Are Suppliers Ripping Off The Taxpayer? Pub Debate Next Week

Our speaker line-up is complete for our Pub Debate, supported by Basware, on March 28th, 5.30 to 7pm in our private room at the Clarence Pub on Whitehall in London.

In classic debating style, the motion to be considered is;

“This House believes that major suppliers are still ripping off the government and the taxpayer”.

Chairing the debate, keeping the House in order and adding her own insight to the proceedings is Caroline Cake. Caroline is a Cambridge trained engineer and Harvard MBA, who worked for ICI and McKinsey before co-founding consulting firm 2020 Delivery, who have worked extensively in the public sector over the last six years, helping may NHS organisations in particular become more effective, efficient and successful.

Proposing the motion is Allan Watton. He runs Best Practice Group plc and has worked in Service Commissioning, Business Process Outsourcing and Technology fields for nearly 30 years. He is regarded as one of the UK’s foremost authorities on strategic service provider relationships – why they go wrong and how to put them right.

Opposing the motion is Paul Clayton. Paul co-founded public sector-focused software firm Procserve, bought in 2015 by Basware, and is an entrepreneur and senior IT executive who has worked around the public sector for many years. He’s a recognised thought leader in the industry, and always an interesting and often provoking speaker!

Supporting the motion is Peter Smith. Managing Editor of Spend Matters Europe, published author, ex-Procurement Director and CIPS Past President, Peter has worked extensively in the public and private sectors as executive, consultant, trainer, non-executive director, agent provocateur …

Also opposing and closing the argument is Martin Webb. Martin worked for BA and was then Procurement Director for Orange and T-Mobile. A CIPS Fellow and ex Trustee, he has recently been delivering training and education programmes to civil servants in both the commercial area and the wider stakeholder base.

Each will speak for no more than seven minutes, then we will have questions from the floor, and finally the all-important vote. We can’t promise the result will make the front pages of the newspapers, (as some past Oxbridge debates did) but we can promise an evening of stimulating debate, a bit of humour perhaps, and some practical ideas too on how to manage suppliers. Food and drink provided too.

We look forward to seeing you on the 28th; please register (free of charge) here.

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