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Event Overview

The 10th PASA CPO Exchange on 15th & 16th August 2019 will provide CPO/Procurement Leader attendees with two days of insightful keynote presentations, relevant peer-to-peer round-table discussions and relaxed networking.

Our opening keynote speaker on the first morning will address the newest procurement methodology coming out of Europe – Lean-agile procurement.

In a change to previous years, our second keynote speaker will conclude the first day with a thought-provoking presentation on communication, before running an extended masterclass that builds on the subject early the second morning.

However, the majority of your time at the CPO Exchange will be spent in round-table discussions. The main aim with these round-tables are:

• To make them as relevant as possible by soliciting topics, issues, challenges and questions from attending CPO’s in the two weeks leading up to the event
• To keep them as relaxed as possible, so that all participants feel comfortable to speak up and share what they know

As with previous CPO Exchanges, I will liaise with attendees prior to the event to develop the agenda for the discussions. This provides you with the opportunity to ensure that your key challenges are included in the program, enabling you to draw on the wisdom, insights and experience of your peers in the search for answers.

Of course, the exchange format dictates that CPOs attending must commit to a minimum of six half-hour meetings with sponsoring supplier partners. Our previous experience with this has revealed that CPOs actually find the opportunity to meet with suppliers who they may not usually meet, a valuable experience. Conducted in a very relaxed and informal way, the meetings provide an opportunity for both parties to learn more about each other explore whether or not there might be value in working together.

The final element of the event, and one that always receives extremely positive feedback, is the opportunity for informal networking throughout the event. Whether it be with fellow CPOs or participating speakers, facilitators or suppliers, there is plenty of time scheduled within the programme to build real connections that deliver real value.

I trust you find this of interest and look forward to welcoming you to the Gold Coast,

Nigel Wardropper
Managing Director

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Round-table sessions

Undoubtedly, one of the strongest benefits of attending for CPOs, is the opportunity to discuss key challenges with your peers.

The headline topics for the round-table sessions will be nominated by CPOs, with those selected to be discussed asked to chair their discussion. This format will allow even greater personalisation of the programme, enabling CPOs to draw on the knowledge and experience of their peers in search of solutions.

What is in it for you as a CPO?

• Complimentary attendance at the event, including the educational programme and networking functions • keynote sessions to open your eyes to new sources of value
• Up to ten intimate round-table sessions during which you can discuss your key procurement challenges with your peers
• Dedicated meeting time to meet potential new suppliers and discuss how they might be able to assist your business
• A Networking Dinner on Thursday evening, featuring a guest speaker
• A Networking Breakfast on Friday morning
• Free accommodation at the Sofitel Broadbeach for up to three nights
• Transfers back to Gold Coast airport if leaving at the end of the conference

Past CPO Attendees

• Evolution Mining
• DB Schenker
• Transurban
• Novartis
• Siemens Ltd. Australia
• George Weston Foods
• Westpac
• Snackbrands Australia
• Alcoa of Australia
• Lion Co
• Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (A Daimler Company)
• Crown Melbourne
• Department of Immigration and Border Protection

and many more

Testimonials from previous CPO attendees

“The PASA CPO Exchange was a fantastic opportunity to engage with fellow senior Procurement executives to share thoughts on the challenges and opportunities facing the profession across multiple industry sectors. The quality addition to the agenda of high performance business coaches and experts on emotional and cultural intelligence also created space for necessary introspection and future focus. I would thoroughly recommend
this exchange to other senior Procurement leaders.”
Rob Halsall | Director, Commercial Services, Operations and Property | Westpac Group

“It was a great experience delivered from an exceptional location. People are what make these events successful, and to be able to attract the level of calibre from such a wide array of industries is a credit to PASA, as well as the delivery, which was top class and professionally delivered. To be able to interact and network with likeminded professionals provided an excellent opportunity to discuss relevant topics affecting us every day. Scheduling allowed breathing space and if topics ran over time, it was able to made up.”
Shane Sherwood | General Manager Procurement | Westrac

“A great opportunity to step back from our day to day activities and remember that unless we take care of ourselves, how can we hope to deliver the best possible results for our organisations. Well done to Nigel and the team at PASA for another great conference.”
Matt Keegan | General Manager Supply Chain | Fleet Partners

“The 2016 CPO Exchange was a great opportunity to interact, swap ideas and learn from my peers. The event was extremely well managed and the location was great. I definitely recommend it to other CPOs”
Kellie Jess Chief Procurement Officer | The Australian National University

“This was my second PASA CPO Exchange, and was even more enjoyable and valuable than the first. I would recommend this event to any CPO looking to learn from industry peers, meet with innovative suppliers and be both entertained and challenged by some thought-provoking speakers. Well done PASA. “
Ian Griffith | Head of Procurement | DuluxGroup

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Examples from previous event

The Round-table topics below are the final list of topics for a previous CPO Exchange and are simply there to
illustrate the kind of topics that get nominated by attending CPO’s. CPO’s will be invited to submit topics for
discussion at this Exchange approximately two weeks prior to the event

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  • Day 1

    Thursday 15th August

  • Explanation of proceedings

  • This session will explore lean-agile procurement and the difference of this approach compared to traditional procurement methodologies. We will explore how lean-agile principles can be applied to sourcing projects to deliver greater value to your customers and a better return on investment. The lean-agile approach brings stakeholders and suppliers on the journey together, reducing delivery times of sourcing projects from months to weeks (or even days). Through case studies and examples, we will discuss why lean-agile procurement is different from traditional procurement and when it might be appropriate to use it.

  • Round Table

  • Round Table

  • Round Table

  • ‘Agile’ practices have been around for some time. But how well have agile methodologies been applied to procurement? Is the Lean-agile movement really something new and if so, what sets it apart?
    Round Table

  • Do you ever feel that there’s more information to communicate to your stakeholders than ever before? And sometimes your emails aren’t read? Or they’re just ignored or misinterpreted? We are told to keep the communications short because people are too busy to read our emails. Unfortunately, there’s more changes, regulations, requirements, policies and processes to communicate today and as a result, things get missed and our jobs are made even tougher. How do you say less but add more value? How do we get our messages across to our stakeholders, quickly and succinctly? Or perhaps you need to shift perceptions and attitudes towards procurement. If you think an email is enough, think again. It is one thing to be an expert in your specific area, but it is quite another to communicate your expertise to others and get them to do what you need them to do. Striking the right balance between keeping your audience interested, while remaining true to your information, is a huge challenge. In other words, persuading your audience to do what you need them to do is hard. Louise will share with you two techniques that will help you declutter your communication so that you target your audience the first time.

  • Day 2

    Friday 16th August

  • When we write, most of us start by opening a blank email, Word document or PowerPoint presentation. We write down our points that we want the audience to know, cut and paste the ideas to create a structure, then we send off what we want to say to our audience. Unfortunately, these communications often aren’t what readers want to read. This masterclass will explore the communication techniques explained at the end of day 1, so that your emails and other communications are read, and understood, the first time. This practical session will help you: • Get to the heart of your communication quickly and accurately • Map out the architecture of a compelling argument to address your audience’s key concerns • Collaborate with colleagues to ensure that all voices are heard, and that the integrity of the argument is respected

  • Issues around digitalisation, adoption of technology, leveraging technology etc were plentiful! Often lost in the thinking around this is the ‘why’. What are we looking to achieve? What business problem are we trying to solve?
    Round Table

  • As leaders we often tell ourselves getting access to talent is getting harder, but what are we truly doing to connect with the high-potential Procurement practitioners? – A discussion with Ashleigh Tuner (CIPSA Young Talent of the Year 2019) on what high-potential millennials looks for in future employers.
    Round Table

  • Investors, shareholders, customers and communities are demanding action on a wide range of sustainability issues from large organisations. Having a human rights policy and a modern slavery statement is not enough. What others are doing in this space and how are they managing the conflicting priorities (i.e. savings vs. sustainability)? Which partners are in the market to support these initiatives?
    Round Table

  • We are faced with many conflicting priorities eg: • Cost-savings vs Long-term strategic alliances • Innovation vs risk management • Speed to source vs mitigating risk • Ethical procurement/compliance vs stakeholder buy-in How do we find the right balance?
    Round Table



Thanks to our Exchange Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are limited partner positions available for the CPO Exchange. This is in keeping with the exclusive and intimate atmosphere that we wish to create around this event.

To secure your partner position please contact:

Vanessa Preece
T. 0490 803 313



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