CPD Certified – 5 CIRI Structured CPD points

  • Pre-Commercial Procurement
  • Development of case law in the area of lifting the suspension
  • Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 22nd May 2019

The public procurement process is often a minefield to navigate, and this year’s procurement conference will offer strategic insights and valuable advice from the country’s leading experts, on how to navigate the key areas of the public procurement process.

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We will show what is required in the process of evaluating tenders, what records need to be kept, and what sufficient reasons need to be provided for rejecting or awarding a tender. Throughout the day you will also gain practical guidance on how best to conduct competitive dialogue, or competitive procedure with negotiation, as well as improving your understanding on pre-commercial procurement, how can it be used and who will benefit from it.

If you are involved in the public procurement process, you should gain great value from this event, as you will hear from some of the country’s leading experts in this area, while earning valuable CPD hours. You will also have the chance to meet, network and potentially gain new connections and new business. All attendees will be welcomed with teas coffees and pastries on arrival, and throughout the morning, with a full 2 course sit-down meal for lunch. All attendees will have full access to all presentations the following day.

This event would be very relevant to those involved in the process of procuring public work, or awarding public contracts. This includes government departments, local authorities, semi state agencies, consultants, contractors dealing with public construction projects, procurement / purchasing managers in hospitals & healthcare, housing, universities, as well legal experts and service providers tendering for projects who want to improve their understanding on how the system works, and how they can improve their success when tendering.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by Conference Chairperson:

Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services


Developing the next generation of the Capital Works Management Framework

  • The key issues discussed
  • Principles underpinning the development
  • Structure of the consultation
  • Work programme explained

Speaker: David O’Brien, Chair, Government Contracts Committee for Construction, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)


Best Practice Procedures in Tender Evaluation

  • Picking the Evaluation Team and training
  • Conduct of evaluation and recording decisions
  • Relevant case law

Speaker: Fergal Ruane, Partner, Byrne Wallace


What records do courts expect to be kept? What are considered sufficient reasons for rejecting or awarding a tender?

Speaker: Edward Quigg, Solicitor & Director, Quigg Golden


Coffee break and chance to network


Using the Competitive Dialogue/Competitive Procedure with Negotiation

  • Practical guidance and views on how best to conduct CD/CPN

Speaker: Sean Bresnan, Director of Sourcing and Head of Portfolio & Category Management, HBS Procurement, Health Service Executive


Creating an Effective Tender

  • Understanding, addressing and communicating the client’s requirements
  • Making your tender better than your competitors?
  • How to generate savings, benefits, efficiency gains, value add?
  • Write to score an A+ mark

Speaker: Peter Brennan, Managing Director, Bid Services


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


Automatic stays on contracts in procurement litigation

  • The practical significance and effect of the automatic stay/suspension
  • The test to lift the automatic stay
  • Key considerations
  • Procedure to lift the automatic stay
  • Recent case law and implications

Speaker: Andrew Beck, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library


Brexit and public sector tendering and procurement

  • What the medium to long term implications for Brexit
  • What do we do about our Supply Chains and how we plan for the medium to short term
  • Risk Management                                              

What do we really mean by quality and most economically advantageous tender?

  • How do we set out or award criteria?
  • How do we relate these to the outcomes required?

Speaker: Dr. Paul Davis, Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU


Q&A Session


Conference close

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. This conference is also CPD Certified by CIRI for 5 structured points

Sean Bresnan

Sean Bresnan

Director of Sourcing and Head of Portfolio & Category Management, HBS Procurement, Health Service Executive

Sean Bresnan is the Director of Sourcing for the Health Service Executive (HSE).

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Sean has over 17 years’ experience as a public procurement practitioner across Defence, Utilities, Central Govt and Health sectors.
As Director of Sourcing with HSE he is responsible for an addressable spend of €2.2bn across all health related categories.

Dr. Peter Brennan

Dr. Peter Brennan

Managing Director, Bid Services

Dr Peter Brennan, Chairman of Bid Services, has a wealth of procurement experience both in Ireland and in Europe.

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He has assisted supplier clients win over 150 tender competitions in the past ten years. With his public sector background he advises buyers on procurement. He has presented to over 3,500 companies in the past years at national procurement events. He consistently achieves the highest possible evaluation marks for his training and course presentations. Unlike many other procurement and tender advisors he brings the practical experience of working with buyers to bear when advising suppliers and vice versa. By virtue of his accreditation to the Association of Proposal Management Professionals – the global leader for bid and tender professionals – he has unique insights into best practice in bid and tender management. He also has a substantial grasp of the EU Procurement Directives not unrelated to the 22 years he worked in Brussels for the Irish Government and IBEC. He is principal author of the much acclaimed book Public Procurement: Rules of the Road. Bid Services is on the OGP panels for procurement advisors and procurement trainers.

Edward Quigg

Edward Quigg

Solicitor & Director, Quigg Golden

Edward is a partner in Quigg Golden Solicitors.

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With over 20 years’ experience in procurement, he regularly advises public sector procurement heads, recommends strategies, drafts procurement policies and tender documentation.

Edward has successfully represented public bodies, in Ireland and the UK, guiding them through the process to avoid challenges.
When challenges have occurred, he has successfully defended the procuring body, using all domestic and EU legalisation to support the position and backing this up with the relevant case law.

Andrew BeckAndrew Beck

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Andrew Beck B.L. is a prize-winning barrister practicing in commercial litigation and judicial review.

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He has acted in many leading procurement cases including Copymoore II v. Commissioners of Public Works; Beckman v. Beaumont Hospital; Student Transport Limited v. The Minister for Education; Word Perfect (2019) and the Persona and Comcast cases.  He also defended Ireland in infringement proceedings brought by the EU Commission alleging misapplication of selection and award criteria. He is published in the Public Procurement Law Review. Andrew Beck B.L. is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Oxford University and The King’s Inns. 

Fergal Ruane

Fergal Ruane

Partner, ByrneWallace

Fergal Ruane is partner and Head of the ByrneWallace Projects and Infrastructure team.

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Fergal has over 20 years’ experience advising both public and private bodies in the areas of construction and public procurement law and has advised on a vast array of large, medium and small scale projects in the transport, data centre, ICT, health, energy, residential, commercial and concession sectors.

In particular, he has extensive experience advising on a variety of public procurement, construction, PPP, infrastructure and commercial matters including consultancy and construction contracts, development/project agreements, framework agreements, tender documents, operation, maintenance and commercial contracts and related security documents.

Prior to joining ByrneWallace, Fergal previously worked in the Railway Procurement Agency (now known as Transport Infrastructure Ireland) where he was Head of the Legal Team and Secretary for the Agency for over 7 years. He has also trained and held senior positions in a number of top 10 Irish corporate law firms in Dublin.

David O’Brien

David O’Brien

Chair, Government Contracts Committee for Construction, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

Since 2011 David has been the Chair of the Government Contracts Committee for Construction and senior adviser on public works and construction services procurement.

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He is a member of the Construction Sector Group established under the National Development Plan to promote regular and open dialogue between the public sector and key segments of the construction industry.

Prior to his current role he worked with the National Building Agency where he was a lead architect on social housing and urban regeneration projects.

Dr. Paul Davis

Dr. Paul Davis

Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU

Dr. Davis is Head of the Management Group (School) in Faculty of Business in DCU.

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He is Program Director for the MSc in E-Commerce having previously completed 8 years as Program Director of the MSc in Strategic Procurement and the MSc in International Management. He has completed lecturing assignments at UCSC, Italy, ESB, Germany, QMUL/BUPT, Beijing, China. He is currently Chair and director of the Global Standard for Purchasing and Supply Chain Education. He is a past council member and past president for the Irish Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management. He has previously been seconded to the Health Service Executive ICT Strategy Unit, advising on procurement strategy and market engagement. He has been on the Procurement for Innovation working group and was responsible for the delivery of the research that led to the publication of the 10 Step Guide to Smarter Procurement. He served on the Advisory Board to the National Procurement Service at the OPW. Dr. Davis was lead PI in DCU for the Winning in Tendering Project The project has a budget of €3.7 million euro. The project was a strategic project aimed at transforming the public tendering experience of Small Indigenous Suppliers in the Ireland / Wales region.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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