Down the Procurement Pub with Alex Kleiner, George Owens and Alynda Segarra

So quite a week with the BravoConnect event in Madrid for me, while Nancy Clinton was at the Coupa and Basware events, along with Sheena Smith from Spend Matters US. Sheena and I then took in a few meetings yesterday. So quite a choice of “social” pics for you, but this one comes from the BravoSolution event evening function, and is suitably blurry ...


The Coventry Building Society has won the 2017 Princess Royal Training Awards for their Supplier Management Training Programme.  The Awards are run by the City and Guilds Group, and is given to organisations who are innovative leaders and forward thinkers in people development.  Last year, just 33 organisations achieved this prestigious recognition.

Before starting the programme, Coventry created a supplier management framework to meet their specific responsibilities to their customers and regulators.  “They created controls, checklists, help guides and ways of working to strengthen the management of third party resilience and supply chain risk across the entire organisation.  The supplier management framework also reflects the Society’s caring corporate values, shown by their commitment to and support of diverse organisations, local businesses, small and medium sized enterprises”.  Well done to them!

We told you here about Alex Kleiner leaving Coupa and this week Sheena and I popped in to see him in his new role as General Manager, EMEA, for Apttus, in his rather spectacular office near the top of what used to be the NatWest Tower in the City of London. Apttus is a software provider whose product is the leader in “quote to cash” capability - helping sales teams manage the bidding and contracting process. So the other side of the table to procurement “contract management lifecycle” products, if you like. But the firm does have clients who use the product on the buy side too, so that might give us the excuse to keep in touch with Alex anyway, which is good news …


Well done to Manchester Airport Group and George Owens, who was their Procurement Director until very recently (he has taken on another top role in MAG now). The organisation scooped both the Best Process Improvement and the overall award at the inaugural CIPS / ProcureCon Supply Management  Awards Europe in Berlin this week, and George was named “Professional of the Year”. I’ve known him for around 15 years and worked with him several times and he is one of the few top procurement people I know who has genuinely delivered “procurement transformation” in several different organisations. We’re going to try and extract the secrets of his success out of him soon!


My traveling this week meant I could not go and see the excellent Hurray for the Riff Raff at Koko this week, but I could give the tickets to Sheena and her husband, who are huge music fans too. We have raved about their recent album The Navigator before, and The Times gave the gig a rare five-star review, saying it was “one of most uplifting concerts this critic has seen in years”. Here is the wonderful Alynda Segarra and her band at the XPoNential Festival in July this year.

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