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Supporting Innovation and Education
Within Healthcare Procurement
New Speakers Announced
Motivational Speaker: Adam Kay
Simon Walsh MCIPS
Simon Walsh has enjoyed a 32 year career in NHS Procurement working in all the key functions and across Hospitals/Community Services in the North West. In 2003 Simon commenced working in Manchester undertaking a number of senior roles that culminated in his current appointment at Manchester University Hospitals NHS FT. The Trust is a large and successful healthcare provider with a turnover of £1.7bn.
Simon leads the Trust Procurement and E-Commerce Department a 104 strong Team that manages all Trust non-pay spend (£700m).
The Department provides a modern and fully integrated Purchase to Pay service including Accounts Payable. An annual £8m Savings Programme has been delivered since 2009/10 and non-pay efficiency is an important part of the Trust's financial plans.
The Department has Level Two NHS Procurement Standards
He became a Full Member of the CPISand Supply in 1990. He has been a member of the Health Care Supply Association all his career and in 2013-2015 was Chairman.
Chris has worked within the NHS for over 20 years in a variety of senior procurement and supply chain roles, this has included the management of the procurement and customer related activities undertaken by NHS Supply Chain.
Prior to joining the NHS Chris spent nine years in private industry, working for retail clients in the manufacturing sector.
Chris has a Master’s degree in Business Administration that focuses on business and supply chain strategy and a post graduate professional diploma in management.
Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).
David Williams joined NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI) in March 2020 as Director of Procurement.
He leads the Procurement Target Operating Model (PTOM) programme, which is working in partnership to redefine NHS Procurement, in order to drive sustainable value and improve patient outcomes.
David has over 20 years Commercial and Procurement leadership experience across the global food retailing sector. Prior to joining the NHS, David was the Global Procurement Director at Tesco.
He designed, built and led an integrated Procurement function capable of supporting all Tesco operating markets – the output of which could leverage the skill and scale of the whole organisation. He was also instrumental in leveraging benefits following Tesco acquisition of the Booker wholesale group, and the strategic alliance with Carrefour.
David champions sustainability in the supply chain and is passionate about ethical purchasing. At Tesco he led the removal of the single use plastic bag from stores, he launched the Tesco train (which significantly reduced emissions through transportation of goods by rail rather than road) and he launched Fairtrade Bananas for customers, giving much needed support to plantation workers and their communities.
Glen Hodgson is Head of Healthcare at GS1 UK. He is charged with supporting the NHS and the healthcare industry to deliver greater efficiency and a more robust approach to patient safety.
With over 20 years of national and international experience, Glen has served at board level in a variety of operational and commercial roles within complex organisational structures inside the pharmaceutical/healthcare arena.
Michael has more than 30 years’ senior procurement experience across the UK and North America, in the NHS, retail and manufacturing sectors, with a focus on leading innovative procurement programmes.
Currently Managing Director at NHS London Procurement Partnership, Michael previously spent six years with Trading Partners, the e-auction specialists who operated out of offices in London and Chicago. Following this, his NHS procurement experience has been extensive, with four years as Head of Procurement at Great Ormond Street and eCommerce work at the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. Michael was NHS LPP’s Commercial and Business Development Director between October 2011 and November 2012, before returning temporarily to the private sector to provide consultancy advice, leading and overseeing a doubling of e-auctions for ASDA as one of his many successful projects.
Seeing the move towards greater cross system working in the health service, Michael returned to the NHS in 2015, bringing with him his passion for collaboration and innovation between national and local networks. He joined NHS Business Services Authority before then accepting the role of Managing Director at NHS LPP last year, where he and the team are supporting members to respond innovatively to the opportunities and challenges of the changing procurement landscape. Most recently, he has provided procurement support to the NHS England and NHS Improvement team as part of the COVID-19 response.
Michael is a champion for learning and development, driving forward the NHS LPP Academy, as well as supporting the PSDN network across London and wider to help guide the next generation of procurement professionals
David Harris works for the Lancashire Procurement Cluster (LPC) which provides procurement and logistics services to a number of trusts in the North West. As Head of Service for Logistics and Supply Chain, David has been instrumental in the delivery of Scan4Safety and modern logistics practices across the trusts served by the LPC. He is also the chair for the Lancashire and South Cumbria GS1 UK Scan4Safety group.
David brings over 40 years’ experience in the logistics industry, with 17 years in the Middle East, working on complex international supply chains and e-commerce. He held several senior positions with some of the premier companies in the Middle East, including Alshaya, Agility (previously PWC), and DHL. David has also worked for the Department of Economic Development, Government of Dubai serving the logistics sector and worked as an advisor to the CEO of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
More recently David has been working in the UK as CEO for Europe and North America for Aramex. His work predominately concentrated on the development and growth of Aramex’s e-commerce business out of the European Union and North America for global and emerging markets developing business start-ups and offering consultancy services for businesses seeking to enter the Middle East markets, especially in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Mark Songhurst has worked in England’s NHS for 20 years. For the past three years, he has been a workstream leader and is currently project manager for Scan4Safety at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Having worked for 13 years in the internal audit organisation, he has an in-depth understanding of the processes across the hospital that help to deliver good patient care.
Mark Songhurst is also a Future-Focused Finance Value Maker and a School of Health and Care Radicals Change Agent. He is extremely passionate when it comes to working with people and understanding how they can collaborate across the NHS to make lasting changes on services provided to patients. He was awarded the Future-Focused Finance Award by the Healthcare Financial Management Association in 2018, in recognition of his work at local, regional and national levels to improve NHS Finance.
His willingness to accept change, to walk alongside NHS staff of all levels and enabling them to engage with change and try something new, is helping drive the Scan4Safety project forward at Leeds.
: Keith Rowley has been Managing Director of NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) NOE CPC, a wholly owned part of Leeds and York Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) since 2012. Through NOE CPC Keith is responsible for a range of services including the Collaborative Procurement Hub, the Hotel Services Category Tower and the shared Procurement and Logistics services delivered to LYPFT and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH). Prior to joining NOE CPC, Keith worked in the IT Services Sector for 14 years, where he covered a wide spectrum of roles including procurement, sales, marketing, and operations. Most recently Keith has been appointed Chief Officer of Health Care Supply Association (HCSA).
Keith is particularly interested in ensuring the role of Procurement is valued and developed to ensure it continues to underpin the success of the NHS.
Following his time in the Royal Navy as a Marine Engineer David took the decision on leaving the Service to move into the world of Business development. Having spent eight years working in very technically focussed Business Growth Roles, David moved into the IT industry in 1999. David has spent 18 years working with all parts of the Health and Care Sector from Central Government Departments all the way through the Sector to the delivery of frontline Patient centric solutions always. David’s passion is to enhance the delivery of patient care, which is why he was a natural choice to lead this exciting role for UKCloud Health.
Brian has a wealth of experience within Healthcare Procurement at both an operational and strategic level. He is passionate about the role procurement has to offer in meeting the global challenges of delivering better outcomes set against diminishing financial resources. In his current assignment as Value Based Procurement (VBP) Project Lead for Supply Chain Co-ordination Ltd, he is actively leading, promoting and supporting the development of VBP; with the vision of facilitating a paradigm shift from traditional adversarial buyer supplier relationships, to a position where healthcare and industry operate in an environment based on trust, aligned objectives, mutual benefits and success.