WEConnect International Europe Conference 2016 - Presenters

Speakers - 16 November | 17 November

Bingul Akaroglu
Procurement Manager, EY

Bingul Akaroglu

Website: www.EY.com
Twitter: @bakaroglu1

Bingul is a procurement manager in the talent category at EY and has over 20 years’ experience working in procurement. Beginning her career with Cancer Research UK, Bingul represented procurement in cross functional projects and contributed to the success of the financial purchasing system. She subsequently joined Corporate Express as a senior buyer, establishing and maintaining an excellent career path. Prior to joining EY, Bingul was with Clifford Chance where she implemented purchasing policies, systems and tools and led global project plans. She also led contract management and outsourcing initiatives together with obtaining her MCIPS, NVQ and Masters in Procurement and Supply Chain – she is now utilising and growing these skills at EY.

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Angela Bates
Business Development Leader, Developer and Startup Ecosystems, IBM UK and Ireland

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Website: https://developer.ibm.com/startups/
Twitter: @angelajbates

With over two decades of leadership roles with global and small-to-medium-sized technology companies, Angela has a proven record in driving innovative marketing and business development programmes around the world. In 2010, she launched the IBM Global Entrepreneur programme in the UK and Ireland which has since rolled out internationally to support thousands of startups to scale their businesses with IBM. Angela has led business development initiatives linking clients to diverse ecosystems driving both innovation and multi-million dollar revenues plus launched software brands around the world. She also mentors tech and not-for profit startups to scale their business by partnering with global organisations.

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Mark Baxa
Vice President; Global Procurement Strategy, Monsanto

Mark Baxa

Website: www.monsanto.com
Twitter: @monsantoco

Mark is based at Monsanto’s world headquarters located in St. Louis, Missouri. He leads global teams accountable for driving forward thinking, innovative, collaborative approaches where procurement, as part of a holistic supply chain, is an enabler of Monsanto’s capacity to do great things for society. He is accountable for delivering excellence in global supplier sustainability and diversity worldwide and leads the global procurement collegiate talent pipeline and communications strategy. Mark serves as a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Global Board of Directors and he is presently serving as member of the Saint Louis University Council for Supply Chain Management Studies Steering Committee, co-chairs and teaches the Advanced International Trade Management Certificate Program. He is a Charter Member and Incorporator of the St. Louis Trade Compliance Practitioners Roundtable and serves on the St. Louis City / Lambert International Shippers Council. Mark’s commitment to the Global Supply Chain profession and his colleagues is accentuated through his experience as a supply chain leader. He is a promoter of the profession, a believer in continuous learning and is devoted to helping people grow in the profession. Mark understands achieving desired results is based on casting a compelling vision, aligning across functions and achieving results through the people he works with.

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Maggie Berry
Executive Director, WEConnect International in Europe

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Website: www.weconnecteurope.org

Twitter: @WEConnectEurope

Maggie is the Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International – a global organisation supporting supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women’s businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain. She has lead responsibility for the management and development of WEConnect International’s activity in Europe and her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing a network of majority owned women’s businesses across the UK and Europe. Prior to joining WEConnect International, she ran womenintechnology.co.uk – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. She was involved from Women in Technology's inception in the autumn of 2004 and managed all aspects of the website and the networking activities Women in Technology organised. Maggie continues to run the Women in Technology Network on an informal basis in her spare time. In March 2012, Maggie was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and she is a Freeman of the Information Technologists' Company.

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Nick Bramley
Business Development & Sales Consultant, World Wide Pictures - a certified women-owned business


Website: www.worldwidepictures.tv
Twitter: @wwpic_

Nick is a Business Development & Sales Consultant for World Wide Pictures, a global provider of Live Event Production, Broadcast, Video Production and associated services and a certified women-owned business. He is also an Associate Lecturer in Sales & Business Development at the University of York, Bradford University School of Management, Leeds University Business School and Manchester Metropolitan University. At World Wide Pictures, Nick is responsible for client and business development with a particular emphasis on developing new relationships within the corporate sector. Having worked with some of the world’s largest names, his passion for sales and customer services is second to none. He is also responsible for maximising the World Wide Pictures partner relationships with the likes of WEConnect International, EVCOM and MPI. Nick is a renowned sales, business & management development specialist with a national and international reputation for delivering performance improvement in sales and business development from analysis and strategy development through to the development and delivery of training, coaching and mentoring programmes to deliver sustainable performance improvement.

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Joanna Chin
Business Mentor; Co-Founder, Langland


Website: www.linkedin.com/in/jochin
Twitter: @joannalchin

Joanna co-founded health advertising agency, Langland, with her husband, Philip, in 1991. A business launched on the couple’s dining room table, Langland is now the most awarded health agency in the world with offices in the UK and USA. Joanna is passionate about creating a high-performance culture that drives business results and, following the recent acquisition of Langland by Publicis Healthcare Communications Group, Joanna is now focussing on helping other women and young people to realise their full potential. She has twice been a finalist in the NatWest everywoman Awards which celebrate the success of Britain’s top female entrepreneurs and she is an active supporter of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme.

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Claire Edmunds
Founder & CEO, Clarify – a certified women-owned business



Website: www.clarifybd.com
Twitter: @ClarifyUK

In 2003, Claire set up Clarify, a company specialising in strategic business development for complex sales. Working specifically with B2B organisations, Clarify invests in long-term partnerships with its global clients. Pioneering new practices to build pipeline and improve win rates, Clarify’s teams of dedicated business development professionals bring predictability to the sales process and enable sales transformation. In 2015, Claire was invited to establish and chair a Diversity & Inclusion community group for the Association of Professional Sales. Through research and best practice the group provides actionable insight, recommendations and guidelines to help sales leaders build inclusive and high performing sales cultures. Claire is the recipient of the Real Business/CBI ‘First Women of Business Services’ and the Business Magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ award, both of which recognise women who have achieved significant results and excellence in their field. 

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Andrea Fimian
EMEA Supplier Diversity Program Manager, IBM


Website: www.ibm.com
Twitter: @ibm

Andrea started her career in IBM in 2005 as an executive assistant before moving into procurement in 2009 as a software sourcing buyer. Since the beginning of 2014, she’s been the procurement focal point for IBM Switzerland and since February 2015, she has been the EMEA Supplier Diversity Program Manager and IBM’s main contact with WEConnect International in Europe.

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Jenny Garrett
Founder, Reflexion Associates – a certified women-owned business

Jenny Garrett

Website: www.refelxion-uk.co.uk
Twitter: @jennifergarrett

Jenny is a leadership coach, mentor, consultant and author, a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation, the ASPIRE programme and the Centre for Excellence in Women’s Entrepreneurship. Over the last 10 years, Jenny has coached and mentored formally and informally in various roles at the centre of organisational change. She has held senior marketing roles in organisations such as Schroders and Hamptons International, gaining considerable insight into organisational life from her experience of working in complex organisations, where lines of communication and accountability are ambiguous and pressure for results is paramount. In 2002 Jenny moved into the education sector at Ashridge Business School where she developed her passion for executive coaching. She consults as strategic lead for the coaching portfolio of programmes within the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, as well as coaching senior leaders attending Lancaster University Management School Leadership Development programmes, senior leaders within the NHS and middle leaders attending a fast track management programme in the learning and skills sector. Jenny also enjoys working in the Arts sector and coaches fellows who receive bursaries from the Clore Leadership Foundation. Jenny’s approach is informed by a number of psychological approaches, such as: person centred, solutions focussed and psychodynamic. It is also informed by her experience of working in complex commercial organisations, art, the latest leadership thinking and her intuition. Jenny would describe her style as incisive, pragmatic, and supportive… her aim is to enable you to penetrate to the heart of the matter in order to move forward in a focused and expeditious way, that you will hopefully enjoy. In 2012 Jenny wrote her first bestselling book ‘Rocking Your Role’ the ‘how to’ guide to success for female breadwinners, a group of women close to her heart. Her most recent clients include MasterCard, EY and Mace Macro. Jenny is regularly asked for expert opinion in the media and has featured in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, The Telegraph, Sky News and Glamour magazine.

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Mo Gillespie
Commercial Director – EMEA, MovePlan Group - a certified women-owned business


Website: www.moveplangroup.com
Twitter: @MovePlanGroup

Mo is the Commercial Director for MovePlan Limited and, working closely with the Chairman and CEO, she manages and oversees the operation and business development of MovePlan’s EMEA and India activity. Her calm strength and innovative style has proved invaluable to MovePlan’s global expansion, and she ensures the continued sharing and development of knowledge within the MovePlan Group. A graduate (BSc (Hons) in Parasitology), a certified PRINCE2™ Practitioner and working towards a Masters in Commercial Real Estate with CoreNet, Mo has a solid background in, and intricate knowledge of, workplace project delivery across a broad range of sectors including Government/Local Authority, Pharmaceutical, Finance, Media, Energy, and Education.

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Joanna Harwood
Owner, Sentio Marketing - a certified women-owned business


Website: www.sentio-pm.co.uk
Twitter: @sentiopm

Joanna created Sentio Marketing in 2008 as a traditional print management agency. The company quickly developed and evolved to offer a full range of marketing support from graphic design and print to branding logos, exhibition design and everything in between. Joanna is a creative, experienced and highly motivated marketing professional with over 17 years experience in sales and marketing. The depth of experience of working with medium and large sized enterprises over the past years has provided her with a wealth of knowledge in different market places and sectors. This experience allows Joanna to create exciting and eye catching marketing campaigns that deliver key messages through strategic planning and leadership. Sentio’s projects work across multi channels and deliver a positive return on investment for clients. A strong experience and desire to work with new technologies and materials allows Joanna to take a marketing problem or project, break it down and build the correct campaign for each project to deliver effective results for clients.

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Helen Jamieson
Director, Jaluch Limited – a certified women-owned business


Website: www.jaluch.co.uk
Twitter: @JaluchHelen

Helen is known for her enthusiasm and passion. Whether its supporting Jaluch’s HR and training clients with a thorny employment law problem or delivering unconscious bias training, she has a tremendous desire to make an impact. Never happy with the easy solutions, she delves deeper and deeper until she gets to the root of a problem. As Helen says, nothing compares with seeing a delegate’s eyes light up as they engage with a topic and understand what they might do differently to achieve their goals. An adventurer at heart, Helen’s first step into the export market was Saudi Arabia, a business and social environment that has opened up learning and opportunities for both Helen and her business Jaluch.

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Emma Jones MBE
Founder, Enterprise Nation


Website: www.enterprisenation.com
Twitter: @emmaljones

Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm’s Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate – after 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc. The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website. The company has since expanded to become a small business community of over 75,000 people who benefit from business books, events and funding: online, in print and in person. Enterprise Nation also presents a campaigning voice to government and the media on behalf of its members. Emma regularly appears in the media commenting on small business issues. In June 2012 Emma was awarded an MBE for Services to Enterprise. In November 2015 Emma was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as a Business Ambassador with a focus on increasing international trade. And in July 2016, Emma was appointed SME Representative for Crown Commercial Service.

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Kath Ludlow
Founding Partner, Legend Engage - a certified women-owned business


Website: www.legendengage.com
Twitter: @kathludlow and @LegendEngage

Kath has spent her working life delivering award-winning brand communications programmes for some of the world’s best-known and most-loved brands. She is a founding partner of Legend Engage, a new breed of customer-focussed agency, applying proprietary data-led insights to identify high-value customers and inspire them to do more with brands. Before founding Legend Engage, Kath spent 13 years at WPP’s Forward Worldwide, responsible for all content teams and content strategy for new business and existing clients. Kath guest lectures at Digital Marketing Institute, Hult and SAE and has a particular interest in nurturing new talent and inspiring the next generation to integrate authenticity, meaning and social responsibility into their businesses.

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Greta Schettler
Vice President, WEConnect International

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Website: weconnectinternational.org
Twitter: @Greta_Schettler

Greta joined WEConnect International in March 2016 to head up the organisation’s global efforts to scale, to lead its executive management team and strategic direction and to develop a performance driven culture. Greta has a wealth of experience in designing and scaling efforts to advance women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, economic and international business initiatives. Prior to joining WEConnect International, Greta was Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues for the US Department of State. Greta’s leadership there was key to the strategic development and expansion of over 30 major initiatives including the APEC Women and the Economy Forum, the Equal Futures Partnership, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund, the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program and the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise. Her track record and dedication to sustainability has resulted in ground breaking efforts on women’s economic participation in the G20, the G-7, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

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Megan Stowe
EMEA Strategic Sourcing Director, Intel


Website: www.intel.co.uk
Twitter: @meganstowe

Megan has been at Intel for 20 years during which she’s worked in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. She started in sales and marketing in Australia working in PR and events management and then moved to Hong Kong to start up their SMG site procurement in Asia. She has covered a variety of roles including sales and marketing, travel, relocation, immigration and HR procurement areas. She has predominantly held global positions setting global strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams. Currently, Megan looks across the indirect services/procurement supply chain working with the different verticals (sales and marketing, HR, travel, IT, logistics, product engineering services etc.) looking at EMEA procurement strategies, performance metrics and the total value chain in this space. Megan is managing supplier diversity initiative strategies for the international markets to ensure Intel are working with an inclusive supply chain. With this initiative they are looking at and have achieved increasing spend with diverse businesses in their supply chain at both the tier 1 and tier 2 levels and developing their pipeline of inclusive sourcing opportunities. Megan is a global board member of WEConnect International, chair of the WEConnect International Europe Advisory Council and she co-chairs the WISE Young Women’s Board. She works closely with schools and universities ensuring STEM is promoted to girls. Megan’s passion is to promote the education of women and girls especially around the STEM subjects.

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Petra Wetzel
Founder and Managing Director, WEST



Website: www.westbeer.com
Twitter: @Westbeer

Originally from Bavaria, Petra first fell in love with her adopted Scottish homeland on a school exchange to Stirlingshire. Returning to Glasgow in 1994 to study at the University of Glasgow, Petra has been in Scotland ever since. The idea for WEST, a German-style brewery producing beers in strict accordance with traditional German Beer Purity Law, was born when Petra’s father visited her as a student in Glasgow and was unimpressed by what was being brewed locally at the time. After a first job with the Glasgow Tourist Board and subsequently training as a lawyer, Petra opened WEST Brewery, Bar & Restaurant on Glasgow Green in 2008. Following on from the success of WEST’s flagship venue on Glasgow Green, in 2015 Petra opened a second bar and restaurant, WEST On The Corner, in the west end of Glasgow, which has already received many accolades and rave reviews. Recently completed was another ambitious project – the construction of a brand new events space and brewery within the Templeton Building, which has increased brewing capacity 10-fold, allowing for greater creativity from the brewing team and facilitated the addition of further bottled beers to the WEST range. Earlier this year, Petra set up WEST Women, a £100,000 investment fund designed to help female food and drinks operators and to promote more female-led businesses.

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Peter Zerp
Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Program Lead, Accenture


Website: www.accenture.com
Twitter: @PeterZerp

Within a team of seven people, Peter drives and supports Accenture's global Supplier Inclusion & Diversity Program. Accenture empower entrepreneurship by opening up marketplace opportunities for smaller and diverse businesses; driving and contributing to (collaborative) entrepreneurial skills development programmes including Accenture’s own Diverse Supplier Development Program, supporting sustainable business growth for small- and diverse businesses and driving and contributing to business development / marketplace organisations, including WEConnect International, connecting entrepreneurs to (global) corporate supply chains. Besides collaborating with WEConnect International in the UK and Ireland, Accenture is also supporting the establishment of a local affiliate in The Netherlands and Peter is driving this initiative. Peter is also responsible for the programme in Latin America and Africa, parts of Europe and growing Accenture’s programme around LGBT entrepreneurship.

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Baroness Lorely Burt


Website: www.lorelyburt.org
Twitter: @LorelyBurt

Baroness Lorely Burt speaks for the Liberal Democrat Party on business. Prior to entering the House of Lords, she was MP for Solihull for 10 years, having overturned a 9,400 Conservative majority. In Parliament she became the Government's Champion for Women in Enterprise, producing the Burt Report: Inclusive Support for Women in Enterprise. She was also the first woman to chair the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party and was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander. Prior to this she was a serial entrepreneur in the fields of adult training, marketing and financial services. She has also worked in the fields of HR and training and has been an assistant governor in HM Prison Service.

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Shirley Cooper
Commercial Director, Tapestry Compliance


Twitter: @shirleycooper23

Shirley is the commercial director for Tapestry, a multi award winning global law firm specialising in global HR as well as being a director of Lorien Resourcing, a specialist IT recruitment consultancy. She was previously a director with Computacenter where she was responsible for procurement, supply chain services, technical configuration and quality - her team comprised 350 staff. Before joining Computacenter, Shirley held a number of senior financial positions at Yorkshire Water, Leeds Hospitals and Allied Domecq. Shirley works with a number of organisations as a non-executive director. She is currently chairman of Hertfordshire University JV; board member and treasurer for the International Women’s Forum and board member and treasurer for UNWomen UK. Shirley is also chairman of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply Fellows and co-founder and president of the Blueprint Club which has 250 members supporting women in procurement. She is a former chairman and president of CIPS (she was only their third female president in the organisation’s 84-year history). Shirley is a former general commissioner of income tax appointed by the Lord Chancellor in 1996 and she is a past chairman of NETWORK. Alongside this, Shirley sits on the WEConnect International in Europe Advisory Council and was their Executive Director for Europe for 18 months from 2010 to 2012.

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Sue Hurrell
Special Projects Manager in Value Wales, Welsh Government


Website: www.nps.gov.wales
Twitter: @NPSWales

Special Projects Manager in Value Wales, Welsh Government
Sue is where she has worked since 2006. Her most significant project has been implementing the Supplier Qualification Information Database (SQuID), which has standardised and simplified the supplier selection element of procurements across Wales. More recently she has led the work on developing a Joint Bidding Guide, and she is now also working on a Code of Practice for Ethical Employment in Supply Chains. Before joining the Welsh Government she worked on procurement policy for the Office of Government Commerce, and carried out a secondment at Suffolk County Council. Sue joined the civil service in 2000 after a short period as a research scientist.

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Joe Jones
Principal Sustainability Consultant, SustainIt


Website: www.sustainitsolutions.com
Twitter: @SustainIt

Joe is a sustainability expert at SustainIt and has many years of experience talking about data driven systems and strategies to drive cultural change and engagement throughout the corporate world. SustainIt are a global sustainability, EHS and risk data consultancy based in Bristol and provide expert consultancy to companies like BUPA, HSBC, BAT and Pepsico.

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Justin Lambert
Head of Procurement, Roche


Website: www.roche.co.uk
Twitter: @Roche

Justin is a seasoned sourcing professional with an inclusive approach to the work he does; his style is to bring the best out of any situation both within procuring goods and services but also within his team and colleagues across the globe. He started a new journey in 2015 with Roche as Head of Procurement and is using all of his experience and knowledge to take procurement at Roche in the UK to the next level, ready to face the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. In his previous company (MSD - Merck Sharp & Dohme), after many sourcing and management roles, Justin built a business case that persuaded the global MSD procurement leadership to invest in creating a project so that he could drive Merck’s expansion of their supplier diversity programme into Europe and South Africa. He was 18 months into this project when he left to join Roche and that supplier diversity work was the most fulfilling of his career to date.

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Tom Lersten
Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Program, US Department of State


Website: www.state.gov/e/eb/cba/entrepreneurship/gep
Twitter: @EconEngage

Tom provides strategic and policy guidance regarding entrepreneurship in the State Department. In addition, he is responsible for identifying key private sector partners to assist the Department in the promotion of entrepreneurship and he plays a major role in planning the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit and Global Entrepreneurship Week. Tom joined the Foreign Service in 1998 as an economic officer. He previously served overseas tours in Moscow, Dubai and Nicaragua along with a variety of assignments in the State Department including in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Bureau of Counter Terrorism. He holds a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, MN, and an MA in International Relations from the American University.

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Ross Mandiwall
UKI Procurement Manager, IBM


Website: www.ibm.com
Twitter: @IBM

Ross is a highly experienced procurement professional having worked for IBM’s Procurement division for eighteen years. He has broad experience with complex multi category negotiations and is now Head of Procurement for IBM United Kingdom and Ireland. Ross spent two years on international assignment at Corporate HQ (Somers, NY) as a Global Project Manager for IBM’s strategic e-procurement system. He therefore has an extensive understanding of procurement business transformation, e-procurement processes and the systems that underpin them. Subsequently, he assumed in-depth knowledge of category management across a number of indirect categories culminating in his appointment to the Subcontract Services Sourcing Manager for Europe, Middle East & Africa. Ross is an elected member of the Board of Directors for Minority Supplier Development UK (MSDUK) of which IBM was a founding member.

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Maytal Perpinyal
Regional Strategic Sourcing Commodity Manager - EMEA, Intel


Website: www.intel.com
Twitter: @intel

Maytal has been at Intel for 12 years, all of which have been in procurement. She has managed various categories in the indirect procurement space across Europe including professional services, contingent workforce, HR and travel. She is part of the International Supplier Diversity team as the lead for EMEA supporting Intel’s Diversity and Inclusion Program. As part of her role, she is responsible for developing a fair and inclusive supply base across EMEA by increasing spends with Intel’s current diverse suppliers, seeking opportunities to introduce new diverse suppliers into the supply chain and creating awareness throughout the industry by encouraging suppliers to adopt supplier diversity programs and report tier II diverse spends. She is located at the Intel Israel offices.

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Helene Reardon Bond
Deputy Director (Gender Equality & International), Government Equalities Office


Website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations
Twitter: @WomenEqualities

Helene, a senior civil servant, works closely with Cabinet Ministers and No10 and has worked in eight departments leading on a number of high profile programmes and campaigns, including same sex marriage, violence against women and girls, maternity rights, encouraging diversity in public life and a government enquiry into rape and sexual assault. She currently leads for the UK on gender equality policy and oversees a range of business facing initiatives designed to help women succeed in the workplace, including being an advisor to the Lord Davies and now the Hampton Alexander Women on Boards review and the Women’s Business Council. She is responsible for the new gender pay gap reporting regulations and online abuse. She is also leads on the UK’s EU and international commitments on gender and equality including the The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Outside of the Civil Service, she is a chair of a school governor. Helene was awarded astate honour, OBE, in 2008 for her work in the public and voluntary sector.

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Peter Smith MA FCIPS
Managing Editor, Spend Matters Europe


Website: spendmatters.com and publicspendforumeurope.com
Twitter: @spendmattersuk and @publicspendeu

Since 2010 Peter has been Managing Editor of Spend Matters Europe which includes two leading procurement websites, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. He gained an MA in Mathematics from Cambridge University, then joined the Mars Group before becoming Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security and the NatWest Group. He then worked extensively advising public organisations such as the Office of Government Commerce, the UK National Audit Office and a range of private sector firms. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organisations. He is now a non-exec for a growing private firm and also lectures on the University of Birmingham Procurement MBA course. His first co-authored book, “Buying Professional Services”, was published by the Economist Books in June 2010.

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Charlie Stockford
CEO, SustainIt


Website: www.sustainitsolutions.com
Twitter: @SustainIt

Charlie started SustainIt from her kitchen table in 2006. She has grown the business whilst bringing up her family over the past 10 years to be a £1/2 million turnover business with over 15 staff working worldwide. SustainIt provide a unique service supporting corporations such as Imperial Brands, Mondelez, Centrica and Thomas Cook to measure and manage their CSR and sustainability data.

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Gill Thorpe FCIPS
CEO, The Sourcing Team Ltd – a certified women-owned business


Website: www.sourcing.co.uk
Twitter: @TheSourcingTeam

Gill has been an active supporter of the procurement industry for 20 years. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) and a Lifetime Fellow of the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA), where she previously served as chair, president and board member. She currently sits on the CIPS Fellows Committee – supporting the committee with “amazing events for amazing people” in procurement. She is the Chair of the WBE Council, supporting WEConnect International in Europe and she is also involved in the first ever UK Economic Blueprint, a national framework which will provide women-owned businesses with access to markets, finance, research and training. The Sourcing Team is one of the few promotional marketing firms in the industry to hold accreditations to gold standard in both EcoVadis and CIPS Sustainability Index.

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Helen Walbey
UK Diversity and Health Portfolio Chair, Federation of Small Businesses


Website: www.fsb.org.uk and stores.ebay.co.uk/Recycle-Scooters
Twitter: @fsb_policy@recyclescooters

Helen has been leading her Welsh team at Recycle Scooters for the last twelve years. She is the only woman in the UK who owns and runs a motorcycle scrap yard and she exports motorcycle and scooter parts worldwide. She is a passionate supporter of women in enterprise and sits as the Federation of Small Businesses UK Diversity and Health Portfolio Chair. The Federation of Small Businesses have recently launched their report into Women in Enterprise - The Untapped Potential. When not undertaking these roles she lectures at the University of South Wales Business School where she teaches a range of undergraduate modules. Helen has been a Big Ideas Role Model with the Welsh Government for the last three years and regularly takes the message of enterprise to schools and colleges in South Wales.

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