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

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Congress Chair – Marc Hutchinson FCIPS - Term of office, 1 November 2018 to 31 October 2021

Marc has held a number of senior procurement and commercial positions in Aerospace & Defence, Construction & FM and Energy Technology and is currently Global Procurement Director at Baker Hughes

Since leaving his roots as a Chartered Mechanical Engineer at British Aerospace almost 20 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 leverage our shared issues and opportunities 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, UK, is married and has four young children.


    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

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    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.

    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. 

    Why become a CIPS Congress Member

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    Elections 2020

    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

    Congress Election Timetable - 2020

    Nominations open Monday 24th August
    Nominations close Thursday 10th September
    Voting opens Monday 28th September
    Voting closes Monday 19th October
    Results published Before 12th November
    Congress Member Inductions 12th November onwards


    Seats for Election - 2020

    Seat for Election Region Election Count
    All Africa** 2
    Central England 2
    Europe 1
    New Zealand - New 1
    South of England 2
    Southern Africa 1
    Three Nations* 2
    USA - New 1
    Vacancies 12

    *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.

    African Seats:

    West Africa 1 (Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde & Mauritania.)
    West Africa 2 (Nigeria, Togo, Benin, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Equitorial Guinea, CAR, Sao Tome & Principe)
    East Africa 1 (Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Gabon, Burundi, Congo, Mauritius, DRC)
    East Africa 2 (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethopia, Somalia, Madagascar & Seychelles)
    Southern Africa 1 (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Namibia & Botswana)
    Southern Africa 2 (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland & Mozambique)
    Africa rolling seats

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