GM Update April

CIPS 21 April 2021

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“They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn, At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

As we approach ANZAC day, I’ve been reflecting on the ANZAC spirit; how there is a camaraderie between New Zealand and Australia that runs deep from the service and sacrifice of those who served in defence for our nations. So often in recent times we’ve faced hardship and have come together to ease suffering, support one another and know that we’re not alone. It seems appropriate that at this time the Trans-Tasman travel bubble should be created, where again we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder to support our nation’s economic and social revival.

We know procurement professionals have never been in such high demand, so I am pleased to celebrate that CIPS ANZ has reached a significant milestone with over 770 fully qualified members across the region - a full member of CIPS (MCIPS & FCIPS)! Congratulations to all our fully qualified members; whether you are a long-standing qualified member or have only recently qualified –your status as a qualified professional contributes towards raising the profile of our profession. Many more are on their own journey and progressing towards MCIPS Chartered professional; I know balancing study, work and personal commitments is a challenge, so I encourage you to connect and engage with your CIPS professional community for support…


On behalf of CIPS, I would like to officially congratulate Laurence Pidcock FCIPS who has been appointed General Manager, Government Procurement with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and would like to wish him all the best in his new role. Prior to this, Laurence was the Chief Procurement Officer for the Ministry of Education (MoE). Laurence has a broad experience in leadership, operations, policy, and consultative procurement roles in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Laurence has a passionate belief that New Zealand Government Procurement is at a pivotal position to lead and realise the greater public value government procurement can deliver. We are delighted to have Laurence presenting at the upcoming CIPS New Zealand Conference on 6 May 2021 in Wellington on the topic of ‘Challenges for the Future. 

Thank you to Chris Mansfield FCIPS - longest serving CIPS ANZ committee member 

It is with sincere gratitude that we wish to honour our longest serving CIPS committee member - Chris Mansfield FCIPS who will officially finish his post at the end of April, marking more than 15-years of volunteer service.

Chris has been a member of CIPS since 2002 commencing in the UK, where he also served and had a proactive role as a member of CIPS Construction Procurement Group Committee. He then moved to Australia in 2006 and served a nearly 13-year tenure on the CIPS NSW Committee. He was NSW Vice-Chair from November 2011 – July 2014 and then stepped into the NSW Chair role from July 2014 – January 2016 and has continued to play an active role on the committee.

During his time, he has been instrumental in organising numerous member events, including a number of our former CIPS NSW year-end galas at iconic Sydney locations including Luna Park, The Powerhouse Museum and the National Maritime Museum. He is a Chartered Professional Fellow and has been very passionate about giving back to the profession and encouraging new talents. We salute you and thank you Chris for your service and dedication. 

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[R] Chris Mansfield with the CIPS NSW Committee, Sharon Morris and Ana Barco, previous CIPS Group Director for Membership & Marketing. 

CIPS New Zealand Conference - Moving our profession forward | 6 May 2021

We are absolutely thrilled to confirm that New Zealand’s most-anticipated procurement conference is going ahead on 6 May at the InterContinental hotel in Wellington. The conference will explore highly relevant themes in the context of moving procurement and supply management forward to attract the future workforce, embrace changes, develop deeper commercial acumen and evolve the current skill sets to ensure the profession can deliver on the greater expectations that are being asked of practitioners today.

We have secured a stellar speakers’ line up and can’t wait to finally reconnect face to face with our NZ community. With an impressive line-up of speakers to hear from, a chance to network and engage face-to-face, I encourage you to make sure you are part of this great event and book your tickets, please go to our webpage to secure your space. 

An opportunity to work with CIPS 

Do you have a strong knowledge and passion for procurement coupled with extensive procurement and supply experience? Why not become a CIPS Direct Associate? Or a CIPS Assessor?

Demand for CIPS products and services is growing at a fast pace across the globe and CIPS need to be able to respond to the increasing requirements in our region. We are passionate about providing globally relevant, easily accessible learning solutions and corporate services that meet current and emerging needs of organisations and professionals.

We are looking for ANZ-based professionals wanting to join the vibrant global community of Tutors (Direct Associates) and Assessors delivering CIPS skills-based training and supporting and assessing organisations undertaking CIPS Procurement Excellence Programme. Join an established international team with opportunities to deliver pieces of work in Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands or  around the globe – we will provide you with everything you will need to deliver.

Take a look at the position description for CIPS Direct Associate (tutor) and CIPS Assessor. Please note: this is a contractor role and so you will need to ensure you comply with self-employment legislation.

Direct Associate roles: If you are interested in becoming a CIPS Director Associate please send your CV and a covering letter outlining your motivation to

Assessor roles: If you are interested in becoming a CIPS Assessor please follow the steps outlined here

Closing deadline to submit applications 14 May 2021.

Doing more to drive opportunities across the Pacific Islands network 

Following an insightful round table last month with key representatives of our Pacific Islands communities, we have taken on your feedback around affordability in this region – particularly regarding the cost of membership. We acknowledge that Professional Body engagement is a key driver to improving standards and providing valuable knowledge and networks that inspire, engage and empower current and aspiring professionals.

Therefore, we have reduced the membership fees for individuals living in the Pacific Islands nations to align with the Gross National Income (GNI) per capita index. Existing members will see the changes reflected in their next membership renewal notice and new joiners will immediately realise the benefit. 

CIPS ANZ Excellence in Procurement Award 2021 

I am pleased to report we had an incredible response from our professional community and received nearly 60 entries to the ANZ Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021 across a variety of categories – surpassing once again previous year’s record. This is a strong testament of the amazing success stories coming out of our region, highlighting the real impact procurement can have on business, the environment and society.

Our judges are currently busy reviewing and marking the entries and we will announce the shortlist towards the end of May. Winners will be revealed at the Awards ceremony on the evening of the 3 August at the ICC in Sydney. 

Advocacy at work 

The CIPS Procurement Steering Committee, branch committees and members have been busy this month working on CIPS’ submission to the Productivity Commission’s interim report into vulnerable supply chains in Australia; and responding to NSW Government’s invitation for feedback on the Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Procurement Policy.

CIPS have also joined forces with the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association Australia & New Zealand (RCSA), the peak body for the recruitment and staffing industry in the region. Working with CIPS, the RCSA hope to establish standards against which procurement can be assessed and monitored within their industry. RCSA see their role is to influence their industry on responsible procurement and how to provide responsible procurement leadership. We’re looking for interested members to join a one-hour workshop in order to collaborate with RCSA providing advice and support that will ultimately promote fair, sustainable and responsible procurement activity within the recruitment and staffing industry – if you’re interested in getting involved in this project or putting your name and expertise towards other future policy and advocacy work, then please email

Woolworths CIPS Advance Practioner Graduation Ceremony | 25 March 2021 

Congratulations Woolworths Group students who successfully completed the CIPS Advanced Practitioner Programme. The Graduation ceremony was attended by Sharon Morris, GM of CIPS Australia & New Zealand and Phillip McDonald, GM of Procurement for Woolworths Group, students who successfully completed the applied learning pathway are now eligible to apply for their MCIPS!

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Meet the Graduates - Malav Banker, Karen Luu (MCIPS - Chartered) Dr Grant Evans MCIPS Kannan Srinivasan Makrand Manjrekar Jezz Aquino sheng Z. Eliza Prell (MCIPS) Sam Popplestone And many thanks to Esther Tsui for coordinating the graduation ceremony.

If you'd like to know more about our applied learning programmes contact our Customer Solutions team at

Meet the Graduates - Malav Banker, Karen Luu (MCIPS - Chartered) Dr Grant Evans MCIPS Kannan Srinivasan Makrand Manjrekar Jezz Aquino sheng Z. Eliza Prell (MCIPS) Sam Popplestone And many thanks to Esther Tsui for coordinating the graduation ceremony.

Earth Day - Restore Our Earth
 | 22 April 2021 

On 22 April, we celebrate Earth Day and the theme for 2021 is Restore Our Earth™, which focuses on natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. At CIPS we believe that Procurement has a greater role to play in how we can support our climate by adopting Sustainable procurement practices, the act of adopting social, economic and environmental factors alongside the typical price and quality considerations into the organisations handling of procurement processes and procedures. Let's remember that together we have the power to restore our earth. Read more about the CIPS Sustainable & Ethical Procurement Guide

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If you are seeking a short-training course on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) then join our Delivering Social Value virtual course on 11 & 12 May 2021. To find out more, click here for Australia or here for New Zealand

Closing remarks 

In closing, I’m grateful across our expansive region that we are starting to emerge from the pandemic with activities and engagements, where we were once isolated to the virtual world, we are now participating in face-to-face catch ups and the Trans-Tasman travel bubble. But I am very cognisant of our Pacific Island neighbours in particular Papua New Guinea, who are facing significant challenges because of the COVID-19 virus spread. Our thoughts are with our colleagues and neighbours currently – we are all, very much in this together and we can only hope that COVID-19 vaccinations start to roll out and provide some relief to the Pacific Island communities.

Stay safe and well.


Sharon Morris - GM of CIPS ANZ

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