“[QinetiQ] Support and promote both workplace diversity, supplier diversity and inclusion to ensure employees, suppliers, customers and partners are valued and treated with dignity and respect”.Supplier diversity directly contributes towards delivering positive social value, as well as meeting the government's small to medium sized enterprises (SME) agenda, supporting economic development of local communities, stimulating disruptive innovation, and sustaining market growth. As a part of our QinetiQ Collaborate Series, we aim to encourage our supply chain to pursue these shared goals through collaborative learning and developing knowledge of good practice. The Fostering Supply Chain Diversity event will work towards increasing awareness around supplier diversity, with a focus on size, ownership and regional diversity from a broader perspective.
About this event:
This event involved an open and free-flowing discussion on the topic of supplier diversity, with a focus on ownership, size and regional diversity. Through a series of questions to our panel of subject matter experts, we aim to provide knowledge on how to foster supplier diversity within our supply chains.
- Date: Wednesday 23rd February 2022
- Time: 11:00am -12:00pm GMT
- Platform: Virtual Cisco Webex
- Dr Sam Healy - Group Director of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability - QinetiQ
Sam is responsible for CR&S strategy and the delivery of a broad range of programmes across the QinetiQ Group including ethics, diversity and inclusion, STEM outreach, climate change, stakeholder engagement and public reporting on CR&S issues. Sam is Chair of the ADS Sustainability Working Group and is on the Board of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (ICRS), focusing on the continued professional development of CR&S practitioners.
- Mayank Shah - CEO - MSDUK (Minority Supplier Development UK)
Before moving to the UK from India in 2000, Mayank ran a successful business for 16 years procuring steel and hardware for some of the largest OEMs and infrastructure projects in India. Mayank has an MBA from Leeds University and has conducted his doctoral research on supplier diversity; based on his vast business experience and passion to advocate for diverse and inclusive supply chains, Mayank founded MSDUK in 2006 and has now become a globally recognised supplier diversity advocacy network that is making a positive difference and promoting inclusive economic growth.
- Andrew Kinniburgh - Director General - Make UK Defence
Andrew has championed SME's and mid-tiers across land, sea, air and infrastructure; as an association Make UK defence supports SME's and mid-tiers towards growth and development of competitive advantages through the Competitive Advantage Programme (CAP).
- Dave Garraghty - HR Manager - Inzpire
Dave is a HR and L&D professional with a wealth of Diversity and Inclusion experience accumulated from a rewarding career in the Royal Navy with his last appointment being senior HR advisor on board HMS Queen Elizabeth. 77% of Inzpire’s employees are ex-military and Inzpire are proud Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. Dave also has a voluntary role with the CIPD, working with local schools to develop a strong careers programme and help create opportunities for young people, especially those from economically disadvantaged areas.
- Hannah Cowley - Supply Chain Lead - QinetiQ
Hannah has worked in procurement sustainability for the last 18 years and is responsible for driving the QinetiQ global sustainable procurement strategy with a key focus on social, environmental and economic value, including their supplier diversity programme.