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31 October 2012 | Adam Leach
David Smith has marked his final day as CIPS president with an open letter that reflects on some of the highlights of his tenure and re-affirms his commitment to the profession and the institute.
Smith, who is also commercial director at the Department for Work and Pensions, said it had been an “honour and a privilege” to hold the role of president for the past year. Through his presidential theme, he has campaigned across the world to inspire procurement professionals to try to attract the next generation of buyers.
At various events, such as the CIPS Annual Dinner, he called on the audience to speak about the profession at a school or college, or take on an apprentice in the procurement team, while also urging those considering a career change to think about procurement. In his letter, he dedicated a section to his theme, writing: “I am so pleased and grateful that so many of you took up my challenge 12 months ago to promote what we do and its importance. You have spoken at schools, colleges and universities; you have mentored the young and the 'not so young'; you have set up schemes and created opportunities; and Scotland has just formally announced a scheme that will provide 16-17 year olds with direct pathways into the procurement profession.
“We all want to attract talent that will be passionate about procurement and genuinely want to work in the profession and Scotland is leading the way, showing what can be achieved. I know that many of you have, or are considering, similar things.”
Smith signed off by pledging his support to the incoming president and thanking CIPS members. “I am delighted to hand over the presidency to Paula Gildert, who will, I know, do a fantastic job and I'm sure will receive your full support. Again, many thanks to you all around the world and best wishes for the future.”
You can read his letter in full here.