Winya director Greg Welsh, centre, accepts the award for overall winner from CIPS' Gerry Walsh and Cath Hill
Winya director Greg Welsh, centre, accepts the award for overall winner from CIPS' Gerry Walsh and Cath Hill

Winya wins at CIPS Australasia SM awards

5 July 2018

Small furniture business Winya was hailed the overall winner at the CIPS Australasia Supply Management Awards 2018 at the ceremony on 5 July at the ICC in Sydney.

The Indigenous-owned national office furniture supplier won the category for Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility, and was then voted the winner of the winners.

Winya set out to design Australia’s most socially inclusive business, focusing on disadvantaged indigenous populations and remote communities.

Over two years, it rolled out its procurement strategy, using the government’s commitment to indigenous procurement to scale its business and secure high-profile contracts, and working with with other indigenous businesses.

The judges credited its use of the procurement function to grow by engaging and using the wider community to deliver jointly beneficial outcomes.

See the full list of winners, below, and download the Winners Book:

Winners Book

Overall Winner

Winya Indigenous Furniture


Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility

Winya Indigenous Furniture


Best Cross-Functional Teamwork Project



Best People Development Initiative

Air New Zealand


Best Process Improvement Initiative



Best Procurement Consultancy Project

ZED Management Consulting


Best Public Procurement Project

Department of the Premier and Cabinet, (SA)


Best Supplier Relationship Management

NSW Procurement


Most Improved Procurement Operation - Start Up

Hemmes Trading Pty Ltd T/A Merivale


Most Improved Procurement Operation - Step Change

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS)


Most Innovative Use of Technology



Best Contribution to the Reputation of the Profession

Rio Tinto


CIPS Young Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

Ricky Baharwal, procurement lead, Shell


CIPS Procurement and Supply Professional of the Year

Rob Halsall, head of procurement, Westpac New Zealand

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