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PAI’s Annual Public Procurement Conference 2019

Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019, 

Time: 9am – 1pm

Location: Croke Park Stadium, Jones’ Rd, Drumcondra, Dublin 3

Price: €325 (VAT exempt)

PAI are delighted to announce Minister of State for Public Procurement, Patrick O’Donovan TD will open our annual Public Procurement Conference on Thursday 17 October 2019 and deliver the keynote address.

This year’s conference will discuss a range of significant developments in Public Procurement in 2019 including an update on policy developments, EU developments and Procurement Law.

PAI’s expert speakers will update attendees on topics that offer both a national and international perspective on developments in Public Procurement that may impact on their work in this area. This popular conference should be attended by everyone involved in Public Procurement in Ireland and will offer valuable opportunities for networking with colleagues across the sector.


Conference Schedule


Opening remarks from Chairperson
Patrick McGovern, Independent procurement consultant

Keynote Address – Review of Current Policy Direction re Public Procurement
Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment

eInvoicing: Part of Procurement Digitisation Journey
Declan McCormack, Office of Government Procurement

Delivering Sustainable Procurement Solutions
Mariya Pelovska (European Commission)

Questions & Answers

Coffee Break and Networking

eInvoicing with Irish Public Contracting Authorities through PEPPOL and its Benefits
Maija Zaiceva, Edicom

Challenges in Public Procurement – Recent Experience
Aaron Boyle, Partner, Arthur Cox

Extracting Value for Money from Public Works Contracts
William Brown, Quigg Golden

Questions & Answers

Conference Close and Lunch


Keynote speaker confirmed:


Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State at the Departments of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with responsibility for Public Procurement, Open Government, and eGovernment. He previously served as Minister of State for Tourism and Sport when he was appointed by the Taoiseach in May 2016.




Our Chairperson Patrick McGovern, Independent Procurement Consultant and former Partner at Arthur Cox, where he specialised in Procurement Law projects for many years. He has written extensively on procurement and is a co-author of a book on this topic to be published in late 2017. He is a First-Class Honours graduate in Law from Trinity College Dublin.


Declan McCormack Programme Manager, Office of Government Procurement. Declan has responsibility at Principal level for the Office of Government Procurement’s eInvoicing programme. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of Head of IT with one of Ireland’s leading e-Procurement service providers and has over 20 years’ experience in technology development, delivery and management within the telecoms, financial and IT sectors, and was actively involved in the development and implementation of PEPPOL infrastructure. As a member of National Standards Authority (NSAI), he has served on the European Standardisation Organisation eProcurement committee (CEN/TC 434) that was charged with drafting the eInvoicing Standard as per the requirements of the European eInvoicing Directive (2014/55/EU).



Mariya Pelovska is currently working as a Legal and Policy Officer at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Internal market, Industry, Enterpreneurship and SMEs and she is dealing with public procurement policy and legislation. Her work focuses on legal issues related to Sweden and Ireland, as well as policy work in the area of sustainable public procurement. Her work in the European public administration is preceded by legal experience acquired in the private sector in Bulgaria. She holds a LL.M. from Maastricht University, the Netherlands and a Bachelor degree from Sofia University, Bulgaria.



William Brown is a Senior Associate at Quigg Golden, a leading procurement and construction law frim with offices in Dublin, London and Belfast. William specialises in construction procurement and regularly provides practical legal advice to a wide range of public, utility and private sector entities on the intricacies of national and EU procurement legislation. William is regularly invited to speak at procurement conferences throughout Ireland and the UK. William is also a lecturer in construction law and dispute resolution at Queen’s University Belfast. 


Maija Zaiceva, Global Account Manager, Edicom. As a Global Account Manager Maija guides Edicom’s clients on how to execute Global Projects in the area of electronic data interchange, e-invoicing and e-VAT compliance. Responsible for EMEA markets with main focus on the UK and Irelands based private and public entities which have chosen Edicom as their global or regional EDI/e-invoicing partner.



Aaron Boyle is a partner in the Infrastructure, Construction and Utilities Group. Aaron’s practice is focused on the areas of infrastructure, procurement, PPP and project finance.  Aaron heads the Procurement and Transport Groups in Arthur Cox.  He has been centrally involved in key infrastructure projects in Ireland for a number of years particularly in the areas of health, education, transport and energy.  Aaron has extensive commercial experience advising on a range of contracts and sectors including PPP, concession, managed service, framework, logistics and ICT. As part of Aaron’s procurement practice, he advises on the defence to procurement challenges and also promotes the rights of bidders.  Aaron has been involved in the majority of the procurement challenges brought in Ireland over recent years.

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CPD: This is a PAI CPD Certified event – Attendees who participate in the days event will receive a CPD Certificate to the value of 3 Structured CPD Points.

Price also includes: Delegate pack, speaker slides & recommended readings, refreshments on arrival, mid-morning networking refreshment break and lunch following the events conclusion at 1pm.

Please contact our training and events manager for more details on our group discount rates on nconnolly@pai.ie