In Memoriam: Stuart Humby

7 September 2015

Stuart Humby, CIPS past president, has died at the age of 73.

His long relationship with CIPS began when he joined the Institute of Purchasing and Supply in 1978, becoming a fellow and serving as chairman of the board in 1987.

During his presidency from 1989 to 1990, he established the Stuart Humby Prize for achievement in the CIPS examinations by African students, following a visit to the continent with his wife, Val.

He chaired the Contracts Management Committee, Materials Management Sub-Committee and Fellowship Selection Panel, was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee and was a trustee of the CIPS pension fund.

His long, successful career began as a chartered mechanical engineer, after which he took on commercial and technical roles in the public and private sector, becoming supply and contracts director of British Coal. He was group purchasing director of NatWest and procurement director at HM Treasury and Powergen.

Humby moved into academia, becoming visiting professor of management specialising in supply economics at his alma mater, the University of Southampton. Colleague Douglas Macbeth, professor of purchasing and supply chain management, said: “I enjoyed his insights, which were provided in a good-humoured and slightly self-deprecating way, in spite of his significant achievements.”

Margaret West-Burnham, CIPS company secretary, added: “Stuart was instrumental in connecting CIPS into academia, initially through sponsoring the first professorial chairs in procurement at the Universities of Bath, Birmingham and Durham.”

A memorial service will be held this month.
 

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