Bhavisha Halai was handed the CIPS President’s Award for the highest marks at the CIPS Graduation.
Halai achieved the highest aggregate score through completion of the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma to claim the prize.
Halai studied for the CIPS qualification as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) commercial procurement graduate scheme in her role in the Commercial Services Team – Commercial Development at TfL.
Meanwhile, Hayley Barritt was awarded the Professional Diploma Prize for the learner with the highest aggregate mark through the Professional Diploma.
Barritt has worked in the supply chain function at Dechra Pharmaceuticals for five years, moving from a procurement role into a manufacturing role as a materials planner. She is solely responsible for the purchasing of all raw materials and packaging for the site and the management of those suppliers.
Katherine Goodman was handed the Advanced Diploma Prize for the learner with the highest aggregage score through the Advanced Diploma.
She has worked for the Ministry of Defence for four years, initially as a commercial officer in Defence Equipment and Support. Six months ago she started her current role within the Business Transformation Team at MoD head office, focusing primarily on the implementation of a new end-to-end e-procurement system.
Rachael Grimes was awarded the Diploma Prize, for the learner with the highest aggregate mark through the Diploma.
She has worked for Leeds City Council for more than 18 years, becoming procurement officer in 2008 and senior procurement officer in 2015. She has worked across children’s services, business and professional services and most recently construction and housing.
Almost 300 students graduated at the ceremony, which took place at Peterborough Cathedral.
Guest of honour was Karen Moorhouse, CIPS Young Professional of the Year 2018, who started out as a placement student for procurement at the Metropolitan Police and currently works at the City of London Corporation supporting contract managers.
CIPS group CEO Malcolm Harrison told graduates: “These are exciting times for procurement and supply; whether it’s modern slavery, Brexit strategies or cyber security, business leaders are turning to professionals in procurement and supply for the answers.
“Complex risks such as these make it even more important for us to hone our broader supply management skills. Strong business people with a procurement background, particularly those that have worked in multiple companies, industries and functions, are much more able to take a broad business perspective and are therefore more successful at engendering procurement within their business.”