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Panel Debate: Procurement with Purpose

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It’s not just social value in the public sector that is a hot topic in terms of purpose and sustainable procurement thinking. Most organisations want to show they care about the United Nations SDGs and topics including emissions, the natural world, human rights, diversity…but how do you translate good intentions into procurement strategies, policies, and processes to actually make a difference in terms of performance, outcomes and happy stakeholders?


We hosted a lunchtime panel debate on Procurement with Purpose live from Spring Restaurant, Somerset House, London. Watch the session on-demand today!



Meet the Panellists


Peter Smith, Business Author & Managing Director, Procurement Excellence

After graduating from Cambridge University, Peter started his procurement career at Mars Confectionery, then was Procurement Director for Dun & Bradstreet Europe, the Department of Social Security, and the NatWest Group. He is a Fellow and was 2003 President of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a Senior Adviser to the UK National Audit Office and has served as a non-executive director of two large public sector organisations and a growing private firm. He founded his consulting firm, Procurement Excellence Ltd. in 2004 and from 2010-18 he was Managing Editor of the Spend Matters Europe website, read by thousands of procurement professionals every day. His first co-authored book, (with Fiona Czerniawska), “Buying Professional Services” was published by The Economist Books in 2010. A second book, “A Procurement Compendium” was published in 2019, and Penguin Business published his latest book in October 2020. “Bad Buying – How Organisations Waste Billions Through Failures, Frauds and F*ck-ups” lifts the lid on some amazing global stories of disaster in the business (and public sector) world!


Justin Sadler-Smith, SVP Northern Europe, JAGGAER

With 20+ years in the Supply Chain and Procurement Technology space, Justin has a wealth of experience across multiple vendors. He has a deep knowledge of how technology can be successfully leveraged combined with a view of the common pitfalls leading to a poor return on investment. Procurement and the evolving strategic role the function has in driving ethical and sustainable buying are a passion for him and he is also a regular contributor as a keynote speaker at Procurement events in the UK.


David McBride, SCMP Transformation Director, JLL

David has more than 25 years’ experience managing, developing and building successful commercial and procurement functions.

At JLL his responsibilities are to ensure change projects are delivered at pace in a cohesive and aligned way with a flexible approach to adapt to evolving/changing business needs. Key areas of focus are Operating Structure & Organisation Capability, Risk Management & Compliance, Category Management and Technology.

Prior to joining JLL, David was a Director for Property Consultancy, working with a number of blue chip clients.


James Rawlings, Commercial Director, Ministry of Justice 

Jim has worked for over 30 years in professional purchasing and procurement roles in the private and public sectors.

During his career, he has held several senior commercial sector Procurement posts, including The Post Office, PwC, Deutsche Telecom, Motorola, NatWest, Abbey National and as Director responsible for the Unisys eCommerce Practice in the UK and Europe.

He started his Civil Service career in 2003 as Assistant Commercial Director for Criminal Justice IT, before taking the broader role of Director of eCommerce then as Commercial Director for the newly formed Commercial Directorate with the Home Office. Before joining MoJ in September 2013 as Commercial Director in the Contract and Commercial Directorate. He had 4 years’ experience working at GCHQ in the senior leadership team responsible for several programmes and the implementation of Category Management. In his current role, he is the Commercial Director responsible for all Commercial Delivery across Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service as well as the Commercial Systems Strategy.

He has an MBA in Strategic Procurement Management from the University of Birmingham and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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