Sarah Ellis and Lisa Callow named as individual winners in CIPS SM Awards 2011

14 September 2011

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15 September 2011 | Rebecca Ellinor

Both winners in the individual categories of this year’s CIPS Supply Management Awards faced tough challenges on joining their organisations.

Sarah Ellis, procurement director at BAA – who was last night named ‘CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year’ joined the airport authority at a time when it suffered a series of disruptions ranging from ash clouds to industrial action by British Airways staff, followed by a winter of heavy snowfall.

She inherited an inward-facing team that lacked diversity and a function that was tactical and perceived as administrative. Ellis turned that situation around to build a team more aligned with the business, capable of influencing decision-makers, while continuing to improve on costs.

She said: “Procurement and creativity are natural bedfellows. If procurement is to continue to be relevant it must push boundaries and this requires thinking differently.”

Judges described Ellis as having a track record of “first class performance and a legacy of delivering best practice”.

Also on the shortlist was Andrew Croston from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Chris Odam from NATS.

In the ‘CIPS young procurement and supply chain management professional of the year’ category, Lisa Callow from drinks manufacturer Global Brands was victorious. She joined the company as sourcing manager in 2010 following a restructure that recognised the need to increase attention on procurement practices.

She focused on five main areas: understanding the current procurement set-up; conducting a spend and contract review; building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders; setting up procurement systems, processes and tools; and conducting benchmarking, tendering and renegotiation activities to produce cost savings and reduce risk.

Managing director Mark James said: “Her work has no doubt led to us achieving great results in the reduction of spend in the production area despite the tough economic climate in 2010.”

Also on the shortlist was Alison McEwan from Wincanton, Chris Morgan from BAA Heathrow Airport and Lydia Wolfe from BAE Systems.

☛ Full write-ups of the individual and group winners will appear in the October edition of Supply Management

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