Chris Bell, City of London Corporation, is new CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year
Chris Bell, City of London Corporation, is new CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year

City of London Corporation buying chief named top procurement professional

posted by Andrew Allen
14 September 2016

Chris Bell, head of city procurement at City of London Corporation, was named CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year, with Innovia Films’ Lucy Morrison taking CIPS young procurement and supply chain management professional award. 

The individual awards were handed out at CIPS Supply Management 2016 UK award ceremony at the Grosvenor Hotel last night.

Since Chris Bell became head of procurement in late 2014, he has led the transformation in the way City of London Corporation procures its goods, works and services – no easy task in a body that encompasses a local authority, its own police force, and investment and charity arms.

And last night he was awarded the CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year for his efforts.

He has overseen the generation of over £15m savings, and the development and implementation of key policies such as the procurement code, no PO no pay, payment card, and living wage accreditation.

New developments during his tenure have included an e-procurement portal, e-invoicing transformation plan and e-catalogue strategy. In addition, the City now has a savings and efficiency manual, seven operating category boards and an overall unit of 55 delivering high performance across its metrics.

Bell has achieved all this by improving the quality of his team – over the last 12 months he has increased fully qualified MCIPS staff numbers from two to 11, and six more staff members have started CIPS training.

Judges said: “This was an individual we were really impressed with given what he achieved in a short space of time against a challenging backdrop.”

City of London colleagues accept award for Chris Bell

Colleagues at City of London Corporation accepted Chris Bell's award for CIPS procurement and supply chain management professional of the year

Shortlisted for the award were: Jane Ellis, Citi; and John Dowling, formerly of Doosan Babcock

 

CIPS young procurement and supply chain management professional of the year

Winner: Lucy Morrison, category leader, Innovia Films 

Lucy Morrison is CIPS SM young professional of the year

This year’s CIPS young procurement and supply chain management professional of the year is no stranger to pressure. In 2009, as a Royal Navy supply chain logistician Lucy Morrison was part of a Phalanx gun unit in Iraq, providing support for ground forces.

Today she is responsible for a key stage in the supply chain, delivering the next generation of £5 and £10 polymer banknotes for the Bank of England in her capacity as category leader orientated polypropylene (OPP) for Innovia Films.

Helping manage a global spend of €100m/year on raw materials across three sites she has ensured continuity of supply in the European polymer supply chain by working with suppliers, production and planning to avoid plant stoppages.

This was despite severe supply shortages that caused an unprecedented 76 cases of force majeures to be declared in the European polymer supply chain in 2015. Morrison’s work helping deliver vital disaster relief to victims of the Lebanon conflict on board HMS York has clearly stood her in good stead.

Judges said: “We had some outstanding candidates and we’ve selected somebody who has demonstrated exceptional success and a breadth of talent. Her boss has got to be extremely proud of his talent spotting.”

Shortlisted for the CIPS young procurement and supply chain management professional of the year: Alexandra Burgess, Shell UK; Alexandra Hackwell, mhs homes; Philip Carvel, Northumbrian Water; Daniel Tunnicliffe, Rolls-Royce

See the overall winner.

See the team category winners.

The annual CIPS Supply Management Awards were celebrated on 14 September at the Grosvenor House in London, supported by headline sponsor RS, and platinum sponsor Hays.

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