Conference Schedule

The CPC Procurement for Education conference is open to all members from the FE, Schools and Academies sectors.

Our carefully selected seminar sessions will focus on a range of topical issues specific to the education sector. PAG has assisted with the FE programme and the DfE have helped us choose themes for our Schools and Academy members. Our hand-picked key speakers are keen to share their wealth of valuable experiences and knowledge with you, presenting talks that will address the issues that are important to your institutions.

Our hope is that you go away from our event having learned something new, regardless of your level of expertise.

You are of course welcome to attend any session that is of interest to you, but to help you get the most out of the them we have indicated which ones may be most relevant to particular sector areas.


  • Day 1 (11th May) (click to expand/close)
    1. Registration, Exhibition & Refreshments

    2. Kings Suite

      Official Opening

      David Pullein, Chair of CPC (Leeds College of Building)

      Official Opening & Sector Updates

    3. Kings Suite

      A Morning in the Estates Office...

      Simon Chamberlain, Charlotte Tanikal & Morag Roddick (Eversheds)

      1. Carbon Reduction Agreements and the consultancy agreements around this.
      2. Funding via LEPS/banks with a look at potential state aid issues.
      3. CRM – student accommodation contracts.
      4. General updates from construction/real estate/commercial experience that we have recently had.
      5. Topical academy sponsorship issues

    4. Palace Suite

      Exhibition & Refreshments

    5. Kings Suite

      Sustainable Procurement and Modern Slavery

      Jimmy Brannigan (NET Positive Futures)

      Latest Developments in Sustainability Including the new Modern Slavery Act

    6. Palace Suite

      Exhibition & Lunch

    7. Session 1 – choose from options below

      • Cambridge Suite

        Contracts Finder

        Pat Condon (Blackpool and the Fylde College)

        Practical Guidance on complying with the regulations - Target audience FE

      • Hampton Suite - Sponsored by Wylie Bisset LLP

        Collaborative Procurement Works! Find Out Why...

        Darren Lowe (TENET) and Jo Frost (CPC)

        Recent examples of successes - General interest

      • Henley Suite

        Public Contracts Regulations - Recent Changes and Updates

        Jack Salter (DFE)

        The latest developments as they affect Academies and Schools - Target audience Schools and Academies

    8. Kings Suite

      Next Generation Negotiation Skills

      Jenny Radcliffe

    9. Palace Suite

      Exhibition & Refreshments

    10. Session 2 – choose from options below

      • Hampton Suite - Sponsored by Wylie Bisset LLP

        Collaborative Energy buying for FE colleges

        Richard Murphy (TEC)

        Target audience FE

      • Henley Suite

        Supplier Terms and Conditions

        Pat Condon (Blackpool and the Fylde College) And Jo Frost (CPC)

        Practical advice on all aspects of contract writing - General interest

      • Cambridge Suite

        Improving Schools Procurement Efficiency

        Stephen Archer (DfE)

        Target audience Schools and Academies

    11. Palace Suite

      Exhibition

    12. Kings Suite

      Drinks Reception - Sponsored by Lanway

    13. Kings Suite

      Conference Gala Dinner

      Dress Code Smart Casual

  • Day 2 (12th May) (click to expand/close)
    1. Registration, Exhibition & Refreshments

    2. Kings Suite

      e-Tendering Systems

      Richard South (In-tend) Steve Quinn (ADB UK Ltd)

    3. Session 3 – choose from options below

      • Henley Suite

        Sub-contracting of Education and Training

        Bob Kilcoyne (Leeds City College) and Noel Cassidy (Cambridge Regional College)

        Sharing practical experience - Target audience FE

      • Cambridge Suite

        Crescent Learning

        Stefan Thresh (Qube Vocational Development) & Joshua Wood (CPC)

        • General interest

      • Hampton Suite - Sponsored by Wylie Bisset LLP

        Improving Schools Procurement Efficiency

        Stephen Acher (DfE)

        • Target audience Schools and Academies

    4. Palace Suite

      Exhibition & Refreshments

    5. Kings Suite

      Developing Customer Led Solutions - The Awarding Body Organisations Project

      Pat Desmond (Crown Commercial Service)

      An update on the joint project with CPC and AOC

    6. Session 4 – choose from options below

      • Cambridge Suite

        Public Contracts Regulations - Recent Changes and Updates

        Jack Salter (DFE)

        The latest developments as they effect the FE sector - Target audience FE

      • Hampton Suite - Sponsored by Wylie Bisset LLP

        Procuring insurance through the CPC frameworks (FE and Academies) and running mini competitions

        Gary Sadler (CPC) and Graham Peck (Risk2Value)

      • Henley Suite

        Collaborative Energy Buying

        Richard Hudson (YPO)

        Collaborative energy buying for academies and schools and reducing/managing consumption - Target audience Schools and Academies

    7. Palace Suite

      Exhibition & Lunch including announcement of prize draw winners and prize giving

    8. Session 5 – choose from options below

      • Hampton Suite - Sponsored by Wylie Bisset LLP

        CPC Regional Procurement Advisors Surgery Session

        Jo Frost, Karen Edmeads & Linda Carney (CPC)

        An opportunity to meet with one of CPC’s dedicated Regional Procurement Advisory Team. Instructions on how to arrange a 1-to-1 session will be shared with delegates prior to the conference.

      • Henley Suite

        Contract Management - Why Bother?

        Shirley Lewington (VFM Services)

      • Cambridge Suite

        Award Winning Online Procurement Tools Designed for the Education Sector

        Matt Ferris (Pelican) & Martin Angell (CPC)

    9. Kings Suite

      People Hacking in Procurement

      Jenny Radcliffe (Jenny Radcliffe Training)

      Understanding and prevention of hacking in Procurement

    10. Kings Suite

      Close of Conference

      Julie-Ann Garton, Compliance Manager CPC