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

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Congress Elections 2019

Please be advised you will only receive an email to vote if there is a Congress seat up for re-election in your area and you are a current MCIPS or FCIPS member. Student members are only eligible to vote for a student post in their area. Please see the link below to check available seats.

A list of seats which are included in the 2019 Election cycle can be found here

If you are eligible to vote and there is an available seat in your area but you have not received an email from ERS (Electoral Reform Services) along with your voting link and feel that you should have done, please contact Congress.  

Voting opens - Monday 15 July 2019

Voting closes - Friday 9 August 2019

Results published - Monday 26 August 2019

Please note - the above dates are provisional and subject to change.


    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 Anne Langley
      Elaine McLean


    Graeme Urquhart


    North of England

    Peter Duffy


    Beth Loudon

      Michael Sellors


    Debbie Shore

    Hazel Tinsley
      Rick Webb

    Central England

    Malcolm Budd

      Melanie Heath
      Jenny Marshall
      Julia Miller


    John Moreton

      Claire Penny
      David Pratt
      Madeleine Townend
    South of England Richard Anstis
      Lena Boghossian
      Amanda Earnshaw
      Jennifer Lovell
      Martin Ratcliffe


    Jonathan Cheung

      Mahbub Ahmed Chowdhury


    Lee Houlson




    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


    Anthony Fuller



    Europe John Everett 


    Adil Al Mulla

    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 childre


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