Chief Procurement Officer

Richard Allen, MA (Hons) Edinburgh

Richard Allen joined the University in November 2013 as Chief Procurement Officer and Director Procurement & Finance Service Centre.

Richard has wide experience in both the government and corporate sectors, most recently as the General Manager of Strategic Procurement and Supply at RailCorp, where he helped navigate a corporate-wide procurement transformation.

Prior to his 6 years at Railcorp, Richard was Head of Professional Services Group for Cyberlynx Procurement Services for 4 years, managing professional services industries on behalf of major Australian corporates, working across strategic sourcing, complex relationship management for consulting, contract and labour services.

Richard's expertise and experience also extends to 11 years of international management consulting in Australia, the UK, Europe and Asia, as well as sound operational experience.

Richard is a member of CIPSA and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC).

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Senior Procurement Specialist

Tabassum Humza, BCom Mumbai, MCom (Hons) Sydney, CIPS Affiliate Member

Tabassum is a Senior Procurement Specialist with Procurement Services. Tabassum joined the Procurement team in 2005, with a background in business process reengineering, and logistics experience in the film production industry in Mumbai. While Tabassum's working life commenced in the Indian subcontinent, the majority of her work experience has been within the Australian environment.

Tabassum has led many services and major research equipment projects for the University, delivering benefits in the areas of 'whole of life cost' considerations, reduction of risk in supply contracts and contract management for time critical delivery in multi-supplier arrangements. Her current focus is applying the category management discipline to Fleet, and taking the lead on major research equipment projects.

Tabassum is a postgraduate of the University of Sydney and an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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Senior Procurement Specialist

Amal Eid, MSc(Log) UOW, DipCom UNE, MCIPS

Amal was appointed as a Procurement Specialist of the University of Sydney in October 2008. Amal specialises in Category Management for Stationery and Office Supplies as well as looking after the direct spend needs of the University's research community via her work on major equipment projects.

Amal is a graduate of the University of New England and the University of Wollongong and a full accredited Member of The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply in Australia. Amal is a Procurement Professional with over 11 years experience working in many industries ranging from Government to Finance, IT&T to Construction. Amal has lived and worked overseas giving her a more global perspective on procurement and best practice.

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Senior Procurement Specialist (CIS)

Srinath Vitanage, BCom UNSW, CA, CIPS Affiliate Member

Srinath joined the Procurement Services team as a Procurement Services Officer in April 2009 within the Category Management arm of the division.

In his previous role Srinath worked for Qantas Catering as a Senior Pricing Analyst ensuring that airline menus were priced appropriately to deliver the highest possible margins to the business as well as reviewing process efficiencies and cost minimisation. Prior to the role at Qantas Catering, Srinath worked for Colonial First State as a Fund Accountant and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu as an Analyst.

Srinath holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from the University of New South Wales and is a certified Chartered Accountant. Srinath is also an Affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

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Procurement Specialist

Dominic Heah, BE (Hons) Sydney, CIPS Affiliate Member

Dominic provides specialist services in relation to the strategic sourcing of goods and services across a diverse range of categories, encompassing the management of supplier relationship, contracts and the tender process.

Since joining the University in 2008 as a Procurement Analyst, Dominic has garnered extensive experience in analysing expenditure in excess of $1 billion annually with the following key achievements:

  • Generated a holistic analysis framework and evidence-based approach to obtain cost savings for the University in excess of $26 million annually.
  • Implemented a procurement metric reporting framework and scorecard methodology
  • Scoped, implemented and enhanced five different e-platforms streamlining the end-to-end procurement delivery process, including a Business Intelligence system and Contract Lifecycle Management System.

Dominic graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical from the University of Sydney. He is also an Affiliate Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS).

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Procurement Analyst

Sara Liu, BEconIntTrade CUEB, MCom MLogMan Sydney

Sara commenced working for the University within the Financial Shared Services department before joining the Procurement Services team as a Financial Analyst in April 2008. Sara's goal will be to take the lead on the standardisation of several key financial processes whilst developing an overall understanding of the Procurement function.

Sara holds a Master of Commerce (Accounting) and Master of Logistics Management, both from the University of Sydney.

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Procurement Services Officer

Nicholas Gunn, BA Sydney

Nick joined the Procurement Services team in April 2011 initially providing support to the travel Category Manager and operating the Travel Helpdesk. Since then, he has taken on a Strategic Sourcing role and has led the procurement process for major equipment purchases in areas such as Engineering, Physics, Biological Sciences and ICT.

Prior to joining the University, Nick worked at the Department of Health in the United Kingdom providing executive and procurement support to the Equality and Human Rights Group. He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney with majors in Government & International Relations, Social Policy and Gender Studies.

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Executive Assistant

Lyn Tiene, Cert IV Frontline Management Competency Training Institute, Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment Port Macquarie, Advanced TESOL Certification Australasian Training Academy

Lyn joined the Procurement Services team at the University in April 2009, bringing with her extensive experience in executive support, office management and administration across both the private and public sectors, including regional NSW.

Immediately prior to joining the University, Lyn worked at the Department of Commerce (now Department of Finance & Services), specifically in the area of NSW Procurement | Contracting Services.

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