Procurement professionals get gongs in Queen's Birthday Honours

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
12 October 2020

Procurement professionals have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020.

Shirley Cooper, co-founder and board advisor at consultancy Tapestry Compliance, previously commercial and finance director, has been awarded an OBE for services to equality, women’s empowerment and procurement.

Cooper is also a non-executive director at the Ministry of Justice, past president of CIPS and chair of CIPS Fellows.

In 2015 Cooper was appointed trustee and treasurer of UN Women UK, the UN entity for gender equality, and she was elected vice chair of the UK Civil Society Women’s Alliance in 2018. She has been a member of the International Women Forum UK for 10 years, and this year was elected chair, while in the past she held the position of executive director for WE Connect International, which supports women entrepreneurs in supply chains.

Qualifying as an accountant and then achieving an MBA, Cooper initially worked in finance for a number of years. On becoming commercial director at IT company Computacenter, she found her career path naturally leading into procurement and supply chain.

Tina Butler, head of commercial and procurement at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, has been handed an MBE for services to the Covid-19 response, having sourced personal protective equipment (PPE) for key workers across the UK.

Butler led the National Fire Commercial Transformation Programme, which used its network of members and partners across industry sectors to source PPE including gloves, masks and hand sanitiser.

“This really is the proudest moment in my career so far,” she said. 

“I have been so very fortunate to have the support of a wonderful and dedicated team around me and together we managed to engage with over 420 suppliers to mitigate risks of fake products and potential for modern slavery within the supply chains to ensure resilience in national supply.”

Ighayezomo Philip Orumwense, IT commercial director at Highways England, has been awarded a CBE for public service.

Orunwmense, formerly head of applications, programmes and platforms, commercial directorate at the Department for Work and Pensions, told Nigeria Magazine: “This honour came as a surprise to me but reminds me of the essence of doing good public service.

“It is with great humility that I share this honour with everyone who has helped me along the way.”

Claire Salisbury, head of procurement, and Paul Buckingham, procurement officer, both at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, received an MBE and British Empire Medal respectively for services to the NHS in Wales during Covid-19.

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