7 August 2014 | Amanda Earnshaw
The past fortnight brought inspirational athletes from 71 nations to our TV screens, each aspiring to reach the pinnacle of their sport in the Commonwealth Games.
Since 1930 the Games has featured household names, such as Usain Bolt and Tom Daley, as well as showcasing up-and-coming athletes such as Erraid Davies who won bronze in the women’s para-sport 100m breaststroke aged just 13.
While their achievements have come about through enormous personal hard work and dedication; if it wasn’t for the Games these individuals may not have had the role models and opportunities to help drive them to such high aspirations.
Sport wasn’t the only profession to benefit in the 1930s. In 1932 the Purchasing Officers Association came into being and has since developed into the CIPS we know today.
CIPS has certainly been the backbone in the triathlon that my career feels like. It has offered me many opportunities to gain skills and experience that wouldn’t usually have been available at my level in my day job. I’ve developed my networking skills with peers at branch events, gained insight into the workings of a board as a council member and been involved in selecting top talent for that board while on the Nominations Committee. And in turn my employers have recognised the market knowledge and insight into the direction of the profession that this involvement brings to them.
All of this accumulated in my being awarded Fellowship (FCIPS) and joining the 700 global Fellows acknowledged for our career achievements and for having given back to the profession. And boy did it feel like winning gold. But I should stress here that my triathlon has very much been a team event. Along the way, my involvement with CIPS has led to my having many fabulous role models and mentors who have provided invaluable advice in helping me to achieve this.
So am I ready to hang up my procurement trainers and take it easy? Not at all. On 29 October the CIPS Fellowship network will be kicking off our first Fellows of the Future event at City Hall in London, discussing the theme of leadership. This aims to encourage and support aspiring procurement and supply professionals to be the leaders (and Fellows) of the future. So whether you are a Fellow or a rising star, find out how to get your hands on a golden ticket by visiting my previous blog or via the CIPS website.
☛ Amanda Earnshaw is deputy chair of the Fellowship Committee