Diageo shows leadership to scoop profession's top prize

14 November 2002
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14 November 2002 | David Arminas

Global drinks firm Diageo won top honours in the 2002 Kelly's CIPS Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply.

The company, whose products include Johnnie Walker whisky and Captain Morgan rum, came top in the best people development category and was presented with the overall prize at a gala black-tie dinner at London's Grosvenor House hotel last week.

Nick Bennett, procurement development director, said winning the people development award for its leadership skills programme was proof that Diageo valued its staff above all else.

He told SM: "Leadership skills are incredibly important, such as managing change in a complex organisation, your internal client base and your suppliers. It is all about changing people's mindset and behaviour."

Bennett said the aim of the programme was to inspire people to go higher in the company.

"Core procurement skills take you only so far. It is nice to think that developing people can take them in the direction of the chief executive, and this is very possible."

Over 500 people attended the event, organised by Kelly's Directories and CIPS in association with SM and hosted by Jeremy Vine, presenter of BBC2's Newsnight.

More than 40 entrants were shortlisted for the awards, now in their fourth year, and sponsored by All-Star Purchasing, Ariba, Accenture and QP Group.

Peter Smith, chairman of the judging panel, said the entire shortlist was "inspirational" and judging the 200 entries was difficult.

"Diageo's entry was unique in that it tackled the issue of developing people to lead procurement, in their case within Diageo in the next decade."

Smith, director of procurement services at Shreeveport Management Consultancy and CIPS president, said the overall runner-up, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, was not far behind.

"The Cable & Wireless entry was also exceptional for driving forward global procurement in an industry that has been having a difficult time."

Trophies were presented to all 13 category winners.

The Kelly's CIPS Awards winners

Overall winner:

• Diageo

Cross-industry initiatives:

Best ethical purchasing initiative

• Environment Agency

Best international/global purchasing project

• Cable & Wireless

Best people development initiative

• Diageo

Best purchaser-supplier partnership

• BAA (Heathrow)

Best purchasing initiative by an SME (fewer than 500 employees)

• JN Bentley

Best use of e-procurement

• Cable & Wireless

Most improved purchasing operation

• BSkyB

Industry sectors:

Central government and agencies

• HM Prison Food Team

Financial and professional services

• Lloyds TSB and TNT Carousel

Retail and general services

• The Boots Company

Local government, health and education

• Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Manufacturing and engineering

• BAE Systems

Utilities, construction and telecoms

• Telstra

CIPS individual awards:

Purchasing and supply management professional of the year

• Tim Ussher, BSkyB

Young purchasing and supply management professional of the year

• Fiona Little, Hallmark Cards


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