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Rethinking the Value Chain

15th July 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

We are delighted that Paula Nickolds, Buying and Brand Director of the John Lewis Partnership, will be giving the keynote and leading the discussion – together with Simon Spinks, one of their valued suppliers. As a major and successful retailer – prospering despite the challenge of high street competition and the shift to on-line sales – supply chain relationships are of course essential to commercial performance.

Whilst their partnership model is justly celebrated perhaps too little attention is given to what this means in practice when it comes to suppliers: are employees treated one way whilst suppliers are managed by focussing on costs and transactions through managing contracts? Or has John Lewis applied the values and principles of their distinctive model to suppliers alike? How do John Lewis brand values therefore come to life through the business as a whole?
As a result, do we need to go beyond thinking about the supply chain to recognise value chains that cut across organisational and national boundaries – connecting different businesses and communities to deliver value to the customer and other key relationships.

We are therefore delighted that we will also be joined by Guy Strafford of Proxima – who will challenge us to think differently about what a company is, where it begins and ends and what its boundaries are, backed by compelling data and analysis. And how therefore we best manage companies through and across the value chain.

The event is being held in partnership with CIMA as part of our Tomorrow’s Value programme of lectures. Tomorrow’s Value invites some of the most senior figures from the global business world to explore what we mean by value – how it is created, how it can be measured, and what the drivers of value creation are. The first Tomorrow’s Value Lecture was given by Lord Stephen Green, Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc at Mansion House. Subsequent lectures have been given by Paul Abberley, CEO of Aviva Investors; and David Brennan, CEO of Astra Zeneca.

Paula Nickolds has worked for the John Lewis Partnership for 20 years since joining in 1994 as a graduate trainee. She has held a variety of roles across Buying and Marketing related fields before taking up her current role of Buying and Brand Director in 2013. She has responsibility for the creative execution of the John Lewis brand across all touch points, for product development, CSR, purchasing decisions and supplier relationships. Paula is also a non-executive director at the GDST and of the John Lewis Foundation.

James Henry trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and has an extensive career spanning quoted, private and public sectors. James now manages a division within the Department for Education’s Finance and Commercial Group. James’s division delivers the Intelligent Client Function in respect of the outsourced Finance and HR Shared Service. The team’s principle activity is working with the new private sector supplier to securing improvement to both the quality, breadth and the value of the service provided. In addition his division produces Management Information (MI) and delivers retained systems, for Finance, HR and Commercial MI in the department. James is also Head of Finance Profession within the department and his division manages training and development of all finance professionals.

Paul Joukador is a partner in Hogan Lovells’ dedicated commercial law practice area. Paul has been providing support to companies for over 15 years on all aspects of day to day operations and also in relation to projects that implement strategic changes to the way they do business. His team works regularly with clients on supply chain management issues particularly in the context of cross-border supply that require pragmatic and often innovative approaches. In that context Paul brings in-depth knowledge of outsourcing arrangements, strategic alliances and joint ventures, services agreements, procurement structures, logistics and distribution arrangements and appreciates how these relationships can impact up and down a value chain. Paul also brings with him an in-house perspectives having been seconded during his career to key clients including time in the John Lewis Partnership Legal Team. Paul is recognised as a ‘Leader in their Field’ by Chambers UK 2014 and in the USA as a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2014.

Guy Strafford is the Chief Client Officer at Proxima and is responsible for key client relationships, advising on procurement strategy and business development across Proxima. Guy joined Proxima in 1996 and was an Account Director for a range of clients for several years. Prior to training as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG, Guy studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University. He is a regular speaker at conferences and commentator on the procurement industry. Guy is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, and a Fellow and Board Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.
Simon Spinks is Managing Director of Harrison Spinks Limited. Simon has gained over 20 years of senior management experience in the development and manufacturing of high-value consumer goods including mattresses, divans, headboards, and more recently innovative cot mattresses and upholstery. Simon won the 2012 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Technology Commercialisation; won two Queens Awards for Enterprise in Innovation and Sustainable Development; and won the Innovation Award 2014 Made in Yorkshire awards and made it through to the national Made in the UK awards final. Harrison Spinks Limited was shortlisted in PwC’s Family Business of the Year Award 2014.

Tony Manwaring is Chief Executive of Tomorrow’s Company, a UK-based global think tank shaping the future of business success. Tony is a member of the City Values Forum, which emerged from the previous Lord Mayor’s Restoring Trust in the City initiative, and also leads the Forum’s work on Governing Values. Through his work at Tomorrow’s Company Tony is leading on a number of initiatives aimed at reshaping capital markets, specifically through work on incentives as well as other work looking at issues of fiduciary duty and redefining value.

Charles Tilley is Chief Executive of CIMA, and a prominent advocate for global reform of corporate reporting and a commentator on a wide range of business and management accounting issues. He speaks at events around the world on business sustainability and ethics. He is a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council and the Supervisory Board for The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability project. As chief executive of CIMA, Charles leads the senior management team and has spearheaded CIMA’s strategy of global growth.


15th July 2014
8:00 am - 5:00 pm