The Procurement Summit – Free Event in Manchester for Practitioners

As the conference season rushes headlong towards Christmas and the winter break for speakers, organisers and delegates alike, we have a couple more events to highlight this week.

The Procurement Summit is brought to you by the lovely people who run eWorld, but this event is in Manchester, perhaps the most dynamic, exciting and happening city in Britain. It is being held at the Midland Hotel on the 15th November.

The format is not dissimilar to the London version, with free tickets for procurement professionals and a strong conference agenda – a mix of tech companies (well-briefed generally that they are not there to give a sales pitch) and then some genuinely exciting and interesting keynotes.

Opening the show we have Remko Van Hoek, whose most recent role was as CPO of Walt Disney, which sounds interesting in its own right. I remember him doing the keynote at eWorld a few years back and it was truly one of the very best speeches I have heard from a procurement person – his cv spans practitioner roles, academia and consulting, which gives him a great perspective to talk about the important issues facing procurement. I don’t want to get him nervous by raising expectations, but I’m very much looking forward to hearing Van Hoek again.

Christopher Barratt will be well known to eWorld regulars. I have known him for some years and he is another excellent speaker – but he very much focuses on behavioural issues rather than “hard” procurement content. Even though his background in sales and procurement was very much line management, he has focused in recent years on becoming a real expert in that field of behavioural training, coaching and speaking on the topic, and his sessions are never dull and always useful.

Christine Bell is another I’m looking forward to meeting – she is an experienced facilitator and her session is described like this- “Effective Change Management is key to projects that will alter the way people work. Many projects suffer when the human side of change is not adequately addressed. Come along to share experiences of change initiatives and discuss practical steps that can be taken within your project to successfully engage people”.

Find out more and register from the website here. See you in Manchester!

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