Liz McGill FCIPS Chartered
Auckland Branch, New Zealand
What is your biggest achievement while volunteering for CIPS?
As Education Liaison for the Auckland Branch CIPS Committee I work to facilitate and strengthen the link between the class room and industry. I am able to invite my students to participate in various CIPS events which they otherwise would not be able to do and this gives an opportunity to showcase the profession to the students. I organise a monthly networking evening which takes place every second Tuesday of the month so that procurement and supply chain professionals can get together and network. I believe it has really been worthwhile and especially when I see new faces who may be just starting out and am able to introduce them to people who regularly come along from recruitment agencies specialising in supply chain talent. Having the opportunity to work with other organisations such as the University of Auckland for example in a collaborative event about the benefits of Blockchain in the Supply Chain which I instigated was very rewarding, but also exploring possibilities of further collaboration to help bridge the gap between students graduating and entering into the workforce. Supply chain skills are in demand in NZ and we share a common view that it is important to attract young people into this space by raising awareness of the different pathways to a career in Supply chain. I would also include my work with MER Assessing and participating in the judging of the CIPS ANZ Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021.