1 November 2013 to 31 October 2014
President of the Institute – Craig Lardner FCIPS
Principal, Procurement Advisory Services Pty Ltd
Craig started his career with the BOC Group, his foundation years were in Commercial, Inventory control, Sales and Marketing.
Executive roles followed in Customer Service, Industrial retailing and eventually Procurement when he was appointed Director of Procurement for BOC Australia and New Zealand. 3 years later he moved to London as their global Chief Procurement Officer. In that role for 10 years he travelled extensively focusing on supply and procurement techniques across the world building high performance teams on all continents. After returning home to Australia for the 5 years up to 2011 he ventured into the FMCG sector with George Weston Foods as Director of Procurement.
Craig is well known as a business coach and mentor to young professionals. In 2011 he formed Procurement Advisory Services, an independent procurement consulting enterprise for both private and public sector. He is a CIPS Fellow and sat on the CIPS Australasia Steering Group for several years until his appointment as interim Managing Director from March to August 2013. Craig was elected to represent Australasia on the CIPS Congress in 2012 and will resume that role on completion of his presidential year.
You can find out more about Craig's presidential theme here.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Richard Masser FCIPS
CEO Crestwood UK Ltd
Prior to setting up and running Quantum Global Product Solutions Richard had eighteen years’ experience in a range of industries including plumbing and heating supplies, retail, automotive and furniture manufacturing. Following the full acquisition of Quantum in 2009 by Crestwood UK, Richard was appointed CEO for the Crestwood group of 5 enterprises including the overseas operation in Asia. He has a particular interest in how SMEs work alongside global multinationals in the supply chain and in strategic business development in emerging and specialist product markets.
In his current role Richard has a global remit with emphasis on China. He is a member of the China-British Business Council.
A CIPS member for eighteen years, Richard was elected to Council in 2009 to represent the North East and was elected to the Board of Management in 2011. He was guest speaker at the 2013 CIPS Graduation Ceremony in Birmingham.
Chairman of Congress – Melinda Johnson FCIPS
Melinda Johnson is Director of Group Procurement and Estates at the Department of Transport. She joined the Senior Civil Service in 2005 (Department for Education) to build sustainable procurement capacity and deliver savings across the education system for which she won the Civil Service Procurement Award in 2008. Melinda was jointly responsible for DFE Procurement and for ensuring continuous improved procurement and commissioning across the whole DFE wider public sector with a particular focus on collaboration and sector shared services.
Since joining the Institute in 1988, Melinda has worked in a variety of procurement roles including local government, higher education, utilities, and the SME sector. She also spent four years as Head of Policy and Representation at CIPS.
Melinda has been Chairman of a CIPS branch and has previously served as an elected member of the CIPS Council, from where she was elected to the Board of Management.
Chief Executive – David Noble FCIPS
David Noble was appointed CEO of CIPS in May 2009. Prior to that he had been a member of the Institute’s Fellowship Selection panel and was appointed to the Board in 2008 before stepping down to take the CEO post. He became a full member of the new Global Board of Trustees in June 2012 following the governance restructure.
Alongside his CIPS role, David has 30 years’ corporate experience including 10 years at Board level in procurement and supply management, latterly as Group Supply Director at IMI plc, a FTSE 250 company.