Queen honours purchasing professionals

16 June 2008
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17 June 2008 | Jake Kanter

Former CIPS chief executive Ken James has received an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his contribution to public service.

James stepped down as CIPS CEO this year after 10 years at the institute. He said he was delighted to receive the award and believes it provides recognition of the profession's good work.

"It's a great honour personally, for the institute and for the profession. Procurement helps organisations be more effective and this impacts on the public," he told supplymanagement.com.

Other buyers honoured in the list were Lois Devey, team leader, commercial and procurement services at the Department for Children, Schools and Families, who received an OBE for public and voluntary work. In addition, Andrew Smith, purchasing director at wood supplier BSW Timber, also received an MBE for his services to the Scottish Forestry Industry.

Those recognised by the Queen can be nominated by anybody and the honours pay tribute to "outstanding" achievement and service across a community.


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