Our 2019 Prize Winners

CIPS President’s Award

This award is presented to the learner with the highest aggregate mark through completion of the Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Professional Diploma.

WINNER – Bhavisha Halai MCIPS 

Bhavisha was given the opportunity to study for the CIPS qualification as part of the Transport for London (TfL) Commercial Procurement Graduate scheme. The graduate cohort was offered the CIPS day release programme at the CIPS study centre, London Metropolitan University. The programme provided opportunities to have interactive discussions with individuals from different organisations and professional tutors.

Bhavisha has been able to transfer the knowledge gained during her CIPS studies into her current role within the Commercial Services Team – Commercial Development at TfL. The team is a dynamic area, focusing on developing strong income streams from TfL’s assets through establishing robust and best value supply chain relationships. The CIPS qualifications, coupled with practical experience has allowed her to apply key elements of the study programme to deliver high value and highly complex property transactions and joint venture partnerships.


Professional Diploma Prize

This award is presented to the learner with the highest aggregate mark through the Professional Diploma.

WINNER – Hayley Barritt MCIPS

Hayley has worked within the Supply Chain at Dechra pharmaceuticals for five years, progressing from a Procurement role into a manufacturing role as a Materials Planner, focusing on the material and stock management for site. Hayley is solely responsible for the purchasing of all raw materials and packaging components for the site and the management of those suppliers. Some keys aspects of her role include strategic material forecasting necessary for the foundation of supplier contracts, building and maintaining key supplier relationships, stock inventory control and supplier complaint management.

Alongside this Hayley works on various continuous improvement projects for site, applying the CIPS models and knowledge to improve business processes.  Hayley thinks her progression in various roles shows how versatile CIPS can be. Hayley studied her CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma qualification through Blackburn College on a part day release and then studied the modules every night in her spare time, using exam practice techniques as her main framework for revision.

This is the second time Hayley has been awarded this accolade, achieving the advanced diploma prize for 2015/2016. Hayley hopes to continue her progression within the supply chain, gaining more experience and knowledge and being able to apply her qualification throughout her professional career going forward.


Advanced Diploma Prize

This award is presented to the learner with the highest aggregate mark through the Advanced Diploma.

WINNER – Katherine Goodman

Katherine has worked for the Ministry of Defence for four years, initially working as a Commercial Officer in Defence Equipment and Support placing and managing a portfolio of contracts to directly support the front-line commands. Six months ago, she started her current role within the Business Transformation Team in MOD Head Office and Corporate Services, focusing primarily on the successful development and implementation of the MOD’s new end-to-end e-procurement system across the business.

The MOD offered Katherine the chance to start her CIPS studies soon after she joined and she currently has only one exam left to sit before she successfully achieves the CIPS Level 6 Professional Diploma in Procurement and Supply qualification, which will then enable her to upgrade to full membership (MCIPS).

Katherine joined CIPS Corporate Academy study centre with a cohort of 20 other Civil Servants to attend three classroom sessions before each exam, which provided a great opportunity to network and to set up study groups to help with exam revision. The sessions also gave her the chance to practice answering exam style questions and receive feedback. Katherine has been entitled to two self-study days before each exam, and this support from her employer has been a major factor in achieving this prize.


Diploma Prize

This award is presented to the learner with the highest aggregate mark through the Diploma.

WINNER – Rachael Grimes MCIPS

Rachael has worked for Leeds City Council for over 18 years after graduating from the University of Leeds. Her Procurement career started in 2003 progressing to Procurement Officer in 2008 and Senior Procurement Officer in 2015.

Rachael’s background includes Children’s Services, Business & Professional Services and most recently, Construction and Housing. CIPS accredited a learning programme that she had completed which enabled her to become a full MCIPS member.  However, when the opportunity arose to study for the Diploma qualifications she did not hesitate.

Rachael completed the Diploma with Chamber Business Training, attending regular classes and was very fortunate to have full support from her employer.

Rachael’s colleagues nominated her for Learner of the Year through their Departmental Awards for Excellence in 2017 and she was the winner in this category. Working full time with two young children and studying for the Diploma was not an easy choice, however she is determined to continue and achieve her CIPS Professional Diploma qualification.

Rachael cannot thanks Leeds City Council enough for their support and Chamber Business Training whose help, support and guidance has been invaluable.  Rachel would highly recommend them to anyone wishing to achieve CIPS qualifications.

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