Procurement Summit - Overcoming Key Procurement Challenges


Event summary

A special summit convened by the CIPFA Procurement Network to support practitioners respond to the latest in strategic procurement challenges presenting themselves to public sector organisations.

Excellent networking, focused content with expert and award-winning speakers make this event one not to be missed!


19 October 2017
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


The AON Centre - Leadenhall Building
The Leadenhall Building
122 Leadenhall Street
[See map]

Standard price

£145.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£99.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

This summit has been developed to support heads of procurement, directors of resources, commissioning managers, directors of finance, lawyers, auditors, business managers, performance and efficiency managers, contract managers and finance staff whose remit covers procurement and commissioning. 

How will a delegate benefit from the event?

The summit will offer: 

  • measures to pro-actively prepare for the substantial trade-related impacts expected on public bodies, and the supply chain mapping that they need to carry out now
  • the latest update from the Crown Commercial Services EU and domestic procurement policy team
  • award-winning case study of how innovative and sustainable procurement can help deliver efficiencies and quality contracts
  • the essential ingredients to make contract management really work for you 
  • how a forward-looking commercial approach can bring benefits to your procurement team, your organisation, and your public sector partners.

CPD hours 

Four and a half.


  • Commissioning
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Professional development

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Speaker - Walter Akers, Partner, RSM UK Consulting

Walter Akers

Walter specialises in advising enterprises on procurement, commercial contract risk and maximising value from complex commercial arrangements. He has a track record of successfully delivering evidence-based improvement, cost savings and performance recovery on large complex contractual arrangements. He has played a pivotal role in leading commercial and contract transformation and change programmes to deliver efficiency, control and cost improvement.

Speaker - Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas

Jamie Thomas is a specialist procurement officer at Durham County Council, a unitary local authority with an annual procurement spend of around £500m. Jamie has been part of the procurement team since 2010. He is responsible for procurement law compliance, and also leads on social value and supplier engagement. Durham’s procurement team recently won the Social Value Leadership Award at the Cabinet Office-backed UK Social Value Awards.

Prior to joining Durham County Council, Jamie worked as a journalist, and as a parliamentary researcher. He has an academic interest in sustainable development, having studied International Relations at the University of St. Andrews, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in public procurement law and policy via Nottingham University’s law school.