Who can stand to be a Congress Member?
Congress Members must be current fully qualified members of CIPS (hold MCIPS or FCIPS), have completed the CIPS Ethics Test, hold Chartered Status or upgrade within 3 months of their appointment, and hold residence in the region they represent.
If there is a vacancy for a seat in your region, but your membership has lapsed or is imminently due for renewal; in order to nominate yourself please ensure you renew or re-join by 21st August and successfully complete the CIPS Ethics Test. If you also meet the requirements for Chartered Status – you can complete this upgrade too once you have renewed or re-joined in your MyCIPS.
How are Congress Members elected?
Membership of Congress will be by open election and the ballot is conducted online.
The term of office is three years and elections will be held each year to replace approximately one third of the Congress members in a balanced sequence.
Who can vote in Congress elections?
All current MCIPS and FCIPS members who are residents in the region where there is a vacant seat for election can vote in elections to elect their Congress Member.
If there is an election in your region, you will be sent an email with the voting information and links to the online election.
If you have any questions relating to Congress Elections 2020, please contact the Membership Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congress Election Timetable - 2020
Seats for Election - 2020
*Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales
**All African Congress members, regardless of whether they sit in a 'rolling' or 'dedicated regional' seat, are responsible for enabling CIPS Africa. All nominees should therefore be able to demonstrate a global outlook; be capable of recognising and collaboratively supporting a broader all-Africa perspective; and be willing to proactively engage with current and new members of CIPS and the wider procurement and supply management communities.
Dedicated regional seats exist to help address the very different opportunities and challenges across the countries in Africa: seeking to understand and acknowledge specific local challenges; support more effective regional coverage and engagement; and facilitate our on-going collaboration and ambition in respect to engaging effectively with our African members. A dedicated regional seat should be filled by an eligible CIPS member who resides or operates within the seat’s specified region.
The function of Rolling Africa Seats is broadly very similar though without the additional requirement for a dedicated regional or localised focus. As such, these seats may be filled by any eligible member within the African region.