Conference 2018 > Speakers



Professor Sue Arrowsmith

Sue Arrowsmith is Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, where she is also Director of the Public Procurement Research Group and the postgraduate Executive (distance learning) programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy.  Her publications have been extensively cited by courts around the world. Her many books include The Law of Public and Utilities Procurement (3rd ed. 2014 (Vol.1) and 2018 (vol.2)), which was described in 2018 by the High Court as “the leading academic authority” and “highly persuasive” for the courts in making decisions in this field. She is founding editor of Public Procurement Law Review and from 2008-2011 was Project Leader of the EU-funded project for developing a global academic network on procurement regulation. In 2007 she was awarded the CIPS Swinbank Medal for thought innovation in purchasing and supply. 

She has been a member of the UNCITRAL Procurement Experts Group, of the World Bank International Advisory Group on Procurement and (for nearly 20 years) of the European Commission's independent Advisory Committee on procurement, and is currently an Expert with the International Partnership against Corruption in Sport (IPACS). She has also been consultant for the UK, UN, WTO, OECD, EU, European Central Bank, ILO and the Law Commission of England and Wales.

Ranj Baines

Ranj Baines has over 20 years’ experience across a number of blue chip organizations including easyJet, BP, UBS Investment Bank and PWC. He has worked across many industries during his career in audit, management consulting, finance and sales. Currently, he is responsible for business development for Amazon Business in UK and Spain.

David Barnes, MSc, MCIOB

Pre-Construction and Work Winning Lead, Sir Robert McAlpine

Through working for main contractors for over 20 years David has worked in a number of sectors for the construction industry including education, healthcare, commercial and accommodation. David has also been involved in numerous framework initiatives.

David is the Pre-Construction and Work Winning Lead for the Scotland and Northern region for Sir Robert McAlpine, managing the business development and pre-construction departments. David is a client facing professional working strategically with key clients, and this, coupled with his framework experience, is why he is also the NEUPC Framework Manager for Sir Robert McAlpine.

Martin Barrow 

As Director of Footprinting for the Carbon Trust Martin is one of the world’s leading authorities on carbon footprinting of products, services and value chains. He has headed the Carbon Trust’s work in these areas since 2007: from the development of PAS 2050 and the Carbon Trust footprint labels; through the development of footprinting toolkits and training courses, the creation of product footprinting schemes and authoring of the guide for Value Chain footprinting; to a point where he has overseen projects with 100s of companies across the world, to efficiently create footprints which meet their specific business needs, using Carbon Trust’s modular solutions, expertise and experience. Coming from a business background in the automotive sector (managing $100m+ projects in manufacturing, design, commercial, IT and business re-engineering) he is keen to help companies find the value in footprinting for their particular case – such as optimising value chains or product design, or communicating a products low carbon credentials. Martin holds a first class MEng in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from Loughborough University.

Caroline Blackman-Edney

Caroline has over 28 years’ experience in procurement. Her introduction to HE began when she joined the University of Cambridge in 2002 where she expanded her knowledge of Public sector procurement and started her studies for an MSc in Procurement completing this in 2005. Caroline held the position of Head of Procurement at Cambridge between 2004 until 2016 when she joined the University of Nottingham as Director of Procurement where she remains today.

Caroline is the chair of a local CIPS branch and regularly participates in various groups throughout the sector. She was instrumental in raising the profile of procurement and the move from AUPO to HEPA and participated as a member of Procurement UK.

Her commitment, passion and drive was recognised by attaining FCIPS status in March 2015

Kevin Casey

Kevin worked in NHS procurement from school progressing through a variety of roles before joining the HE Sector as a category specialist in 1997. He became the first Head of Procurement at the ‘new’ University of Manchester in 2004. Since then procurement has been heavily involved as the University has evolved and grown into the largest single site campus in Europe.  Supporting the University’s ambitious social responsibility goals Kevin has encouraged the sector to follow the University’s lead around responsible procurement. This leadership led to Kevin being appointed as the Chair of the HEPA National Responsible Procurement Group.

Russell Day, BSc (Hons), MCIOB

As Education Sector Head, Russell is responsible for leading the company’s strategic response to the sector and for delivering service to clients.  A construction professional with more than 30 years’ experience across a range of sectors both at home and abroad, Russell is passionate about optimising performance and bringing the best out of teams throughout the project lifecycle.

Striving for ever-improving levels of customer service, Russell is always keen to make sure that our teams remain aware of the bigger picture - our education customers’ business needs and user expectations

David Hansom

As Clyde & Co's UK /Europe lead partner for the education sector, David has a particular focus on education in the UK and internationally, where his clients include universities, schools and regulators.

He has particular expertise in advising institutions on the ongoing applicability of the public procurement regime, having led a number of clients through this process. He also frequently helps to bring and defend procurement challenges and grant recovery claims at a UK and international level alongside the firm's top-ranked litigation practice.

David is recommended as a "rising star", and in all major directories for procurement law in the UK. 

He develops and runs procurement training, and regularly speaks at conferences. A member of the Procurement Lawyers' Association, David also writes procurement practice notes for LexisNexis and Westlaw. He speaks French and German, and is a patron of a major UK charity.

Ian Jarvey

Ian has worked within HE and procurement for over 20 years. Following appointment to his current post in 2008 he led the complex procurement exercise to appoint partnership contractors to deliver the University’s £1Bn campus redevelopment programme.  The resulting framework successfully incorporated social and environmental deliverables alongside traditional commercial requirements within the contract. Ian continues to work to include wider corporate and social considerations within the traditional concept of value for money.  He has been heavily involved in developing responsible procurement and the use of the Flexible Framework to embed sustainable procurement practices within business as usual.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan is Director of Procurement and Insurance at the University of Birmingham and has over 30 years’ experience in procurement. Jonathan started his career in the retail sector and has worked in both the NHS and Local Government before joining the University in 2013, prior to joining the University of Birmingham Jonathan worked for the Local Government Association in London developing and shaping the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government. Jonathan took on his first Head of Procurement role in 1999 and has also worked regionally and nationally, he also has spent many years teaching the CIPS qualifications and attained FCIPS status in 2006. Jonathan now manages a team of 26 procurement staff (soon to be expanded further) and the University now holds both Flexible Framework Level 5 and PMA Superior status.        

Patrycja Krupinska

Patrycja Krupinskais a project manager on the joint LUPC-BHRE Modern Slavery Project. Prior to that Patrycja was an Intern at the BHRE Greenwich Work Experience Programme, in charge of the Universities’ Transparency in Supply Chain research. 

Dr Olga Martin-Ortega

Dr. Olga Martin-Ortegais Professor of International Law at the School of Law, University of Greenwich, where she leads the Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group (BHRE, She has been researching business and human rights for over fifteen years. She has also undertaken extensive research in the areas of post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice and international criminal law.

Olga is a member of the Board of Directors of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium and the Board of Trustees of Electronics Watch and the Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE). She is also a founding member and member of the Steering Committee of the International Learning Lab on Procurement and Human Rights (

Olga has conducted numerous trainings for public authorities on their legal obligations under the UK Modern Slavery Act and performing human rights due diligence on their supply chain in the framework of the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA).

Michael McGill

Category Manager (Construction & Estates), North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium

Michael has developed a varied background of over sixteen years’ experience in private, public and HE sector procurement, with the last ten years focusing on construction related spend, successfully delivering a range of major schemes for Transport for London, University of York and Newcastle University. 

Michael was a key member of the £750m major construction collaborative procurement team and was recruited to lead, manage and develop the framework, providing a dedicated, strategic resource to the HE sector in the North East.

Dr Radmehr Monfared

Radmehr Monfared has 17 years’ experience in various industries including automotive, aerospace, electronics, and train maintenance, with main interest in intelligent automation for manufacturing and supply chain, virtual engineering, production control and monitoring, and business analysis and simulation. His current interest is focused on digital engineering for product life cycle and the application of disruptive technologies in supply chain management. He is currently senior lecturer in advanced manufacturing technologies in Loughborough University and is running the engineering management programme in Wolfson School.

Larissa Morrish

Larissa has over 20 years’ experience in Supply Chain roles. She started her career as a graduate trainee at IBM and held various roles in the UK and abroad, working in Order Fulfilment and Demand Planning before specialising in Procurement. Larissa moved into Management Consultancy working on Procurement projects for private and public sector clients before joining the HE Sector in 2010 as Head of Procurement at The University of Bristol. Larissa has led Lancaster University’s Procurement team since 2014. Lancaster was assessed as ‘Superior’ at its 2017 Procurement Maturity Assessment, recognising achievements in P2P efficiency, Staff Development and Category Management. Larissa is currently Deputy Chair of HEPA and Chair of the NWUPC Head of Procurement Group.

Richard Murphy

As Managing Director of TEC for the past six years, Richard has transformed it into the successful, member focused, organisation it is today. TEC delivers member-focussed, Public Contract Regulations (PCR) compliant energy supply frameworks that are truly ground-breaking.

Winning the “Energy Champion of the Year” at the 2017 Energy Awards brought external recognition that Public Buying Organisations can compete, innovate and make a beneficial difference to the public purse.

With 28 years experience in the energy industry, Richard has worked in procurement, strategy, regulation, sales and management of large energy portfolios. Between 2008 and 2011, Richard established and ran flexible energy trading and procurement frameworks at Crown Commercial Services and as part of the Pan Government Energy Project, Richard oversaw significant growth in establishing the largest single energy “basket” in the UK market.

At a time of significant challenge in the HE sector and the wider Public Sector as a whole, Richard is a passionate advocate of transparency and delivery of services the sector cannot secure elsewhere.

Professor Eddie Obeng PhD, MBA

Described by the Financial Times as a 'leading revolutionary' and 'agent provocateur', Eddie is a professor at the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Henley Business School (U.K.), founder and Learning Director of Pentacle (The Virtual Business School), and a leading organisational theorist and educator.  He is the author of ten books, all of which focus on business strategy, adapting for change, leadership, innovation and organisation. Eddie offers insights into the most effective ways to adapt to address the rapidly-changing environments in business, society and culture today. Known as a pioneer in digital transformation and organisational agility, Eddie provides a no-nonsense overview about how traditional rules of doing business no longer apply while offering extensive guidance to reach new heights in fast-changing business environments.

Eddie was educated at Cranleigh School, at University College London where he earned a double first in chemical and biochemical engineering, and at Cass Business School. He was granted 2 patents during his engineering career at Shell International and achieved a European award at Unilever before moving to become the youngest Executive Director of a European Business School when he moved to Ashridge in 1987. In addition to this, he is a helicopter pilot and regular TED Conference speaker. In 2011, Obeng won the Sir Monty Finniston Award for lifetime achievement by The Association for Project Management for his contributions to the study and practice of Project Management.

Dr Philip Orumwense

Philip is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (CIPS). He heads up the Technology Platforms, Programmes and Applications Category at the Department for Work and Pensions. He is also the Commercial Director for the Universal Credit Programme. He is engaged on a number of complex Change Programmes, developing sourcing solutions and delivering end to end category and contract management services across a broad range of Digital and Technology categories.

In 2010, Philip was short listed in the Chartered Institute of Purchasing Supply (CIPS) Procurement and Supply Chain Professional of the Year Award category. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Aston Business School. His Doctoral Thesis was on value creation and retention through the appropriate adoption of transactional and relational procurement practice within the UK Public Sector

John O'Sullivan

John O’Sullivan is Managing Director, UK and Europe at Key Travel. John’s been with the company for nearly five years, working with the University and Humanitarian Aid and Development communities to grow and maximise the value of their travel programmes. He has been at the forefront of promoting improved duty of care and traveller safety across the community and led the development of Key Travel’s widely used online booking tool. Previous to his role at Key Travel John founded Ten2Two, a pioneering flexible and part-time resourcing company that connects growing businesses with professionals seeking jobs that balance their work and family lives. He retains a role as non-executive Chair.

Rashmi Patel

Rashmi is Head of HR Operations at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) where she provides strategic leadership and management of all operational HR services and continuous improvement projects across four multi-disciplinary campuses at NTU.  As a senior adviser to the University Executive Team and University Leadership Team on all employment and policy matters, Rashmi works to promote cultural change, inclusion, collaborative working and employee engagement across the University. She also actively leads on a wide-range of projects and initiatives aligned to the NTU strategy of “Creating the University of the Future.”

Professor Nick Petford

Professor Nick Petford is Vice Chancellor and CEO of the University of Northampton. Nick is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow and Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. A geologist by training, with a DSc from the University of Liverpool, Nick has worked in industry and on academic and commercial research projects throughout the world. He has held visiting research appointments at the Universities of Michigan and Vermont and NASA and is currently visiting professor at Macquarie University, Australia. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Martyn Riddleston

Martyn graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of Leicester and joined KPMG in 1996, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. After initially working in audit he spent two years working on corporate transactions in the UK and Europe.

He joined the University of Leicester in 2002 and worked to enhance the University’s financial reporting and planning. Alongside a move to a devolved budgetary structure Martyn developed a new approach to supporting academic departments and other units within the University. Martyn was appointed Deputy Director of Finance in December 2007 and Director of Finance in November 2011.

Martyn is a director of a higher education purchasing consortium, the Chair of the HEPA Management Board and a member of a national pensions group.

Judith Russell

Judith has over 20 years' experience in procurement across both the public sector and blue chip private sector organisations, such as Nissan and British Airways. She has worked in the Higher Education sector setting up a procurement operation from scratch, engaging key stakeholders and devising and delivering procurement strategy. She has worked for the Department for Education implementing an e-procurement solution for schools and delivering procurement expertise to the education sector.

Judith has an economics and business degree and is member of CIPS. Judith has been involved with Procurement Shared Services managing the Procurement Maturity Assessment Programme and delivering consulting assignments across the HE sector since 2011.

Bahar Shahin

Bahar graduated with an Engineering degree from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and went on to work within the Insurance and Banking sectors, before embarking in procurement over 10 years ago with the London Borough of Havering to take up a graduate trainee role. There, he took up and completed studies for CIPS to become a MCIPS qualified.

His experience has been across procurement within IT, professional services and estates. He joined QMUL as Category Manager in 2012 and became the Head of Procurement in 2015. He has further led strategic teams to deliver continuous improvement and drive the procurement strategy.

Bahar has experience in full OJEU procurement whilst at the Local authority and non-OJEU at QMUL.

Debbie Shore

Debbie Shore FCIPS Chartered, has worked in Procurement for over 30 years with a wealth of experience in diverse industry sectors from oil and gas, to healthcare furniture and equipment, to the FE and HE sector. She also took some time out of procurement to undertake an MA and PGCE and became a College Lecturer for 6 years, delivering degree programmes in Business Management as well as running a CIPS ‘Centre of Excellence’ study centre during that time. NEUPC was established as a CIPS study centre and Procurement Apprenticeship Training Provider in 2016 . NEUPC has established itself as a niche provider of CIPS and Procurement apprentices to the HE sector and provides Procurement training specifically contextualised to the HE Sector as well as being a purchasing consortium for leading collaborative procurement for Universities in the Northeast, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the Midlands.

Mark Swales

Mark has led the Facilities Directorate at Sheffield Hallam University since 2010, with responsibility for commercial, residential and facilities management services, as well as academic timetabling. Under Mark's leadership, the department has gained Investors in People Gold standard and Customer First certification, as well as achieving ISO accreditations for Environmental, Energy and Health and Safety Management.  He was the 2018 recipient of the College and University Business Officers Lifetime Achievement Award which recognised his contribution to the Higher Education Sector at a national level and his charitable work in South Yorkshire.

Mark is overseeing a major capital estates programme at Sheffield Hallam and is involved in the Sheffield City Region, a Governor of the DN College Group and a Director of the North East University Purchasing Consortium.  He is actively interested in leadership development, coaching and mentoring, business excellence, organisational values and mindfulness.

James Trotter

James Trotter is the Head of Procurement for both the University of Leicester and Loughborough University. He has 10 years of experience as a senior procurement manager across the higher education, local authority and law enforcement sectors, including within consortium and shared service organisations. Over the last five and half years he has led transformational change projects to create strategic procurement functions within a number of organisations.

James is a member of the Procurement Strategy Group of the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC). He is also a Non-Executive Director of The Energy Consortium (TEC); the HE sector’s energy experts/procurement professionals.

Mark Walton BA MCIPS

Mark has worked in public sector procurement for most of his 33 year career, beginning with the NHS and then spending short periods in the private sector, local government and further education. He joined the University of Liverpool as Deputy Purchasing Officer in 1996 and became Head of Procurement in October 2006.

Tina Yu

Tina’s career experience started in the private sector where she held a variety of roles. In relation to procurement, Tina’s first role began as Purchasing Assistant at St Helens College shortly after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University.  Following her relocation to Wirral, Tina worked for Wirral Borough Council, became MCIPS qualified and progressed from operational procurement through to category management roles.  In 2014, Tina joined University of Chester as their Procurement Lead where her contribution led to several successful launches of faculties and campuses during the University’s rapid expansion and marked improvement in the institution’s procurement maturity.  Earlier this year, Tina became a CIPS Assessment Consultant and currently works in the Procurement & Contracts team for Manchester Airports Group.

Russell Wardrop

Russell Wardrop is co-founder and Chief Executive of Kissing With Confidence, creators of Rainmakers. Over two decades he has motivated many to be better tomorrow than they are today.

An international keynote speaker Russell works at the highest levels of government, academia and commerce with high performing individuals and teams to make them passionate, charismatic and unforgettable communicators.

Russell can pack a small black case like it is a Tardis, never waits at the carousel and has delivered executive training, coaching and conference keynotes from Aberdeen to Exeter in the UK, and Copenhagen to New York elsewhere. He was once funny in Kirkcaldy.

An award winning architect and academic in previous lives this short, broad Scotsman will take you on an inspirational journey. Laugh at the funny bits and cry at the sad bits.









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