This year is about “reunification” for CIPS Australasia, “ensuring procurement is represented by the professional body”, according to the region’s new general manager.
“We will be focusing on membership and education and adding value to the procurement community,” Mark Lamb (above), who joined the Institute in November, told CIPS news.
“Our aim is to provide opportunities for professional development, he said, adding that “the key challenges are mostly about professionalisation and development of procurement staff.”
Joining at the same time as Lamb, new head of customer relationships development, Darren Cook, agreed that the need for businesses to professionalise procurement was an issue, adding: “It is about demonstrating procurement’s value internally within an organisation, knowing who to engage with and what resources to use.
“My goal is to ensure that members understand what CIPS can offer... and how we can support organisations,” he said.
Lamb aims to work with key stakeholders to grow membership and increase the office’s profile.