Higher Education Procurement Summit 2019



By Leonora Harty

Posted: 27 May, 2019

On 9 May 2019, the HEA and the Education Procurement Service (EPS) hosted the third annual Higher Education Procurement Summit in the Clock Tower, Department of Education and Skills.

The summit brought together over 70 key personnel from higher education institutions together with the HEA, EPS, Office of Government Procurement (OGP) and Department of Education and Skills to address issues, demonstrate examples of good practice and provide updates on procurement developments for the sector. The theme of this year’s summit was “Planning for Success: Compliance and Adding Value”. The summit highlighted the importance of implementing and developing the Corporate Procurement Plan within each institution and collating the necessary expenditure data for the Multi-Annual Procurement Plan (MAPP) in a timely manner in advance of the deadline (November 1st, 2019).

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh T.D. provided the keynote address, emphasising the importance of procurement in the public sector in ensuring transparency and value for money for the taxpayer.

Speakers on the day included:

  • Mary Rose Cremin, Director, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte – Compliance & Adding Value
  • Denise O’Malley, Corporate Services Manager, EPS – Corporate Procurement Panning & MAPP Data Analytics
  • David Mangan, Portfolio Manager and Neil McCarthy, Lab Category Manager, EPS – Category Management Strategy
  • Paul Quinn, Chief Procurement Officer – Planning Ahead for Public Procurement
  • Eleanor Stokes, Key Account Manager, OGP – Corporate Procurement Planning & Compliance
  • Bridget Keenan, Category Manager, EPS – Contract Management System (CMS) for Education,
  • Jim Dean, Head of Policy, OGP – Incorporating Social Considerations into Public Procurement
  • Declan McCormack, eInvoicing Programme Manager, OGP – einvoicing – The Framework

Copies of the summit’s presentations are available for download below.

Procurement Summit 2019 Agenda

Compliance and Adding Value, Mary Rose Cremin, Deloitte

Corporate Procurement Panning & MAPP Data Analytics, Denise O’Malley, EPS

Category Management Strategy

Planning Ahead for Public Procurement, Paul Quinn, OGP

Corporate Procurement Planning & Compliance, Eleanor Stokes, OGP

Contract Management System (CMS) for Education, Bridget Keenan, EPS

Incorporating Social Considerations into Public Procurement, Jim Dean, OGP

einvoicing – The Framework, Declan McCormack, OGP

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