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PAI’s Public Procurement Conference

Online – this event will be delivered Live and Online via our conference platform on Zoom

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2021
Time: 9.00-1.15pm (Registration, 8.30-9AM)

CPD: 4 CPD Hours
Fee: €325

Proudly sponsored by:


Following on from the success of our 2019 conference, which welcomed over 100 delegates attending from a wide range of Public Sector organisations and following a brief hiatus in 2020 due to the unprecedented disruption caused by the pandemic, PAI are delighted to be back with our Public Procurement Conference for 2021.

This popular conference event will provide a platform to discuss significant policy developments and key areas of focus for government in Public Procurement 2021 including:

  • Developments in Public Procurement Law for 2021
  • Professionalising Procurement, Supporting the Framework and Realising the Goals for Government
  • Bid-rigging: New Approaches to Detection and Deterrence
  • Brexit – what changes might we see in UK Procurement rules?
  • Green Public Procurement – How to Ensure Compliance with the General Principles of European Law in the Shift from Advocating to Mandating
  • Strategic Procurement

Our programme of conference topics will be addressed by a variety of interesting speakers from a policy perspective. The conference is always very popular and is a must-attend for anyone involved in public procurement in Ireland. It will be a useful, public policy-focused event for the public service.

It will also offer valuable opportunities for networking with exhibitors, sponsors, and colleagues from across the public sector

Announcing our Keynote Speaker


Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State for Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility of Public Procurement & e-Governance

Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since July 2020. Minister Smyth has been a TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency since the 2020 general election.

In 2014, Minister Smyth was elected as a Green Party Councillor to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and served as Cathaoirleach of the Council between 2018 and 2019.



Conference Agenda

09.00      Welcoming Address – Emma McBride, Chief Operations Officer, Public Affairs Ireland

09.05      Opening Remarks – Conference Chair – Patrick McGovern, Independent Procurement Consultant, & Former Partner at Arthur Cox

09.20      Professionalising Procurement, Supporting the Framework and Realising the Goals for Government – Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State for Department of Public          Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility of Public Procurement & e Governance

09.35      The Circular Economy – Creating the Public-Private Partnership, adopting performance-based models and Implementing Effective Sharing Initiatives – Conor Molloy, Independent Energy Advisor

10.05     Questions & Answers

10.15        Bid-rigging: new approaches to detection and deterrence – Patrick Kenny, Member of the Commission, CCPC

10.45      Questions & Answers

10.55      Coffee Networking Break (Pre- arranged Breakout room)

11.25       Green Public Procurement – How to Ensure Compliance with the General Principles of European Law in the Shift from Advocating to Mandating – Anna-Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody

11.55       Brexit – what changes might we see in UK Procurement rules? – Edward Quigg, Director and Joint Owner of Quigg Golden

12.25      Strategic Procurement, Values sourcing strategy, Delivering Supply, & Future Proofing – David Coffey, CEO, Clearview

12.55     Questions & Answers

13.15     Conference wraps


Our Conference Chair – Patrick McGovern


Chairing our conference is Patrick McGovern, Independent Procurement Consultant, & Former Partner at Arthur Cox

Patrick McGovern is a procurement consultant and former Partner at Arthur Cox, where he specialised in Procurement Law projects for many years. He has written and lectured extensively on procurement and is author (with David Browne, co-author) of the definitive Irish textbook “Procurement Law in Ireland” which was published in 2018 by Round Hall/ Thomson Reuters and runs to approx 1,600 pages. He is a First-Class Honours graduate in Law from Trinity College Dublin and was a Foundation Scholar of the College.”


Our Speakers

Patrick Kenny, The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

Patrick Kenny is a Member of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). As well as collegiate decision making with other Members on all aspects of the organisation, he currently oversees the Consumer Protection, Criminal Enforcement, Digital Investigations, Policy & International and Legal Services Divisions.
Patrick is an economist. He took up his present responsibilities on 31 October 2014 upon the amalgamation of the Competition Authority with the National Consumer Agency. Patrick served as the CCPC representative on the Hamilton Review group, which made a number of recommendations on bid-rigging and the screening of public procurement processes for bid-rigging.


Anna-Marie Curran, Partner, A&L Goodbody.

Anna-Marie Curran is a Partner in the EU, Competition & Procurement Group. She has extensive experience in procurement law, competition law, EU and Irish merger filings, cartels, competition law enforcement and immunity applications. Anna-Marie advises a wide range of clients in the public, utilities and private sectors on contentious and non-contentious public procurement law and competition law matters. She has represented clients in the Irish and Northern Ireland courts and before the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) and the European Commission.



Edward Quigg, Director and joint owner of Quigg Golden

Edward is a Director and joint owner of Quigg Golden. He is a Solicitor*, a Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional, an ICC Arbitrator and Civil Engineer.Edward gained his initial experience working for a civil and structural engineering consultancy and a major contractor. His extensive knowledge of both the design and construction processes is added to by his legal knowledge and wide experience in all methods of construction dispute resolution including mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation. Edward has become known as a leading expert on the legal obligations of procuring work, including the EU requirements.

*Edward is a Solicitor in England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland, he also holds the degree of barrister but does not hold a practising certificate from, and is not fully regulated by, the Bar Standards Board.


Conor Molloy, Independent Energy Advisor

Conor participated in WG2.6 Working Group 2.6 to review and update some of the EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) guidelines 2017-18.  He is an independent energy advisor with an MSc in Energy Management and Renewable energy from University of Ulster, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Measurement & Verification professional (CMVP) and trainer for ISO50001. Conor has trained over 200 ESOS Lead Assessors in Transport Energy Auditing, led the publication of EN 16247-4 Europe’s transport energy audit standard and contributed to ISO50004.

Since 2005, Conor has been helping business save fuel and manage their energy use for profit and reduced emissions.  Accepted as a member of the Association of Energy Engineers, CILT, FTAI, IMCA and EVO.  He is a registered lead ESOS assessor (UK) and registered energy auditor (Ireland).


David Coffey, CEO of The Clearview Group

The Clearview Group are a Dublin-based procurement and supply chain services and technology company. He was born and educated in Ireland. David emigrated to the US in his early twenties, after completing his Masters as a fortunate green card lottery winner. During his time in the US he developed the foundational experience that would later help to create and shape Clearview. In his early years in the US he worked as a strategy/change consultant with some of PwC’s Fortune 500 clients across a range of industries, all undergoing significant evolution and transformation. Strategic procurement, or as David refers to it – Procurement Advantage, was a route to competitive advantage. He later assumed strategic procurement/supply chain leadership roles for the North American operations of both ABN AMRO Bank and Takeda Pharmaceuticals. In both organisations he shaped and implemented the procurement and supply chain strategies. Both were facing very different challenges around growth, competition, regulation, and so on. Working alongside procurement leaders including AT Kearney he elevated the role and perceived value of procurement by introducing innovative solutions including category management and SRM. He was an early adopter of advanced procurement technologies.


Conference Sponsors

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory body responsible for promoting compliance with, and enforcing, competition and consumer protection law in Ireland. We strive to improve consumer welfare across the economy by enforcing over 40 legislative instruments, including product safety legislation.

Our aim is to make markets work better for consumers. To achieve this, we work to influence public debate and policy development, grow public understanding of the importance of open and competitive markets, promote competition and highlight the interests of consumers.

We provide information to consumers about their rights, personal finance and product safety, through a consumer helpline, a dedicated section of our website, public awareness campaigns and through our various financial education initiatives.


FREE NOW for Business

FREE NOW for Business, formerly mytaxi, is the Public Sector’s leading ground transportation partner founded in 2009. As Ireland’s only nationwide taxi service, this provide organisations with average wait times as low as  4 minutes via a 13,500 strong licensed fleet (1,200 of this makes up Ireland’s largest Wheelchair Accessible fleet). FREE NOW for Business are actively supporting both the HSE and OGP frameworks, helping the health service and public sector regain control of their taxi costs – while providing you with the safest, most reliable service on the market. 

Many public sector organisations are now looking to make a move to a digital offering in order to avail of accurate, automated reporting, seamless contract tracing for duty of care and trackable CO2 emission reports to hit your sustainability targets. The balance between cost and value is crucial in the Public Sector space – we are on hand to take a consultative approach to find a credible way to ensure the best value when it comes to taxi transport.



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3+ Delegates – 5% Discount
5+ Delegates – 10% Discount
10+ Delegates – 15% Discount

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