Public Procurement Conference 2024

Thursday 14th March • Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin



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The Irish procurement landscape 2024

The Irish State spends approximately €18.5 billion every year on goods, services and works. Of this spending, 92% remains in Ireland and 50% is spent with SMEs. Across the EU, public procurement represents a significant proportion of total procurement. It is a useful tool for achieving policy objectives and can have many societal benefits including spending efficiency, improving well-being, working to deliver carbon net zero and promoting ethical and resilient supply chains.

Value for money is a key part of successful public procurement. The Programme for Government 2020 commits to ensuring strong value-for-money for the taxpayer whilst seeking to minimise the environmental impact and optimise the community benefits. It tasks the Office of Government Procurement “to support the adoption of new technologies through the development of new public service frameworks” commits to the development and implementation of a sustainable procurement policy, updating all frameworks in line with green procurement practice, and mandating the inclusion of green criteria in all procurements using public funds.

The Climate Action Plan requires every public body to have a climate mandate, a key element of that is using public procurement to deliver change. Ireland’s public sector is in position of significant influence to stimulate the provision of more resource-efficient, less polluting goods, services and works within the marketplace. A new Green Public Procurement Strategy and Action Plan is currently being prepared and is expected to be finalised and published in early Q1 2024.

The National Development Plan 2021-2030 is the largest ever delivered in the history of the State with €165 billion set to be invested in infrastructure projects. It has a particular focus on housing, climate, transport and healthcare projects for the decade ahead. Recent inflation and supply chain issues have caused a set of complex issues for the construction sector.

The Public Procurement Conference 2024 will once again bring together key stakeholders from across the Irish procurement sector to discuss the latest developments and their implications for your procurement strategy.

location

Where

Clontarf Castle Hotel Dublin

location

When

08:30
Thursday 14th March

Focused conference

This conference will examine what effective procurement means for public service organisations in Ireland. It will provide a genuine, in-depth understanding of the key issues via a high level panel of speakers.

An expert panel of local and visiting experts will look at issues including:

  • Policy update
  • Procurement across the health sector
  • Green public procurement
  • Best practice local government procurement
  • Decarbonising supply chains
  • Procuring for education
  • Cloud procurement
  • Creating social value in procurement
  • Procurement in the housing sector
  • Collaborative procurement across public services
  • Attaining social and economic benefit from public purchasing
  • Best practice: Case studies from outside Ireland

Who attends?

This conference is of interest to all procurement and purchasing professionals in the public, private and voluntary sector, as well as other managers involved in other aspects of service delivery.

  • Procurement Managers / Officers
  • Chief Executives / Executive Directors
  • Board members / Non-Executive Directors
  • Purchasing Officers / Managers
  • Compliance Officers / Managers
  • Finance Directors
  • Legal and financial advisors
  • Tenders and Contracts Managers
  • Bid Managers
  • Head of Supply Chains
  • Other procurement professionals

Confirmed

Speakers

David O’Sullivan

Assistant Secretary
Office of Government Procurement

John Coyne

Director of Commercial & Procurement
Welsh Government

John Swords

National Director of Procurement
Health Service Executive

Eileen Torres Morales

Research Associate
Stockholm Environment Institute

Paul Roulston

Business Development Capture Manager
AWS

Sinead Leonard

Chief Procurement Officer
Iarnród Éireann

Philip Gurnett

Head of Sourcing Education & Director of Education Procurement Service
Department of Education

Dr Maggie Farrell

Strategic Supply Management, Faculty of Business
TU Dublin

Conor O’Regan

Chief Procurement Officer
ESB

Norman Jackson

Senior Projects and Procurement Advisor
The Housing Agency

Aidan Sweeney

Head of Enterprise & Regulatory Affairs
Ibec

On the day

Conference programme

08.30

Registration and morning coffee

09:00

Aiden Sweeney
Head of Enterprise & Regulatory Affairs
Ibec

Chair's welcome and introduction

David O’Sullivan
Assistant Secretary
Office of Government Procurement Ireland

Procurement in Ireland: Future outlook and opportunities

John Coyne
Director of Commercial & Procurement
Welsh Government

Driving change through public procurement in Wales

Paul Roulston
Business Development Capture Manager
AWS

Procuring Cloud in the Public Sector

Dr Maggie Farrell
Strategic Supply Management, Faculty of Business
TU Dublin

The key enablers and capabilities for public procurement business model evolution

Eileen Torres Morales
Research Associate
Stockholm Environment Institute

Green public procurement: a lever for mitigating European greenhouse gas emissions

Questions & answers / panel discussion

10:45

Coffee and Networking break

11:15

John Swords
National Director of Procurement
Health Service Executive

Healthcare procurement: A better patient experience through innovation

Sinead Leonard
Chief Procurement Officer
Iarnród Éireann

The steps to successful transport procurement

Philip Gurnett
Head of Sourcing Education & Director of Education Procurement Service
Department of Education

Managing procurement across the education sector

Norman Jackson
Senior Procurement & Projects Advisor
The Housing Agency

The role of effective procurement in housing delivery

Conor O’Regan
Chief Procurement Officer
ESB

Transforming procurement in ESB

Questions & answers / panel discussion

13:15

Networking lunch and conference close

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to partner with the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across Ireland’s procurement sector. For more information on packages available and speaking opportunities at the event contact Jillian Wallace on 01 661 3755 or email Jillian.Wallace@eolasmagazine.ie.

Public Procurement Conference

Registration

Local government and public sector rate

€275
+ VAT @ 23% = €338.25

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Standard delegate rate

€325
+ VAT @ 23% = €399.75

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Charity rate

€175
+ VAT @ 23% = €215.25

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Venue

Clontarf Castle Hotel

Castle Avenue
Clontarf
Dublin 3
D03 W5N0

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