Northern Ireland Procurement Conference

Thursday 4th March 2021 • Online Conference

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Procurement is an important element of the Northern Ireland economy. Northern Ireland central and local government spends approximately £3 billion per year on procurement, of which £2.7 billion is spent by government departments and their arm’s length bodies. Many of Northern Ireland’s private sector organisations also spend significant amounts in the local economy. The opportunities and challenges facing procurement must be considered in the future outlook.

The current Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the local economy and wider society. As we approach the end of the transition year, from January 2021 the UK will have left the EU. Procurement practitioners need to keep up to date with these latest developments and their implications for procurement in your organisation.

agendaNi magazine’s annual procurement conference will examine what effective public procurement means for organisations in Northern Ireland. The conference will have a genuine, in-depth understanding of the key issues via a high-level panel of local and visiting speakers.

location

Location

Online

location

Time

From 09:00
Thursday 4th March 2021

Discussion topics for 2021 include:

  • The changing legal framework for public procurement;
  • What will Covid-19 mean for procurement;
  • The impact of Brexit for Northern Ireland organisations in terms of procurement;
  • Local government procurement;
  • Digital procurement;
  • Procurement as a strategic and innovative function;
  • Procurement across the health sector during Covid-19;
  • Engaging the utility supply chain;
  • Creating social value in procurement;
  • Best practice in procurement: case studies from outside Northern Ireland.

Who should attend?

The Northern Ireland Procurement Conference, alongside hearing expert speakers and taking part in in-depth Q&A sessions, presents the opportunity to network virtually with those involved in procurement throughout Northern Ireland. Procurement professionals and those working in other advisory roles from organisations across the public, private and voluntary/community sectors will be at the conference, including:

  • Chief Executives / Executive Directors
  • Board members / Non-Executive Directors
  • Purchasing officers / managers
  • Compliance officers / managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Legal and financial advisors
  • Other procurement professionals

Confirmed

Speakers

Sharon Smyth

Director of Supplies and Services
Construction and Procurement Delivery

Riccardo Drentin

Partner
McKinsey & Company

Colin Jess

Director
Social Enterprise NI

Livia McHauser

Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

Paul Quinn

CEO
Office of Government Procurement Ireland

Julie Welsh

Chief Executive
Scotland Excel

Tomas Wilkinson

Audit Director
Northern Ireland Audit Office

Peter Wilson

Assistant Director
Business Services Organisation

Ronan Larkin

Finance & Regulation Director
NI Water

On the day

Event Programme

09.00

David Whelan
Deputy Editor
agendaNi

Chair’s welcome and introduction

Sharon Smyth
Director of Supplies and Services
Construction and Procurement Delivery

Public procurement in Northern Ireland

Riccardo Drentin
Partner
McKinsey & Company
&
Livia McHauser
Engagement Manager
McKinsey & Company

Long tail, big savings: Digital unlocks hidden value in procurement

Peter Wilson
Interim Director of Operations
Business Services Organisation

Necessity is the Mother of Invention; The Pandemic and it’s Legacy for Supply Chains

Paul Quinn
CEO
Office of Government Procurement Ireland

Procurement in Ireland: Challenges and opportunities

Questions & answers / panel discussion

10.45

Comfort break

11.15

Julie Welsh
Chief Executive
Scotland Excel

Local government and procurement in Scotland

Tomas Wilkinson
Audit Director
Northern Ireland Audit Office

Major Capital Projects in Northern Ireland

Colin Jess
Director
Social Enterprise NI

Social value in procurement

Ronan Larkin
Finance & Regulation Director
NI Water

Efficient procurement for utilities

Questions & answers / panel discussion

13.00

Chair’s summary and conference close

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a limited number of available sponsorship opportunities at this conference which will be of interest to companies and organisations with products or services they wish to promote. For further information on sponsorship and speaking opportunities and how your organisation can benefit, contact Fiona McCarthy on 028 9261 9933 or email Fiona.mccarthy@agendani.com.

Conference format

The Northern Ireland Procurement Conference 2021 will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference.

This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will present with slides and video
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • IT support for delegates throughout the event
  • Access to speaker presentations after the conference

Northern Ireland Procurement Conference

Registration

Delegate rate

£ 175
+ VAT @ 20% =£210

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Public sector and Local Government delegate fee

£ 145
+ VAT @ 20% =£174

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