Jim Carter, Gulam Choudhury and Nick Gerrard scoop individual honours at CIPS Supply Management...

11 September 2013

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12 September 2013 | Will Green

Jim Carter, head of contracts and procurement operations at Network Rail; Nick Gerrard, CEO at NHS Supply Chain; and Gulam Choudhury, supply chain manager at Manchester Airports Group, have been named as the professionals of the year in the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2013.

At a sumptuous gala dinner last night Carter picked up the CIPS Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year after being described as a “passionate and compelling advocate of the benefits of strategic procurement”. In less than a year he drove a 30 per cent improvement in productivity while beating a cost savings target by 27 per cent. Judges said: “He is passionate about his chosen career and a great communicator.”

Choudhury won the CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Chain Management Professional of the Year after being described as “perhaps the most loyal and dependable colleague that I have ever worked with” by his boss. Having held roles in procurement and contracts at British Nuclear Group, Birmingham City University and BAA, he joined Manchester Airports Group last year. Judges said: “Gulam has successfully delivered major projects at a number of different companies, possesses a tremendous passion for procurement and has helped raise its profile internationally.” 

Gerrard was named Procurement’s CEO of the Year for his “leadership and support” in raising the procurement function at NHS Supply Chain. He has overseen a “culture of continuous improvement”, including the establishment of a procurement academy and the development of new roles in contracting and trading. Judges said: “The entry demonstrated the CEO understood the procurement opportunities and challenges facing the business, and showed his leadership and support for the procurement division to develop its service offering.”

Birmingham, West Midlands
HS2 Ltd
London (Greater)
£50,800 plus up to £10,000 Recruitment Retention Allowance
House of Lords
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