Welcome to Wales’ Premier Public Procurement Event of the Year
Officially supported by key organisations such as the Welsh Government and the National Procurement Service (NPS), Procurex Wales 2018, part of Wales’s Festival of Procurement, will provide a unique platform for both buyers and suppliers to engage across a range of interactive and educational features, all designed to enhance collaboration in support of driving greater efficiencies and savings across Wales’ £6bn public procurement marketplace.
Held on a single day, Procurex Wales will host a range of features including:
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Keynote Speakers Announced
Mark Drakeford AMCabinet Secretary for Finance
Mark Drakeford AM
Cabinet Secretary for Finance
Mark was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. Since then he has lived in the Pontcanna area of Cardiff. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he has been a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.
In the 1980s and 1990s Mark was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council, specialising in education issues, including Welsh medium education. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and was latterly head of the First Minister’s political office. He has nearly 40 years knowledge of the Cardiff West constituency.
Mark became the Assembly Member for Cardiff West in May 2011. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee from July 2011 – March 13 and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011 – March 13. He was appointed Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2013. He was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Local Government in May 2016. Mark was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Finance on 3 November 2017.
Julie James AMLeader of the House and Chief Whip
Julie James AM
Leader of the House and Chief Whip
Julie James was born in Swansea but spent significant portions of her youth living around the world with her family. Julie spent her early career in London and then moved back to Swansea with her husband to raise their three children and to be closer to her family. Julie is a committed green campaigner, environmentalist and a keen swimmer and skier.
Until she was elected as Assembly Member for Swansea West, Julie was a leading environmental and constitutional lawyer. Prior to this, she was assistant chief executive at Swansea Council. She spent most of her legal career in local government, working as a policy lawyer with the London Borough of Camden before returning to Swansea to work for West Glamorgan County Council and then the City and County of Swansea.
Since being elected Julie sat on the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee, Enterprise and Business Committee and Environment and Sustainability Committee. Julie published the ‘Influencing the Modernisation of EU Procurement Policy’ Report as Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee’s Procurement Task and Finish Group. Julie also sat as Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee’s Common Fisheries Policy Task and Finish Group.
Julie James was appointed Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology in September 2014. In May 2016 Julie was appointed as Minister for Skills and Science. Julie was appointed Leader of the House and Chief Whip on 3 November 2017.
Daniel PatonBusiness Development Manager - The Mailing Room Ltd
“The Mailing Room would recommend future attendance at the Procurex Wales event , we made a number of new contacts at this years events that will open doors of opportunity to help us grow our business in Wales . We found the procurement teams are more relaxed and able to have an open and wider conversations than in normal contact with them during a procurement exercise.”
Karl PughSenior Procurement Specialist - Natural Resources Wales
“Procurex was a very good event. Professionally run and very well organised. Good speakers, excellent networking opportunities and sessions, good diversity of show stands at a great venue.”