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Our approach to governance is to ensure we have the right structure, processes and people in place to allow us to focus on meeting our aims and objectives while operating in a regulated environment as a chartered professional institute and registered charity. In addition to creating a framework for efficient and ethical operations, the CIPS governance structure provides clear lines of accountability.

CIPS Charter and Bye-laws

CIPS is a professional body and registered charity, originally founded as the Purchasing Officers Association in 1932 and awarded a Royal Charter in 1992.  In June 2014 CIPS members voted to amend the Charter and Bye-laws to change the name of the Institute from ‘The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’ to ‘The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’ and to introduce the new professional status of ‘Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’ for suitably qualified members.

On 8 October 2014 HM the Queen gave her assent to the proposed changes to the Charter and the Privy Council approved the changes to the Bye-laws.

View the full Charter and Bye-laws.

The Charter and Bye-laws are the Institute’s governing document and set out its structure and the rules for its governance and control.  The roles, responsibilities and operation of each body in the governance structure are set out in detailed Regulations.

Charter and Bye-law Changes

On 8 October 2014 HM The Queen gave her assent to change the name of the Institute from ‘The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply’ to ‘The Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply’ and to introduce the new professional status ‘Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’.

Chartered status will be open to MCIPS and FCIPS members and successful applicants will be able to use the title ‘MCIPS (or FCIPS) Chartered Procurement and Supply Professional’.

Applications for Chartered status are now being accepted. Find out more and register your interest.

Global Board of Trustees (GBT)


Babs Omotowa FCIPS

Nigeria LNG Limited


Richard Masser FCIPS

Crestwood UK Ltd

Congress Chair

Nikki Bell FCIPS

Scottish Government


Waleed Al Saeedi FCIPS

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority


Sam De Silva FCIPS

Penningtons Manches LLP


Adrian Turner FCIPS

Apple Europe Ltd


Paul Thorogood MCIPS

Football Foundation


Beverley Tew FCIPS



Visna Lampasi FCIPS

Woolworths (Australia)


Roy Ayliffe FCIPS

National Audit Office


Tim Richardson FCIPS

British Airways


Sue Moffatt FCIPS

Welsh Government


Guy Hubball FCIPS

BP International Ltd


Fabienne Lesbros FCIPS

Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd


David Noble FCIPS


CIPS Officers

1 November 2014 to 31 October 2015 

President of the Institute – Babs Omotowa FCIPS
Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria LNG Limited

Babs Omotowa has over 20 years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry. He is currently the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria LNG Limited. Prior to coming to Nigeria LNG Limited, he was, at various times, Vice President, HSE, Infrastructure and Logistics for Shell companies in Sub-Sahara Africa, a Director of Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria and also Director of West Africa Pipeline Company.

Babs began his career in procurement in 1993 at Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) as a management trainee and rose rapidly to head, Operations Support, Warri. He went to work with Shell in the United Kingdom, Holland, and Norway, in various leadership positions. He returned to Nigeria in 2006 as General Manager Supply Chain for SNEPCo and later SPDC, and he is a Fellow, UK Chartered Institute of Supply, London

Over his distinguished career across Europe and Africa, Babs has been renowned for strategic transformation, re-engineering, successful turnaround, as well as maximizing value chains. His stated goal in NLNG is to sustain the historical excellent performance, move the company to the next level and make NLNG an inspiration to Nigeria.

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.

1 February 2014 to 28 February 2015

Chairman of Congress – Nikki Bell FCIPS, BA (Hons)

Since graduating with a business economics and marketing degree in 1990, Nikki has worked in procurement and supply chain management within both the private and public sectors. In her career she has worked across different industries from oil & gas to manufacturing & IT; in organisations ranging from multinationals to the NHS & devolved Government; and has led teams responsible for managing the full end-to-end procurement process and development of international supply chains.

Nikki has been involved in creating, transforming and developing organisations; leading the development and implementation of global, national and local strategies; driving and enabling significant change in very complex stakeholder environments; and remote managing international teams. She has sat on various national and international commodity, programme and organisational strategy boards responsible for setting strategic direction, developing business plans and enabling delivery of corporate objectives.

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a member of the CIPS Global Board of Trustees and is currently Chairman of CIPS Congress. She is a member of The Institute of Directors, the Glasgow Caledonian University ‘School for Business and Society’ Advisory Group, chairs the Scottish Procurement Directorate’s Learning and Skills Board and contributes to the development and implementation of the wider Scottish Government’s People Strategy.

Nikki has specific interests in encouraging young people in to procurement as a career of choice and is Chair of the Scottish Learning and Skills Partnership and the Procurement People of Tomorrow initiative.

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.


The Congress is the Institute’s representative and advisory body, elected from and by the global membership.

View more detail on Congress and its role here.

Regional Offices

CIPS has offices in:

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UK UK and Rest of the World  
Australia Australasia Find out more
South Africa Africa Find out more
Dubai Middle East  and North Africa Find out more
Singapore Asia-Pacific
China China Find out more
Turkey Turkey