Westpac Smarts: Profiting from your supply chain

Date: Friday 30 Aug 2019     Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Venue: Wellington Chamber of Commerce Level 7, 3-11 Hunter St


This Westpac smarts event is dedicated to helping you improve profitability, gain competitive edge and enhance customer satisfaction through better managing your supply chain. This is your chance to gain practical, relevant advice from experienced practitioners and identify opportunities for improving your business.

Spend with suppliers is a significant part of the cost base of most businesses – often in the range of 40% to 70% across both direct costs and overheads. Overlooking the processes and relationships that make up these costs can be a big barrier for reaching your full potential as a business.

During this session the speakers will share their knowledge and experience, including;

1. Ideas on how to get the best from suppliers and supply markets

2. Insights into ethical supply chain considerations

3. Tips on how to acquire and improve bought-in value

4. Scalable approaches that are relevant to SME environments

This event is FREE & open to members only. Coffee and tea will be available on arrival.

Speaker Bios:

Arc Blue’s NZ Regional Manager, Dave Nellist, has over 30 years of experience in supply management. Dave will be guest speaker for the session, joined by Director at Arc Blue Consulting, Richard May, who is highly specialised in procurement and consultancy. Both are fellows of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.


Dave Nellist is currently a senior consultant and has worked primarily as a practitioner in manufacturing industry, including 12 years with Toyota's European operations, along with spells in the public sector and in general insurance. Dave has also helped coordinate the development of employer business process management and ‘lean’ thinking, 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 leads the delivery of support for a wide range of public and private sector clients across New Zealand in activities right across the procurement cycle.

Richard May:  Also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, Richard has over 35 years both in senior procurement roles and as a senior consultant. He has worked with public and private sector organisations, large and small, across the world including in Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, and across Asia. For the last 10 years Richard has been based in New Zealand and has been involved in enabling many enterprises to reposition their procurement process so that it makes a fundamentally different contribution to organisation objectives. As Purchasing Director for a major multinational in Asia Pacific, he is credited with leading the first ever successful across-Asia Pacific integration of the Procurement Process as a Key Business Process. His understanding of cross-cultural change management is widely respected. Richard’s particular area of interest is in facilitating cross-functional, cross-cultural teams.


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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received 5 clear working days prior to the event. Cancellations after this time and ‘no-shows’ on the day will be charged the full invoice amount. Substitutions are permitted if you can no longer attend.