Klára Skrivánková
Anti-Slavery International, UK and Europe Programme Manager
Monday, 9th October: 09:40 – 30 Minutes

Klára Skrivánková is an experienced leader with over 15 years’ experience in programme, strategy and advocacy in the non-profit sector, and has a proven track record in delivering advice to businesses on supply chain management and human rights due diligence. This includes project management in the human rights field on modern slavery and human trafficking, strategy development, change management, and policy transformation.

In 2005, Klára joined Anti-Slavery International where she leads its UK & Europe Programme, and frequently provides expert witness statements in courts across world in modern slavery cases. In her career so far, Klára co-founded the UK Trafficking Law and Policy Forum and has held numerous expert and advisory roles; including at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Council of Europe, and the UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery. In addition, Klara has authored and contributed to numerous publications.

At Achilles live 2017, Klára will discuss tackling modern slavery, and how to understand, and acknowledge modern slavery issues within the supply chain.


Professor Sue Arrowsmith
Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy; Director, Public Procurement Research Group, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nottingham University
Tuesday, 10th October: 09:40 – 35 Minutes

Sue Arrowsmith is Achilles Professor of Public Procurement Law and Policy at the University of Nottingham, where she is also Director of the Public Procurement Research Group and of the postgraduate executive programme in Public Procurement Law and Policy. As a former tutor, lecturer and Professor at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Sue has a first-class honours degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University.

Sue’s publications have been extensively cited by courts and legislators both in the UK and in other parts of Europe, in the ECJ, and in Africa, North America and Asia. In 2007 she was awarded the CIPS Swinbank Medal for thought innovation in purchasing and supply and has taught university modules on procurement since 1995. As a project leader of the recent EU-funded project for developing a global academic network on procurement regulation, Sue helped in setting up several university centres for teaching and research in procurement in Europe and Asia, and establishing the global Procurement Law Academic Network.

Sue will present to delegates at Achilles live on Brexit and its’ impact on procurement.


Stephen Blakey FRICS, FCinstCES, MICW
Commercial Projects Director, Network Rail
Tuesday, 10th October: 11:50 – 40 Minutes

Stephen Blakey is the Commercial Projects Director for the Infrastructure Projects division within Network Rail. His accountabilities include the strengthening of Network Rail’s capabilities in Cost Planning, Commercial Management and Collaboration. His role brings a strategic emphasis to cross industry collaboration with responsibility to lead commercial innovation and market engagement through various forums with industry stakeholders, clients, suppliers and professional bodies. Examples include the award winning Commercial Directors’ Forum (CDF), the Institute of Collaborative Working (ICW), RIA, CECA, CICES and the RICS Infrastructure Steering Group.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors and an active contributor to industry working groups, conferences and publications. In 2012 he was identified by the National Specialist Contractors Council as one of 14 Fair Payment Champions, drawn from across the UK construction industry and more recently, he received the 2015 Individual Contribution to Industry Award from the Institute for Collaborative Working.

Jamie Crystal
EY UKI Advisory – Energy Partner
Tuesday, 10th October: 12:30 – 40 Minutes

Jamie Crystal is an EY Partner with in the UKI Advisory Practice, with a specific focus on the energy & utilities sector. Jamie specifically looks after EY’s clients across the water sector, as well as driving EY’s work with Network Rail. He has over 18 years’ experience driving large scale transformation programmes in the UK, Ireland and China, and over the past few years has turned his attentions to helping EY’s Energy & Infrastructure clients tackle the world of disruption.

At Achilles live Jamie will talk about tackling ‘new transformation in a disruptive world’.

Paula Gray
Head of Procurement, Midland Metro Alliance
Tuesday, 10th October: 14:45 – 45 Minutes

Paula Gray has worked within the manufacturing and construction industry for the past 20 years, across sectors including steel manufacture, interior fi-tout, historical building restoration, healthcare, PFI, education, utilities (water and power) and now transport (light rail). Paula is extremely excited about the procurement challenges of building a supply chain to support delivery of a multimillion pound light rail system into the Midlands region over the next 10 years. Paula’s special areas of interest are working with public bodies and stakeholder groups and ensuring successful design and delivery of truly local supply chains – leaving a legacy of training and product development for future generations.