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David Noble FCIPS
Our membership and wider community are showing some healthy levels of growth – all around the world, which means our base of knowledge and expertise is becoming even more diverse and valuable to us all. Having a wider range of perspectives and a greater pool of professionals from various sectors and at different levels in their careers means that everyone in the community has support, no matter where they work, who they work for, and what their particular challenges are.
In an attempt to harness some of this expertise and underpin all the work CIPS does for the profession and the community, our strategic themes and the development of our strategic direction, we are developing some new groups involving the membership. These groups will be a network and community of interests where like-minded professionals can make themselves heard and help steer the future of the profession.
We are developing a number of Professional Advisory Groups (PAGS) in all the regions where CIPS is present to be focussed on issues in that region. Expect output from MENA, Africa, Australasia, Asia Pac and Europe in the coming years, so pretty much all around the world. The output of these discussion groups will feed directly into the CIPS content strategy which will then inform the development of our knowledge area – papers, tools and templates, for members, content for our magazines, and any conferences and events CIPS holds to truly reflect what is happening in business and the procurement and supply management world.
In particular, though we are all faced with global issues, we need to provide regional and local perspectives too so as professionals we have all we need to hand.
The groups will have several main areas to focus on:
- Advice on procurement issues in local business
- Any local issues that will directly affect procurement in the region, for example regulatory changes
- Regional and senior level insights that will feed directly into the CIPS content strategy
- Facilitating new connections with professionals and corporates
- As ambassadors for CIPS and the profession to be present at local events
Contributors to the groups will be by invitation-only and serve a one-year term so the groups regularly remain fresh and vibrant. Meetings would not be onerous - one or two a year, with possibly some virtual meetings. The Australia and Asia Pac groups have already started and the others will follow later this year.
Inclusiveness, community self-determination, ownership of content and how it is used, enhancement of existing networks, is what I hope will come out of these groups. But, especially of value will be a sense of cohesiveness around the key issues facing business and our profession and how we react and understand these issues, together. As we are bombarded from different directions and the challenges continue to grow, this should be an excellent source of support and insight.
If you feel you can contribute to these groups ahead of the invitations or have any other ideas on we we develop knowledge for the profession, please email your details and brief summary about yourself and your experience and region to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Great news to be collaborating with Cofely, provider of total facilities management to offer CIPS members access to a wide range of sources to support procurement activity in this sector.
Facilities Management is the provision of services needed to support a business or organisation and can include security services, safe and clean working spaces, reception or cleaning services. Keeping up to date and apace with changing needs and legislative requirements can become a drain on resources so specialist support is often needed. FM providers can high levels of expertise, driving cost savings, environmental compliance and operational efficiencies as well as sourcing sustainable energy supplies for example.
Part of the ENGIE, one of the largest global energy players, Cofely will supply regularly updated content to help businesses and individuals as CIPS members and I’m delighted they have become a new knowledge partner.