Career success through the voice of women

Career success through the voice of women

12th Sep 2024 5:30pm - 8pm
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2024-09-12 17:30:00 2024-09-12 20:00:00 Europe/London Career success through the voice of women Two Snowhill, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA


Free to attend

Event Details

Do not miss a captivating evening dedicated to empowering women in procurement and supply. Join us as we delve in to the successes and challenges faced by women at all career levels from Apprenticeship to Director level.

Hear from our esteemed speakers, Gaynor Smith FCIPS, Dimitra Koutsochera FCIPS, and Laura Scarfe MCIPS alongside a special panel of guests as they share their personal journeys, unravel the significance of professionalism, and share tips on how to overcome imposter syndrome.

This event is a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with women in procurement and supply and learn from industry leaders about how you can make an impact in the profession.

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HS2 Ltd, Two Snowhill, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6GA, United Kingdom.

Buffet, tea and coffee will be provided 

There is a 10 minute walk from Birmingham New Street Station, 3 minute walk from Snow Hill Station, 14 minute walk from Moor Street Station. 

Parking is available at Snow Hill car park or B4 car park.


Gaynor Smith FCIPS Chartered

Procurement Sustainability Project Manager

Gaynor is a procurement professional of several years standing and is a Fellow of CIPS and is passionate about the profession including giving talks at universities on current sustainability and supply chain topics. Gaynor is the Education Officer on the CIPS Birmingham & Coventry Branch Committee, supports CIPS Fellows Committee and volunteers as a Climate Ambassador for STEM.

Dimitra Koutsochera FCIPS Chartered

Head of Quality, Manutan International Group

Dimitra is a supply chain and quality professional with over 10 years’ experience. She is passionate about improving the supply chain delivering company’s strategic goals. Dimitra is a Fellow of CIPS, member of the CIPS Birmingham & Coventry Branch, volunteer as part of the Lean Procurement team focusing on student support for their CIPS studies and a Practitioner of the Chartered Quality Institute.

Laura Scarfe MCIPS Chartered

Programme Facilitator, Business Academy

Laura is a business entrepreneur, has a background in public and private sector procurement and specialises in CIPS procurement training. Laura’s programs are infused with passion, dynamism, and humour. Specialising in behavioural science Laura is committed to ensuring that women not only reach but surpass their potential.

Vicky Hinchliffe MCIPS Chartered 

Director of Procurement, Cadent Gas

Vicky has over 25 years’ experience in Procurement and Commercial, spanning across Private, Public and Utilities Sectors. Transforming teams and developing people, creating the future, and delivering value through procurement and contracting. Areas of interest include Proportional Social Value and the importance of Cyber resilience in the supply chain.

Lucy Elrick MCIPS Chartered  

Senior Category Manager, Severn Trent Water

Lucy has over 7 years’ experience in procurement in both public and private sectors. A great advocate for continued professional development and CIPS Committee Member for the Birmingham and Coventry branch. Lucy is also featured in the CIPS Value and Benefits of Membership video.

Emily Scott MCIPS 

Procurement Manager, HS2 Limited

Emily has over 6 years’ experience in procurement and began her career at HS2 Ltd in 2017 as an apprentice and has worked her way up through the corporate procurement team to her current role as a Procurement Manager. Having recently been awarded MCIPS, Emily has also recently been given the award of Highly Commended for Individual of the Year at the GOAwards.

Millie Semple CIPS Diploma 

Commercial & Procurement and Supply Chain Apprentice, HS2 Ltd

Millie embarked on her apprenticeship journey in 2022 and attended Sixth Form in Solihull. Since joining HS2 Ltd, Millie has volunteered for multiple events including careers fairs across the UK, meeting lots of inspirational people along the way and is also a member of the Early Careers Network Committee, helping to organise events for other apprentices and graduates.