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Speakers Profiles - Procurement Week 2012

Andrew Lister, Head of Procurrement and Logistics - Siemens

Supply Chain Manager at Magnox Trawsfynydd site. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, having worked on Building and Civil Engineering Projects, with particular experience working in the Nuclear Industry at Sellafield and Magnox.

Gwyndaf Williams, Supply and Chain Manager - Magnox

Supply Chain Manager at Magnox Trawsfynydd site. A Chartered Quantity Surveyor, having worked on Building and Civil Engineering Projects, with particular experience working in the Nuclear Industry at Sellafield and Magnox.

John Whalley, Chief Executive - Aerospace Wales

John Whalley is the Chief Executive of the Aerospace Wales Forum, the industry association for Wales. He is a former Divisional Director of BAE Systems and has been involved in a wide range of civil and military aircraft programmes. He is actively involved in a number of strategy working groups at both UK level and within Wales and also provides consultancy support to companies of all shapes and sizes.

Tim Williams, Chief Executive - Welsh Automotive Forum

In 2000 Tim was appointed as Chief Executive of the Welsh Automotive Forum, which represents the interests of the automotive (manufacturing) sector in Wales. Close links with the industry in Wales have enabled the WAF to become a recognised ‘voice’ and Tim represents the sector both locally with the Welsh Assembly Government, nationally through the SMMT and internationally through a number of channels.

Robert Meakes

Leah Watking, Operations Manager - Watkin Jones

Quality focussed with a passion for continuous improvement, Leah has developed an open door culture within the business to ensure the team remain abble to deliver projects at their optimum level. Heading the HR team, she has developed and accredited the company's business practises with ISO 14001 and 9001 as well as earning a ‘Demonstration Project’ status for our L&D Programmes. Leah is a firm believer that employing strong teams and a robust supply chain helps to achieve exceptional business performance.

Andrew Denny, Partner and Head of Public Litigation - Allen & Overy, London

Andrew Denny is a partner in the banking and finance litigation group of Allen & Overy LLP's London office. He has dealt with a wide range of financial, public law and commercial disputes and has particular expertise in litigation relating to complex structured financial products, public and administrative law, and directors' duties.

Anna-Marie Curran, Partner - A&L Goodbody, Dublin & Belfast

Anna-Marie Curran is a Partner in the EU & Competition Group. She has extensive experience in procurement law, competition law, EU and Irish merger filings, cartels, competition law enforcement and immunity applications. She advises a wide range of clients in the public, utilities and private sectors on contentious and non-contentious public procurement law and competition law matters.

Nicolas Pourbaix - Hogan Lovells, Brussels

Patrick McGovern, Partner - Arthur Cox Solicitors, Dublin & Belfast

Patrick has a broad based commercial practice with particular expertise in Telecommunications/Electronic Communications, Broadcasting, Media, Technology, Energy and Regulated Industries and Public Law. Prior to joining Arthur Cox, Patrick was Deputy General Counsel to Ireland's largest public telecommunications operator for a number of years.

Ceri Evans, Senior Procurement Specialist- Bangor University

Ceri Evans has worked extensively with SMEs over the years out of Cardiff Business School and most recently Bangor University. He was one of the authors of the WAG “Barriers to Procurement Opportunity” (2009) report which identified the pre-qualification barriers SME suppliers face in Welsh Public Sector Procurement.

Alan Aitken, Head of Procurement Carmarthenshire Council


Peter Norgate, Director - Mott MacDonald

Peter is an Expert Lean Practitioner, building his interest in continuous efficiency improvement from business and process management within Mott MacDonald, for whom he has worked since 1996. For much of his career Peter has worked in the railway and transport market. He has been the leading adviser to both the public and private sectors on major projects including: the Olympic Park Planning Application, 2nd Runway at Stansted Airport, franchise bids and High Speed 1.

Prof. Andrew Davies

Andrew is currently an Honorary Professor and Strategic Adviser to the Vice Chancellor and the Senior Management Team at Swansea University. In a voluntary capacity, he is the Chair of the National Dance Company; Non-executive Director and Trustee of the Charity Bank and Chair of the Welsh Commission on Co-operatives and Mutuals. Between 1999-2011, Andrew Davies was a Member of the National Assembly for Wales and a Welsh Government Cabinet Minister for over ten years, including Finance & Public Services Minister.

Prof. Dermot Cahill, Head of Law School - Bangor University

Professor Cahill is the Director of the Institute for Competition & Procurement Studies. A Solicitor, he has worked in major law firms, led innovative procurement research projects, and is consulted regularly by Governments, public bodies and SME organisations on public procurement issues. He is a graduate of the College of Europe.

Lawrie Willcox, Capability Development Manager - Scottish Procurement Service

His civil service carreer began as an ICT professional with the Ministry of Defence in Winchester. He moved to Glasgow to help set up the new Army Personnel Centre in 1997. He moved to the Scottish Government in 2001 and joined the Scottish Procurement Commercial Directorate in 2004. He was the Customer Relationship and Implementation Manager of the eProcurement Scotland service working across the whole of the Scottish Public Sector.

Dr Jakob H.Rasmussen, General Director - Living Labs Global

Dr. Jakob H. Rasmussen is a specialist on information technology, regional innovation and economic development. Being a successful entrepreneur, technology specialist and academic, and with a background in international consulting, he is joining industry insights and academic research with policy development and entrepreneurship. As the co-founder of, Dr. Jakob H. Rasmussen is developing the future platform for technology procurement in cities worldwide.

Abby Semple, Sustainability Expert - ICLEI Europe

Abby worked as a public procurement consultant in Ireland prior to her appointment to ICLEI, advising local and central government bodies on their tendering procedures and providing contract management. She is currently involved in a number of European projects aimed at enhancing cooperation between public authorities in the field of sustainable and innovative public procurement.

Ramon Sagarra - 22@ Project, Barcelona City Council

At the present time, Ramon is director of infrastructures of 22@Barcelona. From November 1996 until 2000, he was director of Construction Management of CTV and his main duties were the display and start off of the cable network for telecommunications.

Dr Sangeeta Khorana, Lecturer in Economics -Aberystwyth University

Sangeeta Khorana lectures on International Business, Development Economics, International Financial Regulation, and European Economy. She is also the Deputy Director for Centre of European Studies in the Department of International Politics and a member of the SMB’s Centre for International Business and Public Policy

Jennifer Skilbeck, Barrister - Monkton Chambers, London

Jennifer Skilbeck's major practice areas are European and UK competition, and in particular, procurement law. She has represented both private and public sector clients at the High Court, Competition Appeal Tribunal, the OFT and the European Commission and maintains a special interest in the protection of the competitive position of small firms.

Dr Pedro Telles, Law and Procurement Specialist -Bangor University

Dr Pedro Telles joined Bangor Law School in January 2011 as a specialist in public procurement. Pedro has previously worked as a lawyer in Portugal and Spain advising public and private clients in public procurement and commercial practice between 2003 and 2007.

Dr Sanchez Graells, Lecturer in Commercial Law - ICADE Spain

Prior to joining the Pontifical University Comillas, Dr Sanchez Graells worked as an attorney in private practice for a British law firm in Madrid, a Spanish company active in the industrial sector, and a law and economics consultancy. His practice spanned the areas of European Union competition and commercial law. His research interests focus on EU and comparative competition law and, more generally, law and economics.

Prof. John Hughes, Vice-Chancelor - Bangor University

Professor John Hughes became the University’s Vice-Chancellor in September 2010. Born and raised in Belfast, Professor Hughes is a mathematician and theoretical physicist by academic background. He has initiated a large number of successful research collaborations with prestigious institutions including the Max-Planck Institutes, Carnegie-Mellon University, MIT and Peking University.

Dr Ama Eyo, Lecturer in Law - Bangor University

Dr Eyo hails from Nigeria where she practised as a Barrister and Solicitor prior to relocating to the United Kingdom. Specialising in e-procurement, including e-auctions, Ama has led strategic procurement programmes within public sector organisations in the UK.

Nigel Giffin, QC, 11 King's Bench Walk

Nigel took silk in April 2003. He now practises mainly in the field of public law, although he still undertakes employment law and commercial law cases of certain kinds. He was formerly a member of the Attorney General's "A" panel of Counsel to the Crown, and undertook a number of important Human Rights Act cases in this capacity.

Sion Edwards, Project Director - Mott MacDonald

Sion is Projects Director at Mott McDonald. His areas of speciality include: Nuclear Decommissioning, Nuclear New Build, Renewables, Onshore and Offshore Wind, Wave, Energy from Waste and Solar Energy. He is also involved in Programme Management, Project and Commercial Management, particularly Strategic Procurement, Alliancing and Partnering. He is chair of the UK Nuclear Forum for Constructing Excellence and NLP Master Practitioner and Coach.

Colin Cram, Managing Director - Marc1 Ltd

Colin Cram has held senior procurement positions in the public sector for over 30 years, including central government, higher education, scientific research and local government. In creating several leading edge procurement organisations and collaborations, he was directly responsible for third party spends of £0.5bn p.a. and influencing up to £7bn a year.

Andrew Croston, Chief Procurement Officer, Fujitsu

Andrew has worked at Fujitsu since October 2011. He is a board level executive manager with proven leadership in supply chain transformation, procurement functions and business change and optimisation. Extensive experience in leading private and public sector and consultancy organisations, delivering performance improvement, significant cash savings and removing waste.

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