Australasian buyers pick up gongs

18 October 2009

19 October 2009 | Allie Anderson

The cream of Australasian purchasing talent was celebrated last week at the 3rd annual CIPS Australia Procurement Professional Awards dinner.

The Papua New Guinean government's Central Supply and Tenders Board (CSTB) clinched the CIPSA Leadership Award for making an outstanding and ongoing contribution to the profession.

Speaking at the ceremony at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, CIPS president Bola Afolabi praised the CSTB for reforming public sector procurement on the island north of Australia.

He said: "This work has been achieved within a very complex political environment, despite almost impossible geographical obstacles, and in an economy the World Bank ranks as 126th in the world."

CIPS Australia, which is part of CIPS, covers Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Other winners in its awards included retailer Coles for the "best example of socially responsible procurement" and mining firm BHP Billiton for "most improved procurement operation".

BAE Systems' Marissa Brown was named young procurement professional of the year and was invited to join the CIPSA steering group for a year. Chair of the group, John Tondut, emphasised the importance of having a broad cross-section of the profession, including young professionals, represented on the board.

The awards ceremony was sponsored by technology firm Portland Group and was attended by CIPS chief executive David Noble, who presented an award.


CIPS Leadership Award: 'making an outstanding and ongoing contribution to the profession' Papua New Guinea Government Central Supply and Tenders Board

Young Procurement Professional of the Year Marissa Brown, BAE Systems

Best Example of Socially Responsible Procurement Coles

Best Supplier Partnership Qantas Airways and RECARO Aircraft Seating

Best Infrastructure and Capital Works Programme Santos

Best Process Improvement Initiative The Westpac Group

Most Improved Procurement Operation BHP Billiton


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