Speakers from 2014

Daniel Ball, Wax Digital – Platinum Sponsor 

Daniel-Ball-Wax-Digital180pxDaniel started his working life as an adman, producing copy and concepts for advertising agencies across the northwest of England after graduating in English from Reading University in 1992. Spotting the early potential of the computer as a means for marketing and communication, Daniel helped introduce the practice of digital marketing to clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Brother and Electronic Arts.

In 2001 Daniel cemented his move into software full-time, co-founding the on-demand spend management specialist Wax Digital. At a time when the internet was still very much in its infancy as a commercial tool, the company focused on using this new medium to help buyers and suppliers collaborate more effectively.

Wax Digital has since grown to become one of the leading spend management providers in Europe, streamlining purchasing processes for global organisations with the most intuitive, innovative and effective spend management solution available on the market today – web3.

Eva Wimmers, Senior Vice President – Group Procurement, Deutsche Telekom AG

Eva Wimmers, has been appeva-wimmers-463x285-biointed as Senior Vice President DT Procurement effective October 1st, 2011. Eva is responsible for all regional and segments’ Procurement, the functional strategic solutions and Procurement Operations at Deutsche Telekom. Since January 2013, Eva Wimmers is leading the newly formed procurement organization Group Procurement
(PROC) and is a Supervisory Board Member of T-Systems International GmbH.

Prior to her current role, Eva since January 2007 was Senior Vice President Global Terminal Procurement (Mobile & Fixed Line) at Deutsche Telekom AG (former T-Mobile International AG) after taking over this functional responsibility as Vice President in September 2006. Prior to assuming this role, Eva Wimmers within the past nine years at T-Mobile Germany held various Vice President roles in the Terminal Department – from Portfolio Management & Roll-Out Marketing to Product Marketing and Common Vendor Management.

Joining T-Mobile Germany in 1998, Eva Wimmers worked at E-Plus Service for three years, heading the Key Account Marketing and previously Regional Marketing in Germany West. Other jobs included amongst others Vice President at an international Multimedia Company and at a Wallstreet Investment Fund.

Eva Wimmers has studied in Germany, for five years in the US and Switzerland, holds a Bachelor’s of Law from the Law School of Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany, a Bachelor’s of Management with an emphasis in Business Administration, as well as a Marketing Certificate from Webster University Geneva, Switzerland.

Abby Semple, FIRED-uP Project Manager, London Fire Brigade 

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Abby Semple (LL.B. Dub) is an independent procurement consultant with international experience. She is currently working with London Fire Brigade to procure an innovative vehicle telematics system, amongst other projects. Her areas of expertise include EU public procurement law, social, environmental and innovation policy, and supplier engagement. She is the author of commentary on www.procurementanalysis.eu and of procurement guidance published by the European Commission and other international bodies, as well as peer-reviewed articles and a forthcoming book to be published by Oxford University Press on the 2014 directives.

Christopher Barrat, Director, Greystone Partnership


Christopher Barrat has real life experience from procurement, having been a procurement director for a major blue chip organisation. For the last 12 years he has spoken and worked with companies all over the world to help them with commercial communication skills. He has run a ‘Masterclass’ for CIPS on influencing skills which has run for over 4 years and he is a regular and popular speaker at many international conferences. His style is to inform and amuse in a way that you will find both challenging and stimulating.


Dr Sam De Silva, Partner & Head of Technology and Outsourcing practice, Penningtons Manches LLP


Dr Sam De Silva is a Partner and the Head of Technology and Outsourcing practice at Penningtons Manches LLP. He is also a CIPS Global Board of Trustees. Sam’s main areas of practice is technology and business process outsourcing and technology procurement projects and has been involved in some of the key projects in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. He is the Chairperson on the Law Society’s Technology and Law Reference Group.  The Legal 500 (an independent legal directory) states “Clearly very ‘knowledgeable’, Sam De Silva is ‘commercially aware’ and acts for Domestic & General, Telephonetics, and British Friendly and “Sam is ‘extremely good at explaining complex points to non-legal employees and strong at fighting his corner in negotiations’. Clients of the ‘highly knowledgeable’ team include Fujifilm UK and International Financial Data Services.” Chambers 2013 (another independent directory) states “Clients consider him to be ‘very pragmatic’ while also crediting him with considerable technical expertise”. Sam is also one of very few UK solicitors who is a FCIPS, Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). Sam has in-house industry legal experience having been seconded to Accenture UK as a Senior Legal Counsel. As well as being a UK solicitor, Dr De Silva is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.

 Shubeeh Imam, Account Manager, Bureau van Dijk

33718ccShubeeh Imam is an account manager at Bureau van Dijk (BvD), the leading publisher of company information.  Shubeeh joined BvD in 2006 and for the last 3 years he has been running the Account Management team for its northern territories. Since joining in 2006 he has worked closely with BvD’s major clients in risk related business functions including credit risk management and supplier risk management.  Shubeeh holds a BA Hons in European Language and Cultural Studies with French from the University of London.

Tania Seary, Founder, Procurious

Tania is the Founding Chairman of three companies specialising in the development of the procurement profession – The Faculty, The Source and Procurious.

The Faculty is recognized as one of Australia’s leading advisors on procurement development. Established twelve years ago, The Faculty works with leading organisations to transform and elevate the role of procurement, build high performance procurement teams and create professional knowledge networks.

Under Tania’s leadership, The Faculty has instigated a number of “firsts” for the procurement profession in Australia, including the development of a Procurement Executive Program through Melbourne Business School, the establishment of a Procurement Roundtable which includes many of Australia’s leading organisations, creation of an annual Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) Forum and attracting leading global procurement thought leaders to teach in Australia. She also initiated the Corporate Board for Social Procurement, which has created a foundation for leading corporations to dedicate appropriate areas of spend toward social enterprises.

Four years ago, Tania founded The Source, a specialist recruitment firm for the procurement profession. In 2013 she moved to London and founded Procurious, the world’s first online community for procurement professionals to connect, share and learn.   Since it’s launch in May 2014, Procurious has already attracted more than 2000 members from 70+ countries worldwide.

Tania’s fascination and commitment to procurement development started around fifteen years ago in the United States. After finishing her MBA at Pennsylvania State University, Tania became one of Alcoa’s first global commodity managers.

Prior to moving to the USA, Tania’s career was focused on marketing roles within Alcoa and Rowland in Australia, and the Walt Disney Company in the UK. Tania has an MBA and a Bachelor of Business.

Jonathan Betts, Sales & Marketing Director, Science Warehouse

Jonathan Betts is Sales & Marketing Director at Science Warehouse, a cloud procurement solution provider and one of the fastest growing companies in the UK e-business industry. As a co-founder of Science Warehouse, Jonathan brings over 10 years experience in driving technology and innovation in procurement solutions.


Kedar Patwardhan, Account Director, Invenio


Kedar is an Account Director at Invenio Business Solutions managing key strategic accounts for Invenio. Kedar successfully led the implementation of Invenio’s proprietary P2P solution – in the USA for a large media company. Invenio’s P2P Solution allows organisations to manage a large vendor base for structured and unstructured procurement using an online portal, reducing huge administration costs.

Aleyn Smith-Gillespie,  Associate Director, Carbon Trust

Aleyn has 14 years’ experience advising blue chip companies and organisations. His work focuses on issues at the intersection of business strategy, operational efficiency, innovation, and sustainability. Aleyn’s client work and experience spans numerous industries and functions, including supply chain. Prior to Carbon Trust, Aleyn worked for strategy consultants Booz Allen Hamilton. He holds a BA from Cambridge University, and a double Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Simon Gillett, Steria UK

Simon Gillett, Steria

Simon brings over 20 years’ experience of successfully selling Business Process Services solutions across various industry sectors for organisations such as NothgateArinso, Wipro and Genpact before joining Steria 12 months ago, where he leads sales of Steria’s Business Process Services portfolio into the private sector. He specialises in horizontal solutions such as finance and accounting services, procurement, HR and payroll and has used this expertise to deliver millions of pounds of business value to companies such as Sainsbury’s,
Adecco, HJ Heinz and the BBC.

Alistair Nicholas, Managing Director, Esker

Alistair Nicholas - Esker

As Managing Director – Northern Europe, Alistair Nicholas leads Esker’s Northern European operations, covering finance, sales, marketing and professional services activities. Having joined Esker in 2001 as UK / Ireland Sales Manager, Alistair was quickly promoted to head up the sales for Northern Europe before taking on his current role.




Gerard Chick, Chief Knowledge Officer, Optimum Procurement Group

Gerard Chick is Chief Knowledge Officer at Optimum Procurement, a specialist procurement outsourcing and advisory company based in Manchester, UK. Prior to this he was head of research and knowledge management at CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply).

He has significant experience working with the keenest minds at the most senior level examining the broad issues facing corporate procurement in a wider business context. He is a regular TV, radio, newspaper and industrial journal commentator on procurement and supply management issues, and is also an accomplished speaker on the subject globally. He has a BSc in Economics and an MSc in the Philosophy of Social Science. He has recently completed writing a book on the mutable role and value proposition of supply management in modern business.


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  • “It was a pleasure to share my views on cross-functional collaboration in Procurement with a highly interested and engaged crowd – had some good conversations afterwards, too!”

    Eva Wimmers, Senior VP Group Procurement, Deutsche Telekom AG (Keynote Speaker)
  • “It was especially interesting to hear the initiatives within Deutche Telekom and Eva was a very interesting and engaging speaker – can certainly relate to experiences within my commercial sector.”

    Procurement Specialist, Commercial Medicines Unit, Department of Health (Delegate)
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  • “The session by Christopher Barrat really hit the mark. It felt personal, inspirational. Humorous and practical, all in all terrific. Christopher himself was a star”

    Senior Procurement Manager, Places for People (Delegate)