The Congress is the Institute’s global advisory body, that represents the membership.

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Congress Elections 2019

Congratulations to the successful candidates in the 2019 Congress Elections from 1 November 2019:

Fiona Revell  - Americas
Daniel Fielding  - Australia and New Zealand
David Kershaw  - Central England
Esther Weaver  - Central England
Peter James  - Central England
Tim Young  - Central England
Ellis Biryahwaho (re-elected)  - East Africa
Hariharan Laxminarayan  - Middle East
Natalie Yates  - North of England
Ronald Mlalazi (re-elected)  - Southern Africa
Chanelle Busby  - South of England
Savita Mace  - South of England
Ross Stevens  - Three Nations


    As an elected representative of the members in your region you will be a key communications link between members and the Institutes leadership.

    Congress' role is advisory, it has no legal responsibilities and is set up to support the Global Board of Trustees but has no executive decision making powers.

    What is Congress?

    Congress Member Role Description

    FInd out more about CIPS Governance

    Congress will have seats directly elected by the membership, plus a Chairman elected by Congress members. Seat allocation is based on geographical regions:

    Congress will typically meet twice in each financial year, normally in November and March. The March meeting will be a two-day event and will feed into the Institute’s strategy planning cycle.

    Membership of Congress will be by open election and the ballot is conducted online. Candidates must be resident in the region they want to represent and students must meet additional eligibility criteria to enable full participation.

    The term of office is three years and elections will be held each year to replace one third of the membership in a balanced sequence. 

    Congress Members




    Three Nations Ross William Stevens
      Elaine McLean

    North of England

    Peter Duffy


    Beth Loudon

      Natalie Yates


    Debbie Shore

    Hazel Tinsley
      Rick Webb
    Central England Malcolm Budd
      David Kershaw
      Esther Weaver


    Peter James

      Claire Penny
      Tim Young
    South of England Richard Anstis
      Chanelle Busby
      Savita Mace


    Jonathan Cheung

      Mahbub Ahmed Chowdhury


    Lee Houlson

      Daniel Fielding



    All Africa Simon Annan
    All Africa Pelly Rutamwebwa Mugasi
    East Africa Ellis Biryahwaho
    East Africa Wambui Mbugua
    Southern Africa Ronald Mlalazi
    Southern Africa Thapelo Senobe Ntesang
    West Africa Daniel Bassey
    West Africa Jennifer Atanga Akongbota


    Fiona Revell



    Europe John Everett 


    Hariharan Laxminarayan

    Africa Student Kevin Okoth Okinda
    Australasia Student  Kylie Burke
    MENA Student Muhammad Awais Zeb
    UK Student Dan Grace

    Congress Chair

    1 November 2018 to 31 October 2021

    Congress Chair – Marc Hutchinson FCIPS

    Marc has held a number of senior procurement and commercial positions in Aerospace and Defence (BAE Systems) and Oil and Gas (Technip) and Construction (Balfour Beatty), Construction 

    During this time Marc has also held some commercial roles with responsibility for Order Intake, Sales and customer management so has a good grasp of the procurement contribution to both top and bottom line.& FM (Interserve) since leaving his roots as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer at British Aerospace over 15 years ago. His procurement career has almost exclusively been driving functional change and transformation programmes in a variety of interesting and challenging organisations with locations ranging across Europe, US, Australia & West Africa.

    As you would expect from a CIPS Fellow Marc is passionate about the value procurement and supply chain plays in organisations and sees himself as an ambassador for the profession. Marc is committed to CPD and ethics and has been an architect in Congress driving the agenda to set the standard for the profession.

    Marc became a CIPS volunteer in 2012 as Northumbria Branch Vice Chair and Treasurer, was then elected to Congress in 2013 and as Chair of Global Congress in 2018 when he was admitted to the CIPS Global Board of Trustees. He is keen to ensure Congress “thinks global and acts local” to recognise our shared perspectives and value our differing Regional requirements and expectations.

    Marc holds BEng(Hons) and MBA and has studied at both Lancaster and Cranfield Schools of Management. He lives in Northumberland, is married and has four young children.


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