CPO Event - October 2018 9th October, 2018
Celtic Manor Resort

Top Speakers

Adrian Bower
Adrian Bower Global CPO - GVC
Julie Brettell
Julie Brettell CPO - Thales Group UK
Simon Leigh
Simon Leigh Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director - Whitbread PLC
Paul Harlington
Paul Harlington Group Procurement Director - TUI Group

Event Description

Join CPO's from all across the UK!

The CPO Event brings together procurement leaders from across the public, large enterprises & mid-market sectors.
 The Procurement event will provide you with a strategic and practical toolkit to help drive transformation including:

•         A full day of leading CPO’s discussing the latest industry trends
•         Workshops, panel discussions & Round table sessions led by visionaries within procurement
•         First-hand case studies on the challenges facing procurement
•         Fantastic networking opportunities with peers throughout the day
The Agenda will focus on Key trends such as:

Procurement transformation, IoT, data analytics in supplier management,  stakeholder engagement, risk management, how tech is shaping procurement, energy procurement, contract management, mobility in procurement, e-invoicing and procure-to-pay, talent management & retention, driving procurement & finance excellence.

5 Key reasons to attend:

1.       The leading decision makers under one roof at one time
2.       Be part of the discussions that are shaping the future of procurement
3.       Have a platform to announce new developments to the people that matter
4.       Network and develop contacts that will strengthen your business
5.       Position your company as a genuine market leader


The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company



River Island Clothing

River Island Clothing

TUI Group

TUI Group

Tesco Bank

Tesco Bank

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08:00 - 08:45
08:45 - 09:30


For many enterprises, the number one procurement performance metric is still cost savings. And without a doubt, it will remain key. But far too many procurement teams give themselves short shrift on a wider range of meaningful metrics and thereby fail to demonstrate their true impact on the enterprise. Hear the best way to measure and report procurement savings and learn what changes procurement teams must make in the savings reporting methodology to reflect their true performance and contribution to their company’s bottom line.


Siobhan Linard
Siobhan Linard Procurement Director - GSK
John Farley
John Farley Chief Procurement Officer - Engie
Adrian Bower
Adrian Bower Global CPO - GVC
Simon Leigh
Simon Leigh Group Procurement & Supply Chain Director - Whitbread PLC
Malcolm Dare
Malcolm Dare UK Chief Procurement Officer - Thales
09:30 - 10:10

Sustainable Payments : Strategy and Innovation

The trade-off between suppliers’ payments terms and working capital is an important cash-management and business decision which must be aligned with the new regulation (UK Duty to report).  In the light of the new regulations, a business’ optimal payment strategy should also take in consideration the reputational and disclosure aspects of their payment terms. Hear how these considerations can be optimally balanced and how excellence in supply chain finance can be achieved.

Simon Gilson-Fox
Guest Speaker: Simon Gilson-Fox , Vice President, Global Product Management - Global Commercial Services. American Express
Words from our attendees
  • Having been a salesperson for over 20 years I have been to many networking events over the years and I have to say, this has got to be one of the best! It was well managed from the outset but the calibre of attendees was far superior and the timings of all meetings were kept. I would definitely recommend this event to anyone who is serious about networking and lead generation. Looking forward to the next one!

    - Greta Read - Business Development, Pickfords
  • A very informative and insightful day. Would highly recommend this event to any progressive procurement professional/organisation

    - David Golding - Head of Procurement, JLL
  • This was our first experience with Global Business Events and first impressions are important. I was impressed by the level of seniority at the event. The venue worked well, the size of the event was good for networking and the 1−2−1 business
    meetings were strong. Well done and I look forward to the next event’.

    - Rob Simms - Sales Director, BOX
  • Congratulations on a superb event! A well worked agenda with relevant content and an invaluable opportunity to meet with a senior audience in an environment as stunning and inspiring as the Celtic Manor.Throughout my esteemed career I have attended more events than I care to recall, but this one really stands for me as being amongst the best! I would like to thank the team at GBE for their diligence and commitment to creating a outstanding event from start to finish. Thanks

    - Shane Stowells - Sales Director, Tangoe

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Blog articles associated with this event:

From Hype to Reality with Digital Procurement CPO 06
From Hype to Reality with Digital Procurement Vitold Horodecki - Americas Chief Procurement Officer, Capgemini
Risk Management CPO 31
Risk Management Ed Cross - Executive Director, Odesma
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