Amazing event, amazing speakers and amazing venue – from the feedback that we have had so far I think we can all agree that the Fellows of the Future event on 3 November fulfilled the criteria that our Fellowship Committee set.
With the theme being Brand Procurement where else could we possibly have held the evening than the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. Newly opened in Ladbroke Grove we were fortunate to be immersed in inspirational ideas and concepts from the last 100 years. If we were looking for ideas to package procurement we couldn’t have been in a better place. The only minor hiccup was that we were actually victims of our own success and so many of you wanted to be involved we were a bit squeezed on space however, it did make for a very successful speed networking session as it was difficult to ignore someone almost sat on your knee!
Who could fail to be moved and inspired by the beautiful Charlotte Newman, Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who shared her very personal journey of her fight with cancer. She then went on to define what she had taken from the experience and how it had made her stronger, braver and more determined to succeed in her chosen career as a lawyer. Seeing the confident way this young woman held the room I’m sure it won’t be long before she reaps the rewards.
Success obviously runs in the family as Charlotte is Richard Masser’s niece. We were very fortunate to be able to welcome Richard as our new CIPS President and hear his inaugural speech on the presidential theme for this year ‘Procurement at the Heart of Business’. Richard spoke on the affects and influence that involving procurement early on can have on an organisation adding more value than just cost saving. If anyone would like to talk further with Richard on his theme or have specific questions for him please contact President@cips.org.
The main part of the evening was the workshop ran by the team at EY which asked us to think about branding and how we could use this within our roles in procurement. The output from this session will be available later.
Many of you are now asking the question what’s next? Firstly, you need to ensure that you have joined the LinkedIn group which we are using to keep everyone connected and up to date with the opportunities available to take part in the public good projects.
If you are thinking that you are almost ready to apply for your Fellowship please check out the criteria set out on our website as these will guide you as to what else you need to do towards your application. Over the next couple of months I will organise a webinar with the Fellowship team on how to put a good application together and the information that would be useful to support it.
Obviously, if you have any specific questions please do not hesitate to email me.
It goes without saying that all of this would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors Michael Page who will continue to work with us on projects for the FOTF candidates.