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Passion for Procurement: Risky Business


Passion for Procurement: Risky Business 

Risky Business – it’s not just a film starring Tom Cruise

"The first step in the risk management process is to acknowledge the reality of risk. Denial is a common tactic that substitutes deliberate ignorance for thoughtful planning.” Charles Tremper

As a procurement professional one of the first topics that you are taught is how to manage risk. As the world evolves risks change and others crawl back out from under the woodpile. Cyber security and modern day slavery are two such examples. Who would have thought that over 250 years after slavery was first abolished we would still be uncovering a huge trade in human trafficking throughout the world and increasingly we are seeing the side effects of our reliance on digital capability.

This event aims to highlight these plus other growing risks, and we are privileged to have an agenda filled with specialists in their field from cyber security, modern day slavery, GDPR legislation change and diversity and inclusion.

The event will be Chaired by CIPS Group Marketing Director, Cath Hill and speakers include Sam de Silva FCIPS, Partner with CMS our hosts for the event, Yvonne Smyth Head of D&I, Hays Recruiting and Rachel Hudson, Director at XQCyber.

So if you thought you had risk management ticked off it may be time to think again and book yourself on this half day event.

Date: Wednesday 09 May 2018
Venue: CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Fee: Members - £21.00 per person
  Non-members - £21.00 per person


30 Places left - Booking ends on Monday 07 May 2018


The event is open to members and non-members.


13.30     Registration with sandwich lunch      
14.00   Welcome and Introduction   Cath Hill  
14.15   GDPR   Sam de Silva                     
14.45   Cyber Security   Rachel Hudson  
15.15   Coffee break      
15.30   Modern day slavery   TBC  
16.00   Diversity and Inclusion: a business imperative        Yvonne Smyth  
16.30   Q&A      
17.00   Event close      


Cath Hill
Group Director, CIPS

Cath is a member of the CIPS Group leadership team. She joined CIPS in June 2011 and is responsible for a global portfolio that encompasses CIPS’ external facing activity including Marketing and Communications; PR and Representation; Publications and Events, under the CIPS and Supply management brands; and the development of CIPS’ wider communities.

Cath has an Executive MBA from Cranfield University School of Management. She has worked in marketing and general management in a number of sectors including financial services and retail. She led the launch marketing strategy of Bluewater, then Europe’s largest retail and leisure destination, and established Scoot as one of the UK’s biggest (and earliest) digital brands. More recently she was responsible for integrated insurance marketing strategies for the likes of M&S and HSB.

Cath regularly chairs and presents at CIPS events and other conferences, and is a spokesperson for CIPS on topics such as the role procurement has to play in eradicating modern slavery and the need for the profession to raise its game and raise its voice.

Yvonne Smyth
Head of Diversity, Hays

Yvonne is the Group Head of Diversity for Hays plc, with over 20 years professional recruitment experience. She works closely with organisations and Hays specialist consultant teams, to create and implement diverse recruitment strategies that effectively support and increase the representation of more diverse staff profiles within their businesses.

Yvonne chairs Hays Leading Women, a fast growing and highly regarded membership group for experienced professional women from across the world of work. Hays Leading Women aims to support female executives to further progress their careers by providing a series of networking, training and professional and personal development forums.

She leads the expert Hays Legal recruitment teams across the UK, having spent many years recruiting lawyers into private practice and in house roles. Yvonne initially trained and qualified as a litigation lawyer with international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright

She sits as a longstanding Board Member of British American Business, the leading transatlantic business organization and chairs the very successful and well supported BAB Women’s Forum.

Outside of work she is a trustee of the charity Teens Unite Fighting Cancer.


Members and non-members £21.00 plus VAT


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
2 College Square
Anchor Road

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