Chaired by Beth West, Commercial Director at HS2, the ICE Procurement and the Supply Chain conference will identify vital and innovative procurement practices to reduce costs and waste.
In her keynote address, Beth, who recently became chair of the internationally respected NEC Users' Group will discuss fostering a more sustainable relationship with the supply chain and the scale and constraints of the opportunity to advance the progress made by previous major projects. She will also look at delivering nationally significant benefits, through engagement with the supply chain and how 'Mega-projects' are uniquely placed to change the relationship between client and supply chain.
Throughout the day, delegates will hear case studies from major infrastructure projects, learning how to balance budgetary constraints and the need for innovation from speakers representing Crossrail 2, London Underground, Heathrow, Crown Commercial Service, TfL, Highways England and many more.
The conference forms part of a wide package of content that ICE have created intended to promote new thinking. Procurement and delivery of infrastructure projects and programmes is still hampered by a fragmented supply chain, confrontational relationships and risk aversion. ICE has used its unique position to work across government, industry & clients to improve the way that infrastructure is procured and delivered.
ICE's Procurement and the Supply Chain Series includes an Alliancing Code of Practice which outlines the information needed at different stages within an alliance, supported by best practice case studies. The material was co-created with a group of the UK's leading infrastructure clients including Network Rail, TfL and by acumen7, a network of senior executives and consultants.