Procurement professional of the year 2011 Sarah Ellis leaves BAA

2 October 2012

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2 October 2012 | Adam Leach

Sarah Ellis has left her role as procurement director at airport operator BAA.

Ellis joined the company from the BBC in May 2010, where she had been head of sourcing. At BAA she was charged with transforming the procurement team into a strategic asset, aligned to the overall goals of the organisation. Last year, she was recognised as ‘procurement professional of the year' at the CIPS Supply Management Awards for this work.

That year, having experienced a year of ash clouds, severe weather disruptions and industrial action by British Airways staff, all of which impacted on the procurement team’s operations, Ellis told SM that creative thinking is key to getting procurement a seat at the top table. 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 her as having a track record of “first-class performance and a legacy of delivering best practice”. And she was up on stage at the awards again this year, when Heathrow Airport won the ‘best contribution to corporate responsibility' category.

BAA has confirmed that Ellis left the company at the end of September. It told SM that no decision has yet been made about who will replace her as procurement director, or in fact whether she will be replaced.

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