World of Procurement 2019

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Location: ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD

Date: 10 July 2019


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This year we will be in London again for the second World of Procurement event. Following on from our first World of Procurement conference, where we examined the impact of Brexit on procurement; this year we will be looking to engage, discuss, inform, inspire and debate how important enabling change is to the world of procurement. Change occurs daily and procurement professionals are a key agent in this and must deliver value to stakeholders.

This value can come through how we structure our procurements to the market place and how digital transformation and the public cloud can support the transformation of our operations.

We have a host of guest speakers, an innovation zone, a furniture display area, along with a YPO exhibition area where you'll be able to meet our in-house teams who have in depth knowledge of their categories and markets - come and find out how our solutions can support you. 


Who should attend?

Our event will be beneficial to anyone in public sector procurement.

This event will be relevant for most sectors including (but not limited to) local authority, emergency services, housing, as well as not for profit organisations and charities.


Benefits of attending:

- Networking with other people responsible for procurement or commissioning

- Learning about and debating the current hot topics

- Taking away useful and relevant information and tools to help navigate a tough and complex economic landscape

- Sharing knowledge and experiences to help procurement continue to develop and deliver more value in the future



9am - Registration/Refreshments/Exhibition

9.25am - Welcome
Paul Smith - Deputy Managing Director, YPO

Headline speaker: Mario Marin - Head of US Sales, Government - Amazon Business

10am - Beyond the transactional - using procurement to define and deliver wider value
Keynote speaker: John Fernau - Fernau Solutions

10.45am - Refreshments/Exhibition

11am - Enabling change through the procurement process
Speaker: Jeremy Brim - The Bid Toolkit

11.45am - Lunch/Exhibition

12.30pm - Enabling change through customer service
Speaker: Jo Marshall, Vice President - Institute of Customer Service

12.50pm - Enabling change through workforce transformation
Speaker: Doug Brown - Capita People Solutions

1.35pm - Enabling change through fleet transformation, diesel to electric/hybrid
Speaker: David Thackray, Tevva Motors 

2.20pm - Refreshments/Exhibition

2.35pm - Enabling change through digital transformation
Speaker: Mike Fairbotham - Perigean Ltd, a Procurement Advisory Service

3.20pm - Exhibition
4pm - Close


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Headline speaker:

Mario Marin - Head of US Sales - Government, Amazon Business

Mario Marin is the Head of US Sales for Government at Amazon Business (AB). AB helps governments, nonprofits and other public sector entities purchase using the experience with additional controls, methods of payments, data and analytics, eProcurement system integrations, and unique selection and pricing they require. Mario oversees all aspects of AB’s go-to-market sales strategy for public sector and non-profit customers in the US. He joined Amazon Business in 2017.

Prior to Amazon, Mario was the Vice President of Development for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles where he spearheaded development efforts for one of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofits. In addition, Mario has also had a successful career in the corporate world, where he served in multiple leadership roles at W.W. Grainger – a leader in B2B Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) distribution. His efforts there led to some of Grainger’s largest public sector and corporate contracts with customers as diverse as the State of California, FedEx and United Airlines.

He started his career as a Presidential Management Fellow working in the Clinton Administration and served on the staff of the United States Senate Appropriations Committee. He also worked in local government as an aide to two different Mayors for the City of Los Angeles. While in the Mayor’s Office, he implemented the City’s first on-line vendor database to help improve local contracting with socio-economically diverse suppliers ( and rewrote the City’s cooperative purchasing policy.


Keynote speaker:

John Fernau - Director, Fernau Solutions

John is a senior commercial leader, with extensive experience in public procurement and mega-programmes. Whilst the Head of Procurement of the Olympic Delivery Authority, John led the successful delivery of >400 procurements, and championed sub-contractor competition for SME supply chain access.

After the Games, John became the Commercial Director of the Home Office, bringing quality to its procurement, and delivery focus to its relationships, all in the wake of the MoJ tagging scandal.

In 2014 John left to provide bidding advice to SMEs and new entrants. He also provides procurement advice and in February began advising Parliament on their £3.5bn renovation programme.


Innovation zone

Visit out innovation zone and let us take you on a virtual dementia tour - experience what life with dementia is like. We'll also have the world's greenest truck on display.


Furniture display

Step into our office! We'll have a wide range of office furniture on display from Orangebox, Senator, Flexiform and Gresham.


Any questions?

If you have any questions about this event, please email [email protected]


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