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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.”