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
Best Supplier Partnership
Qantas Airways and RECARO Aircraft Seating
Best Infrastructure and Capital Works Programme
Best Process Improvement Initiative
The Westpac Group
Most Improved Procurement Operation