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Your sessions for the day

4th June Update: Please note that the event is going ahead as planned. Looking forward to welcoming you!


09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:30 Refeshments and Networking in the Exhibitor Zone
09:30- 10:00 Welcome and introduction
10:00 - 11:00 Keynote Speaker
11:00 - 11:30
Morning Coffee in the Exhibitor Zone - networking with Keynote
11:35 -12:15 Breakout sessions - Tracks one and Two
12:20 - 13:00 Breakout sessions - Tracks one and Two
13:00 - 14:00 Buffet Lunch - Meet the Exhibitors
14:00 - 14:40 Breakout sessions - Tracks one and Two
14:45 - 15:25 Plenary session
15:25 - 15:45 Coffee and Afternoon tea - Meet the Exhibitors
15:45 - 16:30 AP Awards, Prize Giving & Champagne reception
16:30 - 17:00 Closing
   Track One: P2P Transformation    Track Two: Leadership

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Opening Keynote - Ben Fogle

Adventurer, Royal Navy Reserve, author, Countrywise presenter and NBC news correspondent Ben Fogle will open the day's sessions. With a waxwork in Madame Tussaud's, a front row seat the Royal Wedding, Ben is a popular and excellent speaker. His achievements include rowing the Atlantic in forty-nine days and crossing Antarctica in a 500 mile footrace to the South Pole, as well as winning a three-round celebrity charity boxing match for BBC Sport Relief and completing the Marathon Des Sables – a 160mile race across the Sahara Desert, not to mention presenting on Crufts! His experiences often challenge what we think of as possible, and his test of endurance are truly an inspiration.

What's Next For Robotic Process Automation? - Andrew Burgess

Any company that uses labour on a large scale for general knowledge process work, where people are performing high-volume, highly transactional process functions, will boost their capabilities and save money and time with robotic process automation software. Just as industrial robots are remaking the manufacturing industry by creating higher production rates and improved quality, RPA “robots” are revolutionising the way we think about and administer business processes. These days, smart robots have the power to replace human effort across processes end-to-end rather than earlier robots that simply focused on a specific part of a task. Join this session to understand where RPA fits in with your organisation, how you can prepare, and the benefits to be gained.

Will technology kill the Procurement star? Jim Hemmington, Director of Procurement, BBC

In this session, Jim Hemmington asks us to imagine a world where automated inter-company ordering is linked to consumption and where machines are programmed to look and learn about global supply chain risk in real time and adapt accordingly and automatically. It’s a world that in some ways is already here. So does this mean that the PO will be consigned to history? Probably not, but only if procurement can adapt, can become more proactive and agile and not shy away from partnering with areas of the business, such as finance. Join this session to find out more.

 Where Next for Prompt Payment Initiatives? - Philip King, CEO CICM

The latest research points to more than one in ten small businesses being forced to wait over 90 days to get paid by their suppliers. Despite industry efforts to eliminate the problem, including strengthening the Prompt Payment Code backed by 1,800 UK businesses, three per cent of UK SMEs report having to wait four months (120 days) for payment in their contract terms, introducing unnecessary risk into the supply chain in the process.

The Prompt Payment Code Advisory board was set up in 2014, with the remit of supporting and advising on the strengthening of the Prompt Payment Code that encourages businesses to pay their suppliers within 60 days, and move towards 30 days as a norm. But with the new Small Business Minister, Margot James signalling a tougher approach, what next for businesses that fail to comply?

 Easier, Better, Faster - Transform your Finance for success - Michael Ryan

What does financial transformation look like to your organisation? When do you know that it's been a success? Michael will use this session to highlight some of the outcomes you should be heading towards, and how to map success along the way. Using his highly interactive presentation style, he'll use his experience as a finance transformation expert to bring the topic to life, for you to carry back to your own organisations.

How Compliance and Culture can Impact the Lifeblood of P2P Processing - Dan Foley, Director Finance SS Keir Group

Uncover how to take a leadership role over your data, and not just pay lip service. Learn the importance of getting the basics right and understand the emotional impact of data. The "it will do" approach will no longer cut it. Understand the parts Procurement and Finance play in creating a rich environment for data analysis to support business outcomes.

Is Purchase to Pay Fraud Impossible to Prevent? Mary Schaeffer

Could your organisation be susceptible to fraud? Perhaps it's one of the 44% that's fallen victim to some degree of fraud over the last three years. With almost weekly reports of fraudulent activity, sometimes it can seem that our ability to thwart attacks are never going to be enough. Join this session to find out how you are susceptible to fraud, and how to scan your team for the signs. Discover why the vendor account presents one of the easiest ways to steal from the company, and how to identify different types of fraud across the procure-to-pay process. Find out how report surveillance has been shown to reduce fraud by 66% while dropping detection timeframes by 50%. Hear how cost-cutting reviews can become an effective defense against fraud

P2P over IP - How Blockchain will Transform P2P - Peter Loughlin, Director Purchasing Insight

It’s been called the most important, most disruptive technology you’ve never heard of but if you haven’t heard of Blockchain, you’ll have certainly heard of its killer app – bitcoin. Blockchain, the underlying technology of bitcoin, has been attracting a great deal of attention over the last twelve months and there are very few industries or areas of business that will not be profoundly affected by it over the coming years. There are a number of important use cases emerging that indicate that the application of Blockchain will dramatically affect purchase to pay (P2P) and supply chains.

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