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24 April 2013 | Helen Gilbert
Procurement professionals from Sony Europe, BNP Paribas, Deloitte and KPMG were among those recognised at the Institute of Travel and Meetings' (ITM) inaugural Buyer Achievement Awards 2013.
The glittering ceremony, held at the ITM conference in Windsor, Berkshire last week, recognised excellence in procurement techniques, travel-specific category expertise, and effective travel or meetings management programmes.
Kate Constance of BNP Paribas was crowned Best UK Travel Manager after impressing judges with the results achieved from her strengths in process and project management, despite being a relative newcomer to the travel category.
“A strategic thinker, Kate works collaboratively and in equal partnership with suppliers, which has generated proven positive outcomes,” the judging panel said.
Marnie Court, of Sony Europe scooped the Best Travel Manager Multinational award after demonstrating to the judges the results of rigorous sourcing and implementation of a travel management company, online booking tool and credit card consolidation across 29 countries. The entry was praised for showing “amazing resilience along with creativity, cultural sensitivity, openness and determination”.
The Best Strategic Meetings Management Programme accolade was awarded to Chris Watterson of Deloitte, for the reduced costs and risk to travellers that had been achieved through his “innovative approach to strategic meetings management particularly around the operating structure”.
Other winners included Gemma King of KMPG who lifted the Best Young Travel Manager title and Ray Wooldridge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch who walked away with the Long Service Award.
“The quality of the entries exceeded our expectations and clearly demonstrates the talent within our industry, both from new and seasoned professionals,” Simone Buckley, ITM CEO said.
“We are proud to honour these individuals and hope these prestigious awards show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication.”
Louise Kilgannon, EMEA outsourced regional business partner at AstraZeneca and Nicola Lomas, director of corporate travel services at Omnicom and ITM chairman were among the buying directors who made up the judging panel.
It has also been announced that Sarah Makings, global travel category manager at KPMG, has been appointed vice chair of the ITM.