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November 30, 2023 | Online

PASA Connect Personal Development Day.

A  one-day online event dedicated to your personal growth in procurement.

Fuel your professional and personal growth.

Back for the second year, our Personal Development Day is focused on your needs and designed with a proactive programme to boost your personal growth in a complex and challenging business environment. 

Facilitated by experts.

In 2022, we had 10 experts on hand to offer clear advice on how you can develop your career in procurement. 




November 30, 2023



REMO Platform open for networking


Taking charge of your own PDP and collecting CPD points to prove it

MC – Imelda Walsh, Director – Birmont Group (Melbourne)


US based procurement influencer and blogger, The Procurement Girl, Katie McKwen joins the event LIVE from Cleveland, Ohio, to explain why procurement is such a great place to work and build a business career

Katie McEwen, Founder and CEO of The Procurement Girl (US)


LIVE from Chicago

Our internal stakeholders often refer to suppliers as their commercial “partners”, but are those suppliers always treated as partners?  A key step in building a partnership is fostering empathy.  This leads to greater trust and the willingness to collaborate – which generates significant benefits and maintains probity.

What techniques and tactics can overcome the Top 10 pain points with suppliers and build empathy and teamwork?

Jim Bergman, CEO, Commercial Officers Group – (US)




Emotionally intelligent leaders have a high self-awareness about their own behaviors and how they influence their team, and their suppliers, which fosters more significant engagement.

And leaders who use EQ to foster engagement are 38% more likely to have above-average productivity, research suggests.

So, how can procurement managers build their EQ and utilize it to drive better outcomes with both stakeholders and suppliers?

Kristen Russell, Transformational Executive Coach (NSW)


This year, 2023, has proved the busiest ever for procurement – with The Hackett Group survey counting an +11% increase in workload post pandemic, and straw polls at PASA events indicating more – with higher inflation, supply risk, Covid rollovers, the skills shortage and ESG reframing every purchase decision.

How can ordinary procurement people do it all? How can you prioritise mor effectively, manage time better, de-stress and still deliver whilst spinning the plates of so many projects simultaneously.

The Time Tamer offers some time-proven suggestions

Barbara Clifford – The Time Tamer and leadership coach (NT)



This new service from PASA, primarily for PASA CONNECT members, offers a deeply experienced procurement consultant/coach & trainer as a hybrid service for procurement practioners.

Our coach melds the three approaches of coaching, training and consulting support into one seamless 60 minute package covering almost any topic in procurement in convenient and inexpensive one hour blocks ONLINE via TEAMS.

Name your topic and send a simple questions as a brief – and our coach will be ready to meet you, or your team, with an inventory of handy material and 30 years of experience in the front line of procurement … ready to help solve your problem right now in a practical way that ‘training’ or even ‘coaching’ cannot quite achieve on its own.

Stephen Ashcroft FCIPS, Procurement Coach, consultant & trainer (Europe)


LUNCH and ONLINE networking


Understanding how an AI avatar is now being used as a conversational BOT to train buyers online in negotiation – see a DEMO and consider how you could use it in short bursts

LIVE from New Zealand

Sarah Cotgreave FCIPS, – Director, globaltraid (Wellington)


Most people have many questions in crafting their own PDP and their team PDP as well. Often theses are centred around what can we achieve with little money and no time!

Also, though, should I do MCIPS or not? What about other procurement quals and the =AQF? Which short courses are available? What is 70-20-10 and does it work for procurement? How? Who can offer free online capability assessment in procurementland? Can INCO private training solve all our problems? What do others do?

The answers to all these questions and more is in the FREE PASA white-paper on ‘Learning & Development’ available to all attendees – and if you do not have 60 minutes ot read it – JD will explain it in less than 30 minutes for you.

Jonathan Dutton FCIPS, CEO, PASA (Melbourne)


How to get the best out of yourself … and shape your own PDP to do a better job for your organisation and yourself …

MC – Imelda Walsh, Director – Birmont Group (Melbourne)


Platform open for networking for a short while


Imelda Walsh

Imelda Walsh

Imelda, a Director and co-owner of Birmont Group, leads the recruitment practice. With a decade of experience and a diverse background in senior roles at major international companies and boutique agencies, she excels in all facets of procurement recruitment. Imelda forges impactful partnerships with executives, offering personalised solutions driven by her dedication to advancing individuals’ career journeys.

Katie Mcewen

Katie McEwen

Katie McEwen is the Founder and CEO of The Procurement Girl. Katie is on a mission to change the perception of the procurement function and turn practitioners into rock stars. After spending years working with some of the largest enterprises in the world – educating procurement teams and advocating for their success, she is sharing her experiences with anyone working to break out of the corporate procurement box. Katie delivers insights and anti-status-quo thought leadership to ensure that the value created by Procurement professionals today will live on long after leaders pass the baton to the next generation. As a procurement therapist, coach, cheerleader, and motivational speaker, she brings a unique voice, energy, and enthusiasm that will make you proud to work in Procurement. 

Jim Bergman

Jim Bergman

Jim is former Board member and Senior VP for IACCM in this region and is a deeply experienced commercial contracts attorney for Amaco and a procurement and supply chain management professional, who brings his experience as a category management and strategic sourcing leader with extensive international training and consulting experience in supply chain management across the USA and UK, Europe, China, India, SE Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Australia. 

He has experience working in both the public and private sectors on a wide range of direct and indirect spend categories and has a broad knowledge of numerous aspects of service, goods, and technology supply chains – including in to and throughout Australia. Jim is the founder of the US based ‘Commercial Officers Group’ a global advisory and training organisation.

Kristen Russell

Kristen Russell

Kristen Russell is a certified Transformational Coach for Conscious Entrepreneurs who know they were meant for more. Awarded International Coach of the Year in 2021, she channels her experience into coaching and mentoring individuals on a transformative journey of emotional healing, deep self-awareness, and high-level personal leadership. Through her business, Kris Mind Dynamics, she provides Transformational Holistic Coaching where she helps individuals shift their perceptions, integrate their whole self emotionally and spiritually, and guides them toward a profound transformation in business and life.

Kristen’s mission is to enable individuals to authentically align with their truest selves, embrace and embody their highest potential, and live a life of genuine purpose and fulfillment.

Barbara Clifford

Barbara Clifford

Barbara inspires others with her enthusiasm for making things easy.

Barbara Clifford (The Time Tamer)  is a co-founder of The Hinwood Institute.  She is the lead trainer and coach in Time Management and she is a recognized leader in Stress Management. An experienced coach, speaker, columnist and facilitator, Barbara’s equips busy business leaders to make courageous decisions in pressure situations for the long-term benefit of their business, team and personal wellbeing. She’s passionate about making order from chaos and transforming stress into a source of strength. She has spent over 20 years working in stressful, time precious industries such as film, hospitality and marketing. Since then, Barbara has worked with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships. Barbara is a regular enrichment speaker on cruises and  she was a weekly columnist for the ‘The Centralian Advocate’. She has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Woman’s Weekly, ABC National, Westpac Wire, In the Black and Breathe Magazine. She lives in the desert of Alice Springs, Australia working with people around the world.

Stephen Ashcroft

Stephen Ashcroft FCIPS

In Procurement for 25+ years across UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa, with a ‘glass half full’ attitude. He’s your go-to for procurement insight with a side of humour.

Sarah Cotgreave

Sarah Cotgreave FCIPS

Sarah Cotgreave is Managing Director of Globaltraid Limited. She is a procurement, eCommerce, sustainable procurement and innovation expert, supporting governments with public procurement transformation, policy, regulation, Public Private Partnerships, programs and training.  Sarah works extensively across Asia and the Pacific,  supporting clients in New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands and the UK.

Sarah was previously Chief Commercial Officer at NZ’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, negotiating agreements and funding for the Ministry and the New Zealand Aid Programme. Sarah also worked at the Asian Development Bank building procurement and project management capacity for member governments and staff, and recently designed its Technology Innovation Challenge process. Sarah was a director of the UK’s central procurement trading agency, where she led a programme implementing eProcurement and shared services across government.

Sarah is a Fellow of CIPS, and is a member of the CIPS ANZ Profession Steering Committee and a CIPS Management Entry Route assessor. She has a Masters in International Trade and a MBA in Financial Services. She is a UK and NZ Gateway Reviewer, specialising in assessing major PPP programmes and a MAPS assessor, reviewing governments’ public procurement systems.

Jonathan Dutton

Jonathan Dutton FCIPS

Jonathan Dutton FCIPS is the CEO of PASA and the previous founding CEO at CIPSA for nine years to 2013. He oversees the PASA training programme and he has developed and delivered training courses throughout his career of over 35 years,

And is the author of the PASA White-Paper “How to develop a procurement L&D programme for you and your team.”  

Particularly he has developed & delivered innovative and leading-edge material for both procurement professionals and sales teams alike – sometimes both at the same time such as ‘The Training Sales Simulator’ he developed for the QANTAS sales team in the 1990s. 

Also, Jonathan devised, planned and launched from scratch the CIPSA Training business whilst he was working there between 2004-13 – a business delivering over 250 training days a year at its peak, as the largest provider of public training in procurement in Australia. 

Whilst he was COO of CIM in the UK, he ran the CIM training business – which was around the 25th largest training company in the UK at the time. 

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What people say about our events.

The PASA conference was the best conference I had attended in many years – many practical advice and applications that my team and I can put to use straight away, a great investment of our time.

Procurement Professional

It was great to hear a wide range of presentations from a diverse mix of speakers, especially in person.

Procurement Professional 

I very much enjoyed the depth and variety of skills experience of the presenters.

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