have to say is all a Miserable Lie or whether said Smiths are going Nowhere Fast or maybe There is a procurement light that never goes out?

    I hope one of them asks the audience to “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before” before someone shouts out “Bigmouth Strikes Again!” Perhaps the speakers will ‘Paint a Vulgar Picture’ that will encourage an attendee to declare “This night has opened my eyes”.

    I’m sure that the evening won’t be ‘Rank’ and that the usual procurement complaints that ‘The World Won’t Listen’ will be mercifully silent.

    I’m looking forward to the write-up from Peter declaring ‘Last Night I dreamt That Somebody Loved Me’…..(cont. p.94)

  2. The Guitar Man:

    Let’s hope this gig by The Smiths does not have the audience muttering ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now!’ Sure that won’t be the case!!

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