Procurement Leadership NZ 2019

Progressing future focused, sustainable procurement practices.

Event Details

Ryan Challis

EY Young Procurement Professional of the Year 2018

Recipient of the EY Young Procurement Professional of the Year award in 2018, and Senior Procurement Specialist within the New Zealand Government, Ryan is personally responsible for leading project teams for some of the most significant procurements in New Zealand. Ryan’s career started in the sales and marketing industry where he soon realised a role in procurement would offer him the leadership challenges and commercial problem-solving opportunities he sought. The biggest driver for Ryan is the opportunity to help grow New Zealand and support developing markets through creative procurement approaches. Currently, Ryan is focused on how procurement is being used to leverage positive social, environmental and economic outcomes and is excited to see how emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and 3D printing can contribute to this. Outside of procurement, Ryan enjoys supporting the personal and professional development of his peers. Ryan founded and is President of a Wellington Toastmasters Club, and is an active member of the Developing Procurement Leaders Group. When asked, ‘what advice would you give to someone entering the industry?’ Ryan said, ‘if you’re not pushing boundaries, you’re not really doing procurement right.’
Speakers (in order of appearance)

Paul Shallard

Partner, Consulting


Paul Shallard is a Deloitte Consulting Partner based in Auckland with over 18 years of experience with Deloitte in New Zealand and internationally on a wide range of projects. From improving service delivery and enhancing the customer experience, through to reducing operating costs, Paul works with his clients to design and implement changes to the way they operate as a way to increasing enterprise value and to deliver better results. He specialises in sourcing and procurement, strategic cost transformation, and the design of operating models in support of enterprise changes and has advised extensively across the public and private sectors. He is also experienced in the development of business cases and advising on complex, outsourcing arrangements in the Public Sector.

Richard Marshall

General Manager Supply Chain

Douglas Pharmaceuticals

Richard Marshall joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1985 and spent 13 years flying transport planes including 3yrs instructing in Australia. Operational tours were in Iran with the United Nations, Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, and in NZ’s Middle East Base to support both Afghanistan and Iraq operations. Non-flying duties over the next 12 years included: planning for East Timor deployment, Counter Terrorism planning for APEC, Project Management and Procurement of the Boeing 757 and Hercules upgrade programmes. The latter years included a diplomatic posting to Washington DC before taking over as the Base Commander at Auckland to manage the operation of the Base, and lead and support the 1500 civilian, uniform and contractors on the Base. He then worked in the tourism industry as an Operations Manager and as a Branch Manager, before working at SKYCITY for four years as a Strategic Procurement Manager and later the Head of Supply Chain and Procurement. He has been at Douglas Pharmaceuticals for the last three and half years as the GM Global Supply Chain looking after their Planning, Warehouse & Procurement teams who support their Manufacturing sites in Auckland and Fiji, their Contract Manufacturers and Packers in Switzerland, US and Hong Kong, and supporting their R&D facilities in NZ and Pennsylvania, USA.

Dave Nellist FCIPS

New Zealand Regional Manager

ArcBlue Consulting

Procurement has been Dave’s career focus for over 30 years. Currently a senior consultant with ArcBlue Consulting he has worked primarily in manufacturing, including 12 years with Toyota's European operations, along with spells in the public sector and in general insurance. In addition to procurement he has helped coordinate the development of business process management and ‘lean’ thinking for a previous employer, and provides insight and thought leadership as an occasional contributor to procurement media and through participation in industry forums. Dave is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and was a member of the CIPSA Australasian Procurement Awards judging panels in 2011, 2014 and 2015. At ArcBlue Dave is leading the delivery of support for a wide range of public and private sector clients across New Zealand in activities right across the procurement cycle.

Bridget Clarke

Associate Director, Procurement, Property and Finance

Robert Walters

Bridget joined the Wellington office in 2011 and has been with Robert Walters for 8 years, during this time she has built a strong presence in Procurement. Bridget manages a portfolio across Procurement, Property and Finance. Her team place people in roles across Procurement, Commercial, Finance and Supply Chain. Bridget holds a degree in Business Administration from Victoria University in Marketing, Information Systems and Commercial Law. She was recently promoted to Associate Director for Property, Procurement and Finance, extending her wealth of experience to the Finance team and holds records nationally for placement rates and business partnering.

Nicola Colson MRCSA

Associate Director

Robert Walters

Nicola Colson has been working in recruitment for the past 12 years in Australia and NZ. Joining Robert Walters 3.5 years ago she has been working across Procurement, Property and Professional Services. Nicola also is a representative on the NZ council for the Recruitment Services and Consulting Association (RCSA). Throughout her career she has been an advisor on talent management, career paths and working with organisations to secure and understand talent and sourcing strategies.

Mei Fern Johnson

Partner, Corporate Advisory

Russell McVeagh

Mei Fern is a partner at Russell McVeagh, and has acted for procuring and tendering parties for almost 20 years in high value, business-critical, procurement and outsourcing projects, spanning the technology, transport, defence, water, infrastructure and health sectors. She also specialises in negotiating complex and significant contracting for and with onshore and offshore parties. She regularly advises on strategic procurement planning, procurement rules and probity.

Rebecca Corne

Senior Business Advisor, APP and Data

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Rachel Munro

Business Readiness Manager, e-Invoicing

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Rachel is an experienced project and change management professional, with a focus on building digital capability for business transformation. Excited by the announcement that New Zealand has signed up to an international standard to support digital Procurement, she is leading the team supporting businesses to ready themselves for an e-Invoicing environment. E-Invoicing is a solution that all business will be able to access and benefit from, regardless of size and the systems they currently use, saving them time and money by enabling faster delivery, processing and payment of invoices.

Eric Ngan

Event Producer, Major Events


Eric Ngan is an Event Producer with over 20 years of experience in Wellington and Auckland. He has produced a wide range of events, including, multi-genre Art festivals, Corporate sector events, Ethnic cultural festivals and Rugby World Cup Fan Zones Eric is currently the Event Producer of the popular Auckland Lantern Festival. This annual festival has developed this into the largest cultural event in New Zealand, attracting over 165,000 audience over four nights In his spare time Eric is active within the Aotearoa Asian creative arts sector and coordinates the Auckland Urban Sketchers group.

Lisa Davis

Head of Procurement


People are a passion for Lisa. Her curiosity about what is important to people has shaped her determination to build high performing teams. She believes the key to success is the strength of its team, ensuring all voices are listened to without judgement, which generates an environment for creative ideas. She is a Design Thinking enthusiast and uses its principles to co-create, as that’s where the “magic” comes from. It is because of this passion that Lisa has taken a lead role in developing an organisational program to address awareness and a change in culture. Its goal is to ensure that diversity and inclusion is led from the heart, and all individuals are empowered to have the confidence to be their whole selves at work. Lisa is currently leading Spark’s New Zealand procurement function, which over the last 8 months especially, has offered a sizable challenge, as Lisa has helped guide the business through a full organisational transformation into Agile. The skills required to adapt to these changes has been a result of working in a number of roles in both the Finance and Information Technology sectors over the last 15+ years. Lisa brings an authentic leadership style and has prided herself on using each role to constantly refine her skills, by using reflection and the gift of feedback to drive excellence. She believes by always ensuring the customer is held as the ‘North Star’, defines and strengthen’s a market leading organisation, which procurement can help deliver by enabling the business to build strong sustainable relationships with its suppliers. Lisa immigrated from South Africa in 1996, she has two young boys who both constantly put her negotiation skills to the test.

Chris Morrison


Karma Cola

Buying a ginger beer bug 30 years ago, Chris Morrison started out brewing ginger beer at home and from small beginnings grew one of the Southern Hemispheres most successful organic drinks brands, Phoenix Organics. Since selling Phoenix in 2005, Chris has maintained his footing clearly in the sustainability space. He has invested in a number of ethical business startups and was the founder and Chairman of the Sustainable Business Network as well as the Chairman of organic certifier, BioGro. In 2010 he founded All Good Organics with his business partners Simon Coley and Matt Morrison. Together Chris, Simon and Matt launched New Zealand’s first Fairtrade bananas in February 2010, despite being told they were ‘cowboys’ and that no one would be willing to pay $1 more for a bunch of bananas. In 2012, they launched Karma Cola, a Fairtrade and organic soft drink company that sources and uses real cola nut from West Africa. From there, The Karma Cola Foundation was established to support the cola nut growers in Sierra Leone. Money from every one of the 5 great tasting do-gooding Karma Cola drinks sold goes back to these villages in Sierra Leone and to date the Karma Cola Foundation has provided scholarships for 135 girls to go to school, funded 6 teachers, provided training in leadership and business, supported eco-tourism projects, established a social health fund, plus built rice processors, bridges, community guest houses and meeting places. In 2012, Chris was named Sustainability Champion by the Sustainable Business Network for his ongoing commitment to ethical business.

Dr Seán Barnes

Venture Manager

Ākina Foundation

Dr Seán Barnes leads Ākina Foundation’s social procurement work programme that includes providing advisory support to businesses, connecting businesses to social enterprise suppliers, building a marketplace for social procurement and supporting social enterprises to be procurement ready. Before working with Ākina, Seán worked in engineering and consultancy roles. Through his work at Ākina, Seán aims to promote positive social and environmental impact.

Matthew Parsons

Procurement Team Manager

New Zealand Post

Matthew Parsons began his procurement career in the UK, managing the procurement of large commercial and social services for the public sector. Matt returned to his native New Zealand in 2006, where he worked with the Ministry of Education, before joining New Zealand Post in 2011. As Procurement Team Manager, Matt has contributed to New Zealand Post’s innovative culture, enabling him to promote social procurement within the organisation. Matt is passionate about the growth of the social enterprise sector in New Zealand and sees this as an effective way for business and government to invest in social and environmental outcomes.

Aaron Donaldson

Head of ICT and Corporate Procurement

Auckland Council

Aaron Donaldson is the Head of ICT and Corporate Procurement at Auckland Council. He is responsible for the strategic management of the ICT and Corporate categories across the Council (and Group); managing and driving the change in thinking and behaviour needed to realise category benefits and best value for money. Within his role, he creates strong links, and works collaboratively across all internal customers and external suppliers to identify and achieve sustainable benefits.

Jazz Singh

General Manager Procurement

Auckland Council

Jazz is a qualified lawyer with private practice experience in a top tier law firm and has over 10 years’ experience in several in-house roles in local government. Prior to his appointment as General Manager Procurement for Auckland Council, he was the Head of Risk at Auckland Council and before this the Manager of Property and Commercial Legal Services. Jazz has also worked at the Whangarei District Council as the Democracy and Legal Manager. Jazz brings a fresh perspective to the procurement challenges and risks councils face and providing the vision to lead procurement change in a large and diverse organisation.

Lisa Martin

General Manager Sustainability


Lisa Martin is General Manager of Sustainability at Sanford Group, New Zealand’s largest and most diverse seafood business. For Sanford, sustainability sits at the core of the business, being both fundamental to the company’s survival, and the foundation for its growth. A direct report to the CEO, Lisa is responsible for developing, implementing, communicating and integrating sustainability into mainstream Sanford business, with strategy, initiatives and reporting focused on the material issues. Her key areas of focus include governance and risk, marine plastics, ecosystem health, climate issues, partnerships and engagement. Lisa is passionate about delivering outcomes that not only future proof, but position Sanford to deliver on its vision to become the Best Seafood Company in the World through the sustainable growth of the business. She also leads delivery of Sanford’s integrated Annual Reports, which have been recognised through international awards in the United States and Australasia. Further insights into our areas of focus can be found in their most recent integrated Annual Report 2018 – The Elements.

Jane Kennedy

Manager AoG ICT Commercial Services

Department of Internal Affairs

Jane Kennedy is the Manager All of Government ICT Commercial Services for the GCDO (Government Chief Digital Office) function within Department of Internal Affairs. She is accountable for the establishment of all of government commercial arrangements and the performance of strategic suppliers to New Zealand Government across the ICT sector. Jane has led the development of New Zealand government’s innovative ICT commercial frameworks, including the commercial and procurement design of the Government Marketplace Platform. Jane has over 20 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors including senior management roles in the Telecommunications and Energy sectors.

Mark Pascall


Blockchain Labs NZ

Mark is passionate about all things decentralised and blockchain. He is currently director and co-founder of, an independent global blockchain advisory, specialising in security, R&D and smart contract auditing) and President of the Blockchain Association of New Zealand. He has presented at over 30 conferences all over the world on blockchain related topics.

Richard Elliott

Head of IT Transformation

University of Auckland

Richard has been leading transformational change initiatives for over 15 years, having emigrated to NZ 5 years ago from the UK. After experiencing the telco boom and bubble of late 90s first hand as an entrepreneur and product manager, Richard worked for several years in procurement in the banking, engineering and transport sectors, focusing first on e- procurement projects and then large procurement division transformations. Since then, Richard has led a number of major change programmes across a wide range industries and functions, but all with a common emphasis on new capabilities achieved through getting the best out of enabling technologies and people. He joined the team at the University of Auckland in 2018 to lead transformation in the Digital Services area, a key component of the University's digital strategy.

Xian Fu

IT Procurement Manager

University of Auckland

Xian Fu leads IT Procurement at the University of Auckland and has been in the ICT procurement for the past 7 years . She is responsible for managing all ICT categories; providing procurement leadership; delivering strategic sourcing services and managing supply chain risks across the entire University. Prior to her role in IT Procurement, she worked as category manager for the indirect categories at the University. Xian is passionate about how modern technology procurement can partner with the businesses and enable them to enhance intellectual development, educational quality and research in New Zealand Higher Education sector.

Robert Blache

Future Insights Manager, Advanced Manufacturing

Callaghan Innovation

Robert is part of the Future Insights team at Callaghan Innovation. He is helping NZ businesses to understand the opportunities and challenges arising from global innovation trends and other market dynamics. He has a particular focus on Advanced Manufacturing, where digital technologies, Industry 4.0 and 3d printing keep changing what is possible at a fast pace.

Ron Stuart

Director, Strategy and Transformation

GT Insights

Ron is a systems thinker, strategist and innovator with a history of providing outstanding results to both the private and public sectors. He is currently Director Strategy and Transformation, GT Insights, designing business strategies that are aimed at enabling the digital transformation of organisations. From 2013 to 2017 Ron was accountable for the design and deployment of the New Zealand Government ICT commercial strategy, supplier relationship management framework and the ICT cloud services marketplace. He also has considerable experience in the development of Worksource /manpower transition strategies for the digital age and economy with an understanding of the ‘rise of the machine and the role of the ‘blended’ workforce that includes staff, contingent, supplier provided people and AI/robotics. Ron developed the Careers New Zealand strategy for Tertiary Education Commission in 2018. Ron has a business senior management background in the financial services, energy and public sectors, including a role as HR director of a large New Zealand company. He also has a 25-year career as a management consultant including a two-year role as leader of a New Zealand Management Consultancy Practice. Ron has significant governance experience including a five-year term as Chair Victoria University of Wellington MBA Advisory Board, Board member for New Zealand National Library 2030 programme, Chair of the New Zealand Government Procurement Reform Technical Advisory Groups, National Councilor with the New Zealand Institute of Management Consultants and Chair of the New Zealand Remuneration Network. He has also been selected for and has participated on the International Advisory Council for the Smart City Asia Pacific Awards (SCAPA) 2018.
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